NATIONAL

Immigration bureau now uses biometrics in all PH international airports

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) now uses a state-of-the-art, biometrics-based system for its computers in all international airports nationwide, as part of efforts to modernize its operations and upgrade its capability to detect and thwart the entry of undesirable aliens into the country.

CA dismisses Jason Ivler’s appeal to reverse guilty decision; finds all elements of murder present

The Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of Jason Ivler to reverse and set aside the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City's November 2015 judgment of conviction, where he was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of murder and sentenced to imprisonment of reclusion perpetua.

RUN OVER BY ‘TRAIN’ | Labor alliance prods govt to provide social protection for informal sector workers

Without fixed wages and not covered by social protection benefits, the country's informal sector workers are among those who stand to be worst hit with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill,a labor federation said Monday.

WORLD

EXPLAINER | Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

The law dates back to 1923, when Myanmar, then known as Burma, was a province of British India. At the time British administrators worried that rival powers could seek to exploit anti-colonial unrest in its South Asian empire.

FOCUS | Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

UN council mulls call for US Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.

BUSINESS

BOI hits P617B in investment approvals for 2017, highest in 50-year history

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), chalked up a record P616.7 billion in investment approvals for 2017, the highest in the agency’s 50-year history, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, reported Monday.

RUN OVER BY ‘TRAIN’ | Labor alliance prods govt to provide social protection for informal sector workers

Without fixed wages and not covered by social protection benefits, the country's informal sector workers are among those who stand to be worst hit with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill,a labor federation said Monday.

Hot money turns around in November

More foreign funds entered the Philippines in November as investors drew optimism from tax reform progress in Congress as well as increased interest following the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit here, the central bank said.

OPINION

The ratified TRAIN bill is set to be signed into law by the President next week. We continue to hope that the President will strike out provisions that will be damaging to our tax system and, ultimately, the Filipino people.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

Slapshock still in ‘atake’ mode after 20 years of in-your-face metalcore music

'We still feel like a new band, still hungry and still ready to prove what we can do,' says frontman Jamir Garcia.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

The eighth movie in the 'Star Wars' saga collected $220 million in North America and $230 million in the rest of the world.

SPORTS

SMB downs Phoenix to kick off Philippine Cup title defense

The San Miguel Beermen kicked off their Philippine Cup title defense on a high note, dispatching the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 104-96, in the league's...

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa steps down

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa stepped down from his post on Sunday morning, the league's board announced in a press conference right before the opening...

Yeng Guiao to suggest to MVP the creation of new sports stadium in Clark for World Cup

A new Philippine sports stadium as venue for the World Cup in 2023? If veteran bench tactician and former national team coach Yeng Guiao...

LIFESTYLE

REFLECTION | Third Sunday of Advent: ‘I am not the Messiah’

In today's gospel, John the Baptist testified that that the light is coming,

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation marks 25th year with vow to keep supporting science, engineering education

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) is marking its 25th anniversary with a firm commitment to keep supporting science and engineering courses as part of its bid to make a lasting impact on education in the Philippines.

LOOK | UP Lantern Parade 2017 glares with social and political statements

Burning issues such as Metro Manila's unsolved traffic problems, human rights, and the violent war on drugs stood out in this year's event.

MOTORING

GOING ELECTRIC | Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s

Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle (EV) models globally in the early 2020s, and that investment to develop their batteries is likely to exceed $13 billion (1.5 trillion yen) through 2030.

Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

Toyota Motor Corp is considering making batteries for electric vehicles (EV) with Panasonic Corp, as it ramps up battery development to help meet its goal for green cars.

BLUE SG | Singapore’s electric car-sharing program hits the road

Singapore launched its first large-scale electric car-sharing program through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.

TECH

GOING ELECTRIC | Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s

Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle (EV) models globally in the early 2020s, and that investment to develop their batteries is likely to exceed $13 billion (1.5 trillion yen) through 2030.

WATCH | Restaurant in India replaces waiters with robots

A restaurant in India's southern Chennai city is trying to revolutionise customer service by introducing robot waiters to deliver food and drinks.