TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

WATCH | Floirendo seeks meeting with Alvarez as Duterte pals' feud worsens Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 10:33 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Roices Naguit, News5

US envoy reaffirms commitment to helping develop Mindanao Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 12:22 PM | InterAksyon.com

WATCH | China did not coordinate with PH on 3-month foray in Benham Rise: DFA Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 1:07 PM | Mae Anne Los Banos, News5

Ace Barbers claims his bill on barangay polls complies with Constitution Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 5:21 PM | Camille A. Aguinaldo, InterAksyon

Ex-factory seamstress tailor-made for Citi's Microentrepreneurship Award 2:11 pm | InterAksyon.com After working for 10 years as a tailor in a garments factory, Richel Vargas realized that being an employee would not help give her family the comfortable life she hoped for. 'What I earned was enough only for our food and our life had not changed much,' she said.

Senators twit Duterte for pardon offer to killer cops Senators twit Duterte for pardon offer to killer cops 1:35 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will pardon lawmen found guilty of the extrajudicial executions that have marked his war on drugs - what police…

Speaker\ Speaker's daughter says Tonyboy's GF 'twisting' facts but Binag insists… 12:05 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The daughter of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez blasted the girlfriend of Davao del Norte Representative Antonio 'Tonyboy' Floirendo Jr., accusing her of twisting the facts about…

IED fails to fell Maguindanao bridge IED fails to fell Maguindanao bridge 11:07 am | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com A bomb exploded on a bridge in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town, Maguindanao around 8 a.m. Thursday but caused no casualties and failed to destroy the…

Military ‘sad’ over CPP’s call for stepped up NPA recruitment Military ‘sad’ over CPP’s call for stepped up NPA recruitment 11:00 am | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com The military called the Communist Party of the Philippines' call to step up efforts to recruit fighters for the New People's Army a 'sad development'…

BUSINESS NEWS

Maynilad constructs 6 new wastewater facilities Maynilad constructs 6 new wastewater facilities West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is constructing six new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in various parts of its West concession area to…

Fitch affirms investment grade rating on PH Fitch affirms investment grade rating on PH Fitch Ratings on Wednesday affirmed its investment grade rating on the Philippines, given the domestic economy's sustained robust growth.

Filipino consumers among the most optimistic about well-being - Mastercard study Filipino consumers among the most optimistic about well-being - Mastercard study The latest Mastercard Well-Being Index revealed that people in Asia Pacific remain optimistic towards their overall well-being (62.1), with those in emerging markets (65.5), led…

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Alejano files supplemental complaint to Duterte impeachment raps 10:10 am | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Alejano files supplemental complaint to Duterte impeachment raps(UPDATE 6 - 1:34 p.m.) Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano submitted Thursday morning a supplemental complaint to the impeachment complaint he had earlier filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.

De Lima bill seeks to punish govt execs who lie or force people to perjure 9:33 am | InterAksyon.com De Lima bill seeks to punish govt execs who lie or force people to perjureSenator Leila de Lima has filed a bill that seeks to impose stiff penalties on government officials who commit perjury or make others do so.

Arraignment of military, police officers over Morong 43 arrests moved to late May - NUPL 8:23 am | InterAksyon.com Arraignment of military, police officers over Morong 43 arrests moved to late May - NUPL(UPDATE - 10:46 a.m.) The Sandiganbayan has moved back the arraignment of military and police officers over the February 2010 arrest of 43 health workers in Morong, Rizal, supposed to take place Thursday, to late May, human rights lawyers said.

P1.5M shabu, weapons cache seized in Maguindanao town but target evades dragnet 7:58 am | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com P1.5M shabu, weapons cache seized in Maguindanao town but target evades dragnetAn anti-narcotics operation netted up to P1.5 million in drugs and a cache of guns and ammunition in the town of Talitay, Maguindanao.

ICC has no reason to interfere in PH affairs - Palace 6:35 am | Cielito M. Reganit, Philippine News Agency ICC has no reason to interfere in PH affairs - PalaceMalacanang on Wednesday insisted that the International Criminal Court has no business meddling in Philippine affairs.

WATCH | Analyst: Weak stand of PH govt encourages creeping invasion by China 11:38 pm | Kaye Imson, News5 | InterAksyon.com WATCH | Analyst: Weak stand of PH govt encourages creeping invasion by ChinaDespite the July 2016 decision of the arbitral tribunal at the Hague favoring the Philippines in its complaint against China's 'excessive claims' in the West Philippine Sea, Beijing's construction spree continues in the area.

WATCH | Floirendo seeks meeting with Alvarez as Duterte pals' feud worsens 10:33 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Roices Naguit, News5 WATCH | Floirendo seeks meeting with Alvarez as Duterte pals\Moving to salvage a badly damaged friendship and political alliance, Davao Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. on Wednesday asked Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for a meeting so that they could settle their feud 'like gentlemen.'

PH should declare Benham Rise a 'no take' zone: Oceana 10:11 pm | Lilybeth G. Ison, PNA PH should declare Benham Rise a \With marine scientists having documented a deep-sea reef ecosystem and 100 percent coral cover at Benham Rise, the Philippines must move quickly to nurture and protect the resource-rich undersea land mass, according to Oceana Philippines.

Esperon recommends use of satellites to monitor Benham Rise 6:56 pm | Philippine News Agency Esperon recommends use of satellites to monitor Benham RiseTo better monitor foreign maritime activity in the Benham Rise, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Wednesday recommended the procurement and use of satellites.

SC fires RTC judge who threw out case vs San Beda fratmen in Marcos hazing death 5:24 pm | JV Arcena, News5 SC fires RTC judge who threw out case vs San Beda fratmen in Marcos hazing deathThe Supreme Court dismissed a Regional Trial Court judge who handled the case of hazing victim Marc Andrei Marcos of the San Beda College of Law.

Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: DFA 4:23 pm | Agence France-Presse Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: DFAChina and the Philippines will hold direct talks on their maritime dispute in May, Filipino officials said Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks stronger economic ties with Beijing.

'MYTH?' | Young 'palit ulo' victim laid to rest in Navotas 2:16 pm | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com (text and photos) \If, indeed, 'palit ulo' does not exist, what then are we to make of Arjay Suldao, all of 16 years old, who was laid to rest in Barangay San Jose, in the coastal town of Navotas on Tuesday? He was snatched and later killed by men looking for his older brother.

WATCH | China did not coordinate with PH on 3-month foray in Benham Rise: DFA 1:07 pm | Mae Anne Los Banos, News5 WATCH | China did not coordinate with PH on 3-month foray in Benham Rise: DFAUPDATE 11:50 P.M- The Chinese vessel that spent three months - from November 2016 to January - in Benham Rise did not coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the DFA told a Senate panel, even as NSA Hermogenes Esperon saw no threat - yet - to Manila's rights over Benham.