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Alvarez to DFA: File diplomatic protest over U.S. intelligence report
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against the United States for its intelligence report listing President Rodrigo Duterte as a threat ...

Lawyer threatens criminal charges vs. other SC officials if Sereno won't resign
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- The lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno may bring his case outside Congress as well - threatening to file criminal charges against 12 other Supreme Court ...

SC Justice counters Duterte: Militarization in South China Sea for PH, not U.S.
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- China's continued militarization in disputed islands in the South China Sea is a national threat, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned on Thursday. "Every military and security analyst I know here ...

Duterte: Rappler can cover Palace events once SEC rules it as a 'legitimate' agency
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday assured online news agency Rappler may once again cover presidential events when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules them as a legitimate media outfit.

DOH chief orders filing of civil case vs. Sanofi over refusal to refund used Dengvaxia
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- The government is preparing to file a civil case against pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur for its refusal to refund P1.6 billion worth of used doses of Dengvaxia. Health Secretary Enrique Duque III said ...

DENR issues notices of violation to 81 erring Boracay establishments
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- More Boracay establishments may face closure after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued notices of violation (NOV) to 30 more Boracay establishments with environmental lapses.

Uber pays BIR P41 million VAT to avoid closure
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Transport Network Company (TNC) Uber has paid the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) P41 million in deficient Value Added Tax (VAT) to avoid the closure or suspension of its operations, BIR said Wednesday.

DOJ asks court to formalize CPP-NPA terror tag
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government takes a step closer to formally declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People's Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) on ...

Windows 10 bug: Google again reveals code for 'important' unpatched flaw
ZDNet - 2018-02-21
Google's Project Zero has revealed another unpatched flaw affecting Windows 10 because Microsoft missed its 90-day deadline to patch or disclose. After last week revealing a Windows 10 exploit mitigation bypass that Microsoft couldn't fix in time, Google ...

Immunotherapy for peanut allergy safe, effective in clinical trial
Upi.com - 2018-02-21
Feb. 21 (UPI) --A new immunotherapy has shown promise in a clinical trial for people with severe peanut allergies, suggesting an easier path is ahead for those with the potentially life-threatening food allergy. Aimmune Therapeutics, which focuses on ...

Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess
Rappler - 2018-02-21
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Richard Gordon berated former and current officials of the Department of Health (DOH) for the implementation of the now-suspended dengue vaccination program. The Senate blue ribbon committee chairperson said the Philippine g ...

SpaceX delays PAZ, Internet satellites launch until Thursday
Upi.com - 2018-02-21
Feb. 21 (UPI) --SpaceX is again delaying the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time due to "strong upper level winds." The new launch time is set for 6:17 a.m. PST on Thursday. The blastoff will take place at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Drug rehab facility in Davao ready by May
Business World - 2018-02-21
THE 300-BED drug rehabilitation facility located in Barangay Malagos, Davao City is targeted to be operational by May this year, according to Health Undersecretary Roger P. Tong-An. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mr. Tong-An said the facility will cater ...

DENR to inspect island resorts in Central Visayas
Business World - 2018-02-21
Mr. Cimatu has directed 12 teams composed of about 100 personnel from different DENR regional offices to inspect the sewer facilities of all business establishments in Boracay following reports that many are discharging untreated wastewater directly into ...

Congestion and corruption
Business World - 2018-02-21
Losses were attributed to wasted gasoline and electricity, lost labor hours, cost of traffic aides, withdrawal of potential foreign investments, missed business opportunities, and reduced capital inflow, among others. As for taxes evaded, revenue losses ...

Tax neutrality for Islamic banks approved by House committee
Business World - 2018-02-21
Cua, approved on Feb. 20 a tax neutrality provision in a bill seeking to establish a regulatory framework for the Islamic banking industry. The still-unnumbered bill, which is intended to be a substitute for House Bills (HBs) 492 and 3975, hopes to achieve ...

Palayan opens one stop service center for OFWs in Central Luzon
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
Czarina Umali, former governor Aurelio Umali, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, and Alloy MTG Group Director engineer Isaac David ... OFWs can go to OSSCO in Palayan to avail the services of the Social Security System, Philhealth, Philippine Regulatory ...

PCC studies plan to increase threshold for merger review
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
The PCC said it would also undertake inspections of business premises and other offices under suspicion for holding or keeping documents and evidences pertinent to an ongoing case. The PCC said it had received 91 queries and informal complaints on possible ...

Beauty and financial literacy
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Sarah Margarette Joson and AXA chief of Retail Propositions Alok Roongta (Right) and AXA Philippines chief of Commercial Business Ninoy Rollan(below left) and Michele Gumabao (right) AXA Philippines chief of Retail ...

Network war rages on, Kapuso claims victory in January
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
In January, GMA Network claimed triumph as it said ... managing director at Creative Programs Inc. and global head of Content Strategy. Prior to joining ABS-CBN, De Jesus was an award-winning senior creative at McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi ...

DENR starts crackdown on illegal small-scale miners
Inquirer - 2018-02-21
After clamping down on large-scale mines last year, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is now on a mission to separate the good and the bad in small-scale mining as he begins with its legalization and regulation. Following his recent order to shut down ...

Bitcoin could hit $50,000 by end of 2018
Inquirer - 2018-02-21
Despite bitcoin hitting its lowest point in recent weeks, experts believe the cryptocurrency will go as high as $50,000 (about P2.6 million) by December. Experts believe that after February, various cryptocurrencies would bounce back and rise higher than ...

UnionBank raises P3 billion via LTNCD
Business World - 2018-02-21
UnionBank of the Philippines raised P3 billion from its long-term negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCD) to improve its deposit maturity profile and help expand its business. The Aboitiz-led UnionBank launched the offering of new LTNCD on Wednesday at ...

Pacquiao turns emotional at Senate hearing on slain, abused OFWs
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
Senator Manny Pacquiao turned emotional on Wednesday as he urged Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to prioritize the safety and welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are being abused by heartless employers. "Para sa akin masama ang loob ko eh.

PH eyes Samurai bond issuance
Inquirer - 2018-02-21
The Philippine government plans to partly finance the redevelopment of a prime property in Shibuya district in Japan through the issuance of samurai bonds later this year. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III told reporters yesterday that the proceeds ...

US Intelligence Community: Duterte is one of threats to democracy in Southeast Asia
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
President Rodrigo Duterte was listed as one of Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. The US Intelligence Community is a federation of 16 ...

Convenience for OFWs offered by Palayan hub
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
The other government agencies inside Ossco are the Philippine Statistics Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Health ...

Control AI now or brace for nightmare future, experts warn
CNN Money - 2018-02-21
Rogue states, criminals and terrorists could use artificial intelligence to wreak havoc around the world, according to a new report. More than two dozen experts from top universities and research organizations in the US and the UK wrote the alarming report ...

Some domestic flights canceled Wednesday due to bad weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
(Updated) Manila flights to and from Legazpi and Naga were canceled on Wednesday due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) announced. In its advisory, the Miaa said that the following flights were canceled as of 9:30 a.m.:

PH to push for worker right to keep passports, cellphones in talks with Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government is eyeing talks with Kuwaiti counterparts on February 28 to finally sign an agreement that will protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), an official said Wednesday. "Actually we are requesting ...

DOF mulls 3 types of tax amnesty measures
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government is studying three types of tax amnesty, in line with the country's plan for an overall tax reform. Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Sonny Dominguez says the amnesty program aims to give ...

Duterte assures support, protection for Indian businessmen
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte assured Indian businessmen in the Philippines that he would support them, so long as they follow the law. "As long as you pay the right taxes, just the exact price, no more no less ...

Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
(CNN Money) -- Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has stepped down from the company amid accusations that he once groped supermodel Kate Upton. Marciano has agreed to "relinquish his day to day responsibilities at the company, on an unpaid basis," as the ...

Philippines to host ADB meet in May
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Fresh off the success of the ASEAN Summit last year, the Philippines will this time host the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Annual Meeting in May. An estimated 3,000 delegates - mostly finance ministers ...

Overkill? Cops, soldiers escorting DENR personnel in Boracay crackdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
ILOILO CITY -- Heavily armed police officers and soldiers in full battle gear have started escorting personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) while serving show cause orders to alleged violators of environmental laws on ...

DOH to sue Sanofi over P3.5-B refund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it would file a case against Sanofi Pasteur after the French pharmaceutical giant again turned down the demand of the Philippine government that it fully refund the P3.5 billion paid for its dengue vaccine ...

Peru court orders trial for Fujimori over 1992 mass killing - official
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Monday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime. The National Criminal Court said that the pardon granted ...

A Facebook executive learned a valuable lesson about using Twitter after he publicly contradicted the Mueller investigation
Business Insider - 2018-02-20
On Friday, Facebook's vice president of ads, Rob Goldman, tweeted that key facts about Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election were "still not well understood." Goldman's tweet made it sound as if he was contradicting the work done by Robert ...

People hate Snapchat's redesign so much that another Wall Street analyst downgraded the stock
Business Insider - 2018-02-20
Snap Inc. recently redesigned the Snapchat app to make the distinction between friends and brands clearer. Users have reacted overwhelmingly negatively to the visual changes. This prompted analysts at Citi to downgrade the company's stock rating to "Sell ...

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare
Reuters - 2018-02-20
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care ...

Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal
Reuters - 2018-02-20
(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Tuesday unveiled a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O), its most defiant move in its defense against a hostile $121 billion bid from Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O).

Kids who dab on Snapchat aren't actually helping cure cancer
Mashable - 2018-02-20
"Dab if you hate cancer" is the latest ~trend~ making it's way around Snapchat, but the Bitmoji-loving kids sharing these chain snaps aren't actually making a charitable impact. Participating in Snapchat's "screenshot and dab" trend is simple. Users ...

Hundreds of former rebels meet with Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- More former rebels were welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Wednesday. The 241 rebels arrived at Villamor Air Base Tuesday, and were welcomed at a ceremony hosted by Armed Forces Chief of ...

Bourse expected to weather global volatility
Business World - 2018-02-20
During the BusinessWorld Stock Market Roundtable at the Makati Shangri-La, COL Financial Group, Inc. Vice-President and Head of Research April Lynn L. Tan said the online brokerage downgraded its 2018 forecast for the PSEi to 8,750 from 9,300 after ...

Walmart's online sales growth stalls in the fourth quarter
ZDNet - 2018-02-20
Walmart's usually red-hot online sales growth is showing signs of a cool down. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported fourth quarter e-commerce sales growth of 23 percent, marking a significant decline from 50 percent growth the previous quarter.

Rappler barred from covering Malacañang events
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Rappler will not be able to cover Malacañang events for now. This was confirmed by the Office of the Executive Secretary Tuesday, adding that Rappler's accreditation will cease until the Court of Appeals ...

Roque: Barring reporters from Palace briefings not a press freedom issue
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A Malacañang-accredited reporter was initially prevented from covering a press briefing Tuesday, but Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this was not a move to curtail freedom of the press. Pia Ranada ...

U.S. intelligence sees Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The United States Intelligence Community listed President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region. In its recently published ...

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs. Davao Rep. Floirendo for graft
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The Sandiganbayan issued an arrest warrant Wednesday against Davao del Norte Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. over an alleged anomalous deal involving his family's banana firm. The Sandiganbayan 6th ...

Shangri-La at the Fort apologizes for cat controversy
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is "truly and deeply sorry" for relocating the stray cats in its community, General Manager John Rice said in a statement on Tuesday. "We want to apologize for the way we have ...

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