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How the Philippines can benefit from China's plan to revive the ancient Silk Road route 11:45 pm | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Filipinos may not view China as a friendly neighbor given the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, but despite this, two economists believe that the Philippines can benefit from China's recent initiative to renew the trading routes along the ancient Silk Road.

MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN 7:15 pm | Alex D. Lopez, PNA With the shift in the pattern of world trade and investment destinations to Asian countries, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) sees Mindanao's strategic position as…

\ 'OTSO OTSO' SCANDAL | Speakers orders recall of '8' plates after sighting in 'indecent' spots 6:52 pm | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has ordered an immediate recall of all protocol plates issued by the House of Representatives in the 16th Congress and earlier amid…

CRIMINAL AT 9? | Psychologists buck bid to lower age of responsibility from 15 to 9 CRIMINAL AT 9? | Psychologists buck bid to lower age of responsibility from 15 to 9 12:47 am | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) says the minimum age of criminal liability should not be lowered to nine years old, pointing to research…

\ 'World's largest' pearl emerges in Philippines 6:17 pm | Agence France-Presse A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world's largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing…

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How the Philippines can benefit from China\ How the Philippines can benefit from China's plan to revive the ancient Silk Road route Filipinos may not view China as a friendly neighbor given the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, but despite this, two economists believe that the…

MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN MinDA sees Mindanao as emerging economic hub in ASEAN With the shift in the pattern of world trade and investment destinations to Asian countries, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) sees Mindanao's strategic position as…

Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 Business confidence at all-time high for Q3 The overall business confidence index for this quarter reached 45.4 percent, the highest Q3 reading of all time, based on the Business Expectations Survey (BES)…

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WATCH | Tulala sa solvent, high sa shabu: Confessions of an ex-drug addict 11:38 am | Annie Ruth C. Sabangan, Camille A. Aguinaldo, Neil Francis E. Portugal, Jino Nicolas, and Bernardino P. Testa, InterAksyon.com WATCH | Tulala sa solvent, high sa shabu: Confessions of an ex-drug addictIn the area where Joel lives, many people use drugs not primarily to cause harm to others but to reduce gnawing pain, numbing their senses from dehumanizing poverty within a world wherein prosperity is largely shared to the already prosperous and powerful.

FOCUS | US banks want to cut branches, but customers keep coming 6:42 am | Dan Freed, Reuters FOCUS | US banks want to cut branches, but customers keep comingDespite banks' nudging toward online tools, many US customers are not ready to give up regular visits to their nearest branch, complicating the industry's efforts to slim down.

FEAR OF STRANGERS | There's worldwide concern over 'too many immigrants': study 6:14 am | Agence France-Presse FEAR OF STRANGERS | There\People throughout the world are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with immigration levels which are higher than any time since the Second World War, according to a new survey published Monday.

NAPRANING SA SHABU | Ex-addict tells how drugs destroyed his life and survived thereafter 1:22 pm | \"Joel dela Cruz\" as told to Camille A. Aguinaldo of InterAksyon.com | Illustration by Jacqueline Mercado NAPRANING SA SHABU | Ex-addict tells how drugs destroyed his life and survived thereafterJoel dela Cruz (not his real name) is just in his early 20s but has already lost all his upper front teeth. His face full of what looks like deep acne marks are actually scars caused by too much skin picking. These are some of the effects of Joel's five years of consuming shabu.

OFWs worried sick about unpaid wages falling prey to depression, stroke 11:11 pm | JV Arcena, News5 | InterAksyon.com OFWs worried sick about unpaid wages falling prey to depression, strokeA Filipino worker fighting for his life after suffering cerebral aneursym illustrates the pressure faced by thousands of OFWs stranded in Saudi Arabia as employers hit hard by an economic slump withhold their pay for months.

FOCUS | How companies are cashing in on Pokemon Go 8:01 pm | Agence France-Presse FOCUS | How companies are cashing in on Pokemon GoPokemon Go has sent millions of people onto the streets in a worldwide hunt for virtual monsters -- and from neighborhood restaurants to multi-national corporations, businesses smell a profit.

Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown 1:19 am | Agence France-Presse Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdownTwitter on Thursday announced that it has cut off 235,000 more accounts for violating its policies regarding promotion of terrorism at the global one-to-many messaging service.

Drug ‘pandemic’ a community problem that killings won’t solve - doctors 3:14 pm | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com Drug ‘pandemic’ a community problem that killings won’t solve - doctorsMedical professionals said the rash of killings that have marked the government's 'war' on drugs will do nothing against a 'pandemic' only the participation of the community can hope to solve.

Pokemon Go playing 'bigger threat to NCR traffic' than provincial buses - Salceda 7:38 pm | InterAksyon.com Pokemon Go playing \Decrying the knee-jerk reaction of bureaucrats to problems, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda scored local and transport officials for their simplistic solution of banning provincial bus terminals on EDSA. He said it is anti-poor, discriminatory and ill-considered.

Filipinos win medals in 2 of China's toughest math Olympiads 3:05 pm | InterAksyon.com Filipinos win medals in 2 of China\Filipino students continued their winning streak abroad by bringing home medals from two math Olympiads in China.

Economists forecast 6.7% GDP in Q2 - Bloomberg TV PHL survey 11:42 am | Beverly Natividad, Bloomberg TV Philippines | InterAksyon.com Economists forecast 6.7% GDP in Q2 - Bloomberg TV PHL surveyThe economy expanded 6.7 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to a median forecast of 11 economists surveyed by Bloomberg TV Philippines. They cited election spending, car sales, and electricity sales among the growth drivers.

NO VICTORY ON GROUND ZERO | 1 month later, Scarborough fishers still affected by China blockade 7:12 pm | Shyla Francisco, Bloomberg TV Philippines | InterAksyon.com NO VICTORY ON GROUND ZERO | 1 month later, Scarborough fishers still affected by China blockadeAlmost a month after the Philippines won the arbitration case it filed to stop China's "excessive" nine-dash-line claim in the South China Sea, fishermen in Zambales say they have yet to feel the impact of that victory. The DA has come to their rescue, but no immediate relief is in sight.

ESSAY | Dissonance and the Marcos burial issue 12:45 am | Rio Renato Constantino ESSAY | Dissonance and the Marcos burial issueA young man writes, on the eve of his 18th birthday, about why Ferdinand Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. He disputes the notion that all millennials are pro-Marcos, 'misled, mistaught, misinformed.'