TODAY'S HEADLINES

NSC 'emergency' meeting set Wednesday; Senate cancels session Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 5:55 PM | InterAksyon.com

Life terms for 9 Filipinos over 2013 Sabah standoff Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 5:05 PM | Agence France-Presse

AFP chief Visaya orders SOMO against NPA; pullout from lumad zones pressed Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 3:40 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

19 dead in knife attack on Japanese disabled home Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 6:19 AM | Agence France-Presse | Reuters

SC rules with finality: EDCA is legal Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 4:41 PM | Brian Maglungsod and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com It's final: the Supreme Court has declared legal the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the United States, affirming its earlier ruling that EDCA is not a treaty. The ruling comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is due in Manila.

US to remain neutral on sovereignty claims but firm on freedom of navigation, flight - Kerry Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 11:44 AM | InterAksyon.com The United States maintained it will remain neutral in any dispute over claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea but will be firm in insisting on respect for freedom of navigation and flight in the vital waterway, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

ASEAN statement 'victory' for regional bloc, not defeat for PH - Yasay Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 9:57 AM | InterAksyon.com Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay vehemently refused on Wednesday to accept that the non-reference to the arbitral ruling on the Philippine case against China in the joint statement issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was a 'defeat' for the country.


BUSINESS NEWS

BSP eyes July inflation between 1.5% and 2.4% due to higher electricity, rice prices BSP eyes July inflation between 1.5% and 2.4% due to higher electricity, rice prices Higher electricity and rice prices in July made the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) forecast inflation for the month to stay within 1.5-2.4 percent.

Peso gains strength Tuesday vs US dollar as Fed meeting starts Peso gains strength Tuesday vs US dollar as Fed meeting starts The Philippine peso proved its strength against the greenback Tuesday after it ended the trade sideways after the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting started.

Philippine stocks slip on lower prices of crude amid global oversupply Philippine stocks slip on lower prices of crude amid global oversupply The local stock market returned to negative territory on Tuesday as crude fell to a three-month low on global oil supply glut concerns.

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NPA goes on active defense as PH Army stands down Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 10:21 PM | Erwin M. Mascariñas, InterAksyon The New People's Army discloses it will stay on so-called 'active defensive mode' while waiting the final declaration of cease fire from the Communist Party of he Philippines and National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

WATCH | Duterte: Military, Cabinet consulted before unilateral ceasefire with Reds declared Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 11:33 PM | Erwin Tulfo, News5 | Philippines News Agency President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the decision to declare a unilateral ceasefire with the communist groups was not his alone but was arrived at through consultations with the military and the Cabinet as a whole.

Duterte should order national curfew for minors - Estrada Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 10:53 AM| InterAksyon.com Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered city hall personnel and police to stop apprehending minors violating a local curfew ordinance in compliance with the temporary suspension order issued by the Supreme Court and suggested that President Rodrigo Duterte make the curfew a national policy.

Quezon's Suarez is House minority leader but Baguilat backers may go to SC Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 11:03 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 12:05 p.m.) Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez was elected minority leader by 22 of his colleagues at the House of Representatives, many of whom had earlier chosen to abstain during Monday's session.

17th Congress opens with death penalty at top of agenda Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 12:46 AM| Martin Petty, Reuters The newly convened 17th Congress heard a proposal on Tuesday to re-impose the death penalty for "heinous crimes", giving priority to President Rodrigo Duterte's push for capital punishment in its first legislative session.

Death of 'narco cop' underscores QCPD campaign to cleanse ranks - chief Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 10:59 AM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com The new chief of the Quezon City Police District said Tuesday's killing of a fellow officer targeted in a buy-bust operation who chose to shoot it out with operatives underscored their efforts to cleanse their ranks of personnel involved in the drug trade.

CHR mounts testy probe of 103 drug killings and counting Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 9:14 PM| Karol Ilagan, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism The unusually high number of drug deaths since Duterte assumed the presidency three weeks ago is now making CHR work double – perhaps even triple – time to accomplish its tasks.

Data Privacy Act Cannot be used as shield against FOI - privacy commish Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 7:00 PM| Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com The National Privacy Commission (NPC) ruled out the possibility of government officials taking shelter under the Data Privacy Act to fend off queries made under the Freedom of Information executive order.

 
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