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WATCH | Vintage Duterte: Hilarious moments at the SONA 4:55 pm | InterAksyon President Duterte's shifting between prepared text and ad libs in his State of the Nation speech shows that the departure from protocol and tradition marks him as a person with the wit and charm that let him get away with some of the most pointed quips and jabs.

WATCH, EXCLUSIVE | China flattened Zambales mountain for Scarborough Shoal reclamation - governor WATCH, EXCLUSIVE | China flattened Zambales mountain for Scarborough Shoal reclamation - governor 12:50 am | Erwin Tulfo, a News5 Exclusive | InterAksyon.com If the allegations of the new Zambales governor are correct, the Philippines was dealt a double whammy in China's reclamation at Scarborough Shoal. The soil…

Singapore university probes mock-rape claims Singapore university probes mock-rape claims 6:29 pm | Agence France-Presse Claims that students were subjected to sexually-charged orientation activities, including one simulating rape, are being investigated by Singapore's top university.

THAT 1ST NSC MEETING | Serious topics of WPS, peace roadmap, war on drugs punctuated by Rody\ THAT 1ST NSC MEETING | Serious topics of WPS, peace roadmap, war on drugs punctuated by Rody's wit 2:58 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The first National Security Council meeting called by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Wednesday afternoon tackled issues related to the West Philippine Sea, the peace process…

PROFILE |\ PROFILE |'A good man': French priest Jacques Hamel, slain at altar during mass 10:44 pm | Agence France-Presse From religious leaders to common parishioners, there was a singular refrain regarding the priest slain in his own church Tuesday by jihadists: Jacques Hamel was…

BUSINESS NEWS

SWS SURVEY | Filipinos’ optimism on quality of life, economy hits new record highs SWS SURVEY | Filipinos’ optimism on quality of life, economy hits new record highs Filipinos’ optimism about the quality of their lives and the economy reached new record highs during the second quarter of 2016, the private polling firm…

POEA suspends deployment of OFWs to four ‘broke’ Saudi firms POEA suspends deployment of OFWs to four ‘broke’ Saudi firms The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has suspended the deployment of newly-hired and returning workers to four companies suffering financial problems in Saudi Arabia.

MPIC acquires Marikina hospital for P993.4 M MPIC acquires Marikina hospital for P993.4 M Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI), the healthcare holding company of listed conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), on Friday completed the acquisition of 93-percent…

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DOST agenda: Cut disaster risk, distribute wealth, maximize tech use 7:01 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com DOST agenda: Cut disaster risk, distribute wealth, maximize tech usePresident Rodrigo Duterte's push for dispersing development finds echoes in the agenda outlined Wednesday by DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, who said his agency will use all opportunities possible to use science and technology to advance human progress in underserved areas.

Filipino math wizards place 2nd overall in Thailand 4:35 pm | InterAksyon.com Filipino math wizards place 2nd overall in ThailandThe Philippines bagged 240 medals to wind up second overall in the final standings in an international math contest in Bangkok, Thailand.

WATCH | 'Paano ba maging bayani'? Patriot Bartolome Pasion buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani 3:27 pm | Text, Photos and Video by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com WATCH | \For Claro Pasion, 53, his father Bartolome, better known as "Ka Bart", is a true hero, and his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani this week comes as a poignant counterpoint to the anger recently triggered by plans to lay to rest the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos there.

Chinese army bans Hong Kong's Pokemon players from barracks 5:17 pm | Agence France-Presse Chinese army bans Hong Kong\The Chinese army garrisoned in Hong Kong has warned people searching for Pikachu and other virtual monsters to stay off their premises, as Pokemon Go mania sweeps the smartphone-obsessed city.

FULL TEXT | The first SONA of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte 8:24 am | Philippine News Agency FULL TEXT | The first SONA of Pres. Rodrigo Roa DuterteThe full text of President Rodrigo Duterte's first state of the nation address.

BREXIT UPDATE | Corporate raiders seek bargains in Britain 1:46 pm | Pamela Barbagllia and Freya Berry, Reuters BREXIT UPDATE | Corporate raiders seek bargains in BritainOverseas buyers lured by a plunge in the pound are looking to snare British companies on the cheap, ensuring a steady flow of deals since Britain voted to leave the European Union and defying expectations of an M&A drought.

FOCUS | Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers 11:58 am | Reuters FOCUS | Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackersRecent attacks on civilians in the US and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters.

Pokemon GO blamed for illegal border crossing from Canada to US 6:52 am | Reuters Pokemon GO blamed for illegal border crossing from Canada to USTwo youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, US Customs and Border Patrol said.

WATCH, IMAGINE THIS | 10,000 confessed drug users, dealers give up in Pampanga, hope for new life 6:25 pm | Jess Malabanan, InterAksyon.com | Renz Ongkiko, News5 WATCH, IMAGINE THIS | 10,000 confessed drug users, dealers give up in Pampanga, hope for new lifeA 65-year-old farmer and a 13-year old boy forced by poverty, as breadwinner, to deal in drugs represented the oldest and youngest among over 10,000 people that Pampanga provincial officials said had surrendered to authorities and confessed their drug habit or their involvement in the drug trade.

Without a united position on the West PH Sea ruling, how can ASEAN be relevant? 6:42 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Without a united position on the West PH Sea ruling, how can ASEAN be relevant?The ASEAN still has a long way to go in making its response to the territorial disputes over the South China Sea relevant, after it was unable to release a joint statement following the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration favoring the Philippine claims over the West Philippine Sea.

ADIK NA PULIS? | Indonesia bans police, troops from playing Pokemon Go 5:05 pm | Agence France-Presse ADIK NA PULIS? | Indonesia bans police, troops from playing Pokemon GoIndonesia has ordered police not to play Pokemon Go while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well, officials said Wednesday, as the defense minister warned the smartphone game was a security threat.

PRIMER | Ang ating mga karapatan! (Our human rights!) 10:34 am | Free Legal Assistance Group, translated to Filipino by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism PRIMER | Ang ating mga karapatan! (Our human rights!)In any situation, you do not lose your basic rights, says this primer prepared by the Free Legal Assistance Group. Know what these rights are.

WATCH, REQUIEM: SHOPPERSVILLE | Community that shops together weeps together 9:28 pm | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com WATCH, REQUIEM: SHOPPERSVILLE | Community that shops together weeps togetherThe supermarket is as close as a heartbeat to the community around Xavierville in Quezon City, and even beyond. When it went up in smoke, it was like a part of the community had gone. The place could be likened to the last of the mohicans.