TODAY'S HEADLINES

US man jailed for 18 years over Bali suitcase murder 21-Apr-15, 3:12 PM | Agence France-Presse

SC junks Comelec-Smartmatic deal to repair PCOS machines 21-Apr-15, 2:04 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

Senate probe looms on 'no plate, no travel' policy by LTO 21-Apr-15, 2:18 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

Bohol is high on agenda of Spain - Ambassador Calvo 21-Apr-15, 6:42 AM | Philippines News Agency

Businesswoman shot dead in Nueva Ecija 21-Apr-15, 10:44 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

SC junks Comelec-Smartmatic deal to repair PCOS machines 21-Apr-15, 2:04 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Supreme Court junked on Tuesday the P268-million extended contract between the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic-TIM for the repair and refurbishing of precinct count optical machines to be used for the 2016 elections.

Satisfaction in Aquino govt plunges to record low but still better than predecessors - SWS survey 21-Apr-15, 3:00 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Public net satisfaction on the general performance of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III plunged to its lowest rating so far - a 'moderate' +19 - results of the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations showed.

Chinese tabloid ridicules Manila as 'cute little submissive' of US 21-Apr-15, 1:18 PM | Agence France-Presse The Philippines is nothing more than the 'cute little submissive' of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticizing Manila for military exercises with Washington.

BAWAL NA ANG R&R | After Laude slay, no more bar-hopping for US soldiers in this year's Balikatan 21-Apr-15, 1:47 AM | Video report by JV Arcena, News5 The 2014 murder of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude allegedly by U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton case has taken its toll on the American military men taking part in this year's Balikatan exercises with Philippine armed forces and the local economies of Olongapo City and Subic.

Draft BBL will violate PNP charter - House ad hoc panel chair 20-Apr-15, 5:29 PM | Philippines News Agency Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), on Monday said the proposed BBL will violate the Philippine National Police (PNP) charter.

China driving fishers out of Panatag, blocking supplies to Ayungin - AFP chief Catapang 20-Apr-15, 9:30 AM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com | With a PNA report UPDATE 7:47p.m.- China continues to assert its power in the South China Sea, driving out Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal (also known as Scarborough) and blocking supplies to Philippine Navy personnel at Ayungin in Spratlys, AFP chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said Monday.

VP Binay eyes personal appeal to Widodo for Veloso case; NUPL flying to Jakarta, too 20-Apr-15, 3:47 PM| InterAksyon.com | With a report by Brian Maglungsod UPDATE 7:15 P.M.-Vice President Binay is flying to Indonesia on April 22 for the Asian-African Summit in Bandung, but will use the trip to make a personal appeal to President Joko Widodo to spare the life of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso. The NUPL is also filing a second petition for review.

GRABENG INIT! | Brace for hotter days ahead, heat index in NCR may hit 39C; Tuguegarao over 40C 20-Apr-15, 8:12 PM| InterAksyon.com Brace for hotter days ahead as the scorching April sun you're experiencing now is not yet the worst summer temperature.

TUKSO RAW? HK politician under fire for accusing Pinay maids of seducing male employers 20-Apr-15, 9:35 PM| Agence France-Presse A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded "racist" and "offensive" by critics.

Senators, OFW groups ask Ombudsman to stop implementation of MIAA integrated terminal fee 20-Apr-15, 8:28 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The petitioners cite the Ombudsman Act of 1989 that empowers it to direct any government-owned or controlled corporation with original charter to stop and correct any form of abuse.

Senate probe looms on 'no plate, no travel' policy by LTO 21-Apr-15, 2:18 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The controversial 'No Plate, No Travel' policy imposed by the Land Transportation Office recently is the latest object of a Senate investigation, amid mounting complaints from the public that LTO has no right to slap vehicle owners with stiff penalties for a problem it created.

 
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