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

NCRPO warns public vs scammers raising funds 'for SAF-44' 03-Mar-15, 12:21 AM | Thom Andrade,

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,

BBL does not guarantee peace in Mindanao: peace panel chair Ferrer 02-Mar-15, 11:43 PM | Bobby Q. Labalan, Philippine News Agency

AFP says bomb maker Basit Usman enjoying BIFF safe havens 02-Mar-15, 3:48 PM | Jaime Sinapit, 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.

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, 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 | The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has required licensed recruitment agencies deploying domestic workers to have their own Facebook accounts by March 13 this year.

28,685 affected by military offensive - ARMM 02-Mar-15, 11:52 AM| Dennis Arcon, 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.

QUESTIONS | Was Napenas just harping on lack of support in Mamasapano, or teasing truth from AFP? 02-Mar-15, 8:55 PM| Ernie Reyes, 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.

Puerto mayor says Comelec halted signature verification in recall, but video shows him disrupting it 02-Mar-15, 4:52 PM| (UPDATED 11: 03 P.M.) A YouTube video showing an angry Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron disrupting Comelec's validation of signatures in a recall petition against him has gone viral. The mayor claimed in an earlier statement that Comelec had arbitrarily suspended its verification proceedings.

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| 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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