NATIONAL

Solano’s closed-door testimony read in Senate

(UPDATE - 10:59 a.m.) The testimony John Paul Solano gave to the Senate in executive session was read in public at the resumption on Wednesday, October 18, of the inquiry into the hazing death of Horatio Castillo III.

Cardinal Vidal dies at 86

(UPDATE 2 - 10:50 a.m.) Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, archbishop-emeritus of Cebu, died in a hospital Wednesday morning, October 18, news reports said.

ML lifting, proper Marawi rehab essential to convince investors – EU business groups

European business leaders in the country hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Marawi City’s liberation following the deaths of extremist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute but stressed there remain conditions to be met before investors are convinced to come in.

WORLD

FOCUS | Islamic State’s defeat in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington struggles to define a comprehensive strategy in Syria.

Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering U.S.

A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week.
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U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that...

BUSINESS

ML lifting, proper Marawi rehab essential to convince investors – EU business groups

European business leaders in the country hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Marawi City’s liberation following the deaths of extremist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute but stressed there remain conditions to be met before investors are convinced to come in.

Home Credit investing P19B in PH in next 2 years

Prague-based Home Credit targets to ramp up its operation in the Philippines by investing additional P18.6 billion over the next two years, HC Consumer Finance Philippines, Inc. Chief Financial Officer Zdenek Jankovsky said.

Harsh words aside, EU-PH trade robust: Exports to Europe seen to exceed $10B in 2017

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen expects exports from the Philippines to the EU to exceed US$10 billion this year, even as the Philippines has already exported US$4.6 billion worth of products to the EU in the first half of 2017, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

OPINION

We saw how the Executive department gathered the felons and the convicted drug lords to testify against her. Then we witnessed many in Congress totally besmirch her dignity using these convicted felons/drug lords. Finally, the majority of the Supreme Court justices - Velasco, De Castro, Bersamin, Peralta, Tijam, Martirez, Segismundo, Del Castillo, Reyes - allowed her incarceration.

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

WATCH | Director Ron Howard wraps filming, announces title of Han Solo movie

Clue: it's obviously a stand-alone movie, but it still bears the brand name of the juggernaut franchise that spawned it.

Harvey Weinstein, Amazon Studios chief both resign over harassment reports

Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress’s claim of sexual assault by Weinstein.

SPORTS

Ginebra buries Meralco with late run, takes 2-0 lead in PBA Finals

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings made the big plays at just the right time as they went on a 19-3 rampage late to...

Ginebra routs Meralco in Game 1 to draw first blood in #PBAFinals

Defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel got off to a rousing start in their finals return, shutting down Meralco, 102-87, to take Game One...

Ronaldo and Messi make it safely to World Cup but no USA

ZURICH (Reuters) - The possibility of a World Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi turned out to be a false alarm, yet next...

LIFESTYLE

MOTORING

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Duterte to transport sector: I want all your old PUVs out of roads by 2018

As a transport group ended a two-day strike to protest the government's ambitious program to modernize public utility vehicles, President Duterte on Tuesday told the sector to heed calls to turn in their old units and get new, environment-friendly ones, giving a deadline of end-2017 for such.

2020 CONCEPT | Toyota to test self-driving, talking cars

Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers.
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WATCH | Govt unfazed by PISTON-led welgang jeepney, but suspends work for a second day of strike

The jeepney protest Monday led by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide, or PISTON, affected traffic flow at various points of Metro...

TECH

BACK IN 2013 | Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack

Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago.

GAINING MOMENTUM | Huawei aims to challenge Apple, Samsung on technology, price

China’s Huawei has unveiled a new line of smartphones that match or even improve on key features offered by Apple or Samsung while undercutting their rivals on price.