TODAY'S HEADLINES

PASSAGE IN SIGHT? | House technical working group OKs consolidated FOI bill 03-Sep-14, 9:52 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

VIDEO | Alleged brains in Enzo Pastor slay posts bail 03-Sep-14, 4:37 AM | Fritzie Cabial and Benjie Dorango, Radyo5

Cebu Pacific begins flights to Kuwait 03-Sep-14, 10:00 AM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com

LPA off Aurora to dissipate, but PAGASA sees another potential storm off Mindanao 03-Sep-14, 9:24 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

CHRISTMAS BONUS | House panel moves to raise tax-exempt bonus cap from P25K to P70K 03-Sep-14, 2:12 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Philippines' global competitiveness improves in WEF survey 03-Sep-14, 8:03 AM | InterAksyon.com (UPDATED 1:50 p.m.) Philippines scored the highest in terms of macroeconomic environment and health and primary education.

PASSAGE IN SIGHT? | House technical working group OKs consolidated FOI bill 03-Sep-14, 9:52 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 12:44 p.m.) Close to a year after it was convened, the technical working group of the House committee on public information has approved a consolidated version of the Freedom on Information bill.

AFTER 26 YEARS | PCGG sells ex-NBI chief's properties for more than P157 million 02-Sep-14, 8:29 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com The properties include real estate in North Greenhills, Valle Verde III and Capitol Hills.

Islamic State issues video of beheading of US hostage: SITE 03-Sep-14, 1:04 AM | William Maclean, Reuters The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of US hostage Steven Sotloff, the SITE monitoring service reported on Tuesday.

Filipino top aide of UNDOF commander quits; Catapang says not closing door to UN peacekeeping work 02-Sep-14, 6:41 PM | Jaime Sinapit and Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com Manila will continue to participate in UN peacekeeping missions as long as the lives of its soldiers are not compromised, AFP Chief of Staff Catapang said Tuesday, as the Filipino top aide of the UNDOF commander who gave Philippine peacekeepers a controversial order to yield resigned.

NAUUBOS NA ANG TUNA | Pacific fisheries chief warns tuna stocks dangerously low 03-Sep-14, 12:40 PM| Agence France-Presse The outgoing head of the fisheries management body for the western and central Pacific has warned that some tuna stocks were now so low they should not be fished.

DOJ blames cartel, collusion for high garlic prices 03-Sep-14, 1:39 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com A cartel that managed to corner garlic importations, apparently in collusion with agriculture officials, is responsible for the spike in the prices of the spice, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday.

OPEN DOOR POLICY? | Northbound MRT train arrives at Magallanes Station with door open 02-Sep-14, 3:30 PM| Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com A north-bound MRT train departed Taft Avenue Station, paused due to a problem, then proceeded toward Magallanes Station running with at least one of its doors on the front coach open.

House justice committee votes down impeachment raps vs PNoy 02-Sep-14, 10:47 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE2 - 2:57 p.m.) The House justice committee on Tuesday all but buried the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, voting these insufficient in substance. Militant groups hit the outcome, but Palace officials said the process was transparent and fair.

PHOTO | Davao activists take 'bloodbath challenge' vs 'Red-baiting' 03-Sep-14, 1:32 PM| Kilab Multimedia Activists aligned with the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan doused themselves in fake blood on Wednesday to protest what they called the 'Red-baiting and vilification' of progressive groups by the military.

SC strikes down Comelec limit on campaign ads airtime 02-Sep-14, 3:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com UPDATE2, 4:02 PM-The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the limit on campaign ads imposed by the Commission on Elections, assailing the poll body's actions on the matter as 'arbitrary.' The Court upheld the rest of Comelec Resolution 9615, however.

 
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