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Secretary Bong Go to attend Senate probe of P18-B frigate deal

The Senate begins on Monday, Feb. 19, its probe into the alleged controversies surrounding the PHP18-billion acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates, with at least five members of the Cabinet expected to attend and shed light on the controversy.

PAF looking for new helicopter suppliers after scuttling of P12-B deal with Canada

With the cancellation of the Bell 412 EPI contract from Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now looking again for possible suppliers capable of supplying it with aircraft with similar capabilities.

Golez asks: Why is PH govt not protesting ‘militarization’ of Subi Reef?

Former national security adviser Roilo Golez is wondering why the Duterte administration is not doing something about China's "militarization" of Subi or Zamora Reef, which he said is part of the Philippines based on a law defining the country's archipelagic baseline.

WORLD

All 66 passengers, crew believed dead after plane crashes in central Iran

All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday were believed to have been killed, state media reported.

In South Korea, ‘penis’ parks abound amid very low fertility rate

South Korea now has several “penis parks”, so many that Haesindang markets itself as the “only one on the east coast”.

Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigator

The key witness in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering sexual abuse said on Saturday he gave “eyeopening” testimony to a papally mandated investigator and hoped it would lead to the truth.

BUSINESS

Govt to lose P20B in cigarette taxes due to illicit trade – tobacco exec

The government is seen to lose about PHP20 billion worth of taxes from cigarette products this year alone due to the continued proliferation of illicit products.
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Disbursement of TRAIN-related subsidy to start this February

Beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program receiving subsidies through automated teller machines (ATMs) will get additional funds starting this February to alleviate the impact of higher prices of some commodities due to tax reform.

Bankers’ group welcomes cut in reserve requirement ratio

Economic activity is seen to get an additional boost from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) cut of banks' reserve requirement ratio (RRR) to 19 percent effective March 2, 2018, according to the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP).

OPINION

Portentously, core democratic principles such as observance of the constitution, independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press, and the prohibition against deprivation of life, liberty and property without due process of law are threatened if not already violated.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

‘Ang Larawan’ director Loy Arcenas holds retrospective at UP Film Center

His MMFF Best Picture winner and his first two films 'Niño' and 'ReQuieme!' will be screened on Feb. 20, 21 and 22.

Paramore reskeds Jakarta and Manila shows due to singer’s throat infection

Paramore's February 18 concert at the MOA Arena was rescheduled for August 23 this year.

SPORTS

Marc Pingris plays facilitator role as Magnolia extends win streak

Veteran forward Marc Pingris is one among those handful of players who can dominate a game even without scoring in bunches. The hardworking frontliner finished...

PBA official admits ref error but upholds technical on Ross over free throw confusion

A PBA official admitted that a referee made a mistake that led to a confusing end-game between Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beermen in...

Pacquiao expects brainchild MPBL to reach 20 teams

Senator Manny Pacquiao’s fledgling league, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, started with a bang on Thursday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. The commercial league began...

LIFESTYLE

Kenneth Cobonpue on making world-class, playful designs

The Filipino furniture designer on overcoming challenges before he became famous.

Napoleon Abueva, Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture, dies at 88

"The plight of the artist is somewhat similar to that of the long distance runner. You have to cross the finish line. What counts more in life is the end result."—Napoleon Abueva, National Artist for Sculpture
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Arms show to feature – besides guns – martial techniques and calamity survival tips and gear

Next week, another arms and outdoors show will unfold but this time, martial techniques, both armed and bare hand, as well as lessons on survival during calamities will take the front seat aside from the usual fireams.

MOTORING

VW looks at Apple for electric-car design guidance

Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said, as the automaker aims to turn profits on battery-powered vehicles when they launch in 2020.

Honda PH recalls 2013 models of City, Jazz, Pilot

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is recalling a total of 9,951 vehicles from its 2013 models of City, Jazz, and Pilot due to airbag inflator error.

LTFRB approves hike in number of TNVS on the road, fielding of hatchbacks

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has finally given clearance to increasing the cap on the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units on the road.

TECH

Bitcoin rises above $10,000, strategist sees new high by July

Bitcoin rose above $10,000 on Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, as investors bought back the digital currency after having fallen 70 percent from its all-time peak hit in mid-December.

Hackers stole $6 million in attack on SWIFT system, Russian central bank says

Unknown hackers stole $6 million in an attack on the SWIFT international payments messaging system in Russia last year, the Russian central bank said on Friday.