TODAY'S HEADLINES

Metro Manila registers hottest day for the year on Saturday at 36.2 degrees Celsius 19-Apr-15, 6:41 AM | Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, InterAksyon.com

Greece pressed to move 'urgently' on detailed debt plan 19-Apr-15, 8:46 AM | Paul Handley, Agence France-Presse

OPINION | US Balikatan will not help PH vs China in territorial dispute over West Philippine Sea 19-Apr-15, 9:44 AM | Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan Secretary General

International cybercrime law impractical — experts 19-Apr-15, 2:55 AM | Jesse Wieten, Xinhua

BBL will create 'sub-state' with 'equal strength' to national government - ex-UP Law Dean Magallona 18-Apr-15, 7:47 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will create not just a new autonomous homeland but a 'sub-state' with 'equal strength' to the national government, a noted law expert warned ahead of Congress' resumption of deliberations on the measure next week.

Dry spell might affect more provinces in May -- Pagasa 19-Apr-15, 6:10 AM | Juzel L. Danganan, Philippines News Agency The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) sees the dry spell will affect more provinces next month.

Balikatan war games start Monday under China's shadow 18-Apr-15, 10:31 AM | Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded war games, showcasing a deepening defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China.

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Without rains since January, North Cotabato crops worth P600 million destroyed due to drought Without rains since January, North Cotabato crops worth P600 million destroyed due to drought Crop damages due to drought in North Cotabato rose to almost P600 million as the province is yet to experience heavy downpour since January.

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PNoy pushing Code of Conduct in South China Sea at ASEAN forum, noting Beijing's reclamation spree 17-Apr-15, 1:33 PM | InterAksyon.com | Roices Naguit, News5 Expressing alarm at China's reclamation spree and fishing ban in Philippine-owned islands in the West Philippine Sea, President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he will push for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the resource-rich waters when he attends the ASEAN meeting in Malaysia on April 26-27.

OFW exit clearance now separate from PhilHealth, PagIBIG fees collections - POEA 19-Apr-15, 9:03 AM | InterAksyon.com Responding to the clamor of some overseas Filipino workers' organizations, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has separated the issuance of overseas employment certificate(OEC) or exit clearance from the collection of government fees such as PhilHealth and PagIBIG.

DAIG ANG MAYNILA? | Jakarta has world's worst traffic but no relief seen for another decade 18-Apr-15, 8:33 AM| Charlotte Greenfield, Reuters Millions of Jakarta commuters will have to struggle through the world's most congested traffic for almost another decade, authorities believe, and they may have to wait even longer if $4 billion worth of new railway projects don't work out as planned.

AFP chief welcomes Jalandoni's call to resume peace talks 18-Apr-15, 6:01 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang says the proposal is well-taken but the other side should 'show sincerity' by stopping atrocities and criminal acts.

Indigenous practices in the Cordilleras effective in curbing forest fires 18-Apr-15, 8:59 PM| Arthur L. Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch (special to InterAksyon.com) Indigenous communities in the Cordilleras have traditional systems of imposing sanctions on those implicated in forests fires, as a way of preserving these forests.

Lawmaker tips Petrasanta as likely next PNP chief 17-Apr-15, 7:42 PM| Lira Dalangin Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, director of the Police Region 3 Office 3 presently serving out a suspension, is being touted as the head of the Philippine National Police in waiting.

VIDEO | Son of Ergo Cha owner says he brought water, not toxic chemical to tea store 18-Apr-15, 1:56 PM| Romel Lopez, News5 | additional reporting by InterAksyon.com The son of Ergo Cha milk teashop owner William Abrigo on Friday broke his silence and denied that he had brought toxic liquid to their store in Sampaloc, Manila.

Mary Jane Veloso's sister flies to Indonesia; PH to press for second review of drug mule's case 17-Apr-15, 5:38 PM| Eric B.Apolonio, InterAksyon.com | Carla Lim News5 (UPDATE 2 - 9:34 a.m., February 18, 2015) Marites Veloso, sister of Mary Jane Veloso, flew to Indonesia Friday evening to see the Filipina overseas worker, who is now on death row.

 
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