MAR IS IT | Aquino anoints Roxas to continue 'daang matuwid' 31-Jul-15, 11:32 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, | With News5 videos (UPDATE 4, WITH SPEECH - 3:29 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, Senator Grace Poe congratulated Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II after he was endorsed as 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.

UN urges govt to speed up housing for Yolanda survivors 01-Aug-15, 7:06 AM | Manuel Mogato, Reuters | Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse (UPDATE - 11:56 a.m.) The United Nations on Friday urged the government to speed up completion of housing for thousands of people made homeless by super typhoon Yolanda nearly two years ago.

UN expert scores govt for plight of refugees from conflict, 'development' 01-Aug-15, 10:17 AM | The United Nations expert on internally displaced persons scored the government for its failure to protect communities displaced or threatened by armed conflict and development' such as mining despite laws and institutions meant to address the problem.

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.

Mar given option to choose running mate; Chiz, Robredo, Abaya among names floated 31-Jul-15, 7:05 PM| Philippines News Agency President Benigno Aquino III allowed Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, his anointed standard bearer of the Liberal Party for 2016, to choose his running mate, according to LP Spokesperson and Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone.

Oil price rollback likely next week 01-Aug-15, 6:45 AM| Juzel L. Danganan, Philippine News Agency Oil firms are expected to cut fuel pump prices next week as global prices continue to tumble due to a glut in the international market.

Panay rebel leader Concha Araneta captured 01-Aug-15, 9:43 AM| Jaime Sinapit, Maria Concepcion 'Concha' Araneta-Bocala, 64, secretary general of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Panay island, was arrested in Iloilo City Saturday morning.

Mindanao braces for longer brownouts 01-Aug-15, 11:04 AM| Philippine News Agency Power consumers in North Cotabato and elsewhere in Mindanao are bracing for longer power interruptions until at least mid-August, an electric cooperative said Saturday.

VIDEO | Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee 01-Aug-15, 2:39 AM| Curtis Skinner, Reuters A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch county on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

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