TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

NPA gun down Arny corporal, attack militia outpost in Cotabato 12:40 pm | Philippine News Agency New People's Army assassins gunned down an Army corporal while a rebel band tried but failed to overrun a militia outpost in Cotabato province on Thursday.

AFP contests CA writ of habeas data but vows to protect rights lawyer, probe alleged threats AFP contests CA writ of habeas data but vows to… 12:06 pm | InterAksyon.com The Armed Forces of the Philippines is contesting a writ of habeas data issued by the Court of Appeals on behalf of human rights lawyer…

VIDEO |SK polls resetting signed into law; Comelec sets skeds for COC, party-list filing VIDEO |SK polls resetting signed into law; Comelec sets skeds… 11:30 am | Jove Francisco, News5 | InterAksyon.com President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan elections to the last Monday of October 2016. Comelec, meanwhile, set…

VIDEO, EXCLUSIVE | Know why some SAF men did not go to combat site at height of Mamasapano clash VIDEO, EXCLUSIVE | Know why some SAF men did not… 11:21 am | Video report by Kaye Imson, News5 (UPDATED - 12:17 p.m.) The controversy has swirled for weeks: 'tis said some SAF units were seen on the highway, apparently idle, while the attack…

Observe \ Observe 'Earth Hour' on Saturday, Angara urges Pinoys 11:07 am | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara on Friday urged Filipinos to observe Earth Hour from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

EXCLUSIVE | DND used P800-M US fund for tanks to buy cheaper APCs - JV, Chiz 11:04 am | Erwin Tulfo, News5 EXCLUSIVE | DND used P800-M US fund for tanks to buy cheaper APCs - JV, ChizTwo senators want the Department of National Defense to explain why it used P800 million given by the United States to transport 100 units of donated tanks to buy instead cheaper armored personnel carriers from Belgium.

CA confirms new ambassadors 10:14 am | InterAksyon.com CA confirms new ambassadorsThe Commission on Appointments has confirmed the nominations as ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary of six career foreign affairs officials.

OPINION | CBCP on divorce: Marriages are reduced to 'test-drives', spouses dehumanized, kids hurt 9:19 am | Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president OPINION | CBCP on divorce: Marriages are reduced to \We are posting in full the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' position on proposals to legalize divorce and decriminalize adultery and concubinage.

Northeast monsoon to bring rains over Luzon, Visayas 7:20 am | Philippine News Agency Northeast monsoon to bring rains over Luzon, VisayasExpect cloudy skies with rains in most parts of Luzon and Visayas on Friday due to the northeast monsoon affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Philippines to resume reconstruction works in disputed South China Sea 3:44 am | Manuel Mogato, Reuters Philippines to resume reconstruction works in disputed South China SeaThe Philippines said on Thursday it would resume repair and reconstruction works in the disputed South China Sea after halting activities last year over concerns about the effect on an arbitration complaint filed against China.

Andal Ampatuan III among PNPA graduates who want to join SAF, dismantle private armies in Mindanao 2:52 am | France Noguera, News5 with reports from InterAksyon.com Andal Ampatuan III among PNPA graduates who want to join SAF, dismantle private armies in MindanaoDatu Andal Ampatuan III bears a patronymic sullied by accusations of serious crimes being hurled against his elders, who are also his namesakes.

Sandiganbayan junks graft raps vs former DAR Secretary Pagdanganan 12:25 am | Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency Sandiganbayan junks graft raps vs former DAR Secretary PagdangananThe anti-graft court on Thursday dismissed the malversation and graft charges against former Agrarian Reform Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan in connection with the alleged misuse of P30-million coconut funds.

A STEP CLOSER TO EXECUTION | Indonesia high court rejects appeal of Filipina on death row 9:25 pm | Agence France-Presse A STEP CLOSER TO EXECUTION | Indonesia high court rejects appeal of Filipina on death rowIndonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an application by a Filipina on death row for a judicial review of her case, taking her a step closer to being executed along with several other foreign drug convicts.

Government to bid out supply contract for driver's license cards next month 8:58 pm | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com Government to bid out supply contract for driver\The bidding is meant to address a shortage in cards brought about by the COA's decision to disallow further payments to the existing supplier.

CAAP marks 7th year optimistic about EU lifting ban on PH carriers 7:51 pm | Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com CAAP marks 7th year optimistic about EU lifting ban on PH carriersThe aviation regulatory body feel optimistic about hurdling the final assessment to be conducted by the European Union on all Philippine registered carriers.

Gov Amante survives ambush, cop wounded in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte 6:48 pm | Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com Gov Amante survives ambush, cop wounded in Nasipit, Agusan del NorteAgusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba had just attended the turnover ceremony of a school building and her convoy were on their way back to Butuan City.

BALIK NA KAYO SA PINAS | As Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen, 700 Pinoys urged to return home 6:24 pm | InterAksyon.com | Reuters | Philippine News Agency BALIK NA KAYO SA PINAS | As Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen, 700 Pinoys urged to return homeAs Saudi Arabia and its allies continue to launch air strikes in Yemen against Shi'ite Muslim rebels, the Philippine government on Thursday repeated its appeal to some 700 Filipinos staying in the country in the Arab region to return home.

Ombudsman fails to obtain SC TRO vs Court of Appeals injunction in Binay case 5:29 pm | Brian Maglungsod Ombudsman fails to obtain SC TRO vs Court of Appeals injunction in Binay caseInstead of issuing a TRO, the High Tribunal directed the appeals court to comment on the Ombudsman's 31-page petition not later than April 6.