TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Sandigan allows Gloria Arroyo camp to file demurrer to evidence 5:12 am | Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency The Sandiganbayan First Division on Wednesday allowed former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to file a demurrer to evidence, a move that could lead to the outright dismissal of her plunder case without rebutting the prosecution’s evidence against her.

Napoles\ Napoles' children question their indictment for graft on P10-B PDAF… 3:34 am | Philippine News Agency The children of detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles have questioned before the Supreme Court the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman that indicted them…

Trillanes dangles deal to state auditor in Makati plunder case Trillanes dangles deal to state auditor in Makati plunder case 12:29 am | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com A state auditor who was included in the plunder case against Makati officials over the allegedly overpriced City Hall Building 2 on Wednesday stood her…

SENATE \ SENATE 'PALENGKE'| Blue Ribbon hearing degenerates into Cayetanos vs Binays… 7:06 pm | InterAksyon.com | With a report by Ernie Reyes The Senate, already wallowing in the survey pits over the pork barrel scam and allegations that certain senator-judges were bribed in the 2012 Renato Corona…

Plunder, graft raps filed vs Cayetano couple, Taguig officials Plunder, graft raps filed vs Cayetano couple, Taguig officials 5:51 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 6:45 p.m.) The convenor of the Philippine Association for Advancement of Civil Liberties charged the Cayetanos and Taguig city councilors with allegedly spending…

China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions 5:45 pm | Reuters China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentionsChina rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.

MANNY'S ROUND | SC halts Court of Tax Appeals, BIR, in tax case vs Pacquiao 5:39 pm | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com MANNY\The Supreme Court has stopped enforcement of the Court of Tax Appeals ruling ordering Manny Pacquiao to to post P3 billion in cash bond as condition for suspending the collection of the deficiency income taxes and VAT slapped on him by the BIR for the years 2008 and 2009.

VIDEO | Mayor Binay, accuser face off at Senate Blue Ribbon hearing 5:00 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Mae Anne Los Banos, TV5 VIDEO | Mayor Binay, accuser face off at Senate Blue Ribbon hearingThe Senate Blue Ribbon committee opened controversial hearings on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, with the complainants in the same case before the Office of the Ombudsman reiterating their key allegations. Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay defended the project.

De Lima refuses to confirm or deny disloyalty issue vs. Jardeleza 4:31 pm | Philippines News Agency De Lima refuses to confirm or deny disloyalty issue vs. JardelezaJustice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday refused to confirm or deny the disloyalty issue being floated against Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza who was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Tech firms to help civil society organizations craft ways to fight human trafficking 4:26 pm | InterAksyon.com Tech firms to help civil society organizations craft ways to fight human traffickingTechnology firms and civil society organizations, with help from the Dutch government, will focus on trends in online child exploitation and the tools that tech firms offer to fight the exploitation of vulnerable groups, in the opening salvo of a campaign against human trafficking later this month.

WHEN PETE MET PNOY | 'Ginamit lang nila ako,' says Yolanda survivor who lost 22 kin 4:17 pm | Lottie Salarda, InterAksyon.com WHEN PETE MET PNOY | \When Malacanang staffers read about Pete Lacandazo, the Yolanda survivor who lost 22 family members, they arranged for him to meet Pres. Benigno Aquino III in February. Mang Pete thought it the perfect opportunity to seek help for his devastated village.

AFP welcomes new ISAFP chief 3:53 pm | InterAksyon.com AFP welcomes new ISAFP chiefThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday welcomed Brigadier General Arnold M. Quiapo, who assumed the post of chief of Intelligence Service, AFP (ISAFP).

VIDEOS | Troubled water: Directors of Bacolod utility force way in, besieged by employees 2:33 pm | InterAksyon.com VIDEOS | Troubled water: Directors of Bacolod utility force way in, besieged by employeesLong-festering tensions at the Bacolod City Water District blew up Tuesday when the chairman and two members of the utility's board of directors forced their way into the state-run firm's compound and left two hours later under police escort to jeers and a noise barrage by angry employees.

Militant lawmakers slam Jardeleza appointment 2:22 pm | Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Militant lawmakers slam Jardeleza appointmentBayan Muna partylist Representative Neri Colmenares says the move will provoke disunity in the high court: 'The SC will become a troubled court.'

Rep. Gonzales: Savings redefinition bill hangs in balance 12:30 pm | Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Rep. Gonzales: Savings redefinition bill hangs in balanceThe Majority Leader said copies of the proposed bill have been shared with the leaders of the party coalition to seek their opinion, but no lawmaker has yet expressed interest in sponsoring the bill.

'Not a single cent from DAP to PNoy sister's foundation' - Abad 10:41 am | Marlene Alcaide, News5 \A nongovernmental organization associated with President Benigno Aquino III's sister Victora Elisa 'Viel' Dee did not receive a single centavo from a government milk program funded through the discredited Disbursement Acceleration Program, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

Aquino names SolGen Jardeleza to SC 10:15 am | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com Aquino names SolGen Jardeleza to SC(UPDATE 3 - 7:32 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Occasional showers but generally warm Wednesday - PAGASA 9:29 am | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Occasional showers but generally warm Wednesday - PAGASAThere will be intermittent showers and thunderstorms Wednesday but Wednesday will be generally warm due to the prevailing ridge of a high-pressure are affecting Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.