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Ex-Misamis Oriental gov gets 10-18 years in jail over cannibalized vehicles 20-Dec-14, 7:59 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

Obama vows US response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack 20-Dec-14, 5:26 AM | Aruna Viswanatha and Steve Holland, Reuters

Scientists make strides in tsunami warning 20-Dec-14, 1:38 AM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

VIDEO | Guns seized from inmates in NBP raid belonged to government officials 20-Dec-14, 4:36 AM | News5 The Department of Justice will launch an investigation as to how the guns, which were seized from the cells of high-profile inmates in a raid inside the National Bilibid Prison, were registered in the name of some government officials.

IT'S FINAL | Ona out of DOH, Malacanang accepts resignation 19-Dec-14, 7:23 PM | InterAksyon.com Malacanang on Friday accepted the resignation of Secretary Enrique Ona as secretary of the Department of Health (DOH).

Pemberton booked but not arraigned, to remain detained in Camp Aguinaldo 19-Dec-14, 1:37 AM | Ansbert Joaquin, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, Radyo5 (UPDATE 6 - 11:56 a.m.) US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was presented to the Olongapo regional trial court Friday morning and was booked but his expected arraignment did not push through after the court decided to first hear a motion he filed to suspend proceedings against him.

PH among nations with biggest risk of online infection -- Kaspersky 19-Dec-14, 10:19 AM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com The Philippines was included in a group of nations that had the highest number of online infections in the past year as recorded by Kaspersky Lab.

Four suspected ASG men arrested in Sulu, bomb components confiscated 19-Dec-14, 5:50 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com A tip was relayed to elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 (MBLT9) manning a checkpoint to be on alert for an oncoming Mitsubishi Triton Strada with the suspects.

Fallout from Bilibid fiasco cuts into political prisoners' visitation rights 19-Dec-14, 8:21 AM| InterAksyon.com The scramble to tighten security measures in jails after the discovery of luxury cells and amenities for privileged convicts at the National Bilibid Prison appears to have cut into visitation rights for political prisoners.

Liberal Party secretary general backs Roxas-Poe team-up 19-Dec-14, 4:09 PM| Philippines News Agency | With InterAksyon.com UPDATE 5:20PM- The LP will consider proposals for a Mar Roxas-Grace Poe tandem, a team-up that LP Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento said "combines leadership, experience and expertise in governance with mass appeal, honesty, and idealism." His remark comes days after UNA warned Poe against LP.

New ties with US won't mean capitalism for Cuba, says Raul Castro's daughter 20-Dec-14, 9:05 AM| Rosa Tania Valdes, Reuters Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that US companies would be free to roll in.

PHOTO | Underground workers' group rallies in downtown Manila to mark CPP's 46th 19-Dec-14, 12:35 PM| InterAksyon.com Workers of the Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions and other underground organizations under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines staged a lightning rally in downtown Manila Friday morning to mark the 46th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Nine-month Sin Tax collections surpass goal for entire 2014 19-Dec-14, 10:28 AM| Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The record-setting collection from cigarette makers was despite allegations by the country's dominant tobacco manufacturer that a smaller rival was not paying the right amount of taxes.

Sony hack a 'serious natl security matter' - US 19-Dec-14, 7:55 AM| Michael Thurston and Jerome Cartillier, Agence France-Presse The cyber attack that forced Sony Pictures to scrap a comedy about North Korea is a 'serious national security matter,' the White House warned Thursday, threatening an 'appropriate response.'

 
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