TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

WATCH | Duterte implores military to help protect the public from lawlessness Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 11:04 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon

WATCH | NPA rebels attack troops on relief mission in Surigao Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 12:11 AM | Jenny Dongon, News5 | Philippines News Agency

US Embassy in PHL closed on Feb. 20 to mark President’s Day Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 11:15 PM | InterAksyon.com

13 QC students killed in bus mishap in Tanay, Rizal 10:52 am | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 3 - 12:02 a.m.) Thirteen students died after a tourist bus lost its brakes and rammed into an electric post in Sitio Bayucan, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.

There was a Davao Death Squad, and Mayor Rody gave cash rewards: cop\ There was a Davao Death Squad, and Mayor Rody gave… 10:51 am | InterAksyon.com The Davao Death Squad existed, and carried out killings often with express orders or approval by then city mayor Rodrigo Duterte, SPO3 Arthur Lascañas said…

Remember whistleblower \ Remember whistleblower 'Tibo' Mijares? New edition of his 'conjugal Dictatorship'… 9:33 am | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com A 19-year-old grandson of Primitivo 'Tibo' Mijares, once one of the most powerful men in Malacañang who drew the dictator Marcos's ire with his tell-all…

MILF \ MILF 'frees' 50 child soldiers 7:27 am | Philippines News Agency The MILF has released about 50 children who were previously engaged directly or indirectly in armed confrontations, in a symbolic turn-over ceremony Sunday (Feb. 19,…

Death penalty bill draws line between rich and poor – Atienza Death penalty bill draws line between rich and poor –… 6:04 am | InterAksyon.com The House majority has clearly drawn the line between rich and poor offenders, with moneyed defendants likely to receive mere prison terms, if they get…

BUSINESS NEWS

Kraft withdraws $143-B offer to merge with Unilever Kraft withdraws $143-B offer to merge with Unilever US food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc, the companies said on Sunday, raising questions…

BSP chief conferred Oustanding Achievement Award by HK\ BSP chief conferred Oustanding Achievement Award by HK's FinanceAsia Central bank Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. was conferred the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by Hong-Kong-based publication FinanceAsia for his contributions to Philippine economic development…

With copper exports halted by new mining rules row, Freeport Indonesia CEO quits With copper exports halted by new mining rules row, Freeport Indonesia CEO quits Chappy Hakim, chief executive of miner Freeport-McMoran Inc's Indonesian unit, has resigned, the company said on Saturday, after the parent firm declared force majeure on…

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ASEAN fast-tracking Code of Conduct on South China Sea - DFA 8:10 pm | Philippines News Agency | With Reuters ASEAN fast-tracking Code of Conduct on South China Sea - DFAThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations here is fast-tracking the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) to address the mounting tensions in the South China Sea.

49 persons hurt as fastcraft hits barge at Mactan Channel 7:53 pm | Philippines News Agency 49 persons hurt as fastcraft hits barge at Mactan ChannelAt least 49 persons were injured, four seriously, when a fastcraft from Ormoc City bound for Cebu City hit s barge at the north entrance of the Mactan Channel at past 10 p.m. on Saturday, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officials said Sunday.

De Lima pals, foes on alert for arrest warrant; DOJ to seek HDO vs senator 6:17 pm | InterAksyon.com | Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, PNA De Lima pals, foes on alert for arrest warrant; DOJ to seek HDO vs senatorBoth allies and foes of Sen. Leila de Lima are on alert for the issuance of an arrest warrant against her in connection with the charges filed by the DOJ on Friday. Justice Secretary Aguirre said, however, it won't be happening very soon as the case still has to be raffled off.

PH army to create task force to chase big drug syndicates 3:16 pm | Reuters PH army to create task force to chase big drug syndicatesThe Philippine army will create a "battalion size" task force to help the government's anti-narcotics agency run after high-value targets in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año said.

Drop raps vs de Lima - HRW; no political persecution in her case - Aguirre 1:49 pm | InterAksyon.com | With reports from PNA, JV Arcena, News5 Drop raps vs de Lima - HRW; no political persecution in her case - AguirreSen. Leila de Lima's prosecution 'debases the rule of law,' said Human Rights Watch on Sunday, as Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre insisted her was not a case of political persecution, and justified the filijg of drug-related charges in a regular court.

Another OFW sentenced to death in UAE - Villar 1:16 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Another OFW sentenced to death in UAE - VillarAnother Overseas Filipino Worker will be executed soon in the United Arab Emirates after killing her employer who she said was attempting to rape her, Senator Cynthia Villar said on Sunday.

CPP dangles release of 6 captives ahead of Feb. 22-27 bilateral cease-fire negotiations 10:34 am | InterAksyon.com CPP dangles release of 6 captives ahead of Feb. 22-27 bilateral cease-fire negotiationsSix NPA captives may be released 'before or during' negotiations for a bilateral ceasefire agreement, assuming these proceed as scheduled on February 22-27 in The Netherlands, the Communist Party of the Philippines signalled on Sunday.

MILESTONES | The Philippines and ASEAN 8:57 am | Sammy F. Martin, PNA | InterAksyon.com MILESTONES | The Philippines and ASEANIt's been 50 years since ASEAN brought together countries of unparalleled diversity. Since then, it has worked to promote the well-being of 629 million people who call Southeast Asia home and celebrate the rich tapestry of heir culture. Here are highlights of the Philippines' life within ASEAN.

Cloudiness, some rain likely till Sunday 8:21 am | Philippines News Agency Cloudiness, some rain likely till SundayCloudy skies with light rains will be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, as the northeast monsoon or 'amihan' affects extreme Northern Luzon, PAGASA said.

WATCH | Duterte implores military to help protect the public from lawlessness 11:04 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon WATCH | Duterte implores military to help protect the public from lawlessnessPresident Rodrigo Duterte calls on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to help protect the public from lawlessness and other forms of national threats, such as illegal drugs.

PNP's Dela Rosa offers Camp Crame jail to Senator De Lima 5:05 pm | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon PNP\Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said that, though there hasn't been any discussion yet, he is ready to offer the PNPO Custodial Center as detention facility for Senator Leila de Lima if she is ordered arrested by the court.

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs 1:28 pm | Reuters Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugsThousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippine capital on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals.

De Lima: ready to be Duterte's Political Prisoner No. 1 11:22 am | InterAksyon.com De Lima: ready to be Duterte\With drug charges filed against her in a regular court - an 'llegal' act as described by the Liberal Party - Sen. Leila de Lima braced for arrest and said she is rready to be 'the first political prisoner under this regime' for her opposition to EJKs under the Duterte administration.