P3-T budget for 2016 is submitted to Congress 28-Jul-15, 4:19 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com 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.

Over half of Filipino families see themselves as poor - SWS 28-Jul-15, 1:18 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Over half of Filipino families consider themselves poor, the results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed.

6 SONAs, 2.2 hours, 12,095 words, and still no mention of FOI 27-Jul-15, 7:20 PM | InterAksyon.com In the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Philippine history, President Benigno Aquino III thanked his Cabinet, his supporters, and even the people behind his hair and wardrobe, but glaringly omitted mention of what many had deemed a cornerstone policy to institutionalize Daang Matuwid.

7 million expected to join metrowide quake drill on July 30 28-Jul-15, 5:08 PM | Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com 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.

China eyes new cruise link to disputed South China Sea islands 27-Jul-15, 3:54 PM | Reuters Chinese authorities plan to start a second cruise ship link to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday, in a move that may irk Vietnam, which also claims the islets.

VP Binay scowling no more after SONA snub, rebuke; promises own speech 'in due time' 28-Jul-15, 3:26 PM| JV Arcena, News5 | InterAksyon.com A broadly smiling Vice President Binay faced the press Tuesday morning, after ignoring interview requests Monday as he left the Batasan complex, where the President's SONA thanked everyone in his Cabinet except Binay, whom he chided - without naming him - for his criticism of the administration.

Pope calls for release of Jesuit priest, Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria 27-Jul-15, 3:04 PM| Philip Pullella, Reuters Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Aquino's SONA stats need fact-checking – Marcos 28-Jul-15, 5:32 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says the figures and statistics cited by President Aquino were surprising, 'because they seem to diverge from what we are seeing on the ground.'

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, InterAksyon.com 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.

DBM: High priority, no politics in Yolanda 'build back better' effort 28-Jul-15, 2:47 PM| InterAksyon.com Budget Secretary Florencio Abad asserts that reconstruction/rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas is marked by 'double emphasis' on the tenets of building-back-better and rapid post-disaster aid.

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