GALLERY | Standing ground at the 'People's SONA' 29-Jul-14, 5:02 PM | JL Burgos, special to (text and photos)

Cardinal Tagle: Vatican announces Pope Francis' PH visit - Jan. 15 -19 29-Jul-14, 8:24 PM | Bernard Testa,

EU's Ashton pushes peaceful means for resolving South China Sea disputes 29-Jul-14, 6:38 PM | Pots de Leon,

LPA is now tropical depression 'Inday' 29-Jul-14, 12:56 PM |

Supplemental budget for DAP projects still being done, complies with SC ruling - Coloma 29-Jul-14, 4:49 PM | | With a PNA Report UPDATE 6:31PM - There is no fixed amount yet for the 2014 supplemental budget that President Benigno Aquino III is asking Congress to pass to cover projects previously funded by DAP because the Budget department is still working on it, a Palace official said Tuesday.

PNoy inviting constitutional crisis by asking Congress to redefine budgetary terms - lawmaker 29-Jul-14, 11:28 AM | An activist lawmaker warned Tuesday that Congress could trigger a constitutional crisis if it heeds President Benigno Aquino III's call to pass a joint resolution defining certain budgetary terms.

Cardinal Tagle: Vatican announces Pope Francis' PH visit - Jan. 15 -19 29-Jul-14, 8:24 PM | Bernard Testa, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirms the Vatican announcement this noon (Rome time) regarding the inclusive dates of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines.


IRC Properties soon to close property deal with Ayala Land IRC Properties soon to close property deal with Ayala Land IRC Properties Inc expects to soon close a deal with a unit of Ayala Land Inc for its sprawling property in Binangonan, Rizal.

SM Prime likely grew faster in 2Q, says exec SM Prime likely grew faster in 2Q, says exec SM Prime expects growth to have quickened in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

With new default looming, Argentina urges calm With new default looming, Argentina urges calm Argentina admitted Monday it may default on some of its debts but downplayed the consequences, just two days before time expires in negotiations with hedge…


San Miguel, Lucio Tan Group in talks for PAL buyout 28-Jul-14, 6:05 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, San Miguel Corp is in talks for the sale of its 49-percent stake in PAL back to the Lucio Tan Group.

Sulu security breakdown alarms AFP as dead from ASG ambush now 25 29-Jul-14, 3:24 PM | Jaime Sinapit, (UPDATE - 7:12 p.m) The AFP spokesman says the massacre by suspected elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) of non-combatants - including women and children enroute to a celebration of the end of Ramadan - is of utmost concern in terms of security, as the number of fatalities rose to 25.

PNoy's family, other controlling shareholders sell sugar heirloom 28-Jul-14, 7:23 PM| Krista Angela M. Montealegre, The family of President Benigno Aquino III and other controlling shareholders of Central Azucarera de Tarlac Inc (CAT) have divested their stake for P1.80 billion.

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US 29-Jul-14, 2:36 AM| Jo Biddle, Agence France-Presse Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

VIDEO, SONA 2014 | PNoy: Start thinking about 2016 28-Jul-14, 5:45 PM| (UPDATE 3: 8:42PM) President Aquino, in an emotional State of the Nation Address on Monday, challenged Filipinos to begin looking beyond his administration and decide who will continue - or stop - his reform and 'transformation' agenda in 2016.

POST-SONA 2014 | PNoy missed out on post-Yolanda risk-reduction efforts - aid groups 29-Jul-14, 3:39 PM| International aid groups engaged in rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda said President Benigno Aquino III missed out on detailing his administration's efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the storm and his 'broader disaster risk reduction policies.'

JUST CALL IT 'EQ' | Crying President neither weak nor over-sensitive, says Palace 29-Jul-14, 7:42 PM| It's simply part of his "emotional intelligence', not a sign of weakness nor over-sensitivity to critics, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma says, alluding to President Aquino tearing up towards the end of his fifth SONA.

POST-SONA2014 | Debt watchdog lists 3 gut issues for transformation 29-Jul-14, 7:52 AM| Freedom from Debt Coalition Did DAP reduce debt? Should Congress grant the Executive's plan for emergency powers to avert power outages next year? What major budget reforms must be pursued aside from a supplemental budget?

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