Perform mandate, Belmonte tells Pacquiao, absentee lawmakers 21-Oct-14, 2:58 AM | Jove Francisco, Radyo5

No need to revoke VFA, says President Aquino 21-Oct-14, 6:07 AM | Philippines News Agency

VIDEOS | Bus hostages turn to social media, recall ordeal in Monday morning crisis at NLEX 21-Oct-14, 12:41 AM | | Video reports by Marlene Alcaide and Jeff Caparas, News5

DFA: 4 US witnesses in Laude slay have left the Philippines 21-Oct-14, 6:18 AM | Michaela Del Callar, Philippine News Agency

Aquino says US ties above transgender murder 20-Oct-14, 6:54 PM | Agence France-Presse Under bilateral agreement, the United States has primary custody over its personnel accused before Philippine courts, but the Philippines has criminal jurisdiction.

PNoy: 'Binay asked me to intervene in Senate probe' 20-Oct-14, 12:06 PM | Dexter San Pedro, UPDATE 2, 5:42 PM - President Aquino said VP Binay had asked him to intervene in anti-corruption investigations initiated by senators and the Department of Justice. Binay's spokesman explained the context of that request.

Palo folk stand to lose homes, cultural landmarks, to Pope's visit 20-Oct-14, 8:16 PM | Lottie Salarda, (text and photos) What Yolanda failed to do the government may succeed in doing - the destruction of houses and structures, many still being repaired - to widen the highway leading to the seat of the Palo archdiocese in time for Pope Francis' visit.

DOE: 2015 power crisis an issue of reserves, not supply; negotiated deals for gensets junked 20-Oct-14, 5:21 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Pressed by lawmakers on Monday on the real energy situation in the country that would necessitate emergency powers for President Benigno Aquino III, the Department of Energy (DOE) acknowledged that the scenario in the summer months of 2015 was not as bad, after all.

VIDEO | German fiance attends Laude's wake, silently weeps over Jennifer's brutal death 20-Oct-14, 6:15 PM | Patricia Mangune and Mon Gualvez, News5 Nine days after Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude was brutally killed in an Olongapo City motel, the victim's German fiance finally arrived in the Philippines to attend Laude's wake.

2015 budget's passage to ruin all reforms, castrate Congress - watchdog alliance 20-Oct-14, 6:04 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, An alliance of budget watchdogs on Monday warned the House of Representatives that passage of the proposed 2015 national budget as it stands - containing lump sum appropriations and redefining the concept of savings - will be tantamount to Congress forfeiting its mandate as keeper of the purse.

Task Force Josie formed to probe disappearance of CamNorte gov's wife 20-Oct-14, 8:42 PM| and News5 The wife of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado has been missing since October 17, but authorities remain clueless on what could have happened to her. The police has formed Task Force Josie to lead the probe on her disappearance.

SWS poll result says 79% say VP Binay should respond to corruption allegations 20-Oct-14, 3:48 PM| Lira Fernandez, The results revealed that 79 percent agree (57% strongly agree, 22% somewhat agree); 10% disagree; and, 11% were undecided.

VIDEOS | Bus hostages turn to social media, recall ordeal in Monday morning crisis at NLEX 21-Oct-14, 12:41 AM| | Video reports by Marlene Alcaide and Jeff Caparas, News5 Some bus passengers took to social media to recount what was happening, and also gave their accounts later, as a man described quite unstable held them hostage with a knife as the Everlasting bus they rode neared the Sta. Rita toll gate at NLEX Monday morning.

'Church shouldn't fear change,' says Pope at close of synod divided over homosexuality 20-Oct-14, 7:48 AM| Philip Pullella, Reuters Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

Bidding for LRT2 maintenance contract deferred 20-Oct-14, 5:46 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, The contract budget has been reduced to P1.15 billion from the original amount of P1.33 billion.

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