NATIONAL

PHIVOLCS raises Mayon alert level to 4, or ‘hazardous eruption imminent’

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert level for Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 4, meaning "hazardous eruption (is) imminent," according to the PHIVOLCS website.

‘A BULLY AND A THUG’ | Alvarez says zero budget threat for opposition a joke; lawmakers and netizens unamused

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he was just joking when he said in a speech on Thursday during the oath-taking ceremony for local politicians who joined the PDP-Laban that lawmakers who refused to back the administration's federalism initiative would get "zero budget".

COMMENTARY | Man of the hour

Pantaleon Alvarez is the only House Speaker who has dared undermine the Senate as the House’s co-equal in a bicameral Congress, when he recently advanced the notion that one senator is no more than one congressman.

WORLD

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Heavy casualties – more than 30 dead – after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more...

SHAPED LIKE AN ANGEL BUT LOOKS LIKE SATAN? | Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens

Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan.

Turkey shells Kurd area in Syria to signal start of campaign

Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.

BUSINESS

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

BSP reviews single borrower’s limit with an eye to boosting infra financing

The central bank is reviewing the single borrower’s limit (SBL) imposed on banks to provide leeway for infrastructure financing, an official said, which is seen to support the government’s massive spending program.

PSE pursues PDS takeover despite Landbank plan

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) assured the government it is working to comply with ownership rules, with state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) set to compete with the stock market operator for the acquisition of a majority stake in the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDS).

MIASCOR to appeal contract termination to Duterte

Aviation services provider MIASCOR said it would appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte “to kindly reconsider his position” after the Manila International Airport Authority terminated its contract over the luggage theft involving the firm’s employees at Clark International Airport.

OPINION

The Philippines' excessive reliance on imported coal is one of the main reasons it has the highest electricity price in ASEAN. Natural gas, solar, wind, run of river hydro, geothermal, and biogas are attractive domestic options that can be combined to create a cheaper, more diverse, and secure energy system in this country.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

‘Three Billboards’ biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

The dark comedy won best ensemble, the top SAG honor, as well as best actress and best supporting actor.

‘Jumanji’ stays strong, topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ with $20 million

'Jumanji' is singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its first two weekends.

SPORTS

Unheralded center Poy Erram making name for himself in PBA

When talking about big men in the PBA today, the names of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar are always in the...

Ex-Ginebra players instrumental in Blackwater’s historic win vs Gin Kings

It might be coincidence, but the Blackwater Elite's victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was mainly anchored by former players of the league's most...

‘I LOVE THE FANS’ | Justin Brownlee happy to play in front of Pinoy crowd

Amidst the deafening cheers and shrieks from the Ginebra fans, Justin Brownlee couldn’t do anything but just support the Gin Kings at this...

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

Honda PH brings in new big bikes to excite local motorcycle world

The long wait is over for Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts, as Honda Philippines officially unveiled its newest lineup of Honda Big Bikes for the local market.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | The flashy and futuristic from the automotive capital

The Detroit auto show has been about flashy cars and big pick up trucks, but now the floor is giving space to startups as well.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

The world’s top automakers are poised to introduce dozens of new battery electric and hybrid gasoline-electric models over the next five years.

TECH

THE FUTURE OF SHOPPING | Amazon’s automated grocery store opens on Monday

Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail.

Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news based on surveys

Facebook Inc will prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation.