TODAY'S HEADLINES

Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail 30-Aug-15, 12:10 AM | Haitham El-Tabei, Agence France-Presse

Al-Jazeera to appeal 'grotesque' verdict to jail journalists 29-Aug-15, 11:42 PM | Agence France-Presse

LTO driver's license centers to open on Saturdays 29-Aug-15, 12:57 PM | Philippine News Agency

INC crowd swells near EDSA Shrine as vigil moves over from DOJ compound 28-Aug-15, 2:12 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | Ed Lingao, Maricel Halili, Jun Loyola and Roices Naguit, News5 (UPDATE 4 - 11:48 p.m.) A vigil by protesting members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) entered its second day on Friday, with the main body of the crowd moving over to gather near EDSA Shrine in the evening.

Can a traffic czar solve the mess? Expanded PNR trains, ferries also pushed 28-Aug-15, 3:10 PM | InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5 UPDATE 4:12 P.M.- The Management Association of the Philippines wants President Aquino to appoint a 'traffic czar' for Metro Manila's perennial traffic woes. The Palace soft-pedalled on the odd-even option to reduce cars on the road; and VP Binay urged expansion of trains, ferry systems.

Comelec, Smartmatic firm up contract for 23,000 OMRs; eye source code contract 28-Aug-15, 3:59 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com The Commission on Elections looks set to firm up a review and certification contract for the source code software of optical mark reader machines.


BUSINESS NEWS

VIDEO | Customs Chief Lina clarifies balikbayan box issue with OFWs VIDEO | Customs Chief Lina clarifies balikbayan box issue with OFWs “Today is not about collecting revenues. This day is about assuring OFWs that we are listening and we will make sure that we move forward…

G Liner bus company taps PLDT for GPS monitoring devices G Liner bus company taps PLDT for GPS monitoring devices The installation of GPS devices is in line with a government move to require such gadgets in buses and prevent accidents.

Philippines to halt sugar exports amid strong domestic demand Philippines to halt sugar exports amid strong domestic demand Production for the 2015-2016 crop year is expected to approximate domestic demand.

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VIDEO | As govt, politicos tread softly on INC, netizens weigh in on issue 29-Aug-15, 8:38 AM | Jove Francisco, News5 | InterAksyon.com The government and leading politicians seem to agree that leniency is the best policy as thousands of members of the Iglesia ni Cristo continue to protest what they perceive to be the DOJ's 'selective justice' towards its leaders, who have been charged with illegal detention by an expelled minister.

VIDEO | INC protesters leave piles of trash on Padre Faura as they head for EDSA 29-Aug-15, 9:32 AM | Faith Del Mundo, News5 As thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo members marched off to EDSA from Padre Faura Friday evening, they left in their wake piles of garbage and the stench from a filled to capacity portalet.

VIDEO | Zero Remittance Day 'unnecessary'? Govt made it inevitable - Migrante 28-Aug-15, 1:32 PM| InterAksyon.com Migrante-Middle East took issue Friday with a DFA official's description of the Zero-Remittance Day as 'unnecessary,' stressing that the novel protest had to be carried out to signal to the administration the OFW sector's outrage over undue burdens on them, such as the recent balibayan box fiasco.

Aquino, Thai PM discuss trade, security and education 29-Aug-15, 12:25 AM| Jelly F. Musico, PNA President Benigno Aquino III and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met on Friday with hopes of strengthening cooperation in trade and investments, security and people-to-people ties.

VIDEO | Traffic scheme for LRT 2 extension construction goes on dry run 29-Aug-15, 7:30 AM| Gerard de la Pena, News5 The alternative routing system designed to ease the expected traffic congestion once construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 extension begins next months will undergo a dry run on Saturday.

Lumad decry airborne 'abduction' of 14 in Bukidnon but military says operation targeted 'NPA' 28-Aug-15, 8:22 AM| InterAksyon.com Indigenous people's organizations in Bukidnon decried what they called the 'abduction' of 14 of their leaders and members from a hinterland village of Kitao-tao town even as northern Mindanao media reported a massive military operation that netted suspected members of the New People's Army.

VIDEO | Strafing of broadcast journo Taberna's coffee shop meant as warning? 28-Aug-15, 9:41 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Ivy Bernardo, News5 (UPDATED, 11:15 P.M.) Police probers and broadcast journalist Anthony Taberna see the strafing by unknown men of his newly opened coffee shop in Quezon City Friday morning as meant to send him a warning, and Taberna said it could be any one of the parties he has criticized in his daily show.

SCENARIOS | How will climate change affect your livelihood? It depends 29-Aug-15, 11:20 AM| Marlowe Hood, Agence France-Presse As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: 'How will it affect my livelihood?' That depends on your profession, your age, and exactly where you live, among other things.

 
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