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Police to change strategy in anti-drug war based on Duterte's estimate of drug users
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will improve their anti-drug operations based on the President's increased estimate of drug users in ...

Alejano: Otso Diretso remains united, even if they are rarely seen together
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) -- Even if they have been rarely seen campaigning as a complete slate, the opposition Otso Diretso Senate lineup remains united, one of its senatorial ...

Approved Chinese-led investment pledges jump 2,073% to P50.7B in 2018
Inquirer - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippines-Foreign investment pledges jumped by over four-fold in the fourth quarter of 2018 thanks to a surge in commitments from Chinese investors, bringing the total approvals of ...

Beating Cancer By Really Trying
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-28
It starts as a single cell and grows into a merciless disease that claims millions of lives year after year. Cancer, as the disease is called, is now one of the leading killers around the world.

NPA leader in Zamboanga del Norte surrenders over unpaid salary, military says
philstar.com - 2019-02-28
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- An alleged team leader of the New People's Army who supposedly left the rebel group because he was not paid the monthly salary he was promised, has surrendered to authorities in a Zamboanga del Norte town, the military said ...

Sara Duterte on House speakership: Choose only the best of the best
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The House Speakership shortlist released by the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) must be trimmed down to only the best candidates, Presidential ...

'Wutip' weakens into tropical storm ahead of PAR entry
philstar.com - 2019-02-28
In a bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said the eye of Wutip was last seen at 1,540 kilometers east of northern Luzon. It is moving west northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. "Wutip" carries maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour near the ...

Opposition senatorial bets ask Comelec's help to debate with Hugpong
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) -- Opposition senatorial candidates are intent on facing off with the Hugpong ng Pagbabago bets in a debate. Otso Diretso's Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay ...

Otso Diretso asks Comelec to facilitate debate with Hugpong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition senatorial candidates have formally asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to facilitate a public debate between them and the 13 senatorial candidates of ...

Filipino student drowns in Australia
philstar.com - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippines -- A 24-year-old Filipino student drowned in Australia on Monday, the fifth Filipino to drown abroad since the start of the year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. The victim, a student of Queensford College in ...

Palace: Opposition, critics to blame for threats on bishops
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Thursday turned the tables on the opposition and critics who blamed President Rodrigo Duterte for the alleged death threats on bishops of the Catholic Church.

Metro Pacific keen on Medical City
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-28
It has hospitals in Clark, Iloilo, Laguna and Pangasinan, as well as at least 40 clinics in ... Mr. Pangilinan said while he was on the board of Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Bengzon was the Dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

PNP warns against potentially deadly 'Momo Challenge'
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) --The Philippine National Police has appealed to parents and guardians to closely monitor their children's internet use. PNP chief Director General ...

Imee Marcos 'falsely claims' graduating from Princeton, its student paper says
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27 ... Marcos has said in various interviews that she did graduate from the Ivy League school. On her official Facebook page, the former dictator's ...

Funko plans to open a giant toy store in Hollywood
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
(CNN) -- It's a tough time to get into the retail business, but figurine maker Funko thinks its toys are popular enough to make it work. The company that produces the popular toys with heads that ...

China lost more than 150 billionaires as its stock markets tumbled
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
(CNN) -- China's recent stock market turmoil has dealt a heavy blow to the ranks of its super-rich. The number of billionaires in Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, plunged by ...

The real revolution
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
Three years ago, I was asked to be the vice chair of the EDSA People Power Commission. I continue to hold the position since I felt that the generation who experienced the struggle and the triumph was slowly disappearing and that this young generation ...

Filipino student drowns in Australia -- DFA
Global Nation - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines - A 24-year-old Filipino ... who drowned off Flinders Beach in North Stradbroke Island, was a student from Queensford College in Brisbane. The Office of Migrant Workers ...

NBI hunts down Ilocos mayor charged with illegal detention
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been tapped to hunt down a town mayor in Ilocos Sur who was ordered arrested over the padlocking of a government-owned resort with its operator and four-year-old son trapped inside.

US firm leaves China, moves some operations to PH
Inquirer - 2019-02-27
A leading US manufacturer of accessories for phones and other gadgets has set up shop in the Philippines in order to avoid the expensive US-China trade war, a top government official said.

PH marks start of war vs fuel smugglers
Inquirer - 2019-02-27
The contract also requires that the group will transfer the technological know-how to employees of the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). SICPA and SGS executives assured the markers ...

PAL eyes follow-on offer to finance expansion
Inquirer - 2019-02-27
The operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is studying the sale of shares to raise funds for expansion and comply with upcoming regulations requiring publicly traded firms to widen ...

PhilHealth needs P22 billion in 1st year of universal health care
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The government needs some P22 billion to implement the Universal Health Care (UHC) law in its initial year, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said yesterday. PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Roy ...

Presto raises $30M to bring its AI platform and tabletop ordering hardware to restaurant chains
TechCrunch - 2019-02-27
The "restaurant of the future" may elicit thoughts of a chrome diner with robot servers and an otherwise hefty amount of Tokyo futurist kitsch, but the fact is that the forthcoming sit-down ...

Storing Health Records On Your Phone: Can Apple Live Up To Its Privacy Values?
NPR - 2019-02-27
Sam Cavaliere, a San Diego tech worker, considers himself in average health, though the 47-year-old admits, "I can always stand to lose a little weight." Like a lot of iPhone owners, he uses the Apple Health app to keep track of his weight, exercise ...

Amazon is abandoning an entire 30-floor skyscraper in Seattle it had planned to move into as it follows through on a year-old threat
Business Insider - 2019-02-27
Seattle's Rainier Square will no longer be occupied by Amazon. The company has nixed its plans to move into the 30-floor, 722,000-square-foot building, the company confirmed in a statement to Business Insider on Wednesday. GeekWire first reported the ...

The worst of Apple's iPhone problems are over, UBS says
Business Insider - 2019-02-27
Apple investors should find some comfort in UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri's latest assessment of the company's woes. The Apple bull told clients Wednesday that the worst of the slowdown experienced from its flagship product was in the rear-view mirror.

Qualcomm Conducts The Mobile 5G Orchestra, Cranking It To 11 At MWC 2019
Forbes - 2019-02-27
Mobile World Congress Barcelona is always the biggest show of the year for the mobile industry, especially the carriers, operators, and handset OEMs. However, one of the biggest enablers of everyone in the mobile ecosystem that has been pushing mobile 5G ...

Motorola confirms its foldable phone is coming, and it could look like a RAZR
The Verge - 2019-02-27
Following reports that Motorola would, too, get into the folding smartphone scene, the company today confirmed in an interview with Engadget that it is working on a folding device that would launch "[no] later than everybody else in the market."

Index closes in red on lack of catalysts
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Share prices plunged yesterday as investors took a wait-and-see approach due to a lack of catalysts. The Philippine Stock Exchange index fell 99.04 points, or 1.24 percent, ending the session at 7,889.12. The broader All Shares ...

MICP creates committee to address port congestion
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
In a statement, MICP district collector Erastus Sandino Austria said the port, in partnership with stakeholders and port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), has begun to take measures to address the looming congestion problem ...

Manila Bay: Reclamation vs rehabilitation
philstar.com - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- When the Duterte administration announced the bold move that it would rehabilitate Manila Bay, environmental groups immediately hitched a ride on the issue. It was a big and interesting issue that consistently made headlines.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction may help ease chronic pain
Reuters - 2019-02-27
(Reuters Health) - People with chronic pain may experience as much of a decline in symptoms with mindfulness-based stress-reduction training as they do with cognitive behavioral therapy, a small research review suggests. Mindfulness interventions are ...

Government information company taps office tool from IPC
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
If before PIA employees felt uncomfortable signing up with their personal e-mails, they now claim to have an increased sense of credibility and pride to represent the agency with their business e ...

DOLE set to file worker regularization vs PLDT with SC
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will now be elevating to the Supreme Court its pending case on its regularization order against PLDT. This developed after the Court of Appeals (CA ...

Doctor On Demand is expanding its virtual care platform
Business Insider - 2019-02-27
This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. US telemedicine provider Doctor On Demand updated its ...

Amazon Alexa exec says data privacy is vital to the success of voice assistants
Mashable - 2019-02-27
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content ...

NoOps a no-brainer? Completely autonomous software deployment at least a decade away
ZDNet - 2019-02-27
Is "NoOps" -- in which the deployment and management of software is completely automated -- where everything is leading, or will we see a more nuanced or hybrid approach evolve? As discussed in our last post, NoOps, at least in concept, seems to be the ...

Banks mark Q4 with bigger returns despite slower loan growth
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-27
In terms of asset and loan size, BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) topped the list, followed by Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Among banks with assets of at least P100 billion, Asia United Bank Corp. (AUB ...

Neda: Laws, projects to stimulate growth of PHL economy in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
THE passage of key laws such as the Ease of Doing Business law and 11th Foreign Investment Negative List, as well as the approval of more big-ticket infrastructure projects, will boost growth this ...

State support to families may allow PHL to reap demographic dividend
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
Under business as usual, the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III told the BusinessMirror it means reaching the demographic transition at ...

SWS: Most Filipinos think cops into drugs, EJKs, planting evidence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- More than half of Filipinos believe that some police officers are involved in the illegal drug trade, extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and are often planting evidence against ...

The war on wealth
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
There was a time not too long ago that the battle cry for the financial and economic system was that everyone should have an equal opportunity at being wealthier if not "wealthy." However ...

'Zombie deer disease' has now hit 24 US states. You could be eating infected meat without knowing it, one researcher warns.
Business Insider - 2019-02-27
Chronic wasting disease (CWD), also known as "zombie deer disease," has officially spread to 24 US states. The neurodegenerative disease affects hoofed animals such as elk, reindeer, moose, and various deer species. It wreaks havoc on the creatures' brains ...

ALI plans massive fund raising
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-27
AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) plans to raise up to P45 billion in fresh capital this year to partially fund general corporate requirements and to refinance loans. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Wednesday, the listed property developer said its board of ...

Famous Amazon rainforest at risk
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-27
"Our analysis shows that in a business-as-usual greenhouse-gas emission scenario, a large coherent region in the Southern Amazon might be at risk of transitioning from forest to savanna ...

Going all-digital: A CIMB Bank Q&A
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-27
The bank has also partnered with retail and financial firms such as 7-Eleven, DragonPay, Visa and Bancnet to serve as touchpoints where clients can withdraw or deposit funds. Through these partnerships, the bank also aims to capture 100,000 retail clients ...

The CDC Is Warning Hunters Not To Eat Venison That Comes From "Zombie Deer"
YAHOO! - 2019-02-27
Deer with "chronic wasting disease" have been found across 24 states recently, CBS News reports. The disease rots the brains of deer, elk, and moose and could be potentially harmful or even fatal to humans who ingest the meat of these animals. According to ...

2019 a better year for financial markets despite headwinds -- economists
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-27
For Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) economist Michael L. Ricafort, "the worst in inflation has already been seen." When inflation was rising in the early part of 2018, the local financial markets posted declines in terms of price. Now that ...

Outlook positive for bank stocks amid hopes of rate hike pause, inflation slowdown
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-27
0.6%), and Asia United Bank (AUB, 0.2%). On the other hand, Philippine Savings Bank saw the biggest drop in share price during the period at 25.8%, followed by China Banking Corp. (CHIB, -6.1%), East West Banking Corp. (EW, -5.9%), Union Bank of the ...

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