British soul legend Joe Cocker dead at 70 23-Dec-14, 3:20 AM | Shaun Tandon, Agence France-Presse | Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey, Reuters

Ebola death toll passes 7,500 23-Dec-14, 3:49 AM | Agence France-Presse

China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offense 23-Dec-14, 6:23 AM | Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Pope lambastes Vatican administration as sick with power and greed 23-Dec-14, 1:27 AM | Philip Pullella, Reuters | Ella Ide, Agence France-Presse

Pemberton asks DOJ to reinvestigate murder raps; prosecutors nix his motion to halt proceedings 22-Dec-14, 5:51 PM | Ansbert B. Joaquin, | with Brian Maglungsod Both public and private prosecutors in the murder case against a US Marine accused of killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude are opposing the defense motion to suspend proceedings, and moved for the immediate arraignment of the accused.

Bleak Christmas for Revilla as Sandiganbayan rejects his motion for bail 23-Dec-14, 12:58 AM | Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency For failure to present strong evidence to prove that the plunder and graft cases he is facing are weak, detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. said he expects a bleak Christmas after the Sandiganbayan denied his motion for bail.

FREE FOR XMAS | Anti-graft court grants GMA wish for Christmas furlough 22-Dec-14, 11:28 AM | The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Monday granted the petition of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a Christmas furlough from 10 a.m. of December 23 to 2 p.m. of December 26.

END OF AN ERA | Benitezes resign, hand over PWU to STI group that bailed out school 22-Dec-14, 3:35 PM | Key members of the Benitez Group irrevocably resigned as members and trustees of Philippine Women's University Monday, ceding majority to STI Holdings Inc.

Go to UST | Tens of thousands of youth expected for meeting with Pope Francis 22-Dec-14, 6:10 PM | Tricia Aquino, UST rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy says Pope Francis appeals to the youth because they see Jesus in him.

Miriam seeks probe of slow Zamboanga siege rehab 22-Dec-14, 6:50 PM| Ernie Reyes, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago discloses there are still about 4,130 families who still live in temporary shelters more than one year after the violent standoff.

Probe looms on LGU execs' misuse of P2.7-B pork funds in 2013 22-Dec-14, 5:05 PM| Ernie Reyes, Sen. Miriam Santiago has sought an inquiry into the alleged misuse of about P2.7-billion pork barrel in 2013, as cited in a special review by the Commission on Audit (COA).

AMPARO VS. LEILA | De Lima writing her own Constitution, says con moved to NBI 22-Dec-14, 5:34 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio points out DOJ has no power to transfer the petitioner from NBP to the NBI detention facility without a court order and hold him, effectively, incommunicado.

SUV driver charged for running over traffic enforcer, leaving him comatose 21-Dec-14, 7:32 PM| Clara Masinag, Charges of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Serious Physical Injuries and Driving with an Expired Driver’s License were filed by the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office against the driver of a sports utility vehicle who ran over an MMDA enforcer who was manning traffic on EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City.

Sen. Grace to DOTC: Stop MRT fare hike until service improves, safety upgraded 22-Dec-14, 12:21 PM| Sen. Grace Poe on Monday asked the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to defer the "unnecessary and untimely" Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fare increase effective Jan. 4 amid "unmet" public expectations to improve even the basic facilities of the train system.

Abu Sayyaf member, wanted for Basilan kidnappings, captured in Zamboanga Sibugay 22-Dec-14, 6:57 PM| An Abu Sayyaf bandit wanted for his role in a series of kidnappings for ransom between 2009 and 2011 was captured by joint military and police forces in Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Saturday (December 20).

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