TODAY'S HEADLINES

MAR IS IT | Aquino anoints Roxas to continue 'daang matuwid' 31-Jul-15, 11:32 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

VIDEO | VP Binay unfazed by a rematch with Roxas in 2016 31-Jul-15, 10:37 AM | JV Arcena, News5

MVP to youth during RVR award acceptance, 'Be bold because you're young enough to fail' 30-Jul-15, 9:22 AM | Jose Bimbo Santos, InterAksyon.com

MAR IS IT | Aquino anoints Roxas to continue 'daang matuwid' 31-Jul-15, 11:32 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 3 - 12:29 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Friday to be the Liberal Party standard bearer to continue his 'daang matuwid' (straight path) program of governance beyond 2016.

VIDEO | VP Binay unfazed by a rematch with Roxas in 2016 31-Jul-15, 10:37 AM | JV Arcena, News5 It will be like a boxing rematch. This was what Vice President Jejomar Binay said about the prospect of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas becoming the standard bearer of the administration in the 2016 presidential elections.

Grace wishes Mar well, hopes campaign for 2016 centers on 'issues and programs of govt' 31-Jul-15, 12:44 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Grace Poe congratulated Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II after he was endorsed the Liberal Party standard bearer by President Benigno Aquino III even as she hinted that she would turn next year's presidential derby into a three-way race including Vice President Jejomar Binay.


Comelec to award OMR contract to Smartmatic-TIM 30-Jul-15, 6:45 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com The Commission on Elections is all but poised to award the contract for supply of 70,977 OMR machines to Smartmatic-Tim.

Group accuses Smartmatic of changing source code of PCOS machines 30-Jul-15, 7:13 PM | Philippines News Agency An election case was filed on Thursday before the Commission on Elections against officials of Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. for allegedly altering the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May 13, 2013 midterm polls.

#MMShakeDrill, VIDEO | MMDA: Millions do the duck, cover, hold 30-Jul-15, 7:34 PM| Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com |Video Report by Renz Ongkiko, News5 The MMDA estimated that 6-M people joined the metro-wide earthquake drill, conducted to heighten awareness and preparedness for a possible magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum says everyone should brace not just for movements in the West Valley Fault, but also the Manila Trench.

'IF I WERE PRESIDENT' | In draft SONA, Marcos highlights development areas missed by Aquino 30-Jul-15, 6:13 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com While contemplating a run for higher office in 2016, Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos on Wednesday highlighted development areas that he thinks will propel the country to prosperity, but were missed by President Aquino.

China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea 30-Jul-15, 8:28 PM| Reuters China's Defense Ministry ramps up the rhetoric on the South China Sea ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week.

OFWs celebrate World Day vs Trafficking with #DiAko4Sale selfies 30-Jul-15, 5:11 PM| InterAksyon.com To drive home the message on the need to fight human trafficking, OFWs took part in a joint social media campaign of two migrant worker solidarity groups. They posted selfies bearing the hashtag #DiAko4Sale to demonstrate their support for the global observance of World Day Against Trafficking.

2014 realignment allegations misleading - DBM 30-Jul-15, 8:07 PM| InterAksyon.com Various transfers of appropriation under the 2014 budget were legitimate and open to public scrutiny, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Thursday, after Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon alleged that P323.6 billion in funds were improperly realigned in 2014.

Riddle of missing flight MH370 confounds experts 30-Jul-15, 8:16 PM| Agence France-Presse An explanation for the event might become possible if a large piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion this week turns out to be part of the ill-fated Boeing 777.

 
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