TODAY'S HEADLINES

2 killed in Pikit, North Cotabato blast 27-Jan-15, 9:53 PM | Philippine News Agency

Joker scores Guingona for Binay arrest warrant sans due process 27-Jan-15, 5:02 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

DMCI construction arm snags contract to build LRT2 extension 27-Jan-15, 1:12 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com

Palace told to explain Mamasapano mission; PNP didn't know SAF ops 27-Jan-15, 5:33 PM | InterAksyon.com | Renz Ongkiko, News5 | with reports from Radyo 5 and Dexter San Pedro (UPDATED) Amid reports that top Palace executives had allegedly sanctioned the operations of the Special Action Force in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 of its members, a solon called on Malacanang to explain what happened and "not insulate top officials from accountability."

DILG forms board of inquiry; SAF chief sacked over Mamasapano bloodbath 27-Jan-15, 1:19 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com | Video report by News5 (UPDATED - 1:33 p.m.) Even as DILG Secretary Roxas announced a board of inquiry to look into tactical matters in connection with the massacre of 50 PNP SAF men in Maguindanao, the commander of the elite Special Action Force has been relieved over the tragic incident.

Solons urge MILF to surrender terrorists, ask if lack of coordination was enough reason for carnage 27-Jan-15, 9:03 PM | Ryan Ang, News5 and InterAksyon.com with video report by Ed Lingao Lawmakers on Tuesday criticized the MILF or allegedly "harboring" terrorists, which they said led to the January 25 carnage of 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in Maguindanao.

'Treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty': DOJ approves murder raps vs Pemberton 27-Jan-15, 1:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Department of Justice has cleared the filing of murder charges against US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude late last year, approving the recommendation of the Olongapo City prosecutor's office.

Abu Sayyaf member, 7 other inmates escape from Basilan provincial jail 27-Jan-15, 1:36 PM | Philippines News Agency Eight inmates including a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) escaped early Tuesday from the provincial jail in this city, an official disclosed.

DSWD spends P38M for 6 family camps from 2011 – 2015 27-Jan-15, 10:14 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Since President Aquino took office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has spent P37.733 million for 6 family camps - with the same format it claims as the controversial 'vacation' of 500 vagrant families at a plush Batangas resort during the papal visit.

Senate panel on rules to decide Mayor Binay arrest 27-Jan-15, 8:34 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The Senate Committee on Rules will convene to thresh out the matter of dealing with witnesses or resource persons who choose to snub the summons to a Senate inquiry in aid of legislation.

Hundreds of typhoon victims air grievances at Northern Samar capitol 27-Jan-15, 11:52 AM| Eladio Perfecto, InterAksyon.com Hundreds of farmers and other victims of typhoons that struck Northern Samar over the past few months marched on the capitol in Catarman Monday to air their grievances before the provincial government.

IN LIMBO | Police continue to follow Comelec guidelines on SK elections, ready to enforce gun ban 27-Jan-15, 10:49 AM| Philippines News Agency As no law has yet been passed by Congress resetting the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled on February 21 this year, the Philippine National Police in Pangasinan continues to abide by the original instruction of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

More senators urge probe of Mamasapano massacre 27-Jan-15, 4:12 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Jinggoy Estrada wanted to review the conduct of the police operation and to revisit protocols to prevent failure and misfortune in the future.

WE SURVIVED! | Netizens turn to Twitter in time of great #FacebookDown crisis 27-Jan-15, 3:23 PM| Tweets Storified by Tricia Aquino Social networking site Facebook was down for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram was not running as well. What to do? Netizens took to Twitter to collectively panic and crack a few jokes.

 
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