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PSEi firms up at 8,500
Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Outside the PSEi, Prime Orion (-3.56 percent) and Megawide (-2.79 percent) both declined in relatively heavy trade. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Ombudsman ends probe on Trillanes' plunder case vs. Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Ombudsman has ended the probe on the plunder case against President Rodrigo Duterte, the Solicitor General said Tuesday. In a press briefing, Solicitor General Jose Calida said Deputy Ombudsman Melchor ...

10,000 more OFWs to be repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
But in November 2016, they lost contact with her. Jessica Demafelis, a sister of the migrant, said the family asked help from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in locating Joanna ...

PH’s GDP can increase by $8 billion in 4 years through digital transformation — study
- 2018-02-13
It is expected that 92 percent of jobs in the Philippines will be transformed in the next three years while 65 percent of jobs will require higher value roles.

SSS chair, commissioner sacked
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
The President appointed Valdez, a former dean of the University of the East College of Law ... Last month, the SSS employees union sent a petition to Malacañang and asked the Palace to dismiss La Viña. The union alleged that SSS employees were ...

Jollibee gains control of Denver-based burger chain
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Homegrown fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) has taken a bigger bite of the mainstream American hamburger market with a $100-million deal to jack up its stake in Smashburger chain to a controlling interest of 85 percent. Through wholly owned ...

Tycoons submit bid to redevelop Naia
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
A P350-billion proposal to transform the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) into a world-class regional aviation hub comparable to the main airports of Singapore and Thailand was submitted to the government by a super-consortium backed by seven of ...

Wholesale, retail prices of rice, palay rising
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Both wholesale and retail prices of rice continued to increase in the first week of February together with the prices of palay, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. Distribution of low-priced rice to public markets has been ...

PSEi rebounds, gains 0.97%
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
The local stock barometer yesterday rebounded to the 8,500 level, tracking the recovery in the US and regional markets from the bloodbath last week. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) recouped 82.23 points or 0.97 percent to close at 8,570.14 on ...

Ombudsman does not publicize probe result as matter of policy - official
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
The Office of the Ombudsman does not make public the result of a fact-finding investigation as a matter of policy, regardless of who is the subject of a complaint, an official from the office explained. "The result of a fact finding probe is contained in ...

UK minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online
Reuters - 2018-02-13
(Reuters) - Britain has partnered with a London-based firm to develop an algorithm that can identify terrorist content online with greater accuracy than anything previously known, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told tech leaders in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.

An ex-Uber VP got $15 million for his new electric-scooter startup -- and it's already run into legal trouble
Business Insider - 2018-02-13
The electric-scooter rental startup Bird has raised $15 million to expand throughout the US. It launched in September in Santa Monica, California, and has already been hit with a criminal complaint by the city. Dockless bikes have caused some disruption in ...

Microsoft hires classroom collaboration startup Chalkup founder to expand Microsoft Teams
TechCrunch - 2018-02-13
Microsoft is beefing up its Slack-like collaboration software, Microsoft Teams, with the technology-know how and the founder from collaboration software startup Chalkup. Following the hire, Microsoft says it will bring some of the features Chalkup had ...

Microsoft To Embrace Decentralized Identity Systems Built On Bitcoin And Other Blockchains
Forbes - 2018-02-13
In a new post today, Microsoft announced their embrace of public blockchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, for use in decentralized identity systems. Initially, the longtime tech giant will support blockchain-based decentralized IDs (DIDs) through the ...

Roque to resign if Congress approves anti-fake news bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has vowed to resign once Congress passes a bill against fake news, and challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court (SC). Referring to Senate Bill No. 1942 or the proposed Anti-Fake News Act, Roque said ...

Driver gets harsh beating from passenger for returning phone; files complaint
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
A severe beating was what Grab driver Armando Yabut received after returning to passenger Jinno John P. Simon the cellphone which the latter forgot in the car, last Feb. 9. The driver, a 30-year-old native of Sorsogon, first aired his plea for justice ...

P10-M marijuana destroyed in Kalinga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
CAMP MELCHOR DELA CRUZ, ISABELA - Five plantations of fully grown marijuana worth P10 million were destroyed by the police, soldiers and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at Mt. Chumanchil in Tinglayan town in Kalinga province on Feb. 11 ...

Sabio told: Go to PNP if you feel at risk
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Malacañang on Monday said it bore "no ill will" against the lawyer who haled President Duterte into the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that if Jude Josue Sabio felt ...

Light-activated cancer drugs may minimize chemotherapy side effects
Upi.com - 2018-02-13
Feb. 13 (UPI) --Chemotherapy drugs activated by light to treat cancer can minimize side effects by targeting strictly non-healthy cells, according to new research in Britain and Australia. The Monash Warwick Alliance, an intercontinental collaboration ...

TD 'Basyang' makes landfall over Dumaguete
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm 'Basyang' caused flooding in the municipality of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. Story updated to include PAGASA's 11 p.m. update. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Tropical Depression "Basyang" has ...

Coalition formed to fight 'worst Cha-cha ever'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
The "No to Chacha Coalition" is formally launched on Tuesday at the Malcolm Hall of the University of the Philippine's College of Law ... a provision allocating districts "annual share of the state and federal budgets," effectively "skirting (the Supreme ...

Gov't issues exemptions to ban on Kuwait-bound workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is keeping a close watch on airports and seaports to enforce the ban. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Tuesday said he has directed the bureau's port operations division chief Marc Red Mariñas to ...

Indonesian police chief: Bato inspires us
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) gets an ally when it comes to implementing the war on drugs. Indonesian Police Chief Tito Karnavian said PNP Chief Director General Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa is an ...

Duterte tells Lucio Tan: I'll shut up on your past gov't debts
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to forget about the past debts to the government of Lucio Tan who provided help to returning overseas workers (OFWs) from Kuwait. "Because of this incident, Mr. Lucio Tan, I'm ...

3 of 5 Filipinos choose career over love life - survey
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- There are more important things than love - or so a recent survey shows. Three out of five or 60 percent of Filipinos said they will choose their career over their love life if they had to, according to a ...

Sandra Cam: PCSO Christmas party unacceptable, despite Duterte's stand
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam reiterated that the agency's multi-million-peso Christmas party in 2017 was unacceptable. During a House probe on the party on Tuesday, Cam ...

ERC assures public looming blackouts won't happen
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) assured the public Wednesday that the projected massive blackout in two months will no longer happen. Speaking before the Senate Committee on Energy, the ERC officials ...

INC head appointed special envoy for Filipinos abroad
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the executive minister of local religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) as new Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns. Malacañang said Eduardo Villanueva Manalo ...

Davao business chamber undertakes study on local tax increase
Business World - 2018-02-13
THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is aiming to release by end-February its study on the business tax increase implemented by the local government this year, which has drawn complaints from various sectors. DCCCII President ...

Obesity Tied to Survival in Men With Melanoma
The New York Times - 2018-02-13
Obese men treated for metastatic melanoma may survive longer than their normal-weight peers. Researchers did a retrospective analysis of 1,918 people, 1,155 of them men, under treatment for metastatic melanoma. The study is in Lancet Oncology. Compared ...

Phoenix planning to bring FamilyMart to Clark
Business World - 2018-02-13
and Southern and Central Luzon. Phoenix added LPG into its portfolio when it completed in August 2017 the acquisition of Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc., a company it has since renamed Phoenix LPG Philippines, Inc. The acquisition strategically supports ...

With Smashburger, Jollibee eyes bigger bite of US market
Business World - 2018-02-13
HOMEGROWN food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) is taking a bigger bite of the American fastfood market, as it raises its stake in Denver-based chain Smashburger. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Tuesday, JFV said its wholly owned unit Bee Good!,

Udenna completes BGC corporate tower
Business World - 2018-02-13
"The development illustrates the strength and potential of our real estate business -- (Udevco) -- to become a significant player in the sector," Mr. Tamayo said. Udevco is currently embarking on the development of the 177-hectare Clark Global City ...

Mobile ads more effective in reaching target audience -- Nielsen
Business World - 2018-02-13
Advertisers in the consumer packaged goods, business and consumer services, and computers and electronics sectors reached their desired audience via mobile devices, achieving an on-target success of 83%, 82%, and 81% respectively. "Mobile is winning ...

Kuwaiti foreign minister condemns Duterte's criticisms
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- A ranking Kuwaiti official on Tuesday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's statements criticizing alleged maltreatment of Filipino workers in his country. Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al ...

Palace: PH won't recognize Chinese names of Benham Rise features
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- The government has rejected the names given by China to some undersea features in Benham Rise. "We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise ...

PH, China promise to protect sovereignty, sovereign rights in bilateral talks
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- The Philippines and China agreed to cooperate on areas of marine protection and research while following each countries' stance on territorial powers. "Both sides also had productive exchange of views on ways ...

Duterte: Use pills, injectables -- not condoms
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- Use pills and injectables instead of condoms, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night. Addressing workers who came home from Kuwait, Duterte digressed a bit from discussing their plight and expressed his ...

PAL considers fuel surcharge on tickets
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) has asked the government for permission to impose a fuel surcharge on its tickets to offset the sharp increase in oil prices in recent years, its top official said. PAL President ...

Zamboanga City forms public transport planning team
Business World - 2018-02-13
ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued an executive order creating the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) team that will take the lead in preparing a management and development guide. The LPTRP is mandated under a 2017 ...

US Congressional gold medal for Filipino WWII veterans
Business World - 2018-02-13
On April 7 at the historic Presidio in San Francisco, surviving Filipino World War II veterans or their next of kin living in Northern California, will receive bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award conferred by the ...

How governments can screw up the development of new drugs
Business World - 2018-02-13
THE PATENT-BASED system of drug development will came under further pressure from key countries aiming to increase access to medicines at the executive board meeting World Health Organization in March. Critics of the system want reform, arguing it makes ...

Davao City declares Sen. Trillanes persona non grata
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is not welcome in Davao City after he was declared persona non grata on Tuesday. Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-Ag said Trillanes was declared persona non grata for ...

China and Philippines discuss joint projects in South China Sea
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-02-13
MANILA -- A second bilateral meeting between China and the Philippines on their territorial dispute in the South China Sea appears to have centered on cooperation rather than on competition, according to a joint press statement Tuesday night. Both sides ...

SWS: 59% of Filipinos would pick career over love life
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
More than half of Filipinos said they would choose career over love life, a nationwide Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken in the last quarter of 2017 showed. In poll results bared on Tuesday, the SWS said it asked respondents: "In case you ...

Oregon woman first ever with human 'eye worm' infection
Upi.com - 2018-02-13
TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 -- Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to a 26-year-old avid outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ...

Recto wants Senate inquiry into proposed hike in SSS contribution rate
Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto filed on Monday a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposed increase in the contribution rate of Social Security System (SSS) members. Senate Resolution No. 621 recommends that the proposed increase "be ...

Chinese, US investors looking at Mindanao solar, hydro investments
Business World - 2018-02-13
DAVAO CITY -- Renewable energy projects, particularly the manufacture of solar panels and the development of hydroelectric plants, are among the opportunities that foreign investors are looking into, the Mindanao business lobby said. Arturo M. Milan ...

DOH-CAR, CSOs partner for RPRH law implementation
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-13
BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Health-Cordillera regional office is partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs) to ensure that responsible parenthood and reproductive health services and information reach communities where there is ...

Want to make a robot that can't be killed? Look to the cockroach
ZDNet - 2018-02-13
Roboticists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have unveiled a centimeter-scaled robot resembling a cockroach. Like the insect from which the engineers drew their inspiration, The Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot ...

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