TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

Lacson to probe DDS existence; HRW urges UN to investigate Duterte's war on drugs 2:47 pm | Ernie Reyes and Diego Mora, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED) Senator Lacson said the Senate panel he chairs would conduct an inquiry into the claim of fomer police officer Arturo Lascanas that the DDS existed and that President Duterte allegedly had a hand in the vigilante killings. Meanwhile, HRW is urging the UN to probe Duterte's war on drugs.

\ 'NUMERO UNONG KRIMINAL' | De Lima to Pinoys: Stand up… 11:59 am | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 3) Days before the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA uprising against the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sen. De Lima urged Filipinos to stand up…

EU welcomes nomination of members of Bangsamoro Transition Commission EU welcomes nomination of members of Bangsamoro Transition Commission 1:15 am | InterAksyon.com The European Union on Monday welcomed the official nomination of the members of the new Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will be launched this week…

DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as review begins DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as… 12:35 am | Manolo Serapio Jr., Reuters Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's…

No hard feelings, says Speaker\ No hard feelings, says Speaker's wife as congressional spouses move… 10:23 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The chairperson of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI) said she bears no grudge against her husband, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, for serving them an eviction…

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DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as review begins DENR Chief Lopez stands by call to shut mines as review begins Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's…

Oil firms to hike prices of gasoline, kerosene on Tuesday Oil firms to hike prices of gasoline, kerosene on Tuesday Oil companies will increase gasoline prices by P0.25 per liter and kerosene prices by P0.15 per liter effective on Tuesday (Feb. 21).

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'Right to peace' | Move quickly to prevent more bloodshed, experts tell government and MILF 9:41 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com \The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must act quickly on the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) to prevent more bloodshed, especially as some youth being indoctrinated by extremists are growing “restive”.

From 21 ‘heinous offenses’, House whittles down to 3 the crimes to be covered by death penalty 8:29 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com From 21 ‘heinous offenses’, House whittles down to 3 the crimes to be covered by death penaltyFrom a list of 21 “heinous offenses,” the House of Representatives has whittled down to three the crimes covered by the death penalty in the bill being debated in the chamber, Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas said after a caucus of the majority bloc Monday.

COMELEAK REDUX | NPC probing another large scale data breach at Comelec 7:53 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon COMELEAK REDUX | NPC probing another large scale data breach at ComelecIn less than a year, the Commission on Elections is dealing with another case of large-scale data theft that has been tagged as the poll body's second largest data breach after last year's so-called Comeleak incident.

UNPRECEDENTED FEAT | Andanar unites unorganized Senate reporters 7:10 pm | InterAksyon UNPRECEDENTED FEAT | Andanar unites unorganized Senate reportersPresidential Communication Office Secretary Martin Andanar has succeeded where no one else has: he has united the Senate reporters in a beat where there has never been a formal press corps.

Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Philippine pirate attack 4:42 pm | Reuters Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Philippine pirate attackGunmen in southern Philippine waters killed one crewman of a Vietnamese vessel and abducted seven in what appeared to be the latest attack by pirates in the area, the Philippine coastguard said on Monday.

What's holding up release of P1,000 SSS pension hike? Palace EO has yet to be issued 4:24 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com What\What's taking so long the release of the pension increase of Social Security System (SSS) members? According to SSS chairperson Amado Valdez, Malacañang has yet to release the Executive Order that would set in motion the additional P1,000 monthly pension of members.

Ex-cop's confession on Duterte's alleged link to DDS a ground for impeachment - FLAG lawyers 3:31 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | With a report by JV Arcena, News5 Ex-cop\(UPDATE 5:02 P.M) The confession of a veteran Davao policeman regarding the alleged involvement of President Duterte in the activities of the vigilante group DDS when he was still a mayor is a valid ground for filing an impeachment case against the chief executive, human rights lawyers said.

US$1,000 PAYOLA? | Andanar steps back after Senate reporters demand apology 2:58 pm | Maricel Halili, News5 | InterAksyon.com US$1,000 PAYOLA? | Andanar steps back after Senate reporters demand apology(UPDATE 2 - 5:20 p.m.) Press Secretary Martin Andanar takes a step back after the Senate press pool reacted to accusations thrown at midday that some reporters were offered payola amounting to US$1,000 to cover the press conference of alleged Davao Death Squad leader Arturo Lascañas.

WATCH | Court raffles off 3 cases vs De Lima; senator to file motion questioning RTC jurisdiction 1:48 pm | InterAksyon.com | Maeanne Los Banos, News5 WATCH | Court raffles off 3 cases vs De Lima; senator to file motion questioning RTC jurisdiction(UPDATED W/VIDEO) The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has raffled off the three criminal drug related cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima.

WATCH | 15 QC students killed, over 40 others hurt in bus mishap in Tanay, Rizal 10:52 am | InterAksyon.com | Rocel Lopez, News5 WATCH | 15 QC students killed, over 40 others hurt in bus mishap in Tanay, Rizal(UPDATED W/VIDEO) Fifteen students died while over 44 others were hurt after a tourist bus lost its brakes and rammed into an electric post in Sitio Bayucan, Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.

WATCH | Davao Death Squad existed and Mayor Rody gave cash rewards for killings - cop's confession 10:51 am | InterAksyon.com with reports from Ernie Reyes | Dale de Vera, News5 WATCH | Davao Death Squad existed and Mayor Rody gave cash rewards for killings - cop\(UPDATE 5- 11:57 p.m.) 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 Monday, in what he called a 'public confession' triggered by a bothered conscience.

Remember whistleblower 'Tibo' Mijares? New edition of his 'conjugal Dictatorship' haunts Marcoses 9:33 am | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Remember whistleblower \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 book on the conjugal dictatorship, has taken up the campaign to tell the truth by publishing an updated version.

MILF 'frees' 50 child soldiers 7:27 am | Philippines News Agency MILF \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, 2017) with the representatives of the government, UNICEF and MILF in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.