TODAY'S HEADLINES

Chinese journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay award 31-Jul-14, 6:08 AM | Agence France-Presse

Milky Weigh: scientists take weight of the galaxy 31-Jul-14, 5:42 AM | Agence France-Presse

237 residents evacuated from sinkhole area in north Cebu islet 31-Jul-14, 1:33 AM | Eddie Barrita, Philippine News Agency

'DI MAKAHINTAY? | Palace already redefined savings in proposed 2015 budget - lawmaker 31-Jul-14, 12:23 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com A lawmaker said Thursday that Malacanang has already redefined the meaning of savings in the proposed 2015 national budget, even before Congress has acted on Pres. Benigno Aquino III's request to do so and allegedly in defiance of the Supreme Court's decision on DAP.

Congress to 'legalize' DAP through resolution, supplemental budget - Drilon 30-Jul-14, 3:39 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | Jelly F. Musico, PNA UPDATE 8:18PM- Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday that Congress will effectively legalize the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) by approving a joint resolution or supplemental budget defining the utilization of savings within a fiscal period.

Palace touts 'inclusive growth' mantra as it sends P2.6-trillion 2015 budget to House 30-Jul-14, 4:56 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The 2015 budget will advance inclusive growth and sustain the reforms that support development, the Executive said Wednesday, as it submitted the proposed money measure to Congress, devoting the biggest share to economic services and social protection and welfare.

Filipina nurse kidnapped, raped in Libya's Tripoli: medics, security 31-Jul-14, 3:01 AM | Agence France-Presse Unknown gunmen kidnapped and raped a Filipina nurse Wednesday in the Libyan capital, medics and security officials said.

VIDEO | Alert Level 2 raised on 3 W. African countries over Ebola outbreak 30-Jul-14, 4:08 PM | Shawn Yao, News5 The Deparment of Foreign Affairs has raised Alert Level 2 on three West African countries where the continuing rise in deadly Ebola cases has caused serious concern among international health agencies.

PRIORITY BILLS | Palace wish list to Congress includes FOI, extension for CARP notice 30-Jul-14, 4:36 PM| Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com At least 20 priority bills, including the Freedom of Information bill and one extending the period to issue notice of coverage for lands to be covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, are on the Executive's 'wish list' sent to the 16th Congress, which buckled down to work Wednesday.

Senate repeals law vs premature marriage; okays 4 bills 30-Jul-14, 8:02 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Citing the need to uplift the welfare and dignity of women and curb discrimination against them, the Senate on Wednesday approved a measure deleting from the statute books the Crime of Premature Marriage under Article 351 of the Revised Penal Code.

Meralco mulls conversion of Atimonan natural gas project to coal 30-Jul-14, 1:10 PM| Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com Meralco Powergen Corp is mulling the conversion of its liquefied natural gas project in Quezon to a coal-fired power facility.

DOH reports 494 new HIV cases in June 31-Jul-14, 4:10 AM| Sweetie dela Torre, Philippine News Agency The Department of Health on Thursday reported there were 494 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in June 2014, a 15 percent increase compared to the 431 recorded in the same period last year.

AN APPEAL FOR GAZA | ICRC invokes the humanitarian imperative: Stop the killing! 30-Jul-14, 2:02 PM| Jacques de Maio, ICRC head of delegation in Israel and the occupied territories The human cost is simply too high. Too many women and children are wounded, dying or damaged in their minds and bodies. This is not about who is to blame for not respecting this or that specific rule of war, or even about whether the expected military advantage outweighs the collateral damage.

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes 30-Jul-14, 5:31 AM| Manuel Mogato, Reuters The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

 
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