TODAY'S HEADLINES

No destabilization attempts monitored inside AFP 30-Jul-14, 6:32 AM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency

AUDIO | Senate minority to consult JPE on 'kontra SONA' 30-Jul-14, 3:42 AM | MaeAnne Los Banos, Radyo5

VIDEO | Roxas secures freedom of 4 cops held captive by NPA 30-Jul-14, 2:32 AM | InterAksyon.com | With video report by Jeff Caparas, News5

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus 30-Jul-14, 1:42 AM | Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes, Reuters

POST-SONA 2014 | PNoy missed out on post-Yolanda risk-reduction efforts - aid groups 29-Jul-14, 3:39 PM | InterAksyon.com International aid groups engaged in rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda said President Benigno Aquino III missed out on detailing his administration's efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the storm and his 'broader disaster risk reduction policies.'

No destabilization attempts monitored inside AFP 30-Jul-14, 6:32 AM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Tuesday said the military has not monitored any attempt to destabilize the government from within its ranks.

Cardinal Tagle: Vatican announces Pope Francis' PH visit - Jan. 15 -19 29-Jul-14, 8:24 PM | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirms the Vatican announcement this noon (Rome time) regarding the inclusive dates of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines.

Not mentioned in SONA, Freedom of Information bill must be passed - VP Binay 29-Jul-14, 2:10 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday exhorted Congress to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, saying this would bolster the reforms started by the Aquino administration.

Sulu security breakdown alarms AFP as dead from ASG ambush now 25 29-Jul-14, 3:24 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 7:12 p.m) The AFP spokesman says the massacre by suspected elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) of non-combatants - including women and children enroute to a celebration of the end of Ramadan - is of utmost concern in terms of security, as the number of fatalities rose to 25.

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes 30-Jul-14, 5:31 AM| Manuel Mogato, Reuters The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

EU's Ashton pushes peaceful options in South China Sea rows, backs Mindanao peace 29-Jul-14, 6:38 PM| InterAksyon.com UPDATE 10:56 PM) A ranking European Union official affirmed the EU commitment to pushing for stability in the South China Sea, sustained peace in Mindanao, more effective disaster risk reduction and to expanding economic relations between EU member countries and the Philippines.

LTFRB gives unlicensed trucks-for-hire another month to secure permit 29-Jul-14, 11:03 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com LTFRB extends by another month moratorium on apprehension of unlicensed trucks-for-hire.

San Miguel, Lucio Tan Group in talks for PAL buyout 28-Jul-14, 6:05 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com San Miguel Corp is in talks for the sale of its 49-percent stake in PAL back to the Lucio Tan Group.

JUST CALL IT 'EQ' | Crying President neither weak nor over-sensitive, says Palace 29-Jul-14, 7:42 PM| InterAksyon.com It's simply part of his "emotional intelligence', not a sign of weakness nor over-sensitivity to critics, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma says, alluding to President Aquino tearing up towards the end of his fifth SONA.

POST-SONA2014 | Debt watchdog lists 3 gut issues for transformation 29-Jul-14, 7:52 AM| Freedom from Debt Coalition Did DAP reduce debt? Should Congress grant the Executive's plan for emergency powers to avert power outages next year? What major budget reforms must be pursued aside from a supplemental budget?

 
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