TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Probe of alleged abduction of INC ministers still on despite NBI’s claim case ‘closed’ - De Lima 6:57 pm | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Authorities continue to investigate the alleged abduction of 10 ministers of the Iglesia ni Cristo despite an earlier pronouncement by a ranking official of the National Bureau of Investigation that the case is deemed “closed.”

Ex-CJ Puno challenges 2016 bets to bare stand on Charter change Ex-CJ Puno challenges 2016 bets to bare stand on Charter… 6:39 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno challenged those who intend to seek the presidency next year to bare their stand on amending the Constitution, which he…

Drilon, Poe nix Cayetano bid to reopen Mamasapano probe Drilon, Poe nix Cayetano bid to reopen Mamasapano probe 6:19 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday thumbed down a proposal by Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano to reopen the probe into…

DAP alive and kicking in P3-T proposed 2016 budget - partylist solon DAP alive and kicking in P3-T proposed 2016 budget -… 5:42 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The 'specter' of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is back in the proposed 2016 budget, a partylist lawmaker said, echoing earlier warnings by budget watchdog…

QUAKE DRILL, TRAFFIC ALERT | Manila police issue rerouting advisory for July 30 QUAKE DRILL, TRAFFIC ALERT | Manila police issue rerouting advisory… 5:09 pm | InterAksyon.com The Manila Police District (MPD) has issued an urgent Traffic Advisory for those traveling in the capital city on Thursday, July 30, when a Metro…

CIDG nets another suspect in fatal hazing of marine engineering student in Lucena 3:59 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com CIDG nets another suspect in fatal hazing of marine engineering student in LucenaThe long arm of the law caught up with a Lucena-based car dealer wanted for the 2008 fatal hazing of a fraternity neophyte, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said.

MRT, post-Yolanda mess to dent armor of PNoy endorsing power - minority solons 3:42 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com MRT, post-Yolanda mess to dent armor of PNoy endorsing power - minority solonsThe independent minority bloc in Congress thinks the continuing woes of typhoon Yolanda survivors because of the snail-paced rehabilitation, and the travails of train riders in Metro Manila, will dent the strength of the President's endorsement of his preferred candidate.

NO SURPRISE | PNoy to endorse Mar as administration standard bearer Friday - LP sec-gen 2:38 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez and Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com NO SURPRISE | PNoy to endorse Mar as administration standard bearer Friday - LP sec-genUPDATE 2, 3:19 PM-Confirming the loudest whisper since Monday's State of the Nation Address where President Benigno Aquino III lavished extra praise on Secretary Mar Roxas II, a ranking Liberal Party official said Aquino will endorse the DILG chief as the administration's standard bearer for 2016.

2 sharks feed off body of dead man in Misamis Oriental, retrieval ops could not proceed 2:16 pm | Cris Diaz, Philippines News Agency 2 sharks feed off body of dead man in Misamis Oriental, retrieval ops could not proceedRescuers who were trying to retrieve a body found floating off the coast of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental on Tuesday were being kept at bay by two aggressive sharks, a rescuer reported.

Pacquiao ponders running under LP, or with Poe-Chiz tandem - House ally 1:55 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Pacquiao ponders running under LP, or with Poe-Chiz tandem - House allySaranggani Representative and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is keeping his options open about joining the Liberal Party (LP), his colleague at the House of Representatives, Yacap party-list Representative Carol Jane Lopez, said.

CA grants salutatorian's appeal, orders school to issue her certificate of good moral character 1:52 pm | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com CA grants salutatorian\The 16-year-old salutatorian of the Sto. Nino Parochial School (SNPS) who criticized her school in her graduation speech last March won her fight for her alma mater to issue her certificate of good moral character (CGMC), a requirement for her admission to the University of Sto. Tomas.

QCPD's Pagdilao is new NCRPO chief 1:25 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com QCPD\Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao is the new chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.

BROWNOUT | 9-hour power interruption in Ilocos provinces set July 31 1:21 pm | Leilanie G. Adriano, Philippines News Agency BROWNOUT | 9-hour power interruption in Ilocos provinces set July 31Residents are advised to take necessary precautions and brace for a nine-hour power interruption on July 31, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.

IT'S THEIR RIGHT | AFP 'not threatened' by Chinese live fire drills 1:13 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com IT\The Armed Forces of the Philippines does not see the live fire military drills China conducted in the South China Sea on Tuesday as a threat, saying it is the right of any sovereign nation to conduct 'exercises that they think are relevant to their own security interests.'

8 volcanic quakes jolt Mt. Bulusan 12:29 pm | Philippine News Agency 8 volcanic quakes jolt Mt. BulusanAt least eight volcanic earthquakes rocked Mount Bulusan in Sorosgon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Wednesday.

IT'S OFFICIAL | Palace issues circular authorizing Metro quake drill 12:23 pm | Roices Sibal, News5 IT\Malacanang has issued a circular authorizing the Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill on Thursday to be supervised by the Metro Manila Development Authority and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

VIDEO | Fil-Am suspect in Zambales murder has left country 12:03 pm | Mon Gualvez, News5 VIDEO | Fil-Am suspect in Zambales murder has left countryThe Olongapo city government has offered a P50,000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the killing of 23-year-old Aika Mojica in San Felipe, Zambales last Friday, July 24.

Manila Science High community asks SC for TRO vs K to 12 to allow Grade 10 pupils to take UPCAT 11:51 am | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Manila Science High community asks SC for TRO vs K to 12 to allow Grade 10 pupils to take UPCATThe Manila Science High School community has asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to issue a temporary restraining order against the K to 12 program to allow its Grade 10 students to take the University of the Philippines College Admission Test on August 30.