TODAY'S HEADLINES

Regulator clears Globe acquisition of Bayantel 03-Jul-15, 11:01 AM | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com

No racial motive seen in US church fires - officials 03-Jul-15, 10:32 AM | Agence France-Presse

95,000 people affected, more schools shut down as floods worsen in Maguindanao 03-Jul-15, 8:39 AM | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com

Death toll from Ormoc ferry sinking rises to 42 as search resumes 03-Jul-15, 8:21 AM | Lottie Salarda, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 4 - 12:42 p.m.) The death toll from a passenger ferry that sank soon after leaving the port of Ormoc City, Leyte Thursday had risen to 42 as three bodies were retrieved from the capsized vessel 24 hours after the accident, the Philippine Coast Guard there said.

95,000 people affected, more schools shut down as floods worsen in Maguindanao 03-Jul-15, 8:39 AM | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com The floods inundating Maguindanao worsened, affecting more than 95,000 residents in 13 towns of the central Mindanao province by Friday, up from 89,000 the day before, and shutting down 32 schools.

SC restrains DOH, FDA sway over Implanon, reproductive products, supplies 02-Jul-15, 8:58 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The petition was filed by the Alliance for Family Foundation Philippines assailing the manner of implementation of the Reproductive Health Law by the Department of Health.

UNA feels crunch as donors get spooked by freeze order 02-Jul-15, 7:02 PM | JV Arcena, News5 The funds from donor-supporters, obviously spooked by a freeze order from the courts, are now just coming in in trickles if at all, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay admitted Thursday, a day after the United Nationalist Alliance drew tens of thousands at its formal launch in Makati City.

Ampatuan massacre principal suspect asks to visit dying clan patriarch 03-Jul-15, 9:42 AM | InterAksyon.com The former Maguindanao mayor accused of leading the gunmen who massacred 58 persons, 32 of them journalists, in the town of Ampatuan on November 23, 2009 has sought the court's permission to visit his father and co-accused, who is said to be dying from liver cancer.

VIDEO | Tania Dee's cell phone now with police; gardener who found it arrested 03-Jul-15, 12:39 AM| Mon Gualvez, News5 Police probers have found crucial evidence in the murder of bank teller Tania Camille Dee, her cell phone, even as they are considering turning one of two suspects into a state witness.

SHOWDOWN IN SAN JUAN | Zamoras, Estrada-Ejercitos, once allies, now cry 'betrayal' 02-Jul-15, 5:21 PM| Clara Masinag and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Once close family friends and political allies, the Ejercito-Estradas and the Zamoras are now accusing each other of betrayal, with one side accusing the other of political greed and the other accusing the other of sneakiness.

CJ Sereno satisfied with Maguindanao massacre trial pace, handling 02-Jul-15, 7:36 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Despite complaints by the victims' families and human rights groups over the slow pace of the case, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Thursday she is satisfied with the conduct and pace of the Maguindanao massacre hearings in a Quezon City court.

Signal No. 1 over Isabela, Cagayan as ‘Egay’ intensifies; storm east of PAR now a typhoon 03-Jul-15, 7:49 AM| Rommel Rio, News5 (UPDATE - 1:34 p.m.) The state weather bureau hoisted public storm warning Signal No. 1 over Isabela and Cagayan provinces as well as the Calayan and Babuyan island groups Friday as tropical storm "Egay" (international name: "Linfa") intensified overnight.

Canceled P650 million contract prompts plunder charge vs Lina, 2 others 02-Jul-15, 5:20 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez Plunder and graft charges are filed against Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, former Customs Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. and former Customs deputy commissioner Primo Aguas in connection with a canceled P650-million contract to modernize the agency.

China airstrip operational possibly within the year, say experts; will ADIZ follow? 02-Jul-15, 10:08 AM| Reuters | With DJ Sta. Ana, News5 UPDATE, 3:30 p.m- China's nearly completed 3,000-meter long airstrip, its first, on one of the artificial islands it created in the Spratlys, could be operational before yearend, heightening concern over Beijing's perceived intention in controlling air and sea traffic in the South China Sea.

 
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