NATIONAL

Mindanao protesters held by security forces

Soldiers held more than 200 lumad from the town of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on their way to the provincial capital Tandag City to join protests Thursday marking the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law and what critics see as the increasingly brutal rule of President Rodrigo Duterte.

‘Maring’ victims in Calamba get hygiene kits from aid group

Women and children from two villages in Calamba, Laguna struck by flashfloods during tropical depression Maring last week received hygiene promotion kits, water purifiers and water jugs from aid group Americares.

Suspension of barangay elections a done deal except for date of reset polls

Only the date of the reset barangay elections has to be agreed on by the House of Representatives and the Senate after the latter chamber approved on third and final reading postponing the village polls originally scheduled next month.

WORLD

Marijuana still illegal – U.S. attorney general

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Record number of states punishing human rights activism – U.N.

A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

Deaf man who did not respond to commands shot dead by Oklahoma cops

A deaf man holding a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police who yelled for him to drop his weapon and get on the ground but did not know he could not hear, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

BUSINESS

A typical rush-hour scene on EDSA. This year;s quake drill will be done at 4pm, and include scenarios besides earthquakes, especially fire suppression. MMDA said it's also the first time the drill takes 4 days. INTERAKSYON FILE

MPIC likely to be granted original proponent status on MRT rehab – DOTr

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) will likely be granted the original proponent status for the takeover and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.

Asia firms’ sentiment slips on geo-political tensions – Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

Business confidence among Asian companies fell for the first time in three quarters in July-September as escalating geo-political tensions outweighed an improved performance by most economies in the region, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed.

Business as usual for Toys “R” Us Philippines despite US bankruptcy filing

It's business as usual for all Toys “R” Us stores in the Philippines, which will continue to offer a wide assortment of toys and merchandise for kids, the company said Wednesday, amid reports that Toys "R" Us Inc, the largest US toy store chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

OPINION

It has gotten to the point that there is pride in entitlement and braggadocio in lying. Filipinos are mocked and demonized for fighting for human rights, for demanding accountability and transparency in government, while those who deny and twist the words of the Constitution fist-bump you on Facebook after embarrassing their own staff and alma mater.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Angelica Hale wins first runner-up in ‘America’s Got Talent’

The Fil-Am child sensation lost to 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

Emma Stone honed dance skills to play tennis great Billie Jean King

Stone had never played tennis so her early sessions with King focused on footwork and choreography.

SPORTS

SMB, Rain or Shine boost twice-to-beat bids

The San Miguel Beermen and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters boosted their respective bids for twice-to-beat after posting separate wins in the Oppo...

Dondon Hontiveros, Tony Dela Cruz sign off from PBA

Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz played their last PBA game on Wednesday night in the Alaska Aces' 112-82 defeat to the Rain or...

Eurobasket MVP Dragic waves goodbye to Slovenia national team

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian basketball champion Goran Dragic, who led the national team to its first Eurobasket title on Sunday, said he no longer plans...

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

Audi takes lead in automated driving

German carmaker Audi is taking a lead in bringing more automated driving to roads, but rivals seem in no rush to follow while legal and regulatory uncertainties still cloud the technology.

Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design

Intel Corp announced a collaboration with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.

GOING E.V. | Mazda to make all models hybrid, electric by early 2030s

Mazda Motor Corp plans to make all of its vehicles electric-based, including petrol hybrids, by the early 2030s as more automakers shift strategies to meet tightening global emission regulations.

TECH

WATCH | The reviews are in: Apple Watch fails to wow

Apple Inc’s conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

BETTER DESIGN, LOWER PRICES | Fast-moving Chinese smartphone brands beat Apple in wealthy markets

Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say - thanks to better designs and lower prices.