TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Duterte won't abandon Marcos et.al despite NBI findings they murdered Espinosa Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:11 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5

WATCH | X-ray technician presented as 3rd suspect in US embassy bomb scare Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 1:12 PM | Perfecto T. Raymundo, Philippine News Agency | Ryan Ang, News5

Gordon report a ‘cover-up’ of EJKs under Duterte - Trillanes Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 2:33 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

SC junks Bong Revilla’s plea in connection with plunder suit Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:47 PM | Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, Philippines News Agency

CPP blasts Duterte’s ‘total disdain for human rights’ 7:18 am | InterAksyon.com Communist rebels blasted President Rodrigo Duterte's 'total disdain for human rights,' not only in the war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives but also by using his powers 'to sow fear and demand obeisance' from state forces and politicians and 'as a tool to persecute his rivals.'

SPECIAL REPORT | Burying the Truth: A family challenges the official story of a drug war death SPECIAL REPORT | Burying the Truth: A family challenges the… 6:56 am | Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Damir Sagolj, Reuters Police say they shot Florjohn Cruz in a narcotics raid after he opened fire on them. Two days before he was buried, his family demanded…

Duterte: US wants to repair \ Duterte: US wants to repair 'bad relations' with the Philippines 2:33 am | Manuel Mogato, Reuters President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he felt like a saint as the incoming US president wanted to repair damaged bilateral relations between the two…

Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in Mindanao Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in Mindanao 2:24 am | News5 The Indonesian military has warned that the Islamic State group is establishing a base in Mindanao from where it can launch attacks in Indonesia.

Maute Group not involved in Iligan grenade blast that hurts 3 teens: official Maute Group not involved in Iligan grenade blast that hurts… 1:15 am | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com A local government official in Iligan City has discounted the possibility that a grenade explosion in the public plaza Wednesday evening that slightly injured three…

BUSINESS NEWS

PSEi up, peso down on disappointing Aussie GDP report PSEi up, peso down on disappointing Aussie GDP report While the Philippine Stock Exchange index(PSEi) exhibited strength on Wednesday, the Philippine peso fell against the US dollar as most Asian currencies weakened due to…

Power rates up by P0.10 per kWh for Dec. Power rates up by P0.10 per kWh for Dec. Power bills will increase by P0.10 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to P8.36, driven by the generation charge this December, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said…

EU fines Credit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan for Euribor fixing EU fines Credit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan for Euribor fixing The European Commission fined banks Credit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase a total of 485 million euros ($520 million) for their part in a cartel…

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2017 GAA: Lacson smells pork again despite SC ruling 12:52 am | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com 2017 GAA: Lacson smells pork again despite SC rulingIf we really want change in government, President Rodrigo Duterte should not violate the Supreme Court decision against pork barrel by allowing reallocation of multi-billion funds by representatives in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for public works projects, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.

House panel's rush to amend sin tax law draws flak from health advocates 12:02 am | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com House panel\In a rush to have an amended sin tax law before the end of the year, the House of Representatives approved on second reading the bill that would keep the two-tier tax system for tobacco products, drawing flak from health advocates.

Some Miss U candidates to arrive in PHL on Friday for kickoff party 9:16 pm | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency Some Miss U candidates to arrive in PHL on Friday for kickoff partyEleven candidates of the prestigious Miss Universe pageant will be in Manila on Friday (Dec . 9) to lead a kickoff party a month before the country hosts its coronation night on January 30, 2017.

Gambling tycoon sends surrender feelers, says PNP chief 8:44 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com Gambling tycoon sends surrender feelers, says PNP chiefJack Lam, the Chinese casino and online gambling tycoon ordered arrested by President Rodrigo Duterte last week for alleged bribery and economic sabotage, has sent surrender feelers to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and will be coming back to the country.

SC junks Bong Revilla’s plea in connection with plunder suit 7:47 pm | Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, Philippines News Agency SC junks Bong Revilla’s plea in connection with plunder suitThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition of detained former senator Bong Revilla and four others, including alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in connection with the plunder charges filed against them on their alleged involvement in the multi-billion pork barrel scam.

Duterte won't abandon Marcos et.al despite NBI findings they murdered Espinosa 7:11 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5 Duterte won\UPDATED-The Department of Justice created Wednesday a 5-man prosecution panel against 28 cops led by CIDG Region 8 head, Supt. Marvin Marcos, for the Nov.5 murder of Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, but President Duterte affirmed support for the cops, saying he would 'not allow' them to go to jail.

'DOUBLE INFAMY' | Marking WE Forum raid, Burgos family shocked to learn of Año's appointment 6:23 pm | Tricia Aquino and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon \Edita T. Burgos, the mother of missing farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, said Wednesday her hopes of ever finding her son have been dashed with Lieutenant General Eduardo Año's appointment to the highest military post.

DBM eyes P200-B supplemental budget for DICT's national broadband network 5:49 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com DBM eyes P200-B supplemental budget for DICT\The Department of Budget and Management is eyeing to submit a P200-billion supplemental budget to Congress to set up a national broadband network (NBN), newly confirmed Secretary Rodoldo Salalima of the Department of Information and Communications Technology said Wednesday.

WATCH | SC clears 3 on Duterte's 'narco judges' list, slams premature tagging 4:16 pm | JV Arcena, News5 | InterAksyon.com WATCH | SC clears 3 on Duterte\UPDATED W/VIDEO-After a four-month investigation, the Supreme Court has cleared three judges on a list of so called 'narco-judges' released by President Duterte, saying there is no evidence against them and chastising the anti-drug agency for supplying unverified information to the chief executive.

CA confirms appointments of 4 Cabinet members, 5 envoys but defers DOH chief's 3:28 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com CA confirms appointments of 4 Cabinet members, 5 envoys but defers DOH chief\Without opposition, the powerful Commission on Appointments confirmed the interim appointment of four members of the Duterte Cabinet and five newly appointed ambassador.

Gordon report a ‘cover-up’ of EJKs under Duterte - Trillanes 2:33 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Gordon report a ‘cover-up’ of EJKs under Duterte - TrillanesSenator Antonio Trillanes IV blasted the report of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, which recommended that he and Senator Leila de Lima be sanctioned for unparliamentary behavior, a cover-up of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.

Gordon questions purchase of Dengvaxia, but won't stand in way of 'rushed' anti-dengue program 2:26 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon Gordon questions purchase of Dengvaxia, but won\While questioning the apparent haste with which a controversial anti-dengue vaccine was procured last year, Senator Richard Gordon said on Tuesday that the legislature will not stand in the way of the government's anti-dengue vaccination program already underway.

Another soldier killed, 1 wounded as military presses campaign against Maute Group 1:38 pm | Philippine News Agency Another soldier killed, 1 wounded as military presses campaign against Maute GroupAnother soldier of the 1st Scout Ranger Company was killed while another one was wounded in a clash with some 60 gunmen of the Maute Group in Lanao Del Sur Wednesday morning.