A SENATE committee on Thursday recommended backing out of the next round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), where the Philippines underperformed, pending reforms to the educational system.
A MEASURE legalizing the operation of motorcycle taxis hurdled a joint Senate panel after gaining the support of 16 Senators, Senator Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares said Thursday.
THE Philippines was among the region’s biotechnology leaders due to innovations in agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to create specialized senior high schools that will teach “highly-technical skills compatible with the manufacturing and other high-value industries.”
A GOVERNMENT think tank is recommending flexible work arrangements, including a four-day work week, in part to help couples better deal with their housework obligations.
THE RECOVERY of the technology sector after the US-China trade war “hangs in the balance” as the coronavirus outbreak threatens manufacturing hubs in China, S&P Global said in a report.
LEGISLATORS filed a bill making business permit approval conditional on complying with the legal requirement to pay 13th month salaries.
CENTRAL BANKERS from Sydney to Washington are confessing they don’t know how big the economic dent from the coronavirus will be. This is more encouraging than you might think.
He has made the police his security guards and the military his private army, while both remain cogs in the killing machine that keeps him and his ilk in power and things the way they are and have always been. He controls both houses of Congress and has the Supreme Court majority for accomplices. Unscrupulous judges and even worse lawyers have surrendered their independence to speak for him and do his bidding.
In literature and history, the heroes Othello and Antony were noble, brave, and ingenious. However, their virtues were the cause of envy among their colleagues. In modern times, the outstanding individuals who excel in the fields of science, art, business, law, academe, and public service trigger pinpricks or gnawing pangs of jealousy.
Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, this year, it fell on a Friday, which by some sad coincidence is also payday. Hopefully, Carmaggedon won’t rear its ugly head.
PICTURES, now increasingly digital and posted in social media, record an event and who were there (if they did not leave the event too early). Being in a photo proves that one was at the event, not necessarily to lead it or even to influence what happened. The inclusion in the group shot is an opportunity to brag about connections -- is this why these are called photo opportunities (or photo ops)?
ON SUNDAY NIGHT, there was widespread rejoicing when the South Korean film Parasite received the Academy Award for best picture along with several other awards. Not only was this the first such win for a movie in a language other than English, but to many it represented a long-sought victory for Korean popular culture.
MOMENTS after Chinese Taipei took down Singapore in the men's side, the draw for the quarterfinals phase of Badminton Asia Team Championships happened on Thursday at the VIP Lounge of Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points, leading the Utah Jazz to a 116-101 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
KAYA FC-Iloilo kept the winning start of Philippine clubs seeing action at the AFC Cup 2020 with a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Shan United FC in an away Group H match on Wednesday in Myanmar.
ITS journey at the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships may be over but for the Philippine women’s team it was a run it is grateful to have had for the valuable experience it got competing.
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain’s Pablo Sarabia scored twice as they hammered Dijon 6-1 to reach the French Cup semifinals where they will be joined by Olympique Lyonnais, who beat Olympique de Marseille 1-0 on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods said on Tuesday he had been approached by the Premier Golf League (PGL) and was gathering more information about a concept that could be a more lucrative alternative to the PGA Tour.
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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball made official its rule changes for the 2020 season on Wednesday, implementing a three-batter minimum for any pitcher and an expanded regular-season roster.
THE BUNDESLIGA is taking the next step in expanding its eFootball tournaments across the world as it launches the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) International Series 2020. As part of the competition online and offline tournaments will take place in multiple countries as they aim to identify the top players from Asia and the Americas.
When the Astros open the clubhouse to members of the media today, they will be marking the start of what figures to be a season-long apology tour for their sign-stealing transgressions. Their first public acknowledgment of the elaborate, electronically aided scheme they concocted to net them wins and, yes, the 2017 World Series will be orchestrated and, by all accounts, stage-managed down to the last word. The grapevine has them doing their mea culpas together, an offshoot of the meeting they had with franchise owner Jim Crane the other day. If nothing else, it’s a logical move; the last thing they need as they prep for their upcoming campaign is a disjointed front that will just keep wounds from healing for good.
THE PESO strengthened for the third consecutive day, showing resilience even with more people in China testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and as agent banks bought up the local currency.
THE MAIN INDEX managed to stay up before trading closed on Thursday as investor worries over the novel coronavirus eased in favor of bargain hunting.
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not mind Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to end a decades-old military agreement with the United States, a position at odds with that of his defense secretary who viewed the move with dismay.
A PHILIPPINE travel ban on Taiwan was prompted by a health issue and had nothing to do with geopolitics, the presidential palace said on Thursday, after Taipei threatened to retaliate.
GOVERNMENT prosecutors will consider using a self-confessed drug dealer as a witness in the inciting to sedition charge against a former senator critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and 10 others.
ECO-TOURISM activities in the mountain town of Sagada have been temporarily suspended due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Baguio City’s Panagbenga, its biggest annual festival, is pushing through, with the main activities now scheduled in the latter part of March.
AS THE national government imposes travel restrictions and line agencies undertake strict monitoring of entry points, local governments should focus on organizing their barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) to serve as the first line of defense against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said.
IN JANUARY 2019, the Philippines passed a law giving special protection to children in armed conflict situations, considered a landmark legislation for a country that continues to grapple with communist insurgency and violent extremism.
THE DAVAO City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) has completed the culling of pigs in two villages with confirmed cases of the African Swine Fever (ASF), but the movement of pigs and pork products remains restricted to avoid another outbreak.
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MALACAÑANG will “validate the veracity” of reports that Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, the controversial police officer who led a bloody operation against members of an influential family allegedly involved in the narcotics trade, is among the 357 police officers who are under investigation for illegal drugs.
THE Philippines should add tax evasion among the crimes covered by its law against money laundering, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
THE tourism industry alone could lose P22.7 billion in revenues per month amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, with Philippines also seen to be among the most vulnerable countries that might suffer from disruptions in global supply chains after some factories in China halted operations.
THE founder and other key officers of Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA) -- which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tagged as possibly “the largest investment scam in the Philippines in recent years” -- have been ordered arrested by the Regional Trial Court of Bislig City on fraud charges.
THE Philippines’ score improved by nearly four percentage points in the US Chamber of Commerce’s (USCC) 2020 International Intellectual Property Index, after its implementation of additional anti-counterfeiting and piracy measures and the addition of new indicators in the index.
LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), said it is on track to meet the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) timeline to open the first phase of the Cavite extension project for partial operations by the last quarter of next year.
SM PRIME Holdings, Inc. has received clearance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its proposed shelf registration of P100-billion debt securities.
CONCEPCION Industrial Corp. (CIC) reported a 27% jump in profit after tax and minority interest in the fourth quarter, driven by a larger volume from its consumer segment.
AMID criticisms and the latest move from the government to revoke its franchise, embattled media network ABS-CBN Corp. on Wednesday clarified that it has no unpaid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) nor unpaid obligations to any bank.
BOEING CO. said airlines in Southeast Asia will need 4,500 new aircraft over the next two decades to meet demand from the region’s growing middle class.
MAYBE you tried out dry January and it wasn’t for you, or your list of New Year’s resolutions still includes cutting back on alcohol — at least a bit — but you don’t want to swear off wine entirely. Believe me, you’re not alone.
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