NATIONAL

DOTr hits back at MRT3 maintenance contractor in row over ‘withheld payments’

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday refuted claims by the maintenance contractor of the MRT3 that it is being denied payments, saying that the government is withholding payments because the company has failed to submit necessary documents.

House okays SOGIE bill on 3rd and final reading

The House of Representatives approved, 198-0, on third and final reading on Wednesday the proposed SOGIE Equality Act.

South Korean suspect in Jee kidnap-slay case nabbed

Immigration officials arrested Monday an overstaying South Korean national tagged as an accomplice in last year’s kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

WORLD

China’s probes of rights lawyers ‘alarming’: Human Rights Watch

China has launched more rigorous investigations into the activities and finances of rights lawyers and law firms that take on politically sensitive issues, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, in its multi-year campaign to stifle dissent.

TRUMP AT U.N. | If threatened, U.S. will ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man.”

Mexico quake kills more than 100, PH embassy ‘badly damaged’

(UPDATE 2 - 12:06 p.m.) At least 149 people died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured frantically under the rubble of ruins for survivors.

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

NCPAG, the country's premier training school for public servants has come out in support of the Commission on Human Rights, saying the agency - one of seven constitutional bodies mandated in the 1987 Charter - is needed "now, more than ever."

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

Roxanne Barcelo takes charge of career with lead turn in Cine Lokal rom-com

‘I Found My Heart in Santa Fe’ is the first brand-new film to be released through FDCP's Cine Lokal.

Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars named ‘most dangerous’ in online searches

Online searches for these two are the likeliest to expose fans to malicious websites.

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 games 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

CONFIRMED | Fourth edition of Madrid Fusion Manila on April 19 to 21, 2018

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2017 awardee Matt Abergel and Top Chef Season 9 Winner Paul Qui will be among the world-renowned chefs to grace the congress.
Gabay Guro concert

WATCH, GABAY GURO | For one day, teachers put down chalks, lesson plans for great party, tribute

For one precious day, thousands of teachers from all over the country were able to let go of their lesson plans and a myriad tasks last weekend to relish the joys of being appreciated at the Gabay Guro celebration at the SM MOA Arena.

Diverse shapes, sizes, colors dominate Emmys red carpet

Diversity in race, body shape and sexual identity reinvented television’s biggest runway on Sunday night.

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

Hackers compromised popular free CCleaner software — Piriform

Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software for optimizing computer performance last month potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users.

As AI takes centerstage, Nvidia hits another record high

Shares of Nvidia Corp touched a record high for the second straight day on Monday following yet another steep increase in the chipmaker’s price target.