TODAY'S HEADLINES

Manila Water, Maynilad to hike rates starting next month 19-Dec-14, 5:23 PM | Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com

CHOW BUZZ I 15 holiday savory picks for your last-minute gift-giving and party needs 19-Dec-14, 4:22 PM | By Cyrene de la Rosa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Pemberton booked but not arraigned, to remain detained in Camp Aguinaldo 19-Dec-14, 1:37 AM | Ansbert Joaquin, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, Radyo5 (UPDATE 6 - 11:56 a.m.) US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was presented to the Olongapo regional trial court Friday morning and was booked but his expected arraignment did not push through after the court decided to first hear a motion he filed to suspend proceedings against him.

PH among nations with biggest risk of online infection -- Kaspersky 19-Dec-14, 10:19 AM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com The Philippines was included in a group of nations that had the highest number of online infections in the past year as recorded by Kaspersky Lab.

PH files criminal rap vs Kuwait employer of OFW killed by lion 19-Dec-14, 2:07 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Under Kuwaiti law, residents are not allowed to own lions and other wild animals as pets.

Military COPDs are 'offensive operations' and will be targeted - Mindanao Reds 18-Dec-14, 5:33 PM | InterAksyon.com Communist rebels in Mindanao called the Community Organizing for Peace and Development program 'part of the offensive military operations of the Philippine Army' and, unless included in the month-long truce declared by the government, will be considered 'legitimate military targets' of the NPA.

Four suspected ASG men arrested in Sulu, bomb components confiscated 19-Dec-14, 5:50 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com A tip was relayed to elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 (MBLT9) manning a checkpoint to be on alert for an oncoming Mitsubishi Triton Strada with the suspects.

Fallout from Bilibid fiasco cuts into political prisoners' visitation rights 19-Dec-14, 8:21 AM| InterAksyon.com The scramble to tighten security measures in jails after the discovery of luxury cells and amenities for privileged convicts at the National Bilibid Prison appears to have cut into visitation rights for political prisoners.

Liberal Party secretary general backs Roxas-Poe team-up 19-Dec-14, 4:09 PM| Philippines News Agency | With InterAksyon.com UPDATE 5:20PM- The LP will consider proposals for a Mar Roxas-Grace Poe tandem, a team-up that LP Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento said "combines leadership, experience and expertise in governance with mass appeal, honesty, and idealism." His remark comes days after UNA warned Poe against LP.

US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties 18-Dec-14, 12:16 AM| Reuters (UPDATED - 8:00 p.m.) The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

PHOTO | Underground workers' group rallies in downtown Manila to mark CPP's 46th 19-Dec-14, 12:35 PM| InterAksyon.com Workers of the Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions and other underground organizations under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines staged a lightning rally in downtown Manila Friday morning to mark the 46th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Nine-month Sin Tax collections surpass goal for entire 2014 19-Dec-14, 10:28 AM| Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The record-setting collection from cigarette makers was despite allegations by the country's dominant tobacco manufacturer that a smaller rival was not paying the right amount of taxes.

Sony hack a 'serious natl security matter' - US 19-Dec-14, 7:55 AM| Michael Thurston and Jerome Cartillier, Agence France-Presse The cyber attack that forced Sony Pictures to scrap a comedy about North Korea is a 'serious national security matter,' the White House warned Thursday, threatening an 'appropriate response.'

 
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