TODAY'S HEADLINES

DND mulls over pullout of Pinoy peacekeepers in Liberia, Golan Heights 23-Aug-14, 4:21 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com

Comelec cannot stop people from early campaigning: Brillantes 23-Aug-14, 6:08 AM | Philippine News Agency

NIA execs, 50 others face graft raps over P119-M in anomalous projects 22-Aug-14, 2:11 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

US protests 'dangerous intercept' of Navy jet by Chinese warplane 23-Aug-14, 7:57 AM | David Alexander, Reuters

'OOPS' OR 'OPS'? | Lacierda floats - then denies - 'No-Election' scenario 22-Aug-14, 4:25 PM | InterAksyon.com | With Roices Naguit, TV5 Malacanang Palace stirred political speculation further Friday after floating what was seen as a 'no-election' scenario in 2016, but quickly took it back and clarified that the presidential polls will definitely push through.

NIA execs, 50 others face graft raps over P119-M in anomalous projects 22-Aug-14, 2:11 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com The National Irrigation Administration's manager in the Caraga region and two predecessors are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman over P119 million in allegedly anomalous projects, the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said Friday.

Binay gets Ninoy medal of valor, counsels vs Cha-cha to clip SC power, lift term limits 21-Aug-14, 5:11 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Vice President Binay received the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor for his role in fighting the Marcos dictatorship, and aired his counsel against Charter changes meant to clip the SC's powers and lift term limits. He said a Senate probe of alleged Makati anomalies is driven by politics.

Here's the cost of a toilet (seat) upgrade at NAIA: P270,000 22-Aug-14, 4:01 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com State-run MIAA is spending P32.6 million to spruce up 121 toilets across three terminals of the NAIA.

DFA: Pinoy seaman cleared of Ebola 21-Aug-14, 9:50 PM | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - Saturday, August 23, 7:00 p.m.) The 32-year-old Filipino seaman who was quarantined in Togo recently to be screened for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been cleared, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported on Saturday.

Senate ready to suspend Enrile as Sandigan junks detained senator's appeal 22-Aug-14, 4:50 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | Trish Roque, News5 (UPDATED - 8 p.m.) The Senate is ready to suspend Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile following the anti-graft court's decision to thumb down the lawmaker's motion for reconsideration on the 90-day preventive suspension against him.

Social Watch trains radar on audit of intelligence, confidential funds 22-Aug-14, 3:38 PM| Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Leonor Briones, lead convenor of Social Watch Philippines, points out these funds are not subject to the regular auditing requirements, which makes them hard to track.

SLOW TRAIN RUNNIN' | Queues at MRT3 grow longer after gov't lowers speed limit 22-Aug-14, 8:57 AM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com Longer queues and travel time greet passengers at the MRT3 after the DOTC reduced the train system's speed limit following the accident last August 13.

Truck ban stays in Metro Manila -- MMDA 23-Aug-14, 3:11 AM| Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, Philippine News Agency While it is supporting initiatives to address the current decongestion of the Port of Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday said it will continue to implement the truck ban rule in the metropolis.

Sandigan OKs Mike Arroyo stem cell treatment in Gemany, vacation in Italy 22-Aug-14, 9:09 PM| Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency | Video report by News5 The anti-graft court on Friday allowed Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo to undergo stem cell treatment in Germany after his request to travel was granted. The court also permitted Arroyo to take a vacation in Milan, Italy.

US protests 'dangerous intercept' of Navy jet by Chinese warplane 23-Aug-14, 7:57 AM| David Alexander, Reuters The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a 'dangerous intercept' of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few meters from the US jet and performing acrobatic maneuvers around it.

 
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