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Sugarcane laborer, an NFSW member, gunned down in Sagay City

MANILA, Philippines - A sugarcane plantation laborer was gunned down in Sagay City, Negros Occidental early Friday morning, February 22, in what the National...

Alvarez, Lagman say divorce bill to ‘strengthen’ family protection provision in 1987 Charter

The proposed divorce and dissolution of marriage bill will not violate the provision on family protection in the 1987 Constitution but will in fact strengthen it, according to the two principal authors of the proposed measure.
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5 foreigners held by cops after joining fact-finding on 8 lumads’ ‘massacre’

Five foreigners -- four Americans and a Zimbabwean -- who joined a fact-finding mission to investigate the killing of eight lumad in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato were held by police and taken to the Bureau of Immigration office in General Santos City Thursday morning, February 22, on suspicion of being “terrorists with ISIS,” alternative media outfits reported.

WORLD

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.

Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

‘DOGS CAN’T VOTE’| Germany’s Social Democrats embarrassed by new canine member

Germany’s Social Democrats were forced on Tuesday to declare that a three-year old dog called Lima would not be allowed to vote with party members on a coalition deal with Angela Merkel’s conservatives, despite joining the party.

BUSINESS

PCC okays 2 joint ventures

In a statement Thursday, PCC said it cleared the joint venture deals between Ayala Land, Inc. and Royal Asia Land, Inc. as well as the transaction between Markham Resources Corp. and Alternergy Mini Hydro Holdings Corp.

Restrictions on foreign investors to ease soon

The new Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) that, among others, will allow foreign contractors to take on local projects may be approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte early next month, a Cabinet official said on Wednesday.
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BANK ADVISORY | PSBank upgrading system; access to accounts cut off for 2 days

PSBank is upgrading its deposit system from 10 PM of February 23 (Friday) to 5 AM February 26 (Monday), to enable it to serve its clients better, the bank said in an advisory.

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

Aga Muhlach feels nostalgic about new Jollibee commercial, restored ‘May Minamahal’

The 48-year old actor says both the new commercial and restored film has allowed him to look back on his past,.

Gucci’s Michele explores identities in rich, bold display

The Italian fashion house dazzled fans with a presentation featuring baby dragons, snakes and models carrying replica heads in their arms in a Milan catwalk show on Wednesday.

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

DOT Secretary Teo: ‘We are are here to save Boracay’

Top officials of DOT, DENR, and DILG convene to discuss actions for the rehabilitation of Boracay Island.

Gucci’s Michele explores identities in rich, bold display

The Italian fashion house dazzled fans with a presentation featuring baby dragons, snakes and models carrying replica heads in their arms in a Milan catwalk show on Wednesday.

Moncler bids farewell to catwalk with eight new collections

The traditional catwalk show is dead and the way forward is to attract customers with new products each month says the chairman of the Italian luxury group.

MOTORING

WATCH | Tesla Model 3 production woes give Chevy a boost

Tesla’s Model 3 production delays aren’t just testing the patience of die-hard fans who lined up to reserve one nearly two years ago, but is also helping the sales of its direct competitor, the Chevy Bolt.

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.

TECH

World security leaders rely on AI, machine learning to defend against threats

Security professionals worldwide are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to defend against malware threats, U.S. tech leader Cisco said.

ANTI-FAKE NEWS | Twitter bars tactics used by ‘bots’ to spread false stories

Twitter Inc said it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral.