TODAY'S HEADLINES

China halts visas for Hong Kong-bound tour groups: travel body 02-Oct-14, 12:20 AM | Agence France-Presse

UnionBank snags BSP approval for P10B fund-raising 02-Oct-14, 9:56 AM | Krista Angela M. Montealegre, InterAksyon.com

WARNING | Thursday may see a repeat of Wednesday floods, traffic jams - Pagasa 02-Oct-14, 11:08 AM | InterAksyon.com If Wednesday afternoon was big, bad news for the tens of thousands of people stranded on the road - either in vehicles or walking aimlessly - by flashfloods from a severe thunderstorm, Thursday afternoon may bring even bigger bad news: a repeat of Wednesday's woes.

Thousands swarm HK leader's office as calls to quit grow 02-Oct-14, 9:10 AM | Benjamin Haas, Agence France-Presse Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed to block entry to the offices of their city's embattled leader early Thursday in an attempt to force a dialogue, as calls for his resignation grew louder.

2 new HIV patients younger than 15 years old - DOH 02-Oct-14, 7:52 AM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com The Department of Health (DOH) had registered a total of 509 new cases of HIV/AIDS in August, bring to almost 4,000 the number of cases this year.

TG doesn't stop Makati building probe but orders study of mayor's jurisdictional challenge 02-Oct-14, 11:32 AM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee has not acceded to Makati Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay's request to overturn the decision of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III to proceed with the investigation of the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

BOSES NG BOSSES | 62% of Pinoys against Cha-cha, second PNoy term 02-Oct-14, 10:35 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 11:48 a.m.) The bosses, it seems have spoken. And the verdict is, no to Charter change and a second term for President Benigno Aquino III.

Thousands rally in Taiwan to support Hong Kong protesters 02-Oct-14, 8:58 AM| Agence France-Presse Thousands of slogan-chanting Taiwan residents rallied late Wednesday to support the growing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, with one saying the city faces a "life-and-death" moment.

VIDEO | Imelda 'violated' by raid as PCGG seizes 18 paintings from Marcos home 01-Oct-14, 6:36 AM| News5 (UPDATE 9:10PM) Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos felt 'violated' after the authorities searched her homes and offices and seized art pieces, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

DENR puts forest, fire protection officers on full alert as Mayon eruption looms 01-Oct-14, 5:45 PM| Orti Despuez, InterAksyon.com With Mayon Volcano's explosion seen as just days away, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) placed all forest and fire protection officers in Albay province on high alert against threat of potential wildfires.

WAGE HIKE IN TIME OF UNREST | Foreign maids get 100-HK dollar pay raise as protests rock city 01-Oct-14, 6:50 PM| Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has raised the minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers to HK$4,110 (approximately P23,795), as thousands of Hong Kong residents continued protesting Beijing's move to vet candidates who will stand for election in the territory.

PNP chief Purisima 'still has moral ascendancy' - Aquino 01-Oct-14, 2:09 PM| Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com Malacanang said Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima "still has the moral ascendancy" to lead the PNP despite the corruption allegations against him.

OMEN? | 35,000 walruses mass on Alaska beach 'due to climate change' 02-Oct-14, 9:28 AM| Agence France-Presse At least 35,000 walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts said Wednesday.

 
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