NATIONAL

‘No quickie divorces’ in dissolution of marriage bill, says Lagman

Under the proposed Act Providing for Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines, there will be no “drive-thru,” “no-contest” or “quickie” divorces, one of its main authors, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said.

PALAYAIN, NOW NA! | Free De Lima calls grow louder on eve of her first year in jail

Calls for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima snowballed as she marks her first year in detention on February 24, which coincides with the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 people power rising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

ANTI-TRAIN SHOCK | PH gov’t to release P200 monthly subsidy to 7.4M families

A total of 7.4 million families will start receiving in March a cash subsidy of P200 per month to help them tide over rising prices with the implementation of the Tax Reforms for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

WORLD

North Korea says U.N. chief ‘picking a quarrel’ with sanctions remarks

North Korea on Thursday accused United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres of “picking a quarrel” with Pyongyang by praising international sanctions for putting pressure on the country over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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.

BUSINESS

Traffic woes costing PH P3.5B daily, but Q3 rollout of metro subway project seen to ease crisis

The government targets to roll out the first subway system in the Philippines by the third quarter of 2018, months earlier than planned, in an effort to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila and reduce losses, Philippine officials said. This, as JICA completed the feasibility study for the Japan loan-funded subway project, while expressing hope it could ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, estimated as costing the economy P3.5 billion a day, up from PHP2.4 billion in 2014.

PH corruption: Report shows worsening perception, a slide to lower third in Asia-Pacific

The Philippines dropped 10 spots globally and languished in the lower third of the Asia-Pacific list in an annual report of businessmen’s corruption perception that tagged the country “among the worst” in terms of dealing with those who “dare to challenge the status quo.”

LRMC, Voith sign deal for P450-M repair of more trains for LRT-1

Rail operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) recently signed a P450-million agreement with engineering and industrial company Voith Digital Solutions Austria GmBH and Co KG for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the generation-2 trains of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1).

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

‘Tomb Raider’ star Alicia Vikander greets Philippines

The Oscar-winning actress opens up about her fascination with Lara Croft, the female-empowering hero of 'Tomb Raider.'

Steven Soderbergh thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin

After shooting 'Unsane' on an iPhone, the Oscar-winning director said he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking.

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.