NATIONAL

Duterte twits anew speculators on health, but reminds people to back ‘constitutional’ successor

President Rodrigo Duterte, subject of renewed speculation owing to his "disappearance" from the public eye for several days last week, reminded Filipinos on Wednesday that if anything should happen to him, they should simply follow the constitutional path of succession and support his vice president.

Marawi death toll could be higher: PH military

The Philippine military said on Wednesday it was likely that large numbers of civilians had been killed during the five-week occupation of a southern town by Islamist rebels, due to "atrocities" by the militants allied with Islamic State.

AFP can’t guarantee Marawi crisis over by Duterte’s 2nd SONA

The military could not commit to retaking Marawi City from extremist gunmen who have been battling government forces by the time President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second state of the nation address later this month.

WORLD

Probe of Chinese tycoon who donated mega-rehab facility ‘internal issue’ – Palace

The reported corruption investigation of billionaire Huang Rulun, whose offer to fund “mega drug rehabilitation centers” in the country has been credited by President Rodrigo Duterte for helping improve ties with China, is an “internal issue,” Malacañang said Wednesday.

Trump, Duterte breaking taboos on human rights – U.N. rights chief

The United Nations' top rights official said Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump are “breaking long-held taboos” against human rights violations and warned against undermining civil liberties in the fight against Islamic militants.

Cyberattack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link

A major global cyberattack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers.

BUSINESS

Benham Rise map

DENR to explore Philippine Rise

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is preparing to explore the Philippine Rise -- the government's official name for Benham Rise -- for mineral and gas deposits.

Privacy commish concludes: No violation of data protection policies during BPI ‘glitch’

The National Privacy Commission will not be faulting the Bank of the Philippine Islands over a system glitch that disrupted banking services for several days earlier this month.

Cimatu may decide on mining closure orders next month

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he may decide next month on the fate of dozens of mining operations and contracts that his predecessor ordered closed, suspended or canceled to protect watersheds and other natural resources.

OPINION

The DOF's TRAIN is grossly anti-poor, brazenly pro-rich, and should be derailed.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

Justin Bieber to hold concert at Philippine Arena Sept. 30

The Canadian pop superstar first performed in the Philippines in 2011 with a concert at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

7 reasons to watch ‘Toruk – The First Flight’

Inspired by 'Avatar,' this Cirque du Soleil show offers a spellbinding, sensory experience at the MOA Arena until July 2.

SPORTS

Pacquiao wants Horn knockout to lure Mayweather, says Roach

Manny Pacquiao is seeking a dominant win over Australia's Jeff Horn to try and coax Floyd Mayweather Jr into a re-match, the Filippino's long-time...

Ex-Bacolod congressman to be tried for 2005 SEA Games fund anomaly

A former congressman from Bacolod City will be charged before the Sandiganbayan on graft charges over the allegedly anomalous use of millions of pesos for the 23rd Southeast Asian Games hosted by the city in 2005.

No import change as TNT sticks with Joshua Smith in PBA Finals

TNT KaTropa kept their faith with import Joshua Smith as they decided to not make an import change in the Oppo PBA Commissioner's Cup...

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

Volvo and Autoliv team up with Nvidia for self-driving cars

Volvo Cars and Swedish car safety supplier Autoliv have signed a deal with U.S. firm Nvidia Corp, best known for its graphics technology in computer games, to develop software systems for self-driving cars.

HERE ‘WIGO’ | Fun in the sun with Toyota

Toyota unveiled the latest iteration of the Wigo with a new powertrain.

Tesla moves a step closer to building electric cars in China

Tesla Inc took a step closer toward establishing an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in China with its announcement on Thursday that it is in exploratory talks with the Shanghai municipal government.

TECH

Cyberattack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link

A major global cyberattack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers.

EU hits Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine

EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record US$2.7 billion fine, indicating they will likely take a tough line with the company in two other ongoing cases.