TODAY'S NATIONAL HEADLINES

China's sea militarization 'very troubling': PH defense chief Lorenzana Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 7:13 PM | Agence France-Presse

House to press passage of comprehensive tax bill Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 12:38 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

WATCH | 4 members of ‘Bundol Gang’ carnap group nabbed in Pasig Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 7:01 AM | Philippines News Agency | Hannibal Talete, News5

Possible floods, landslides due to heavy rains in parts of Visayas, Mindanao Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 8:23 AM | Philippine News Agency

More than 200 Chinese nabbed in Clark dragnet deported - BI 10:32 am | Ferdinand G. Patinio, Philippine News Agency More than 200 of the Chinese arrested late last year for illegally working for an online gambling operation at inside the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark, Pampanga have been deported, the Bureau of Immigration said.

Possible floods, landslides due to heavy rains in parts of Visayas, Mindanao Possible floods, landslides due to heavy rains in parts of… 8:23 am | Philippine News Agency Moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms on Thursday may trigger flashfloods and landslides in the Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula regions…

Broken vows dim chances of extending unilateral ceasefire, forging bilateral ceasefire - Reds Broken vows dim chances of extending unilateral ceasefire, forging bilateral… 7:56 am | InterAksyon.com Communist rebels said several issues, including the continued detention of hundreds of political prisoners and the mounting toll of the war on drugs, have made…

WATCH | 4 members of ‘Bundol Gang’ carnap group nabbed in Pasig WATCH | 4 members of ‘Bundol Gang’ carnap group nabbed… 7:01 am | Philippines News Agency | Hannibal Talete, News5 The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) arrested four carnapping suspects Tuesday evening in Pasig City.

WATCH | Duterte meets with leaders of big business WATCH | Duterte meets with leaders of big business 6:37 am | Maricel Halili, News5 President Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of big business including TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Hans Sy and Jaime Zobel de Ayala over dinner at…

BUSINESS NEWS

Makati extends deadline of tax payments, filing of applications for renewal of permits Makati extends deadline of tax payments, filing of applications for renewal of permits The Makati City Council has passed an ordinance extending the deadline of payment of taxes and fees without penalties or surcharges up to January 31,…

PSEi ends five-day slide, peso remains intact PSEi ends five-day slide, peso remains intact US President-elect Donald Trump’s comment that the greenback is “too strong” ended the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s (PSEI) five straight days of decline, as the…

WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017 WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017 After being stalled for several years, the construction of a common station that will connect the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit…

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WATCH | NBI expands probe of Korean bizman's kidnap-murder 12:02 am | JV Arcena, News | InterAksyon.com WATCH | NBI expands probe of Korean bizman\The NBI broke the bad news to the wife of of Korean businessman Ji Ick-joo on Wednesday: that he was killed the same day he was abducted by a police-led ring on Oct. 18, 2016. The bureau had no answers to the widow's question: how could they do this to a good man?

WATCH | Somos o no somos? | LP members dared to yield majority perks and act as opposition 11:25 pm | MaeAnne Los Baños, News5 | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com WATCH | Somos o no somos? | LP members dared to yield majority perks and act as oppositionA day after a near-brawl over who should investigate corruption at the Bureau of Immigration, tension again filled the Senate on Wednesday, as some members demanded that Liberal Party senators leave the majority and stop enjoying its perks while sounding like the opposition.

Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte's loose lips 10:48 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Palace reporters to Andanar: Stop bad habit of blaming media for Duterte\Communications Secretary Martin Andanar came under fire anew, this time from the members of the press corps covering the daily activities of the chief executive, for accusing the media of misreporting the statements of President Rodrigo Duterte on martial law.

WATCH | Landslide buries 10 vehicles in Cebu City 8:42 pm | Jinky Rosit, News5 WATCH | Landslide buries 10 vehicles in Cebu CityAt least 10 vehicles parked along a highway in Barangay Busay, Cebu City were crushed and partially buried in mud after a portion of a retaining wall collapsed during a landslide that occurred at past 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

'Bang! Bang! You're dead': Bishop Bacani hits 'merciless ways' vs drug addicts 7:43 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com \Murmurings about the silence of the Church following the spate of killings are likely to die down, as Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani became the latest Catholic leader to criticize the “merciless ways” of dealing with drug addicts.

WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017 7:11 pm | Aerol B. Patena, Philippines News Agency | Gerard dela Peña, News5 WATCH | Construction of LRT-MRT common station starts Dec. 2017After being stalled for several years, the construction of a common station that will connect the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) will start in December 2017.

Lotto winnings now taxed 5:41 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Lotto winnings now taxedA bill filed at the House of Representatives lists lottery winnings as among those that would be taxed by the government to rake in additional revenues.

In House panel's Traffic Crisis Act, only SC may stop projects, opening of private villages 4:12 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com In House panel\The House Committee on Transportation has approved the proposed Traffic Crisis Act, which is being eyed to address the traffic woes in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao cities.

SKorean govt demands justice for businessman killed by PH police in fake drug raid 3:02 pm | Ayee Macaraig, Agence France-Presse SKorean govt demands justice for businessman killed by PH police in fake drug raidPhilippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se demanded answers after getting a phone call from Foreign Secretary Yasay.

Kin of political prisoners demand freedom as talks resume 1:52 pm | Diego Mora, InterAksyon.com Kin of political prisoners demand freedom as talks resumeRelatives of political prisoners called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to release all of them because there is 'nothing more right and just than freedom.'

'Do not be afraid to be soft, because only the strong can be merciful' - CBCP president 1:04 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com \The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, in his homily at the University of Santo Tomas on Tuesday, said mercy is often associated with weakness, which is why people refuse to show it.

Farmers, fishers demand military pullout of communities 12:53 pm | Diego Mora, InterAksyon.com Farmers, fishers demand military pullout of communitiesOn the eve of the third round of peace talks between government and communist rebels, activist farmers and fisherfolk picketed Camp Aguinaldo to press demands for the immediate pullout of military forces from communities in the countryside.

House to press passage of comprehensive tax bill 12:38 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com House to press passage of comprehensive tax billNotwithstanding public criticism, the House of Representatives will push the passage of a comprehensive tax bill that will increase the excise taxes on petroleum products and automobiles, but would lower personal income taxes.