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De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

CITIZEN MANILA | Tattoo artist Joel Ricafort, 35, and his living canvas 29-Aug-14, 10:32 AM | Text and photos by Bernard Testa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Budget deficit narrows at start of 2H as gov't spending fails to pick up 29-Aug-14, 1:55 PM | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The drop in spending belied official commitment to ramp up public spending.

GOLAN HEIGHTS SIEGE | Filipino peacekeepers 'well-armed, well-trained, will defend UN post' 28-Aug-14, 11:47 PM | InterAksyon.com | Reuters | Agence France-Presse (UPDATE 7, 4:38 p.m., Aug 29, 2014) - The 75 Filipino soldiers involved in a standoff with Syrian rebels at the UN post in the Golan heights are "well-armed . . . well-trained ... [and] well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers," who will do everything to defend their positions, the AFP said Friday.

Grace Poe braves rush-hour MRT, 2-hour trip from North Ave to Taft, to prep for Senate hearing 29-Aug-14, 1:59 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2:20 p.m.) The move was to learn more about the travails of the light-rail commuters in preparation for the Senate hearing on Sept. 1, Monday.

BUSINESS NEWS

Napocor resumes water releases from Angat Dam for irrigation Napocor resumes water releases from Angat Dam for irrigation Maynilad and Manila Water raised alarm about the resumption of water releases for irrigation, warning that this would compromise supply once El Nino hits later…

PH stock index down a second session on profit-taking PH stock index down a second session on profit-taking According to Papa Securities analyst Freya Natividad, the correction was healthy given recent run-ups.

DAP debacle, ports congestion drag down business confidence to 3-year low DAP debacle, ports congestion drag down business confidence to 3-year low The BSP's business confidence index in the third quarter revisited the lows seen in 2011 when government curtailed spending.

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Chief Justice says judiciary will do duty, as PNoy repeats lament over meddling 28-Aug-14, 6:54 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said Thursday the judiciary would continue to perform its constitutionally mandated duty even if it may inconvenience other parties and the high court suffers criticism in the process.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000, spread further - WHO 29-Aug-14, 7:43 AM | Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

TALE OF 2 MRT RIDERS | Before Grace Poe, transport chief Abaya takes train, but draws more flak 29-Aug-14, 5:10 PM| Radyo5 | With InterAksyon.com Before Sen. Grace Poe endured a two-hour commute Friday morning from the MRT's North Avenue station to Taft Avenue, there was DOTC Secretary Abaya riding the problematic train last Thursday afternoon. Instead of drawing praise for trying to feel people's pulse, he was criticized. Why?

De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 4:12 p.m.) Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of murder charges against former Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and a town mayor for the killing of a journalist in Digos City in 2010.

585 new HIV cases in July, highest since 1984 - DOH 28-Aug-14, 4:49 PM| Philippine News Agency The Department of Health on Thursday reported 585 new HIV cases last month, the most recorded in a single month since 1984. The July figure brings the total HIV cases this year to 3,399 and is 30 percent more than the 449 recorded in the same month last year.

'GRAVE DANGER' | Invest in AFP to beef up territorial defense, Magdalo solon urges 29-Aug-14, 12:20 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com 'With an Air Force that cannot protect our air space and a Navy that cannot protect our maritime interest, claimant countries have accelerated their creeping occupation of our islands,' Magdalo party-list Representative Ashley Acedillo said.

By bus, boat or train, commuters on edge of despair, so MMDA fields . . . military trucks 29-Aug-14, 3:04 PM| Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com You can reach me by railway, train, boat, plane; just get here if you can. That part of a song, paraphrased, seems to be the mantra of worker-commuters mightily struggling each day to reach their destinations.

PLDT, Rocket Internet hold discussions on mobile commerce gameplan 29-Aug-14, 9:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The two companies are setting up a mobile commerce and payment solutions platform for emerging markets.

 
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