NATIONAL

Soldiers free of charge on LRT-2

Starting Saturday, January 20, all troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines can ride the trains of the Light Rail Transit 2 for free.

MIASCOR to appeal contract termination to Duterte

Aviation services provider MIASCOR said it would appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte “to kindly reconsider his position” after the Manila International Airport Authority terminated its contract over the luggage theft involving the firm’s employees at Clark International Airport.

‘FOR THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW’ | Journalists, advocates stand for press freedom at Black Friday protest

Journalists and other advocates of free expression gathered at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City and the Fountain of Justice at the old city hall in Bacolod City to mount the first of a series of "Black Friday" protests for press freedom on January 19, helping make the hashtag #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trend the most on Twitter.

WORLD

Turkey shells Kurd area in Syria to signal start of campaign

Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.

As U.S. government shutdown begins, White House slams Senate Democrats

(UPDATE - 1:42 p.m.) As U.S. government funding ran out at midnight, the White House issued a statement blaming Senate Democrats for blocking a bill to avert a shutdown and said it would not negotiate on immigration, a key demand of Democrats.

Costa Rica’s first gay marriage suffers bureaucratic hitch

Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the president.

BUSINESS

MIASCOR to appeal contract termination to Duterte

Aviation services provider MIASCOR said it would appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte “to kindly reconsider his position” after the Manila International Airport Authority terminated its contract over the luggage theft involving the firm’s employees at Clark International Airport.

Join 100-plus beloved Disney characters at Hong Kong Disneyland

All-new larger-than-life “We Love Mickey!” nighttime projection show to debut plus enjoy special hotel and park ticket offers to delight guests this season.

Overseas Filipino Bank launched

President Rodrigo Duterte led Thursday’s launching of the Overseas Filipino Bank, which aims to cater to the needs of the millions of overseas Filipino workers.

OPINION

As an alternative remedy, the SEC could have only voided that part of the contract which was constitutionally infirm and left the rest effective. This is significant especially considering that the overall purpose of the company is clearly news-dissemination falling within the protected exercise of the freedom of the press.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

Catriona Gray emerges as frontrunner in Bb Pilipinas 2018 pageant

The Fil-Aussie model and Miss World Philippines 2016 topped the first Hot Picks ranking of pageant analysis site Missosology.

Hollywood producers issue anti-harassment guidelines

The Producers Guild of America recommend that all productions provide anti-sexual harassment training for all cast and crew.

SPORTS

Unheralded center Poy Erram making name for himself in PBA

When talking about big men in the PBA today, the names of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar are always in the...

Ex-Ginebra players instrumental in Blackwater’s historic win vs Gin Kings

It might be coincidence, but the Blackwater Elite's victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was mainly anchored by former players of the league's most...

‘I LOVE THE FANS’ | Justin Brownlee happy to play in front of Pinoy crowd

Amidst the deafening cheers and shrieks from the Ginebra fans, Justin Brownlee couldn’t do anything but just support the Gin Kings at this...

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

Honda PH brings in new big bikes to excite local motorcycle world

The long wait is over for Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts, as Honda Philippines officially unveiled its newest lineup of Honda Big Bikes for the local market.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | The flashy and futuristic from the automotive capital

The Detroit auto show has been about flashy cars and big pick up trucks, but now the floor is giving space to startups as well.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

The world’s top automakers are poised to introduce dozens of new battery electric and hybrid gasoline-electric models over the next five years.

TECH

Samsung officially rolls out Galaxy A8, A8+ in PH

Packed with features, the state-of-the-art phone sports a dual front camera, large infinity display, IP68 water and dust resistance, and a stunning ergonomic design.

Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO

Apple Inc will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, Chief Executive Tim Cook told ABC News.