TODAY'S HEADLINES

Grenade explodes at Tondo police station, another disrupted 30-Jan-15, 8:27 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

More than 1,000 PNPA grads in 'sympathy walk' for slain comrades 30-Jan-15, 9:21 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

Chaos in Yemen leaves US killer drone program facing intel gaps 30-Jan-15, 8:15 AM | Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

Tagle calls for Friday masses for 44 fallen SAF 30-Jan-15, 10:43 AM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com

PNoy at Bagong Diwa necrological rites for fallen SAF commandos 30-Jan-15, 9:36 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez and Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 4 - 11:00 a.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has arrived at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City for the necrological service for the 44 policemen slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Pinoys to PNoy: Why were you able to attend DongYan wedding but not the arrival honors for SAF cops? 30-Jan-15, 2:04 AM | InterAksyon.com | video report by Roices Naguit, News5 Twitterverse was filled with rage on Thursday. And the anger and frustration were directed at President Benigno Aquino III, specifically his absence during the arrival honors at the Villamor Airbase for the elite cops who were killed in Maguindanao.

IS MARWAN DEAD? | Man in bloody photo said to be the Malaysian terror suspect circulates 29-Jan-15, 11:55 PM | InterAksyon.com | Video report by Erel Cabatbat, News5 Is Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist already dead? Mindanao Examiner has published a photo sent to the regional newspaper that is purportedly a mug shot of the bloodied face of Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, a Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-making expert.

When military knew of SAF presence, 'it was too late' - officers 30-Jan-15, 7:39 AM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com When the command group of the Special Action Force operation to get two wanted terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao informed the military of their presence, not only was it too late, they were apparently not yet aware that their men were already being slaughtered.

HOME ARE THE HEROES | Remains of 42 SAF personnel arrive in Manila 29-Jan-15, 8:51 AM | Photos by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 5 - 2:33 p.m.) The bodies of 42 of the policemen slain in clashes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao have arrived in Manila.

DFA chief to Asean: Take a stand on China's massive reclamation work in West PH Sea 29-Jan-15, 9:36 PM| Michaela del Callar, Philippine News Agency Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario urged the Asean to take a stand on China's massive reclamation works on disputed areas in the South China Sea, warning that such activities could eventually threaten all 10 members of the regional bloc.

PH tries to stop Pinay drug mule's death by firing squad in Indonesia 29-Jan-15, 10:39 PM| Agence France-Presse The Philippines is trying to prevent the execution of a female citizen, who faces death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug smuggling, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

To remove any hint of bias, groups call for formation of independent body to probe Mamasapano clash 29-Jan-15, 7:41 PM| InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5 with reports from Renz Ongkiko (UPDATE 2 - 8:32 p.m.) At least two groups - one representing retired military officers, the other, a think tank composed of Muslim leaders - on Thursday called for the formation of an independent body to investigate the Mamasapano clash between the PNP-SAF and the MILF.

CA affirms life term for Pasig shabu 'tiangge' operator Boratong, wife 29-Jan-15, 7:14 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The operator of a big shabu flea market busted by police in 2006 has had his life sentence affirmed by the Court of Appeals, while his petition pends over his bid to oppose the DOJ's move to transfer him along with several 'VIP' Bilibid inmates to the NBI detention cell in Manila.

NGOs, poll watchdog ask SC to stop Comelec from granting 2016 contracts to Smartmatic 28-Jan-15, 6:11 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Several nongovernment organizations and an election monitoring group are asking the Supreme Court to stop Smartmatic-TIM from participating in the procurement of the automated election system (AES) and other contracts related to the 2016 national and local elections.

NEWSFEATURE | 5.5M Filipino children in child labor: stories of poverty, tears, but also hope 30-Jan-15, 4:29 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Frail-looking and gaunt, one would not think that 14-year-old Jeraldine Macapaar Aboy or Pitang could lift tons of sugarcane and load them in a truck.

 
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