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FUN IN PLANTING | 'Aldub' rice paddy art draws millennials to rice farming 27-Mar-16, 7:19 PM | InterAksyon.com | With DA-PhilRice Development Communication Division

HAPPY KAPATID NETWORK | TV5 management, union upbeat over new labor accord 7:05 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com UPDATED - In a ceremonial signing at the office of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, TV5 management and union leaders forged Thursday a memorandum of agreement leading to a new CBA in the Kapatid network.

Burgos kin ask next president to bring Jonas back home; remind PNoy of vow, Senate speech Burgos kin ask next president to bring Jonas back home; remind PNoy of vow, Senate speech 12:46 pm | InterAksyon.com The family of activist-farmer Jonas Burgos, poster boy of the involuntarily disappeared in the country, has a challenge to whoever wins the May 9 presidency:…

ANALYSIS | Expect the economics of the next administration to be more of the same ANALYSIS | Expect the economics of the next administration to be more of the same 11:17 am | Sonny Africa, executive director IBON As the campaign enters its final stretch it's become clear that the candidates are actually not that different from each other … Without exception, they…

Beheading highlights lucrative kidnap business of Abu Sayyaf Beheading highlights lucrative kidnap business of Abu Sayyaf 1:19 am | Manuel Mogato, Reuters When the deadline for his ransom passed this week, Canadian John Ridsdel was beheaded by his captors, the Abu Sayyaf, whose network in the Philippines…

Farmers become BPO managers in rural Mindanao town Farmers become BPO managers in rural Mindanao town 2:51 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com (text and photos) The small, highly rural and agriculture-dependent municipality of Kapatagan in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao is probably one of the last places in the Philippines to…

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Colombia and Panama agree on financial information-sharing deal Colombia and Panama agree on financial information-sharing deal Colombia and Panama will sign a financial information-sharing deal aimed at helping Bogota combat tax evasion, the two Central and South American countries said late…

\ 'WE COMPLY WITH THE LAW' | SM Group, cited often as practitioner of 'ENDO,' corrects the record The SM Group is often painted as the poster outfit for contractualization, with critics saying it has posted consistent, robust growth by keeping costs low…

Taiwan extends recession as exports fall again Taiwan extends recession as exports fall again Taiwan's economy shrank in the first quarter of 2016, figures showed Friday, prolonging a recession that began last year, as exports fell by double digits.

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CHINA, OBVIOUS BA? | The first foreign policy issue the next president must address 11:39 am | Veronica Uy, InterAksyon.com CHINA, OBVIOUS BA? | The first foreign policy issue the next president must addressWhat is the first and primary foreign policy issue that the next President of the Philippines must address? Two experts say it's China and the country's territorial dispute with it. They also give suggestions to the next President on how to proceed.

Talas: Despite Duterte rape remarks, sentiments on Twitter were more positive than negative 7:55 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Talas: Despite Duterte rape remarks, sentiments on Twitter were more positive than negativeDespite Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte being caught on a viral video saying he 'should have been first' after seeing the victim of a gang rape in a 1989 hostage-taking incident, Tweets mentioning his name on Sunday revealed more positive than negative sentiments towards the presidential aspirant.

EXCLUSIVE | Hackers of $81 million not Filipino or Bangladeshi: Ambassador Gomes 1:01 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com EXCLUSIVE | Hackers of $81 million not Filipino or Bangladeshi: Ambassador GomesThe hackers behind the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh central bank were not Filipino or Bangladeshi, John Gomes, the Ambassador of the foreign country to the Philippines, said.

FOCUS | How Saudi Arabia plans to shake up its economy 1:54 am | Katie Paul, Marwa Rashad and Andrew Torchia, Reuters FOCUS | How Saudi Arabia plans to shake up its economyThe Saudi government attempts to work out how to restructure the economy so it no longer relies on oil. The National Transformation Plan (NTP), as Riyadh has dubbed the changes, is expected to be unveiled in the next few weeks. Much is still secret.

SPECIAL REPORT | Kidapawan tragedy: Spotlight on climate change and local governance 1:03 am | Purple Romero, VERA Files SPECIAL REPORT | Kidapawan tragedy: Spotlight on climate change and local governanceThere's a strong challenge for officials from 20 provinces most vulnerable to the effects of climate change that can face problems of flooding, displacement, loss of income and - as what the Kidapawan incident showed - deadly conflict.

IN MEMORIAM | Moving sunset rite caps Veterans Week 2:54 pm | InterAksyon.com IN MEMORIAM | Moving sunset rite caps Veterans Week'People in the active service never, ever discuss what's going on in the battlefield and in the minds of the soldiers. It's only when you're gone that people will talk about that,' retired Major General Jose Magno said.

FOCUS | Drought threatens California despite El Nino-driven storms 10:37 am | Veronique Dupont, Agence France-Presse FOCUS | Drought threatens California despite El Nino-driven stormsLast winter, El Nino-driven storms dumped much-needed snow and rain over California, boosting reservoir levels and fueling hopes the parched state's four-year drought might end.

OPINION | 'Something to think about': On Binay's Ampatuan endorsement 9:57 am | Ma. Reynafe Momay Castillo (special to InterAksyon.com) OPINION | \I haven't heard a single presidential candidate saying anything about how they intend to address the so-called case of the century. Is it because we are just 'small people' compared to the Ampatuans?

ANALYSIS | Syria's Assad shows no willingness to compromise 12:26 am | Samia Nakhoul, Reuters ANALYSIS | Syria\As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar al-Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict.

3 possible scenarios as PHL awaits resolution of arbitration case vs China -- Justice Carpio 11:29 pm | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency 3 possible scenarios as PHL awaits resolution of arbitration case vs China -- Justice CarpioThree possible scenarios were detailed by Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as the Philippines awaits the resolution of its case questioning China's Nine-Dash Line.

VIDEO | What is ASEAN? 9:08 am | Vera Files VIDEO | What is ASEAN?ASEAN is turning 50 next year, but experts say getting Filipinos to understand the regional organization remains a work in progress.

FOCUS | Panama Papers reveal London as center of 'spider's web' 1:53 am | James Pheby, Agence France-Presse FOCUS | Panama Papers reveal London as center of \As-well as shining a spotlight on the secret financial arrangements of the rich and powerful, the so-called Panama Papers have laid bare London's role as a vital organ of the world's tax-haven network.

FEATURE | Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate 1:21 am | Roland Lloyd Parry, Agence France-Presse FEATURE | Antarctica: International relations in a cold climateWinter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.