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August 17, 2018 8:46 AM Voice actor of Pokémon’s Professor Oak dies of cancer

The Japanese voice actor of Professor Oak from the “Pokémon” anime series recently passed away due to esophageal cancer. He was 68. Unsho Ishizuka started lending his voice to the animated Pokémon expert, named Okido in Japanese, when the franchise’s first anime series debuted on Japanese television in 1997. Ishizuka also narrated for the show and voiced 5

August 16, 2018 11:08 AM Gatchalian eyes suspension of TRAIN law

MANILA - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said his committee might recommend the suspension of the tax reform law upon hearing the incomplete status of government programs designed to cushion the law's effect on inflation. Gatchalian, head of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, took note of the National Food Authority's failure to provide 5

August 16, 2018 9:51 AM Poorest Filipinos suffer most from inflation: study

MANILA - The poorest 30 percent of the population suffer the most from rising prices of goods, particularly food items such as rice, a statistics expert said Thursday. On average, households spend 38.34 percent of their budget on food, said Dr. Dennis Mapa, dean of the University of the Philippines School of Statistics. But for the poorest 30 percent 5

July 18, 2018 12:24 PM Philippines could breach US sanctions if Russia arms deal proceeds

MANILA - The Philippines is at risk of breaching sanctions imposed by the United States if it proceeds with the purchase of grenade launchers from a blacklisted Russian firm, a deal that could test its longtime security alliance with Washington. A senior Philippine general familiar with the deal said Manila had agreed in October last year to a 400 million 5

July 18, 2018 9:13 AM Ansel Egort and Taron Egerton star in ‘Billionaire Boys Club’

Ambition. Greed. Murder. These are all present in the latest crime thriller movie “Billionaire Boys Club,” which features Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in our Star,” “Baby Driver”) and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”). Directed by James Cox (“Wonderland, Straight A’s”) and co-written by Captain Mauzner, the movie is about a real story of boys at an exclusive 8

July 17, 2018 4:05 PM Shift to federalism will cost billions, says economics expert

MANILA - The shift to federalism will cost the government billions, an economics expert warned Tuesday. Rosario Manasan, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, said the shift to a federal form of government will cost around P55 billion. “It will have to come from the pockets of taxpayers,” Manasan told the Senate 6

July 16, 2018 5:56 AM Rita Clifton to speak about the role of purpose in branding at Brand Boot Camp 2018

, a biennial conference that examines global best practices for brand building in an ever-changing consumer landscape. A leading expert in branding, Rita will kick off the single-day conference centered on the theme “Evolve: Brand Building in the Digital Reality” with a discussion on the role of purpose in brand building within today’s environment of increasing 6

July 16, 2018 3:59 AM Alleged Maute bomb expert killed in Lanao del Sur town

MANILA - An alleged bomb expert of the Islamic State-inspired Maute group was killed in a firefight with police and military forces in Lanao del Sur province on Monday, authorities said. Najib Calimba Pundug, alias Najib Hussein, allegedly fired at authorities who tried to serve him an arrest warrant at his hideout in Malabang town at around 2:15 a.m., police 6

July 12, 2018 1:00 PM Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal, attends full Mass

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has paid an unusually personal and public tribute to French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran by attending the funeral of the former Vatican foreign minister and interfaith expert. Usually, popes only preside over the final rites at funerals for cardinals. But in a sign of Francis’ esteem for his close confidante, Francis attended 7

July 6, 2018 4:14 AM Pompeo to seek ‘details’ on denuclearization in North Korea

This photo, taken May 11, 2017, shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he was still CIA director. (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN / AP) Yokota Air Base, Japan – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was en route to Pyongyang on Friday to press Kim Jong Un for a more detailed commitment to denuclearization following the North Korean leader’s historic 8