TODAY'S HEADLINES

Communist rebels in Mindanao to free 9 'POWs' 21-Dec-14, 10:01 PM | InterAksyon.com

Gunman kills two NY police officers in Brooklyn 21-Dec-14, 7:26 AM | Jennie Matthew, Agence France-Presse

Philippine stock market seen taking cue from overseas news on shortened trading week 21-Dec-14, 10:36 PM | Krista Angela M. Montealegre, InterAksyon.com

AWOL Navy officer, last person seen with Marine slain inside camp, hunted 21-Dec-14, 6:38 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com Stressing the man is not yet deemed a suspect, the military is hunting a Navy officer who has gone AWOL a day after he was seen with a female Marine lieutenant who was found dead inside her car in Fort Bonifacio late November.

Government to hike LRT, MRT fares beginning January 4 20-Dec-14, 10:21 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com Fares for LRT1 were last increased in 2003, while those for LRT2 and MRT3 have yet to go up since they started operations.

Lacson resigns as rehab chief, effective February 2015 21-Dec-14, 11:16 AM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson has resigned from his post, effective first week of February 2015.

Big corporations take advantage of post-Yolanda rehab, harass disaster victims - Church official 21-Dec-14, 10:11 AM | InterAksyon.com The public-private partnership framework of the government's rehabilitation program in Yolanda-hit areas are being used by big corporations for their own benefit, said a Church official in charge of helping survivors of the super typhoon recover from the disaster.

IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report 20-Dec-14, 11:20 PM | Agence France-Presse The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.

CebuPac adjusts Tacloban flights over runway rehab 20-Dec-14, 12:55 PM| InterAksyon.com Cebu Pacific announced on Saturday an adjustment in its flight schedules to and from Tacloban and Manila, and Tacloban and Cebu, from December 22 to 25 because of rehabilitation work at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport that will reduce usable runway length to 1,300 meters.

Communist rebels in Mindanao to free 9 'POWs' 21-Dec-14, 10:01 PM| InterAksyon.com Communist rebels in Mindanao said they would be freeing all nine 'prisoners of war' whose release has been ordered by the leadership of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

CA upholds DOH rule on 'no approved therapeutic claim' tag on supplements 21-Dec-14, 11:21 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Interaksyon.com The Court of Appeals has upheld the DOH order requiring the tag "No Approved Therapeutic Claim" on supplements, dismissing a petition filed by the Chamber of Herbal Industries of the Philippines more than four years ago.

SAMPUNG TAON NA PALA | 10 years on, tsunami survivors in Indonesia hope to move on 21-Dec-14, 12:50 PM| Heru Asprihanto and Tommy Andriansyah, Reuters A decade after a 10-meter (32-foot) tsunami washed away two of her three children, her home, and business, Salawati is finally getting her life back on track in Indonesia's western-most Banda Aceh province.

ISLAMIC STATE SIEGE ENDS | Trapped on Iraqi mountain for months, Yazidis cheer Kurd liberators 21-Dec-14, 5:27 PM| Isabel Coles, Reuters Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.

TIPS| Make sure Christmas lights are safe – Rescue5 21-Dec-14, 2:57 PM| Karl Angeline S. Ocampo, Interaksyon.com These Christmas lights may bring joy to our eyes and hearts, but could also come with extra hazards, if the substandard ones are used or if they are installed or used improperly. Indeed, the season for celebration should not end up in tragedy. Here are some tips from Rescue5.

 
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