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PH to raise South China Sea issues in upcoming bilaterals with Beijing: Cayetano

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has given assurances that the Philippines would raise the issue of reported Chinese developments in the South China Sea in an upcoming bilateral consultative meeting with China.

Urduja weakens into tropical depression, but leaves 3 dead in wake of floods, destruction

Tropical storm "Urduja," which spawned rains and flooding across a big part of southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas and killed at least three people, has weakened into a tropical depression and is now over the Samar Sea, state weather agency PAGASA said.

DSWD starts relief ops for families affected by ‘Urduja’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Offices (FOs), has started to provide relief assistance to families and individuals affected by Tropical Storm ‘Urduja,” which continues to cause heavy rains resulting in severe flooding in Eastern Visayas provinces and in Northeastern parts of Mindanao.

WORLD

FOCUS | Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

UN council mulls call for US Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.

Myanmar journalists’ group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters’ reporters

A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

BUSINESS

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation marks 25th year with vow to keep supporting science, engineering education

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) is marking its 25th anniversary with a firm commitment to keep supporting science and engineering courses as part of its bid to make a lasting impact on education in the Philippines.

Cemex unit gets DENR nod

A subsidiary of listed cement manufacturer Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. (CHP) has gotten the green light from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the proposed expansion of its production line in Antipolo City, Rizal.

REUTERS INVESTIGATES | Cadavers in the ballroom: Doctors practice their craft in America’s favorite hotels

Big names in hospitality, from Disney to Hilton and Hyatt, have a little-known sideline: They rent space to physicians who train on cadavers and body parts. There is scant regulation, and some public-health specialists warn of biosafety risks.

OPINION

The ratified TRAIN bill is set to be signed into law by the President next week. We continue to hope that the President will strike out provisions that will be damaging to our tax system and, ultimately, the Filipino people.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

CEB lauds ‘Deadma Walking’ for ‘superb storytelling,’ calls it ‘a triumph’

'The comic timing and musical numbers give the film an engaging energy,' the Cinema Evaluation Board said in its glowing summation.

REVIEW | ‘The Last Jedi’ is fragmented but still an amazing cinematic experience

Director Rian Johnson keeps the action moving with fantastic transitions and exceptionally great use of music to heighten every scene.

SPORTS

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa steps down

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa stepped down from his post on Sunday morning, the league's board announced in a press conference right before the opening...

Yeng Guiao to suggest to MVP the creation of new sports stadium in Clark for World Cup

A new Philippine sports stadium as venue for the World Cup in 2023? If veteran bench tactician and former national team coach Yeng Guiao...

NLEX signs up free agents Michael Miranda, Ronjay Buenafe

By Rey Joble, InterAksyon The NLEX Road Warriors will be alloting spots for bruising free agent frontliner Mike Miranda and sharpshooter Ronjay Buenafe for the...

LIFESTYLE

REFLECTION | Third Sunday of Advent: ‘I am not the Messiah’

In today's gospel, John the Baptist testified that that the light is coming,

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation marks 25th year with vow to keep supporting science, engineering education

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) is marking its 25th anniversary with a firm commitment to keep supporting science and engineering courses as part of its bid to make a lasting impact on education in the Philippines.

LOOK | UP Lantern Parade 2017 glares with social and political statements

Burning issues such as Metro Manila's unsolved traffic problems, human rights, and the violent war on drugs stood out in this year's event.

MOTORING

Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

Toyota Motor Corp is considering making batteries for electric vehicles (EV) with Panasonic Corp, as it ramps up battery development to help meet its goal for green cars.

BLUE SG | Singapore’s electric car-sharing program hits the road

Singapore launched its first large-scale electric car-sharing program through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.

‘Surplus’ engines, farcical motor vehicle inspections: some ‘revelations’ at Senate hearing on PUV program

Monday's marathon hearing by the Senate Public Services committee into the multi-year, multibillion-peso PUV modernization turned up a few key "revelations".

TECH

US regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

DIGITAL MONEY | Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

A South Korean blockchain association announced measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world’s busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.