TODAY'S HEADLINES

DILG forms board of inquiry on tactical matters; SAF chief sacked over Mamasapano 27-Jan-15, 1:19 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 1:33 p.m.) Even as DILG Secretary Roxas announced a board of inquiry to look into tactical matters in connection with the massacre of 50 PNP SAF men in Maguindanao, the commander of the elite Special Action Force has been relieved over the tragic incident.

'Treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty': DOJ approves murder raps vs Pemberton 27-Jan-15, 1:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Department of Justice has cleared the filing of murder charges against US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude late last year, approving the recommendation of the Olongapo City prosecutor's office.

DEAD FOR 2ND TIME? | Was terrorist Marwan killed in Maguindanao? Gazmin says still verifying 26-Jan-15, 5:02 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Monday they are verifying a report that Abdhir, more famously known as Marwan, was killed in the day-long firefights between the police Special Action Force (SAF) and up to 300 armed men of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that killed 53 people.

'Treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty': DOJ approves murder raps vs Pemberton 27-Jan-15, 1:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Department of Justice has cleared the filing of murder charges against US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude late last year, approving the recommendation of the Olongapo City prosecutor's office.

Abu Sayyaf member, 7 other inmates escape from Basilan provincial jail 27-Jan-15, 1:36 PM | Philippines News Agency Eight inmates including a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) escaped early Tuesday from the provincial jail in this city, an official disclosed.

ON HIDING STREET KIDS DURING PAPAL VISIT | Give DSWD opportunity to explain, says Cardinal Tagle 27-Jan-15, 9:29 AM| Philippines News Agency Amid reports that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allegedly hid street children in Metro Manila during the recent visit of Pope Francis, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the agency should be given an opportunity to explain.

Hundreds of typhoon victims air grievances at Northern Samar capitol 27-Jan-15, 11:52 AM| Eladio Perfecto, InterAksyon.com Hundreds of farmers and other victims of typhoons that struck Northern Samar over the past few months marched on the capitol in Catarman Monday to air their grievances before the provincial government.

PHOTO | Senate suspends arrest warrant for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, 5 others 26-Jan-15, 2:03 PM| Ernie Reyes and Jamin Verde, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 4:50 p.m.) Two senators question the process of the issuance of the warrant of arrest, and Senate President Franklin Drilon holds the order in abeyance.

IN LIMBO | Police continue to follow Comelec guidelines on SK elections, ready to enforce gun ban 27-Jan-15, 10:49 AM| Philippines News Agency As no law has yet been passed by Congress resetting the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled on February 21 this year, the Philippine National Police in Pangasinan continues to abide by the original instruction of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Left-wing Syriza party wins historic Greek election victory 26-Jan-15, 7:19 AM| John Hadoulis and Guy Jackson, Agence France-Presse Anti-austerity party Syriza won a historic victory in Greece's election Sunday, partial results showed, setting up a confrontation with the EU over its plans to renegotiate the country's massive bailout.

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO | SAF casualties in Maguindanao now 50, names of 41 released 26-Jan-15, 6:52 AM| Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.) The number of casualties from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the encounter between the police and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao has now reached 50.

 
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