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February 20, 2018 8:46 AM House to probe 13 firms allegedly running rice cartels in Metro Manila

The House Committee on Agriculture and Food will invite to its next hearing representatives of 13 traders believed to be operating the biggest rice cartels in Metro Manila. At the House inquiry on the rice shortage issue on Tuesday, Manila Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez revealed the names of 13 companies allegedly controlling prices of rice in the capital region 4

February 20, 2018 4:18 AM Alleged rebel bomber, 4 others arrested in Isabela

CAMP MELCHOR DELA CRUZ, ISABELA – A suspected New People’s Army bombing expert and four other alleged rebels were arrested on Monday (Feb. 19) by the police and the military in Ilagan City. Mauricio Sagun allegedly heads the NPA Training, Demolition and Explosives Team and is supposedly an expert in manufacturing and handling improvised explosive devices 3

February 20, 2018 2:33 AM More 'modern' jeepneys on the roads by March, LTFRB says

MANILA - More jeepneys that comply with stricter government standards will be deployed by March, a transport official said Tuesday, as regulators cracked down on decrepit and smoke-belching vehicles. Under the "modernization" program, which some transport groups are opposing, jeepneys need to have a 22-person seating capacity and a side door. They also need to comply 4

February 19, 2018 9:07 PM It’s about friends and fellowship at this polo playground in the north

Businessmen, expats, polo-playing ladies and aspiring players–the Dr. Pacifico Eusebio Polo Field in Pulilan, Bulacan, welcomes them all Isabela Vice Gov. Tonypet Albano, Rep. Mikee Romero, Anthony Garcia and Dart Giercke. NPC paid tribute to the late Miguel Romero (in standee at left), for whom the farm was like a second home. North Polo Club (NPC) 8

February 19, 2018 7:56 PM Bohol dance group to perform at Maybank/Globe, Feb. 23

Bohol Dance Project Company will mount the dance concert, “A Blue Evening,” on Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the Maybank Theater/ Globe Auditorium, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The Bohol dance group is a contemporary dance ensemble developed through the collaboration between French choreographers and Bohol dance groups. The Bohol Dance Project Company is an initiative 7

February 19, 2018 4:15 PM False alarm for Spice Girls fans

When Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm had a little get-together at Geri Halliwell’s home early this month, rumors promptly swirled: Are the Spice Girls reuniting? Fans of the iconic ’90s pop girl group got even more pumped up when TMZ recently reported that the Spice Girls are about to embark on a concert tour, starting 6

February 19, 2018 9:35 AM ‘Black Panther’ pounces to box office glory over holiday weekend

As the US kicked back for a long weekend, Disney’s “Black Panther” got off to a superhero start in the North American box office, rocketing to the top spot with estimated earnings of $218 million, data showed Sunday. According to figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, the highly-anticipated 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned 6

February 19, 2018 8:19 AM Navy chief still prefers Thales Tacticos for frigate deal

Rear Adm. Robert Emperad, chief of the Philippine Navy (Photo from the Philippine Navy Facebook page) Philippine Navy chief Rear Adm. Robert Empedrad still prefers Thales Tacticos over the current Hanhwa Systems for the combat management system (CMS) for the two frigates that the military intends to acquire. “I’m not pushing for Hanhwa. I’m still preferring 7

February 19, 2018 3:30 AM Group warns parents vs ‘Magnetic Putty’ toy for deadly arsenic, lead content

Citing high level of toxic chemical content, environment activists warned parents on Monday against buying or allowing their children to play with slime toy called “Magnetic Putty.” The EcoWaste Coalition said the toy was found to contain deadly arsenic and lead beyond trading standards, as reported by the European Union’s Rapid Alert System (RAPEX) 4

February 19, 2018 2:29 AM DICT issues draft terms for picking 3rd telco player in PH

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released on Monday the draft terms of reference outlining how it would select a “new major telco player,” or a competitor to the PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom duopoly. The initial terms, which would determine which company or group would get valuable radio frequencies currently unassigned 4