TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Ex-Treasurer Briones raises issue of accountability in Bangsamoro block grant 18-Apr-15, 9:37 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

VIDEO | Binay camp denies plan to leave Cabinet soon 19-Apr-15, 10:40 PM | Roices Naguit, News5

Filipino hurt in Sana'a blast; close to 400 OFWs remain in Yemen amid continued air strikes 8:33 pm | Michaela del Callar, Philippine News Agency | Reuters A Filipino man was hurt when an explosion hit a building in Yemeni capital Sana’a, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

As it faces China\ As it faces China's 'aggressiveness,' PH to ask more military… 7:35 pm | Agence France-Presse The Philippines said Tuesday it would soon ask the United States for more military equipment and training to build its defenses, as it faces Chinese…

\ 'Big-time squatter' China destroying food chain of next generation of… 5:38 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com The "big-time squatter" in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) is guilty of three things, Manila's military spokesman said Tuesday: causing regional instability, robbing thousands of…

Government grounds fleet of bus company in Taclobal fatal accident Government grounds fleet of bus company in Taclobal fatal accident 5:21 pm | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com The company operates the Market!Market-Tacloban route via Daet.

Man retrieves 5-month-old fetus wrapped in diaper in dog\ Man retrieves 5-month-old fetus wrapped in diaper in dog's mouth 5:00 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com A man got the shock of his life when he retrieved an object caught between the jaws of a dog in his compound in Zamboanga…

PH lawmakers to HK politician: apologize for racist remark on Pinay maids 4:12 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com PH lawmakers to HK politician: apologize for racist remark on Pinay maidsPhilippine lawmakers on Tuesday demanded an apology from a Hong Kong politician for accusing some Filipino domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, and branding as abnormal teh relationships between maids and their employers.

PHOTO | On hot day, Metro folk surprised by April showers - more like a waterfall 3:38 pm | Krisken Jones, Interaksyon.com PHOTO | On hot day, Metro folk surprised by April showers - more like a waterfallA sudden downpour surprised passersby at the EDSA-Kamuning area in Quezon City at mid-afternoon Tuesday, sparking fears it could cause floods in some parts of the metropolis.

Satisfaction in Aquino govt plunges to record low but still better than predecessors - SWS survey 3:00 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Satisfaction in Aquino govt plunges to record low but still better than predecessors - SWS surveyPublic net satisfaction on the general performance of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III plunged to its lowest rating so far - a 'moderate' +19 - results of the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations showed.

Alarmed by youth unemployment, Bam files bill to create jobs in govt agencies 2:29 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Alarmed by youth unemployment, Bam files bill to create jobs in govt agenciesAlarmed by official data showing 1.32 million Filipino youth are jobless, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV filed a bill on Tuesday that seeks to create job opportunities in government agencies.

Senate probe looms on 'no plate, no travel' policy by LTO 2:18 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senate probe looms on \The controversial 'No Plate, No Travel' policy imposed by the Land Transportation Office recently is the latest object of a Senate investigation, amid mounting complaints from the public that LTO has no right to slap vehicle owners with stiff penalties for a problem it created.

SC junks P268-M Comelec-Smartmatic deal to repair PCOS machines 2:04 pm | Brian Maglungsod and Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com SC junks P268-M Comelec-Smartmatic deal to repair PCOS machinesUPDATE2, 6:44 P.M.-The Supreme Court junked on Tuesday the P268-million extended contract between Comelec and Smartmatic-TIM for the repair and refurbishing of precinct count optical machines to be used for the 2016 elections. Smartmatic said it will file a motion for reconsideration.

Chinese tabloid ridicules Manila as 'cute little submissive' of US 1:18 pm | Agence France-Presse Chinese tabloid ridicules Manila as \The Philippines is nothing more than the 'cute little submissive' of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticizing Manila for military exercises with Washington.

HUWAG UMASA SA KANO | Lawmakers urge Congress to seek other countries' support vs China 12:38 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com HUWAG UMASA SA KANO | Lawmakers urge Congress to seek other countries\Saying the Philippines cannot rely on the United States to defend it against China's aggression, leftist lawmakers on Tuesday exhorted Congress to go on a 'diplomatic offensive' to gather international support for the country's sovereign claims in the West Philippine Sea.

Bill filed to give CHEd powers to junk 'exorbitant' tuition hikes 12:26 pm | Cielito M. Reganit, Philippine News Agency Bill filed to give CHEd powers to junk \A bill filed at the House of Representatives seeks to give the Commission on High Education more powers to regulate and even reject increases in tuition and other school fees.

JICA donates sensors to help monitor, conserve Laguna Lake 11:35 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com JICA donates sensors to help monitor, conserve Laguna LakeThe Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated seven sensors to be deployed in Laguna Lake as part of continuing conservation and environmental management efforts.

CA orders probe on Trillanes' bribery claims vs magistrates 10:45 am | Perfecto T. Raymundo, Philippine News Agency CA orders probe on Trillanes\The Court of Appeals has ordered an investigation into the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that two magistrates received P25 million each to issue the temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

Businesswoman shot dead in Nueva Ecija 10:44 am | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Businesswoman shot dead in Nueva EcijaA businesswoman was gunned down by motorcycle-riding gunmen in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija Tuesday morning in what police said could either be a grudge killing or a murder triggered by business rivalry.

Appeals body orders cut in Manila Water's basic rate 10:24 am | InterAksyon.com Appeals body orders cut in Manila Water\The reduction is smaller than what the MWSS earlier ordered.