MANNY'S ROUND | SC halts Court of Tax Appeals, BIR, in tax case vs Pacquiao 20-Aug-14, 5:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod,

New online registry envisioned as a 'Facebook for NGOs' 20-Aug-14, 6:57 PM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

PAGASA to buy an atomic clock worth P50 million 20-Aug-14, 3:28 PM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

EXCLUSIVE | BusinessMirror owner acquires majority stake in RPN9 20-Aug-14, 5:15 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar,

Aquino names SolGen Jardeleza to SC 20-Aug-14, 10:15 AM | Dexter San Pedro, (UPDATE 3 - 7:32 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Plunder, graft raps filed vs Cayetano couple, Taguig officials 20-Aug-14, 5:51 PM | Jaime Sinapit, (UPDATE - 6:45 p.m.) The convenor of the Philippine Association for Advancement of Civil Liberties charged the Cayetanos and Taguig city councilors with allegedly spending PDAF funds for ghost projects and hiring ghost employees.

VIDEO | Mayor Binay, accuser face off at Senate Blue Ribbon hearing 20-Aug-14, 5:00 PM | Ernie Reyes, | Video Report by Mae Anne Los Banos, TV5 The Senate Blue Ribbon committee opened controversial hearings on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, with the complainants in the same case before the Office of the Ombudsman reiterating their key allegations. Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay defended the project.

VIDEO | Month's worth of rain triggers landslides in Hiroshima, 36 dead 20-Aug-14, 11:32 PM | Toru Hanai, Reuters At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.

MANNY'S ROUND | SC halts Court of Tax Appeals, BIR, in tax case vs Pacquiao 20-Aug-14, 5:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod, The Supreme Court has stopped enforcement of the Court of Tax Appeals ruling ordering Manny Pacquiao to to post P3 billion in cash bond as condition for suspending the collection of the deficiency income taxes and VAT slapped on him by the BIR for the years 2008 and 2009.

Trillanes dangles deal to state auditor in Makati plunder case 21-Aug-14, 12:29 AM| Ernie Reyes, A state auditor who was included in the plunder case against Makati officials over the allegedly overpriced City Hall Building 2 on Wednesday stood her ground despite grilling by senators and an "offer" by Sen. Trillanes to intervene in order to have her dropped from the list of respondents.

SENATE 'PALENGKE'| Blue Ribbon hearing degenerates into Cayetanos vs Binays war 20-Aug-14, 7:06 PM| | With a report by Ernie Reyes The Senate, already wallowing in the survey pits over the pork barrel scam and allegations that certain senator-judges were bribed in the 2012 Renato Corona trial, descended further Wednesday when its Blue-Ribbon panel hearing became a grudge match between two political clans.

ISIS claims beheading of American journalist 20-Aug-14, 7:10 AM| With reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and CNN Jihadists have beheaded a freelance American journalist in the Middle East, western media reported on Wednesday morning, Manila-time, citing a video posted by Islamic State extremists on the Internet.

5 students on educational tour drown, 2 missing while crossing Bulacan river 20-Aug-14, 9:11 AM| Jaime Sinapit, (UPDATE 3:05PM) The body of a female student was recovered Wednesday morning, bringing to five the number of the confirmed dead in Tuesday's drowning at the Madlum river in Barangay Barangay Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan.

China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions 20-Aug-14, 5:45 PM| Reuters China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.

Rep. Gonzales: Savings redefinition bill hangs in balance 20-Aug-14, 12:30 PM| Lira Fernandez, The Majority Leader said copies of the proposed bill have been shared with the leaders of the party coalition to seek their opinion, but no lawmaker has yet expressed interest in sponsoring the bill.

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