TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

POEA takes action vs illegal recruiters leveraging social media Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 4:58 PM | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon

WATCH | P2-M worth of party drugs seized in Mandaluyong condo Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 10:49 PM | Amber Gonzales, News5

WATCH | 2 sacked NBI execs ready to testify against de Lima Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 1:42 AM | Erwin Tulfo, Exclusive Report for News5

CPP issues unilateral interim ceasefire declaration 8:28 pm | InterAksyon.com Here is the salient portion of the declaration of a unilateral interim ceasefire from the Communist Party of the Philippines.

CPP: Continuing military operations could hinder cease fire, peace process CPP: Continuing military operations could hinder cease fire, peace process 7:11 pm | InterAksyon The Communist Party of the Philippines says continuing military operations and the occupation by government troops of rural communities are among factors that could get…

AFP: Up to 15 Abu Sayyaf men killed in Patikul clashes AFP: Up to 15 Abu Sayyaf men killed in Patikul… 6:45 pm | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon Reports reaching Manila indicated that up to 15 suspected members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group were killed in clashes at two separate places Friday…

FALL FROM ROOF | HPG cop in De la Riarte case dies in Camp Crame FALL FROM ROOF | HPG cop in De la Riarte… 3:20 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon | Jay de Castro, News5 (UPDATE - 7:10 p.m.) The body of Police Officer 3 Jeremiah De Villa's body is found sprawled on the ground outside the building housing the…

Some Filipinos living in evacuation centers after Italy\ Some Filipinos living in evacuation centers after Italy's killer quake 3:13 pm | InterAksyon.com | with Carla Lim, News5 No Filipinos are among the fatalities in the earthquake that struck central Italy and killed over 250 people - toll still rising - but some…

BUSINESS NEWS

How the Philippines can benefit from China\ How the Philippines can benefit from China's plan to revive the ancient Silk Road route Filipinos may not view China as a friendly neighbor given the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, but despite this, two economists believe that the…

MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN With the shift in the pattern of world trade and investment destinations to Asian countries, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) sees Mindanao's strategic position as…

Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 The overall business confidence index for this quarter reached 45.4 percent, the highest Q3 reading of all time, based on the Business Expectations Survey (BES)…

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Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia 10:13 am | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast AsiaSenior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Jose Antonio Carpio says the Philippines can rally like-minded countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations to come up with a strong statement on the South China Sea territorial rows.

Mindanao rebels release 2 police captives to Pacman 8:36 am | InterAksyon.com Mindanao rebels release 2 police captives to PacmanCommunist rebels in Mindanao released on Friday two police officers they had captured to a party of government officials and peace advocates led by Senator Manny Pacquiao in the hinterlands of Lupon town, Davao Oriental.

Groups march in Surigao City in support of DENR crackdown on illegal mining 8:11 am | Erwin M. Mascariñas, InterAksyon Groups march in Surigao City in support of DENR crackdown on illegal miningAn estimated 1,200 individuals from various socio-civic groups take to the streets in a rally at Surigao City to support the Department of Environment and Natural Resources crackdown on irresponsible mining, especially in the Caraga region.

22 Cagayan Valley chiefs of police relieved 8:02 am | Philippine News Agency 22 Cagayan Valley chiefs of police relievedTwenty-two chiefs of police in different provinces of the Cagayan Valley have been relieved over what acting regional director Chief Superintendent Gilbert Sosa called their unsatisfactory performance in the anti-drug campaign.

WATCH | 2 sacked NBI execs ready to testify against de Lima 1:42 am | Erwin Tulfo, Exclusive Report for News5 WATCH | 2 sacked NBI execs ready to testify against de LimaTwo former high-ranking officials of the National Bureau of Investigation said they are prepared to testify against Senator Leila de Lima in connection with her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

WATCH | P2-M worth of party drugs seized in Mandaluyong condo 10:49 pm | Amber Gonzales, News5 WATCH | P2-M worth of party drugs seized in Mandaluyong condoTwo suspects were arrested and at least P2-million worth of drugs were seized by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a condominium unit in Mandaluyong City Thursday evening.

WATCH | Displaced OFWs in Saudi Arabia scrape by from day to day 10:27 pm | JV Arcena, News5 WATCH | Displaced OFWs in Saudi Arabia scrape by from day to dayA number of distressed Overseas Filipino Workers, displaced from their jobs, opt to stay on in Saudi Arabia, scraping by from day to day and often picking through garbage to feed themselves and stay alive.

WATCH | Bato issues apology after emotional gaffe 9:57 pm | Dale de Vera, News5 WATCH | Bato issues apology after emotional gaffeAn apologetic Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronals "Bato" de la Rosa says he is 'very sorry' for egging drug users to go track down the drug lords and burn their houses down for ruining their lives.

11 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 17 troopers wounded in Sulu clash 6:49 pm | Teofilo P. Garcia Jr., Philippines News Agency | News5 11 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 17 troopers wounded in Sulu clashEleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), including sub-leader Mohammad Said who was allegedly involved in the Samal Island raid, were killed during focused military operations in Patikul town, Sulu province Friday morning.

WATCH | Govt, reds agree on indefinite truce 5:08 pm | Agence France-Presse | Romel Lopez, News5 WATCH | Govt, reds agree on indefinite truce(UPDATE 4 - 8:00 p.m.) The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas agree on an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, according to officials in Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary.

POEA takes action vs illegal recruiters leveraging social media 4:58 pm | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon POEA takes action vs illegal recruiters leveraging social mediaThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration trains its radar on labor recruiters for overseas jobs using social media to dupe more than 200 job seekers from the provinces.

Bayan files FOI request on train projects 2:30 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Bayan files FOI request on train projectsThe effectiveness of President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order on Freedom of Information may soon be put to the test after the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan filed a request with the Department of Transportation on the status of two major train projects.

DSWD signs CNA with employees' association 1:20 pm | InterAksyon.com DSWD signs CNA with employees\Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo led officials of the agency in signing a new collective negotiation agreement with the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines, which will benefit the agency’s 26,400-strong workforce.