NATIONAL

Media, free expression groups to mount ‘Black Friday’ protests for press freedom

Media and freedom of expression advocacy groups will be kicking off Friday, January 19, a series of protests against the bid to shut down news site Rappler and emerging threats to press freedom and other rights and liberties, including those in proposed amendments to the Constitution.

4 Red fighters killed in Davao Oriental, 5 surrender in Maguindanao – military

Government troops killed four alleged New People’s Army fighters in Davao Oriental Tuesday while five other rebels surrendered in Maguindanao province, the military said.

Self-rated poverty eases in Q4 but increases in 2017 from 2016

Some 10 million, or 44 percent of Filipino families, considered themselves “mahirap,” or poor, in the last quarter of 2017, a three-point decline from the 47 percent, or 10.9 million families, who said they suffered poverty in the previous quarter, results of the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations showed.

WORLD

FARC says 2 ex-fighters killed while campaigning

Two former fighters from Colombia’s FARC rebels were killed in Antioquia province after campaigning for a political candidate for the now-demobilized guerrilla group, the FARC said in a statement on Wednesday.

12 killed in suspected Boko Haram suicide blasts in Nigerian city

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on Wednesday on the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials from the State Emergency Management Agency for Borno said.

Russia helping North Korea skirt sanction as Pyongyang gets close on missile – Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

BUSINESS

Major U.S. railroads warn Trump against derailing NAFTA

Major U.S. railroads on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump of the potential financial and political consequences of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement and urged U.S., Mexican, and Canadian officials to find ways to modernize the accord.

‘TROJAN HORSE’ | House Minority: Giving China Telecom access to communications infra too risky

Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a “Trojan horse” aimed at giving China access to state secrets.
cebu pacific plane

Bad weather delays runway repairs at Tacloban airport, cancels flights of Cebu Pacific, Cebgo

The "degradation of the runway surface" at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City has forced the cancellation, starting Wednesday afternoon, of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights to and from Leyte's capital.

OPINION

As an alternative remedy, the SEC could have only voided that part of the contract which was constitutionally infirm and left the rest effective. This is significant especially considering that the overall purpose of the company is clearly news-dissemination falling within the protected exercise of the freedom of the press.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

WATCH | Anne Curtis touts Marawi documentary shot by soldier with her GoPro

'Watch how all the soldiers bravely fought for freedom and peace…A salute to all the troops,' Anne said on Instagram and Facebook.

Hong Kong star Eric Tsang denies sexual assault allegations

Tsang has been accused in widely circulated online reports of raping a Hong Kong actress in Singapore in the 1990s.

SPORTS

Ex-Ginebra players instrumental in Blackwater’s historic win vs Gin Kings

It might be coincidence, but the Blackwater Elite's victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was mainly anchored by former players of the league's most...

‘I LOVE THE FANS’ | Justin Brownlee happy to play in front of Pinoy crowd

Amidst the deafening cheers and shrieks from the Ginebra fans, Justin Brownlee couldn’t do anything but just support the Gin Kings at this...

Saudi women score right to watch soccer in stadiums

As teams al-Ahli and al-Batin faced each other in the city of Jeddah, women showed up to their first public sporting event in the Kingdom to support the sides with their spouses, children and friends.

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | The flashy and futuristic from the automotive capital

The Detroit auto show has been about flashy cars and big pick up trucks, but now the floor is giving space to startups as well.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

The world’s top automakers are poised to introduce dozens of new battery electric and hybrid gasoline-electric models over the next five years.

Uber to utilize tech to enhance safety for drivers

Uber has rolled out features over the past few months with the goal of improving their drivers' overall experience. Today, the ride-hailing company added one more of these features.

TECH

US lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei — sources

U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut all commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW 2018 | Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

The world’s top automakers are poised to introduce dozens of new battery electric and hybrid gasoline-electric models over the next five years.