TODAY'S HEADLINES

COCKTALES | Razon hires more China hands for casino resort 02-Mar-15, 3:26 PM | Victor C. Agustin

Petilla pushes PEMC to hasten investigations, plans to use penalty collections for WESM info drive 02-Mar-15, 10:02 AM | Juzel L. Danganan, Philippines News Agency

Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says 02-Mar-15, 10:43 PM | Agence France-Presse

2 common stations for MRT-LRT 'inefficient', says Metro Pacific Group 02-Mar-15, 8:21 AM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com

28,685 affected by military offensive - ARMM 02-Mar-15, 11:52 AM | Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com Around 5,725 families or 28,685 people have been internally displaced by the current military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao.

Jolo Revilla did not try to kill himself because of depression, says spokesman 02-Mar-15, 8:43 PM | Mon Gualvez, News5 Jolo Revilla is depressed because of what happened to his father, detained Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. But his persistent feeling of sadness is not a reason for the Cavite vice governor to commit suicide.

Twitter, law enforcement investigate alleged Islamic State threats 02-Mar-15, 11:27 PM | Reuters Twitter Inc. and law enforcement authorities are investigating alleged threats made by Islamic State militants against the social media network's co-founder and other employees, the company said in reaction to media reports.

House shelves own Mamasapano probe: 'We have no reason to revive it' - Aggabao 02-Mar-15, 5:19 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The House of Representatives will no longer pursue its investigation of the Mamasapano debacle, leaving it up to the various bodies doing their own inquiries to do the task, a senior leader of the chamber said Monday.

POEA requires recruiters sending domestic workers to have Facebook accounts 02-Mar-15, 12:21 PM | InterAksyon.com The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has required licensed recruitment agencies deploying domestic workers to have their own Facebook accounts by March 13 this year.

AFP says bomb maker Basit Usman enjoying BIFF safe havens 02-Mar-15, 3:48 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Field reports from the Army's 601st Infantry Brigade indicate that the elements of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are providing safe havens for the bomb-making expert trained by Jemaah Islamiyah.

QUESTIONS | Was Napenas just harping on lack of support in Mamasapano, or teasing truth from AFP? 02-Mar-15, 8:55 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Retired Commodore Rex Robles of RAM fame wondered if Napenas wasn't trying to tease from the military brass a tacit acknowledgement that there were, possibly, orders tending to stand them down.

BA'T DI NA LANG MAG 'I AM SORRY' TULAD NI ARROYO? | Serge O. again calls PNoy 'matigas ang ulo' 01-Mar-15, 5:39 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Serge Osmena, the 2010 poll campaign manager of President Benigno Aquino III, has again complained of the alleged "hardheadedness" of the chief executive.

Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic 02-Mar-15, 7:11 AM| Polina Devitt and Maxim Rodionov, Reuters Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

THE NEXT CASINO HUB? | Rise in number of wealthy gamblers fleeing Macau may benefit Manila 02-Mar-15, 10:49 PM| Aradhana Aravindan and Neil Jerome Morales, Reuters The increase in the number of wealthy Chinese gamblers fleeing Macau amid Beijing's intensifying crackdown on corruption is also likely to work in Manila's favor: VIPs are already frequenting casinos in locales such as Australia.

10 YEARS OF TOBACCO CONTROL | Gains in ASEAN counted, but risks remain as Big Tobacco targets youth 02-Mar-15, 3:58 PM| InterAksyon.com ASEAN countries have come a long way in strengthening laws and regulations to advance tobacco control in the region in the first decade since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, but more remains to be done as Big Tobacco continues to target millions of youth.

 
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