TODAY'S HEADLINES

#MMShakeDrill | Residents climb down 34 floors, take groupfies in earthquake simulation 30-Jul-15, 12:55 PM | Text by Tricia Aquino | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Afghan Taliban confirm leader Mullah Omar's death 30-Jul-15, 11:21 PM | Anuj Chopra, Agence France-Presse

Contempt citation sought for school's defiance of CA order 30-Jul-15, 3:23 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

MVP to youth during RVR award acceptance, 'Be bold because you're young enough to fail' 30-Jul-15, 9:22 AM | Jose Bimbo Santos, InterAksyon.com

Group accuses Smartmatic of changing source code of PCOS machines 30-Jul-15, 7:13 PM | Philippines News Agency An election case was filed on Thursday before the Commission on Elections against officials of Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. for allegedly altering the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May 13, 2013 midterm polls.

Comelec to award OMR contract to Smartmatic-TIM 30-Jul-15, 6:45 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com The Commission on Elections is all but poised to award the contract for supply of 70,977 OMR machines to Smartmatic-Tim.

#MMShakeDrill, VIDEO | MMDA: Millions do the duck, cover, hold 30-Jul-15, 7:34 PM | Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com |Video Report by Renz Ongkiko, News5 The MMDA estimated that 6-M people joined the metro-wide earthquake drill, conducted to heighten awareness and preparedness for a possible magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum says everyone should brace not just for movements in the West Valley Fault, but also the Manila Trench.


WALANG IWANAN, PEKSMAN | Pacman gives word to UNA, amid feelers from LP 30-Jul-15, 3:10 PM | JV Arcena, News5 Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao assured Vice President Jejomar Binay he will stay with the United Nationalist Alliance, a day after a colleague of the boxing icon said he was seriously mulling over feelers to bolt the UNA and join the administration party.

GALLERY | Scenes from the Metro-wide #MMShakeDrill 30-Jul-15, 6:09 PM | InterAksyon.com Government and private disaster units transformed malls, schools and other public areas into impromptu response venues in cooperation with crowds of people taking part in the first event of its kind in Metro Manila.

China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea 30-Jul-15, 8:28 PM| Reuters China's Defense Ministry ramps up the rhetoric on the South China Sea ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week.

'IF I WERE PRESIDENT' | In draft SONA, Marcos highlights development areas missed by Aquino 30-Jul-15, 6:13 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com While contemplating a run for higher office in 2016, Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos on Wednesday highlighted development areas that he thinks will propel the country to prosperity, but were missed by President Aquino.

Ex-CJ Puno challenges 2016 bets to bare stand on Charter change 29-Jul-15, 6:39 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno challenged those who intend to seek the presidency next year to bare their stand on amending the Constitution, which he called a political reform the country badly needs.

OFWs celebrate World Day vs Trafficking with #DiAko4Sale selfies 30-Jul-15, 5:11 PM| InterAksyon.com To drive home the message on the need to fight human trafficking, OFWs took part in a joint social media campaign of two migrant worker solidarity groups. They posted selfies bearing the hashtag #DiAko4Sale to demonstrate their support for the global observance of World Day Against Trafficking.

2014 realignment allegations misleading - DBM 30-Jul-15, 8:07 PM| InterAksyon.com Various transfers of appropriation under the 2014 budget were legitimate and open to public scrutiny, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Thursday, after Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon alleged that P323.6 billion in funds were improperly realigned in 2014.

Riddle of missing flight MH370 confounds experts 30-Jul-15, 8:16 PM| Agence France-Presse An explanation for the event might become possible if a large piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion this week turns out to be part of the ill-fated Boeing 777.

 
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