TODAY'S HEADLINES

MEL STA. MARIA | Why February 25 should be remembered Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 12:29 AM | Atty. Mel Sta. Maria

PSEi sustains rise, PHP weakens due to uncertainty in global financial markets Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 8:26 PM | Joann Santiago, Philippines News Agency

Retrofitting of Quezon Bridge completed: DPWH Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 5:59 PM | InterAksyon.com

PRESIDENTS DAY NOT | Thousands of anti-Trump protesters cry 'not my president' Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 9:46 AM | Agence France-Presse

Global arms sales reach highest level since end of Cold War: study Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 1:48 AM | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua

Senators vote 10-7-5 to approve reopening probe on Davao Death Squad - sources Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 2:58 AM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Some perceived allies of the Duterte administration on Tuesday failed to block the holding of a new inquiry into the Death Squad a day after a retired Davao senior police officer made a public confession about the vigilante group.

'SABONG' OVER OUSTER 'PLOT' | Palace journos to Andanar: What do you know that DND, NSA don't? Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 4:48 PM | InterAksyon.com Things got heated in Malacanang on Tuesday when reporters took on claims by PCO Sec. Andanar about a destabilization plot against the Duterte administration - an allegation that, ironically, has been dismissed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and DND chief Delfin Lorenzana.

'NUMERO UNONG KRIMINAL' | De Lima to Pinoys: Stand up vs Duterte, it's time for another EDSA Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 11:59 AM | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 5 - 7:33 p.m.) Days before the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA uprising against the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sen. De Lima urged Filipinos to stand up against President Duterte, whom she called "another criminal dictator."


BUSINESS NEWS

PSEi sustains rise, PHP weakens due to uncertainty in global financial markets PSEi sustains rise, PHP weakens due to uncertainty in global financial markets The local equities market registered mixed performance Tuesday but the Philippine peso continues to be injured by the sustained strength of the US dollar.

Landbank\ Landbank's 2016 net income up 2% Double digit increases in assets and deposits slightly pushed Land Bank of the Philippines' (Landbank) net income by 2 percent last year.

With half of metallic mines in Caraga, DOF sees DENR crackdown cutting deeply With half of metallic mines in Caraga, DOF sees DENR crackdown cutting deeply Over half the country's metallic mines are found in the Caraga region. The Finance department says three towns will be most affected as mining accounts…

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SC issues second writ of amparo to protect kin of another alleged Tokhang victim Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 4:47 PM | InterAksyon.com A protection order - the second this year - has been issued by the Supreme Court to the family of another alleged victim of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign or "Oplan Tokhang."

UNPRECEDENTED FEAT | Andanar unites unorganized Senate reporters Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 7:10 PM | InterAksyon Presidential Communication Office Secretary Martin Andanar has succeeded where no one else has: he has united the Senate reporters in a beat where there has never been a formal press corps.

China opposes US naval patrols in South China Sea Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 8:49 PM| Michael Martina, Reuters China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a US aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the contested South China Sea.

ASEAN unsettled by China weapon systems, tension in South China Sea Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 7:22 PM| Manuel Mogato, Reuters Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as "very unsettling" and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of "recent developments", the Philippines said on Tuesday.

WATCH | CHED suspends field trips, educational tours Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 2:36 AM| Philippines News Agency | Kaye Imson, News5 The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has ordered the suspension of field trips and educational tours following the death on Monday of 13 students of Bestlink College in a road accident in Tanay, Rizal.

Lacson to probe DDS existence; HRW urges UN to investigate Duterte's war on drugs Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 2:47 PM| Ernie Reyes and Diego Mora, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED) Senator Lacson said the Senate panel he chairs would conduct an inquiry into the claim of fomer police officer Arturo Lascanas that the DDS existed and that President Duterte allegedly had a hand in the vigilante killings. Meanwhile, HRW is urging the UN to probe Duterte's war on drugs.

SC affirms graft, malversation raps vs Napoles, 2 others over PDAF scam Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 1:48 AM| Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, Philippines News Agency The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked the petition of Janet Lim Napoles and two others seeking to dismiss raps against them for graft and malversation of public funds over the alleged misuse of P25 million of the Priority Development Assistance Fund of former Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza.

With half of metallic mines in Caraga, DOF sees DENR crackdown cutting deeply Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 3:48 PM| Shyla Francisco, Bloomberg TV Philippines Over half the country's metallic mines are found in the Caraga region. The Finance department says three towns will be most affected as mining accounts for 50 present of their revenues.

 
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