JESSICA ZAFRA | From Benghazi to Ate Vi: The Uses of Cheese Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 2:14 PM | JESSICA ZAFRA

Sen. Miriam Santiago: How healthy? How wise? Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 9:23 PM | Pancho Blanco,

Dismissed NPO exec assigns self, 5 other sacked officials, to ballot printing task Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 7:05 PM | Erwin Tulfo and Jerico Javier, News5

EL NINO SUICIDE | Maguindanao farmer, depressed by failed harvest, hangs self Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 8:05 AM | Dennis Arcon,

14 Filipinos die in Iraqi Kurdistan hotel fire Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 9:34 AM | Agence France-Presse | Philippine News Agency (UPDATE 2 - 10:04 a.m.) A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed 19 people, 14 of them Filipinos, and injured dozens more on Friday, officials said.

BIFF tries to blow up Maguindanao bridge, clashes with Army Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 10:21 AM | Philippine News Agency The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters tried to blow up a bridge in Maguindanao and then clashed with soldiers sent to defuse the bomb Friday afternoon, the military said.

VIDEO | Ombudsman orders filing of charges against Binays, et al over carpark bldg mess Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 3:16 PM | Jaime Sinapit, | News5 Charges of graft, malversation and falsification of public documents are filed before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the controversial P2.2 billion construction of the Makati carpark building.


Meralco to hike electricity rate by P0.42/kWh Meralco to hike electricity rate by P0.42/kWh The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said it will increase the overall rate of its electricity prices by P0.42 per kilowatthour (kWh) to P8.82 per kWh…

End-January 2016 GIR level reaches $80.16B End-January 2016 GIR level reaches $80.16B The country's gross international reserves (GIR) stood at US$80.16 billion as of end-January 2016, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced…

Banks\ Banks' NPL ratio improves amid growth in loans The ratio between the gross non-performing loans (NPLs) of universal and commercial banks (U/KBs) and their total loan portfolio (TLP) stood at 1.77 percent as…


Guanzon wants Comelec's rule on substitutions ‘revisited’ Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 10:37 PM | Jet Villa, For Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, the pertinent rules and laws should be "revisited" to prevent a repeat in the substitution of candidates as what happened in the case of presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with Martin Diño.

30 YEARS AFTER | JPE says EDSA spirit has evaporated like bubbles Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 3:54 PM | Ernie Reyes, Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile tells the weekly Kapihan sa Senado the people power anniversary should not be celebrated on February 25, when everything was all said and done, but on the 22nd, the day he and other rebels came out to defy the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Brazil Zika cases raise concern of virus transmission beyond mosquitoes Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 1:29 AM| Anthony Boadle, Reuters Two cases of Zika being transmitted through blood transfusions were reported in Brazil on Thursday, adding to concerns over the virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is typically spread through mosquito bites.

115 party-list groups make it to ballots Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 7:57 AM| Jet Villa, The Commission on Elections has cleared 115 party-list groups for inclusion in the official ballots for the May 9 elections, although a number of them may eventually be disqualified.

KAMPANYA NA | UNA, LP gear up for official poll campaign, eye top bets' bailiwicks as first stop Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 1:29 PM| Ina Zara, News5 | with a report by Ruel Otieco, Radyo5 Expect election sorties to be more frequent, intense, and revealing, and often entertaining as the official campaign period for national positions begins on Tuesday, February 9.

Sen. Miriam Santiago: How healthy? How wise? Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 9:23 PM| Pancho Blanco, From mid-October up to December 31, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago hasn't ventured out of Metro Manila to woo votes. Did she, having recovered from cancer, find traveling too tiring? Or is she really intent on conducting her campaign online?

House adjourned to prevent a 'circus,' says Majority leader, but Colmenares says fight 'not over' Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 12:16 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, (UPDATE - 1:58 p.m.) The leadership of the House of Representatives adjourned its last session before breaking for the election campaign to prevent the attempt to override the presidential veto of the proposed P2,000 increase in Social Security System pensions from turning into a 'circus.'

At least 3 dead, over 100 still trapped after 6.4-magnitude Taiwan quake Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 6:57 AM| Agence France-Presse (UPDATE 2 - 9:01 a.m.) Three people including a 10-month-old baby died after a 16-storey residential tower block collapsed in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan following a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake Saturday.

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