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COCKTALES | Virata's classical Chinese furniture collection sold for a whopping $25M Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 10:57 AM | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com

EDITORIAL | Fire up or fire the Liberal Party Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 10:39 AM | InterAksyon.com

FOCUS | ASEAN at 50 – and beyond Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 8:43 AM | Kavi Chongkittavorn, Reporting ASEAN

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COMMENTARY | Inaction makes government complicit in political killings 10:09 am | Andrew Anderson, executive director, Front Line Defenders COMMENTARY | Inaction makes government complicit in political killingsThe Philippines is now one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a human rights defender and the government of President Duterte must act urgently to break the cycle of violence, ensure the security forces operate within the rule of law and bring the perpetrators to justice.

COCKTALES | Xurpas billionaires take 60% pay cut as stock loses sizzle 11:38 am | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com COCKTALES | Xurpas billionaires take 60% pay cut as stock loses sizzleThe three billionaire-owners of Xurpas are taking nearly 60-percent salary cuts this year amid a curious backdrop of a strong 2016 earnings finish and the stock losing favor from market punters.

COCKTALES | PAL battles ex-partner Emirates for Dubai route with 50% promo fare 8:07 am | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com COCKTALES | PAL battles ex-partner Emirates for Dubai route with 50% promo farePAL will start daily bi-class flights to the financial capital of the United Arab Emirates on June 15, the first of the seven Middle Eastern routes that the flag carrier is relaunching with direct flights with improved economy and lie-flat business class seats.

MEL STA. MARIA | Why the death penalty should not be re-imposed 6:32 am | Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA. MARIA | Why the death penalty should not be re-imposedEmpirical data shows that 71.77 percent of judges in the Philippine lower courts have imposed the death penalty by mistake.

FOCUS | Is Beijing outflanking the United States in the South China Sea? 6:36 am | Peter Apps, Reuters FOCUS | Is Beijing outflanking the United States in the South China Sea?Some military experts project that within a little more than a decade, China's People's Liberation Army Navy may have more warships than Washington under its command. Beijing's military buildup is part of its strategy to dominate many disputed territories in the South China Sea.

KIKO PANGILINAN | Why it ‘took us so long to leave the supermajority’ 11:53 am | Senator Francis Pangilinan, president Liberal Party of the Philippines KIKO PANGILINAN | Why it ‘took us so long to leave the supermajority’'A number of events have made it untenable and unacceptable for us to stay with the supermajority in the Senate. The writing was on the wall. It was just a matter of time and the time did come.'

EDITORIAL | Fire up or fire the Liberal Party 10:39 am | InterAksyon.com EDITORIAL | Fire up or fire the Liberal PartyThere is a vacancy in our democracy that the Liberal Party is not only ignoring, the vacancy is there because it was they who abandoned the post. More basic than the LP needing Leni Robredo to lead the opposition, Filipinos need the someone to first BE the Opposition.

MARIE YUVIENCO | The choice is his: Duterte and the Supreme Court 10:38 am | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | The choice is his: Duterte and the Supreme CourtThere is no doubt as to the nature of the power to appoint judges: it is solely executive and may not be interfered with.

COCKTALES | Manny Villar finds a money machine in the business of death 12:20 pm | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com COCKTALES | Manny Villar finds a money machine in the business of deathThe business of death is proving to be a steady if unglamorous money machine for former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr.

MARIE YUVIENCO | Anything but a coward: no wheelchairs and medical miracles for Leila 6:28 am | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | Anything but a coward: no wheelchairs and medical miracles for LeilaSomeone who used to wear a neck brace must be experiencing a bit of Schadenfreude after Leila de Lima was slapped with three criminal charges of allegedly receiving bribes from drug lords.

COCKTALES | PNoy's comms team morphs into 'crisis' PR firm 2:56 pm | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com COCKTALES | PNoy\Aquino administration spokespersons Edwin Lacierda, Abigail Valte, and Manuel Quezon III have formed the DDI-TBM Consultancy Corp. doing business as DDI Strategic Communications, pitching their Malacanang experience and their political and media connections to their target clients.

MEL STA. MARIA | Why February 25 should be remembered 12:29 am | Atty. Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA. MARIA | Why February 25 should be rememberedFebruary 25 is a special day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives to resist the Marcos tyranny so that we may have the freedom we savor today.

MEL STA. MARIA | The 1987 Freedom Constitution should not be changed 8:27 pm | Atty. Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA. MARIA | The 1987 Freedom Constitution should not be changedThe 1987 Freedom Constitution was not just a document simply to forget a by-gone-Marcos-era, but about lessons from the dark side of that history, learning from them and not standing idly-by to let others, especially those in government today, repeat them.