TODAY'S HEADLINES

Palace touts 'inclusive growth' mantra as it sends P2.6-trillion 2015 budget to House 30-Jul-14, 4:56 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Palace sees no constitutional crisis in asking Congress to define savings 30-Jul-14, 4:57 PM | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com

Meralco mulls conversion of Atimonan natural gas project to coal 30-Jul-14, 1:10 PM | Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com

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

PRIORITY BILLS | Palace wish list to Congress includes FOI, extension for CARP notice 30-Jul-14, 4:36 PM | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com At least 20 priority bills, including the Freedom of Information bill and one extending the period to issue notice of coverage for lands to be covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, are on the Executive's 'wish list' sent to the 16th Congress, which buckled down to work Wednesday.

Palace touts 'inclusive growth' mantra as it sends P2.6-trillion 2015 budget to House 30-Jul-14, 4:56 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The 2015 budget will advance inclusive growth and sustain the reforms that support development, the Executive said Wednesday, as it submitted the proposed money measure to Congress, devoting the biggest share to economic services and social protection and welfare.

AFP chief douses coup talk as troop movements fuel jitters 30-Jul-14, 6:32 AM | Ernie Reyes, Thom Andrade and Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Philippine News Agency (UPDATE 3 - 4:32 p.m.) Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang on Wednesday doused talk started by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV about a supposed coup plot against Peresident Benigno Aquino III, saying: 'There is no intelligence report on that.'

Congress to 'legalize' DAP through resolution, supplemental budget - Drilon 30-Jul-14, 3:39 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | Jelly F. Musico, PNA UPDATE 8:18PM- Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday that Congress will effectively legalize the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) by approving a joint resolution or supplemental budget defining the utilization of savings within a fiscal period.

VIDEO | Alert Level 2 raised on 3 W. African countries over Ebola outbreak 30-Jul-14, 4:08 PM | Shawn Yao, News5 The Deparment of Foreign Affairs has raised Alert Level 2 on three West African countries where the continuing rise in deadly Ebola cases has caused serious concern among international health agencies.

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.

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.'

AN APPEAL FOR GAZA | ICRC invokes the humanitarian imperative: Stop the killing! 30-Jul-14, 2:02 PM| Jacques de Maio, ICRC head of delegation in Israel and the occupied territories The human cost is simply too high. Too many women and children are wounded, dying or damaged in their minds and bodies. This is not about who is to blame for not respecting this or that specific rule of war, or even about whether the expected military advantage outweighs the collateral damage.

Shelling kills 20 at UN school as Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan 30-Jul-14, 4:43 AM| Agence France-Presse | Reuters (UPDATE 3 - 11:48 a.m.) Israeli shelling killed 20 people sheltering at a UN school Wednesday and knocked out Gaza's only power plant Tuesday while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave.

 
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