TODAY'S HEADLINES

Coast Guard men in Taiwanese fisher's death shun TECO, MECO interpreters 24-Nov-14, 6:40 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding replica gun 24-Nov-14, 1:20 AM | Agence France-Presse

Robinsons Land sets expansion of Go Hotels chain 24-Nov-14, 5:33 PM | Krista Angela M. Montealegre, InterAksyon.com

Miriam: Abad cleverly crafted DILG budget to back Mar's grassroots campaign 24-Nov-14, 7:42 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago says that the 2015 budget being deliberated by the Senate 'gives too much money where it should be placed.'

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to blacklist Smartmatic, 'mere reseller' of machines, technology 24-Nov-14, 7:02 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com A watchdog group on Monday formally asked the Commission on Elections to blacklist Smartmatic from participating in all poll-related projects, citing alleged misrepresentation and various violations of Philippine election laws.

GREEN SWITCH SPEECH | SM mall's solar-powered project shows the way in energy, says PNoy 24-Nov-14, 3:06 PM | President Benigno Aquino III, Republic of the Philippines President Aquino graced the 'Green Switch' Launch of SM Supermalls' Solar Rooftop Project at SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, tagged as the biggest solar-powered mall project in Southeast Asia. Here's his speech.

2015 BUDGET | Miriam hits 'minefields' in savings, lump sums 24-Nov-14, 2:33 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago delivers a privilege speech urging a return to the old definition of savings and moving to compel the Department of Budget and Management to submit a compliance document incorporating certain reportorial requirements on lump sums.

Chinese poachers convicted, judge imposes fines or jail time 24-Nov-14, 3:05 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The convicts were fund guilty by the Palawan Regional Trial Court of violating the Philippine Fisheries Code and the Wildlife Resources Conservation Act.

'DI LANG 'SEXY' | Jinggoy also codenamed 'Cong Biazon,' in 'pork deals' with Napoles, says Luy 24-Nov-14, 6:59 PM| InterAksyon.com | Trish Roque, News5 Jinggoy Estrada isn't just "Sexy," "Anak" and "Kuya." The detained senator accused of amassing P183.79 million in public funds for poverty reduction is also "Cong Biazon" in his alleged transaction record with Janet Lim-Napoles, says witness Benhur Luy - a claim Estrada calls "very ridiculous."

Rolling stock of Philippines' only train system up for repairs; PNR turns 122 23-Nov-14, 11:01 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com | With the Philippines News Agency UPDATE 3:37p.m., Nov. 24- Citing growing ridership in the face of aging infrastructure, the PNR is spending P2.2 billion to repair the rolling stock of the country's only train system, which turns 122 years old Nov. 24.

FOI bill hurdles House panel, but party-list solons slam 'too many exceptions' 24-Nov-14, 5:40 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill finally hurdled the committee level on Monday and will be sent to the plenary for debates. But members of the Makabayan bloc said the long list of exceptions barring access to certain information makes the law practically useless.

GLOBAL MEDIA ON MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE | Aquino govt enables environment for impunity 23-Nov-14, 3:02 PM| InterAksyon.com | With PNA UPDATED 9:45PM-An international organization representing over half a million journalists from 134 countries has concluded a mission to revisit the Maguindanao Massacre of 58 persons, and cast much of the blame for the zero convictions, five years after the crime, on the Aquino administration.

After MLQ University, it's St. Scholastica's turn to go solar 24-Nov-14, 9:27 AM| Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com Propmech is putting up the up to 100-kilowatt solar rooftop facility at St. Scholastica's.

THE 'REPRIVATE' OF THE PHILIPPINES | Or why Metro Manila continues to deteriorate 24-Nov-14, 3:35 PM| Jorge Mojarro, Special to InterAksyon.com Jorge Mojarro, a Spaniard doing his PhD research on Filipiniana in the country, writes about the Filipino mindset that keeps him from complaining about the sorry state of affairs of public transportation and other public services.

 
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