TODAY'S HEADLINES

Duterte won't abandon Marcos, et al despite NBI findings they murdered Espinosa Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:11 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 97 as more bodies found in rubble Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:05 AM | Chaideer Mahyuddin, Agence France-Presse

SPECIAL REPORT | Burying the Truth: A family challenges the official story of a drug war death Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 6:56 AM | Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Damir Sagolj, Reuters

WATCH | X-ray technician presented as 3rd suspect in US embassy bomb scare Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 1:12 PM | Perfecto T. Raymundo, Philippine News Agency | Ryan Ang, News5

Najib destroying Malaysia, ‘has to be removed’ - Mahathir Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 1:19 PM | M Jegathesan, Agence France-Presse

Some Miss U candidates to arrive in PHL on Friday for kickoff party Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 9:16 PM | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency

WATCH | Army chief Año is new AFP chief, pledges loyalty to Duterte Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 11:39 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com | With News5 Video Report by Maricel Halili UPDATED W/VIDEO- As rumors of 'coup' plots swirled anew, the newly installed AFP Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Eduardo Año, promised President Duterte his loyalty and vowed to bring the military to new heights. He replaces Ricardo Visaya who retires Dec. 8.

WATCH | SC clears 3 on Duterte's 'narco judges' list, slams premature tagging Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 4:16 PM | JV Arcena, News5 | InterAksyon.com UPDATED W/VIDEO-After a four-month investigation, the Supreme Court has cleared three judges on a list of so called 'narco-judges' released by President Duterte, saying there is no evidence against them and chastising the anti-drug agency for supplying unverified information to the chief executive.

Duterte won't abandon Marcos, et al despite NBI findings they murdered Espinosa Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:11 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5 UPDATED-The Department of Justice created Wednesday a 5-man prosecution panel against 28 cops led by CIDG Region 8 head, Supt. Marvin Marcos, for the Nov.5 murder of Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, but President Duterte affirmed support for the cops, saying he would 'not allow' them to go to jail.


BUSINESS NEWS

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Gordon questions purchase of Dengvaxia, but won't stand in way of 'rushed' anti-dengue program Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 2:26 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon While questioning the apparent haste with which a controversial anti-dengue vaccine was procured last year, Senator Richard Gordon said on Tuesday that the legislature will not stand in the way of the government's anti-dengue vaccination program already underway.

'JK' BETTER THAN 'EJK' | House justice committee OKs death penalty bill Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 12:41 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com UPDATE2, 7:23 P.M.- Saying 'judicial killings' were better than extrajudicial killings (EJK)" the House Justice committee on Wednesday approved the bill restoring death penalty, sending the measure on its way to the plenary for debates.

SPECIAL REPORT | Burying the Truth: A family challenges the official story of a drug war death Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 6:56 AM| Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Damir Sagolj, Reuters Police say they shot Florjohn Cruz in a narcotics raid after he opened fire on them. Two days before he was buried, his family demanded a second autopsy in an effort to clear his name.

Another IED similar to US embassy, Davao bombs found in Bulacan Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 9:56 AM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 11:03 a.m.) Another improvised explosive device similar to the ones found near the US embassy and used in the September 2 Davao City bombing was found in Bulakan, Bulacan.

Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in Mindanao Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 2:24 AM| News5 The Indonesian military has warned that the Islamic State group is establishing a base in Mindanao from where it can launch attacks in Indonesia.

OPINION | If global warming worsens, what will happen to the people and places that matter to me? Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 12:41 PM| Arturo Tahup, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities A writer reflects on how climate change could take he holds dear away, unless Filipinos commit to achieve the global goal to hold warming well below 2°C.

CPP blasts Duterte’s ‘total disdain for human rights’ Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 7:18 AM| InterAksyon.com Communist rebels blasted President Rodrigo Duterte's 'total disdain for human rights,' not only in the war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives but also by using his powers 'to sow fear and demand obeisance' from state forces and politicians and 'as a tool to persecute his rivals.'

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 97 as more bodies found in rubble Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:05 AM| Chaideer Mahyuddin, Agence France-Presse (UPDATE 6 - 6:03 p.m.) The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings.

 
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