NO SURPRISE | PNoy to endorse Mar as administration standard bearer Friday - LP sec-gen 29-Jul-15, 2:38 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez and Ernie Reyes, UPDATE 2, 3:19 PM-Confirming the loudest whisper since Monday's State of the Nation Address where President Benigno Aquino III lavished extra praise on Secretary Mar Roxas II, a ranking Liberal Party official said Aquino will endorse the DILG chief as the administration's standard bearer for 2016.

MRT, post-Yolanda mess to dent armor of PNoy endorsing power - minority solons 29-Jul-15, 3:42 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, The independent minority bloc in Congress thinks the continuing woes of typhoon Yolanda survivors because of the snail-paced rehabilitation, and the travails of train riders in Metro Manila, will dent the strength of the President's endorsement of his preferred candidate.

China conducts air, sea drills in South China Sea 28-Jul-15, 11:45 PM | Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbors.

7 million expected to join metrowide quake drill on July 30 28-Jul-15, 5:08 PM | Clara Masinag, Some 7 million people are expected to participate in Thursday’s (July 30) metrowide quake drill, for which the MMDA firmed up preparations in its last meeting with business groups, state agencies and 17 local government units in the metropolis, and the diplomatic corps.

IT'S THEIR RIGHT | AFP 'not threatened' by Chinese live fire drills 29-Jul-15, 1:13 PM | Thom Andrade, The Armed Forces of the Philippines does not see the live fire military drills China conducted in the South China Sea on Tuesday as a threat, saying it is the right of any sovereign nation to conduct 'exercises that they think are relevant to their own security interests.'

P3-T budget for 2016 is submitted to Congress 28-Jul-15, 4:19 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says the proposed 2016 budget will not only provide inclusive development for all Filipinos, but will likewise make this growth sustainable past 2016.

$3B ADB lending boost to help end Philippines Muslim rebellion 28-Jul-15, 8:21 PM| Agence France-Presse The Asian Development Bank is to lend about $3 billion to the Philippines over the next three years, part of which will help support a peace deal ending a long-running Muslim insurgency.

MVP to receive prestigious RVR award for nation building 29-Jul-15, 4:21 AM| Jose Bimbo F. Santos, PLDT chair Manny V. Pangilinan is set to receive Wednesday (July 30) the prestigious Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. award for nation building. The selection panel cited his excellent entrepreneurial spirit, good corporate citizenship and passion for nation building.

DOTC wants MRT-3 owner to drop raps vs. addition of 48 train cars 28-Jul-15, 6:24 PM| Philippines News Agency Taking its cue from President Benigno S. Aquino III’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday urged the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) owner to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the rail system.

Junjun Binay asks CA to resolve bid to stop suspension after Ombudsman, DILG miss deadline 28-Jul-15, 1:58 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay has asked the Court of Appeals to rule on his bid to stop his suspension after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and the Department of Interior and Local Government missed the deadline to submit their comments to his petition.

VIDEO | PNP to file charges vs militants who mauled undercover cops 29-Jul-15, 8:32 AM| France Noguera, News5 The Philippine National Police (PNP) is bent on filing charges against militants for mauling undercover policemen who were monitoring the protest movement outside the Batasan Pambansa before President Aquino delivered his last State of the Nation Address on Monday.

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