TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church 19-Apr-14, 6:11 AM | Erik De Castro, Reuters

SLIDESHOW | To repel invasion of nuisance mosquitoes, just clean up those esteros! 15-Apr-14, 3:17 PM | Text by Tricia Aquino, Photos by Bernard Testa

OFW from UAE no longer positive for MERS-CoV - DOH 18-Apr-14, 1:31 PM | Philippine News Agency

Enjoy good weather until Easter Sunday: PAGASA 18-Apr-14, 3:48 AM | Philippine News Agency

EWWW! Only 5 percent wash hands long enough after toilet use 9:40 am | InterAksyon.com Only 5 percent of those who used the toilet washed their hands long enough to kill infection-causing germs after using the public toilet, according to an article in the United States-based NewsMax Health.

DEADLY HOLY WEEK | 31 killed in car crashes, other incidents - NDRRMC DEADLY HOLY WEEK | 31 killed in car crashes, other… 9:14 am | InterAksyon.com Thirty-one people died in 50 incidents, mostly car crashes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

MONDAY MADNESS | Northbound EDSA Ayala tunnel opens, but heavy traffic from Malibay to Megamall MONDAY MADNESS | Northbound EDSA Ayala tunnel opens, but heavy… 6:27 am | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 7:40 a.m.) The northbound lanes on the EDSA Ayala tunnel were finally opened, but traffic has already built up from Malibay in Pasay to…

Palace leaves decision to turn Gigi Reyes state witness to DOJ Palace leaves decision to turn Gigi Reyes state witness to… 3:39 am | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News-Agency It is up to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to decide whether Jessica "Gigi" Reyes deserves to be state witness to the P10-billion pork barrel…

No need for traffic czar -- Palace No need for traffic czar -- Palace 3:19 am | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency There is no need for a traffic czar, a Malacanang official said Sunday in response to a lawmaker’s proposal to appoint one to help ease…

Groundbreaking ceremony for PH Genome Center heralds advances in agri, forensics, health studies 2:40 am | Tricia Aquino Groundbreaking ceremony for PH Genome Center heralds advances in agri, forensics, health studiesA groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thutsday, March 10, at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City for the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), a research unit of the institution which will see its own building rise by next year.

P-NOY to meet Pacman in a courtesy call on Monday 2:12 am | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News-Agency P-NOY to meet Pacman in a courtesy call on MondayPresident Benigno S. Aquino III is set to meet boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on Monday, April 21, at 1 pm in a courtesy call following his victory against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.

Prosecution in PDAF scam 'puzzled' over return of Reyes 1:30 am | Perfecto T. Raymundo, Philippines News Agency Prosecution in PDAF scam \Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Sunday admitted that they are still facing a blank wall on the real reason over the return to the country of Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

3-hour blaze strikes Caloocan urban poor community 8:34 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com 3-hour blaze strikes Caloocan urban poor communityFire struck an urban poor community in Grace Park, Caloocan City Sunday afternoon before being brought under control three hours later.

National Press Club to file countersuit vs GSIS over Manansala mural 8:20 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com National Press Club to file countersuit vs GSIS over Manansala muralThe National Press Club of the Philippines vowed to file a countersuit against the Government Service Insurance System after the Manila Regional Trial Court dismissed the estafa case filed against past club officials in 2008 over the sale of a mural by National Artist Vicente Manansala.

DepEd employees poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from generator 6:02 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com DepEd employees poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from generatorThe power shortage has claimed casualties in the Visayas, where half of the participants in a Department of Education seminar succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning from fumes emitted by a generator they were using.

SPECIAL REPORT | Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities 5:37 pm | Jake Soriano, VERA Files SPECIAL REPORT | Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authoritiesTawi-Tawi authorities are alarmed at the growing number of fishermen from the Visayas who end up here after being recruited by human trafficking syndicates to engage in dangerous compressor diving.

Without PH Senate vote, pact on US rotational presence violates Charter - Miriam 3:40 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Without PH Senate vote, pact on US rotational presence violates Charter - MiriamUnless concurred in by a 2/3 vote of the Philippine Senate, the proposed agreement covering the increased rotational presence of US troops in the country - believed being rushed in time for President Barack Obama's visit - will violate the Constitution, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Sunday.

Gigi Reyes as state witness? De Lima says it's a 'big question mark' 2:51 pm | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Gigi Reyes as state witness? De Lima says it\The Department of Justice on Sunday struck a tentative note amid speculations that Atty. Jessica Lucila Reyes, one of the principal respondents in the pork barrel plunder case, could end up as a state witness.

DI MAKAPILI | Sen. Jinggoy confident Atty. Gigi won't implicate him on pork scam, to be home Monday 1:30 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com DI MAKAPILI | Sen. Jinggoy confident Atty. Gigi won\Unlike other whistleblowers, Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who returned to the country Saturday, is unlikely to "spill the beans" to implicate lawmakers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Sunday.

5-year-old boy drowns in Pangasinan River 12:49 pm | Philippines News Agency 5-year-old boy drowns in Pangasinan RiverThe body of a five-year-old boy who was declared missing at past 4 p.m. on Good Friday was found floating the following day (April 19) along the Angalacan River in Barangay Baritao here.

5,000-year-old artworks in Binangonan rock wall in danger of disappearing before they can be studied 12:06 pm | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse 5,000-year-old artworks in Binangonan rock wall in danger of disappearing before they can be studiedEngravings of people, animals, and geometric shapes dating back to 5,000 years ago are believed to be the Philippines' oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanization, vandals, and the ravages of nature are growing threats.

What are the treasures at the eco-tourism paradise of Caramoan Peninsula? 11:57 am | Lilybeth G. Ison, Philippines News Agency What are the treasures at the eco-tourism paradise of Caramoan Peninsula?Caramoan Peninsula is blessed with fine powdery white sand, beautiful lagoons, caves, limestone cliffs, and spectacular rock formations.