TODAY'S HEADLINES

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

Aquino signs P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 plus P22.4-B 2014 supplemental budget for Yolanda rehab 23-Dec-14, 10:39 AM | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com President Benigno Aquino III has signed the P2.606 trillion 2015 General Appropriations Act, marking the fifth consecutive year of the budget's timely enactment.

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 | InterAksyon.com 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.

BUSINESS NEWS

USAID allots P180 million as lending capital for 25,000 Yolanda-hit micro-entrepreneurs USAID allots P180 million as lending capital for 25,000 Yolanda-hit micro-entrepreneurs Aiming to restore the lost livelihood of around 25,000 micro-entrepreneurs affected by super typhoon Yolanda, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided P180…

\ 'BRAZEN' | US fines Alstom record $772 million in bribery case French industrial giant Alstom will plead guilty and pay a record $772.3 million penalty in a wide-ranging foreign bribery case, the US Justice Department announced…

US fines Israeli bank $270 million in tax evasion case US fines Israeli bank $270 million in tax evasion case Israel's Bank Leumi Group has admitted to helping US taxpayers hide assets and agreed to pay a $270-million fine to settle a criminal probe, the…

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Pemberton asks DOJ to reinvestigate murder raps; prosecutors nix his motion to halt proceedings 22-Dec-14, 5:51 PM | Ansbert B. Joaquin, InterAksyon.com | 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.

Go to UST | Tens of thousands of youth expected for meeting with Pope Francis 22-Dec-14, 6:10 PM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com 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, InterAksyon.com 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, InterAksyon.com 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, InterAksyon.com 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.

Pope lambastes Vatican administration as sick with power and greed 23-Dec-14, 1:27 AM| Philip Pullella, Reuters | Ella Ide, Agence France-Presse The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique of the Curia.

Sen. Grace to DOTC: Stop MRT fare hike until service improves, safety upgraded 22-Dec-14, 12:21 PM| InterAksyon.com 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.

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

 
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