TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

China's sea militarization 'very troubling': PH defense chief Lorenzana Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 7:13 PM | Agence France-Presse

3rd round of GRP-NDF talks opens in Rome Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 8:48 PM | InterAksyon | Raymund Villanueva, Kodao Productions

WATCH | 4 members of ‘Bundol Gang’ carnap group nabbed in Pasig Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 7:01 AM | Philippines News Agency | Hannibal Talete, News5

CASH SUBSIDY | Govt eyes safety net vs excise taxes Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 5:16 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon

WATCH | MMDA defers implementation of zipper lane along EDSA 9:34 pm | Aerol B. Patena, Philippines News Agency | Renz Ongkiko, News5 The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has postponed until further notice the implementation of the zipper lane for southbound traffic going to Makati via EDSA after its dry run on Friday resulted in the buildup of traffic for vehicles going northbound.

LOOK | 19 barangays evacuated in Butuan City as Agusan River overflows LOOK | 19 barangays evacuated in Butuan City as Agusan… 8:38 pm | Erwin M. Mascariñas, InterAksyon Almost 8,700 individuals comprised of 2,303 evacuated families were being served Friday in various evacuation centers of Butuan City after the water level of the…

Shippers avoid new \ Shippers avoid new 'pirate hotspot' in waters west of the… 6:30 pm | Reuters A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing ship owners to divert vessels through other waters, stoking their costs and extending…

Gordon to law enforcers: Solve Korean slay or face Senate probe Gordon to law enforcers: Solve Korean slay or face Senate… 5:34 pm | Ernie Reyes, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Senator Richard Gordon says it would be prudent to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation if the National Bureau of…

WATCH | Seven Angeles City cops probed for extortion on Korean traders WATCH | Seven Angeles City cops probed for extortion on… 4:24 pm | Dindo Flora, News5 Seven police officers have been put on restrictive custody, and the chief and deputy commander of Angeles City Police Station 5 relieved of duty for…

BUSINESS NEWS

Farm output declines 1.11% in Q4 2016 due to typhoons Farm output declines 1.11% in Q4 2016 due to typhoons The agriculture sector contracted by 1.11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 due to devastation brought about by typhoons, bringing the 2016 growth at…

Peso recovers vs US dollar; PSEi ends 5-day rally Peso recovers vs US dollar; PSEi ends 5-day rally Jitters on the policies that the US government will implement under US President-elect Donald Trump, who will have his inauguration Friday, and the dovish statement…

Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employers Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employers A businessman was arrested Thursday at his home in an exclusive village in Makati City by police for not remitting the Social Security System premiums…

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'Dump Trump' - Left 2:32 pm | Agence France-Presse \Hundreds of activists converged on the US embassy Friday to denounce Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration as president of the United States, accusing him of sexism, racism and xenophobia.

5 Sarangani fishers home after 18-day ordeal on high seas 1:09 pm | Allen V. Estabillo, Philippine News Agency 5 Sarangani fishers home after 18-day ordeal on high seasFive fishermen from Malapatan town in Sarangani who were earlier reported missing after an accident in the seas off Davao Oriental late last year were reunited with their families on Thursday.

‘UNWELCOME WAKE-UP CALL’ | Clean up PNP ranks, Lacson urges Dela Rosa 1:01 pm | Philippine News Agency ‘UNWELCOME WAKE-UP CALL’ | Clean up PNP ranks, Lacson urges Dela RosaThe abduction of a Korean businessman by policemen who then strangled him dead inside Camp Crame is “probably the most unwelcome wakeup call for Director General Ronald Dela Rosa,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said Friday.

Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employers 12:16 pm | Gerard dela Pena, News5 Businessman nabbed as SSS heightens campaign vs delinquent employersA businessman was arrested Thursday at his home in an exclusive village in Makati City by police for not remitting the Social Security System premiums of his workers as the pension fund intensified its campaign against delinquent employer.

Leni's lawyer to Bongbong's camp: ‘Prove fraud or drop electoral protest’ 11:52 am | Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency Leni\The lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday challenged the camp of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to withdraw the electoral protest they filed if they cannot prove 'massive fraud' to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

DSWD explores partnerships to prepare drug surrenderers for their return to society 11:39 am | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com DSWD explores partnerships to prepare drug surrenderers for their return to societyThe Department of Social Welfare and Development is looking forward to collaborating with Cebu-based non-governmental organization Dilaab Foundation, which heads a church-based program to rehabilitate former drug users or 'Labangers.'

'Is DOF ‘holding hostage’ lower income tax to push excise tax hike?’ lawmakers ask 11:01 am | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com \Lawmakers want to know if the Department of Finance is deliberately holding the proposed lowering of personal income tax rates hostage by lumping this with the planned increase in excise taxes as the House of Representatives began deliberating House Bill No. 4774.

Legal pluralism, respect for customary laws essential for true peace - Justice exec 9:31 am | Aldwin Quitasol, InterAksyon.com Legal pluralism, respect for customary laws essential for true peace - Justice execThe recognition that legal pluralism exists and respect for customary laws is essential if genuine peace is to be achieved in the country, Justice Assistant Secretary Charyll Daytec Yangot said.

5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15,000 evacuated 8:54 am | Philippine News Agency 5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15,000 evacuatedThe five major rivers in Davao del Norte overflowed their banks, inundating residential areas and affecting more than 4,000 families, or 15,000 individuals.

New 6ID chief assumes command 8:42 am | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com New 6ID chief assumes commandBrigadier General Arnel Dela Vega formally took over the command of the 6th Infantry 'Kampilan' Division based in Camp Siongco, Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao Thursday.

Thousands of families affected by Maguindanao floods 8:13 am | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com Thousands of families affected by Maguindanao floodsThousands of families in the Maguindanao towns of Pagalungan and Datu Montawal have been affected by floods brought by days of incessant rains that had rivers overflowing their banks.

Floods, landslides possible in Visayas, Mindanao regions - NDRRMC 7:37 am | InterAksyon.com Floods, landslides possible in Visayas, Mindanao regions - NDRRMC(UPDATE - 10:14 a.m.) Heavy rains could trigger severe floods and landslides in Central Visayas, specifically in Bohol and Siquijor provinces, Northern Mindanao and Leyte and Southern Leyte provinces, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council warned Friday.

WATCH | Duterte hits priests, bishops for criticizing government’s war on drugs 1:27 am | Maricel Halili, News5 WATCH | Duterte hits priests, bishops for criticizing government’s war on drugsPresident Rodrigo Duterte heaped scorn on some leaders of the Catholic Church for blaming his administration’s war on drugs for the spate of extrajudicial killings, in his speech during the oath-taking of about 75 police generals at Malacanang Palace on Thursday.