TODAY'S HEADLINES

WATCH | Govt, reds agree on indefinite truce Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 5:08 PM | Agence France-Presse | Romel Lopez, News5

Lotte vice chairman found dead amid probe; suicide suspected Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 6:40 PM | Hyunjoo Jin and Se Young Lee, Reuters

CRIMINAL AT 9? | Psychologists buck bid to lower age of responsibility from 15 to 9 Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 12:47 AM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com

WATCH | Displaced OFWs in Saudi Arabia scrape by from day to day Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 10:27 PM | JV Arcena, News5

WATCH | Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 8:27 PM | Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri, Reuters

WATCH | Govt, reds agree on indefinite truce Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 5:08 PM | Agence France-Presse | Romel Lopez, News5 (UPDATE 4 - 8:00 p.m.) The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas agree on an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, according to officials in Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary.

Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 7:14 PM | Joseph A. Gamboa, Philippines News Agency The overall business confidence index for this quarter reached 45.4 percent, the highest Q3 reading of all time, based on the Business Expectations Survey (BES) conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from July 1 to August 12.

WATCH | Displaced OFWs in Saudi Arabia scrape by from day to day Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 10:27 PM | JV Arcena, News5 A number of distressed Overseas Filipino Workers, displaced from their jobs, opt to stay on in Saudi Arabia, scraping by from day to day and often picking through garbage to feed themselves and stay alive.


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WATCH | Bato issues apology after emotional gaffe Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 9:57 PM | Dale de Vera, News5 An apologetic Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronals "Bato" de la Rosa says he is 'very sorry' for egging drug users to go track down the drug lords and burn their houses down for ruining their lives.

HRW: Aguirre’s ‘endorsement of extrajudicial violence’ ensures death of more innocents Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 9:25 AM | InterAksyon.com Human Rights Watch continued its criticism of the government’s violent war on drugs, blasting Justice Vitaliano Aguirre for a 'perverse endorsement of extrajudicial violence' it said practically ensures more innocents, like five-year old Danica May Garcia, will die.

How the Philippines can benefit from China's plan to revive the ancient Silk Road route Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 11:45 PM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Filipinos may not view China as a friendly neighbor given the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, but despite this, two economists believe that the Philippines can benefit from China's recent initiative to renew the trading routes along the ancient Silk Road.

PHL gets highest rate in migration governance study: 'The Economist' Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 6:53 PM| Sammy Martin, Philippines News Agency Widely respected British news magazine, “The Economist,” recently recognized the Philippines for having a well-developed migration policy governance.

'OTSO OTSO' SCANDAL | Speakers orders recall of '8' plates after sighting in 'indecent' spots Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 6:52 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has ordered an immediate recall of all protocol plates issued by the House of Representatives in the 16th Congress and earlier amid reports that certain vehicles with the 8-plate have been spotted in indecent places and used in crimes.

WHO ARE THE PHILIPPINES' WEALTHIEST? Forbes Philippines Rich List released Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 6:00 PM| InterAksyon.com The Forbes Philippines Rich List was released Thursday (Aug. 25), with retail tycoon Henry Sy, Sr. topping the list for nine years in a row.

11 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 17 troopers wounded in Sulu clash Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 6:49 PM| Teofilo P. Garcia Jr., Philippines News Agency | News5 Eleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), including sub-leader Mohammad Said who was allegedly involved in the Samal Island raid, were killed during focused military operations in Patikul town, Sulu province Friday morning.

POEA takes action vs illegal recruiters leveraging social media Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 4:58 PM| Bernard Testa, InterAksyon The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration trains its radar on labor recruiters for overseas jobs using social media to dupe more than 200 job seekers from the provinces.

 
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