TODAY'S HEADLINES

Without PH Senate vote, pact on US rotational presence violates Charter - Miriam 20-Apr-14, 3:40 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Unless concurred in by a 2/3 vote of the Philippine Senate, the proposed agreement covering the increased rotational presence of US troops in the country - believed being rushed in time for President Barack Obama's visit - will violate the Constitution, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Sunday.

S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic 21-Apr-14, 7:55 AM | Agence France-Presse Panic-stricken and fumbling for a response, the crew of a South Korean ferry dithered over the evacuation of passengers in the crucial final moments before it sank, a transcript released Sunday revealed, as divers began retrieving bodies from the vessel.

National Press Club to file countersuit vs GSIS over Manansala mural 20-Apr-14, 8:20 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The National Press Club of the Philippines vowed to file a countersuit against the Government Service Insurance System after the Manila Regional Trial Court dismissed the estafa case filed against past club officials in 2008 over the sale of a mural by National Artist Vicente Manansala.

Gigi Reyes as state witness? De Lima says it's a 'big question mark' 20-Apr-14, 2:51 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Department of Justice on Sunday struck a tentative note amid speculations that Atty. Jessica Lucila Reyes, one of the principal respondents in the pork barrel plunder case, could end up as a state witness.

DEADLY HOLY WEEK | 31 killed in car crashes, other incidents - NDRRMC 21-Apr-14, 9:14 AM | InterAksyon.com Thirty-one people died in 50 incidents, mostly car crashes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

DI MAKAPILI | Sen. Jinggoy confident Atty. Gigi won't implicate him on pork scam, to be home Monday 20-Apr-14, 1:30 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Unlike other whistleblowers, Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who returned to the country Saturday, is unlikely to "spill the beans" to implicate lawmakers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Sunday.

Malaysia Airlines jet makes safe emergency landing due to landing gear problem 21-Apr-14, 3:30 AM| Agence France-Press A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard landed safely early Monday after turning back to Kuala Lumpur due to a landing gear problem, the carrier said.

PA-EASTER NYO NA | Govt to MILF: Help release all hostages in Mindanao 20-Apr-14, 8:26 AM| InterAksyon.com Following military reports that some Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters were involved in kidnapping activities, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer has asked the assistance of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other stakeholders to give kidnap victims their freedom.

DOH urges Pinoy nurse's co-passengers from Abu Dhabi: 'You still need to get tested for MERS-CoV' 19-Apr-14, 2:15 PM| Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com | with reports from Agence France-Presse Fellow passengers of a Filipino nurse who flew home on April 15, before the man was found to have tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), still need to undergo tests, the DOH said on Saturday, even as the nurse has already been cleared of the virus.

NOOD TAYO NG METEOR SHOWER! 12 'falling stars' per hour from Monday evening to Tuesday morning 20-Apr-14, 10:26 AM| InterAksyon.com Want to see a night sky spectacle? From the evening of Monday (April 21) to the wee hours of Tuesday (April 22), the annual Lyrids meteor shower will peak, with about a dozen meteors per hour streaking across Philippine skies, the Philippine weather bureau said.

No need for traffic czar -- Palace 21-Apr-14, 3:19 AM| Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency There is no need for a traffic czar, a Malacanang official said Sunday in response to a lawmaker’s proposal to appoint one to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

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