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Duterte offers to pay for peace talks with communist rebels
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said that he will pay for communist rebels' trip home-- in order for their peace talks with the government to resume.

ASIA ECONOMICS: Asian Shares Fall on Fresh Trade Concerns
Nasdaq - 2019-02-08
The Nikkei 225 slumped 2% to 20,333; the Hang Seng lost 0.2% to 27,933; the Kospi fell 1.2% to 2,177; and the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.3% to 6,072. Stocks fell in the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore but rose in Malaysia. Markets in China and Taiwan were ...

Social weather report - 2019-02-08
If some people think of Social Weather Station (or Pulse Asia for that matter) as mere producers of election surveys, they are missing their importance. SWS and Pulse Asia were conceived by academicians who want us to get a good idea of how people feel ...

Senate ratifies P3.757-T national budget for 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate finally ratified on Friday the almost P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019 allegedly tainted with "pork" insertions. Fifteen senators voted to approve the ...

Duterte renews call to Reds: Stop extortion, taxation and we will resume talks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines - Will he or will he not resume the peace talks? Despite saying a week ago that he would never talk to the communists, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday again imposed a ...

Cemex Philippines swings to loss in 2018
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-08
CEMEX Holdings Philippines ... and capital outlay in the first eleven months of 2018. During this period, the National Economic and Development Authority noted that nine flagship projects have broken ground. The company remains upbeat for its prospects ...

4 killed, 5 hurt in Rizal shooting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Four people were killed while five others, including two police officers, were injured in a shooting incident in Teresa, Rizal on Thursday night. A report from the Rizal ...

Senate panel poised to raise tobacco excise tax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate committee on ways and means has agreed, in principle, to raise the excise tax on tobacco products, Senator Sonny Angara said on Friday. "While ...

World shares mixed after Trump says no plans for Xi meeting
Yahoo Finance - 2019-02-08
THE DAY IN ASIA: Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed 2 percent lower ... Stocks fell in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand but rose in Malaysia. Markets in China and Taiwan were closed.

PNP to continue intelligence operations on ACT members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said the operations would continue after the Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday junked the petition against the profiling of ACT members. Banac ...

Cantilan Bank surpassed a new milestone by becoming the first BSP regulated Rural Bank to pioneer cloud-based technology
Inquirer - 2019-02-08
Digital financial services offer new opportunities to save, make a payment, get a small business loan, send a remittance, or buy insurance. These services are made possible with cloud technology ...

Subic Aeta village gets health clinic, school building from SBMA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) have turned over P4.9 million worth of community facilities to the Pastolan Ayta tribe here recently. The facilities ...

Review of US-PH defense pact urged
Global Nation - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines - A review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States may be needed to make it relevant to current times. Philippine and US ...

Drilon votes against approval of 2019 national budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Friday voted against the approval of the "pork-filled" P3.8 trillion proposed national budget as he compared its passage to ...

Almost all N. Cotabato villages to join Bangsamoro region
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Nearly all barangays (villages) in North Cotabato which took part in Wednesday's plebiscite will join the new Bangsamoro autonomous region, according ...

2019 budget hurdles through bicam
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- The bicameral conference committee agreed Friday on the final version of the 2019 budget bill, which was largely delayed due to accusations from ...

UK lifts travel warning over southern Cebu - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The United Kingdom lifted its travel warning over southern Cebu on Thursday. The UK government updated its advisory which earlier warned of a terrorism risk in towns "up to and including" Badian and Dalaguete on the island of Cebu.

LIST: Items permitted inside MRT-3 - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The management of Metro Rail Transit-3 released a list of liquids and other items allowed inside its train following criticisms over the ban on bottled drinks. In a statement, the MRT-3 management asked for a "deeper understanding ...

MRT explains tighter security measures due to bomb threat received before Jolo blasts
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Metro Manila Rail System (MRT) officials said they issued tighter security measures in their train stations because they received a bomb threat weeks ...

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental
Rappler - 2019-02-08
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - The Provincial Health Office in Negros Occidental is on a massive measles immunization drive following a significant increase in the number of cases in the province. Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang said on Friday ...

Budget Chief Diokno skips House hearing despite subpoena
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno skipped a House panel hearing on Friday despite the subpoena issued to compel him to attend. Instead, he sought for ...

Photos show China deployment of 'militia' as PH builds on Pag-asa Island - think tank
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- China has deployed up to 95 ships near Pag-asa Island in the disputed South China Sea as the Philippines conducted repairs there, according to a U.S ...

Japanese Foreign Minister to head to Davao City for official visit
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will make an official visit to the country and is scheduled to meet with his Filipino counterpart and other ...

Measles outbreak declared in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday declared measles outbreak in Metro Manila. DOH Undersecretary Enrico Domingo confirmed this to CNN ...

More than 70 deaths nationwide linked to measles outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- More than 70 people have died this year due to measles after the Health Department declared an outbreak of the highly contagious disease in ...

Covent Garden Condo in Santa Mesa topped off
Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA - Property developer Empire East congratulates the future homeowners of Covent Garden in Santa Mesa for the topping off of its first tower, held onsite along Santol Extension corner ...

BSP keeps interest rates stable
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- Borrowing rates will stay the same for the next few months. The Monetary Board, the policy-making arm of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ...

Delta and Coke thought these flirtatious napkins were clever. But that idea fizzled
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
But others said they were creepy and unwelcome. "Pretty sure no one appreciated unsolicited phone numbers in the 'good old days' and they sure as heck don't want the number of someone who has been ...

House panel resumes hearing on alleged anomalies in 2019 budget, summons Diokno anew
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The House Appropriations Committee will resume its inquiry on the alleged anomalies in the proposed 2019 national budget on Friday, with Budget ...

Delta and Coke thought these flirtatious napkins were clever. But that idea fizzled
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
(CNN) -- Maybe Delta should stick to flying planes instead of playing matchmaker. After handing out Coca-Cola napkins suggesting passengers give their name and number to their "plane crush," both ...

Ayala-led IMI earnings increase by 34% in 2018
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-08
AYALA-LED Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI) reported a 34% increase in attributable profit for 2018, due to net gains from the sale of a China unit and other one-off transactions. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Thursday, IMI said net ...

Walgreens has the worst record on selling tobacco to kids, FDA says
Yahoo Finance - 2019-02-08
Walgreens was officially been put "on notice" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for having the worst track record among all pharmacies for selling tobacco to kids. On Thursday ...

Your Arms Will Never Be the Same After This 30-Day Push-Up Challenge
YAHOO! - 2019-02-08
We interrupt your regularly scheduled booty programming for a message from your arms: "Pay attention to us!" While you're out here squatting like it's hot, your upper bod gets no love-and it's time to change that with this 30-day push-up challenge from ...

Ayala electronics arm posts 34% profit growth
Inquirer - 2019-02-08
Ayala-led electronics manufacturer Integrated Micro-Electronics ... executive officer Arthur Tan said: "2018 was a challenging yet exciting year. Although the company was affected financially ...

Filipino couple among dead in Paris apartment fire
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) Ï A Filipino couple was among the fatalities in a fire that razed an apartment in central Paris on Monday night, Manila time. In a statement Thursday ...

Baby formula, medication and more: which liquids are allowed in the MRT
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Department of Transportation has come up with a list of liquids that are allowed in the Metro Manila Rail Transit System (MRT-3). Parents ...

Frustrated Duterte walks out of Cabinet meeting
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- President Rodrigo Duterte walked out of a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, after expressing frustration at the slowness of government transactions.

Talks on cards to review US-PH defense pact
Global Nation - 2019-02-07
Philippine and United States officials on Thursday confirmed that talks were being planned to review and possibly revise the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries. But the ...

Banks told to provide details on deposit, loan rates
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
Bank clients will soon have access to more detailed information about deposit and borrowing rates to help them make better decisions with their finances, the central bank said yesterday.

PSE index retests 8,100 level
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
Outside of PSEi stocks, notable gainers included PHA, which surged by 8.73 percent. PNB gained 4.81 percent, while Greenergy added 3.62 percent. On the other hand, GT Capital fell by 2.57 percent ...

When leaders fail
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
No one is perfect, certainly not the founders and/or leaders of family businesses. Driven and charismatic, they have grown their companies by the sheer force of their hard work, personality and ...

Brands, meet your 2019 consumers
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
The age agnostics, the conscious, the loners and the "digitally together"--brands, meet your 2019 consumers, according to the report "Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2019." Released ...

MRT gets flak for liquids ban - 2019-02-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is receiving criticism after it banned not only bottled beverages but all items containing liquids such as perfume, rubbing alcohol and lotion. In a Facebook post, Arnie Gabas said commuters ...

State of calamity in Davao Oriental due to floods - 2019-02-07
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Davao Oriental has been placed under a state of calamity amid flooding caused by rains spawned by Tropical Depression Amang and the tailend of a cold front in the past weeks. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution ...

Apple to compensate teenager who found Group FaceTime eavesdrop bug
TechCrunch - 2019-02-07
Apple has said it will compensate the teenager who first found a security bug in Group FaceTime that allowed users to eavesdrop before a call was picked up. The bug was initially reported to ...

A magnet bouncing on a trampoline is way more interesting than it sounds
YAHOO! - 2019-02-07
Magnets. How do they work? The good folks over at the YouTube channel Magnetic Games know exactly how, and they do all kinds of neat videos showing off how magnets can be used for entertainment. As Laughing Squid discovered, their latest video is a real doozy.

Toyota finally caves and announces cars with Android Auto compatibility
The Verge - 2019-02-07
One of the last major holdouts in adding Android Auto compatibility has finally caved. Toyota announced on Thursday that the 2020 models of the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia will feature Android Auto. The 2018 Aygo and the 2019 Yaris (in Europe ...

Masungi Georeserve vies for 2 international awards
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in their 15 year, showcase business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of "people, planet and profits" within the Travel and ...

The next major advertising platform could be inside your Uber ride -- and one startup is betting companies will spend big bucks to target you there
Business Insider - 2019-02-07
The next time you step into an Uber or Lyft, there might be a small touchscreen tablet enticing you to play a quick game of trivia. And if you bite, next up could be an ad from Disney promoting the new Aladdin movie. But if your ride happens to be in New ...

Wells Fargo customers are furious as 2nd service outage in a week means they can't use their debit cards or access accounts online
Business Insider - 2019-02-07
Wells Fargo customers were unable to use debit cards or access online banking because of a "systems issue" causing "intermittent outages," the company said on Twitter on Thursday morning. The outage seemed to be nationwide, with customers taking to social ...

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