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  • Gatchalian urges gov’t to act on declining PH competitiveness ranking

    After the Philippines ranked 50th out of 63 countries in the 2018 World Competitiveness Yearbook, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the government to take immediate action "to boost the country's economic competitiveness." "The slide in our country's competitiveness should be a wake-up call for the government to pursue measures that will foster a more productive business environment for MSMEs and spur growth in key domestic industries with a lot of potentials," Gatchalian said in a statement on Saturday. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, said that while the country has made economic ...Keep on reading: Gatchalian urges gov’t to act on declining PH competitiveness ranking

  • Actor Michael de Mesa cured of hepatitis C

    MANILA, Philippines – After suffering from hepatitis C for 20 years, actor Michael de Mesa said he is now cured. Hepatitis C "is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage," according to the  MayoClinic . On Instagram, the actor said he's been free from ...

  • Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

    CLEVELAND --- LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James' future is on hold. James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat Boston 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series. James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance --- he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes --- to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he'll continue his remark...Keep on reading: Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

  • Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

    VIENNA, Austria – As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and 7 years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes. So, as a new EU law – ...

  • Cop shot dead in Tondo

    A police officer was gunned down by two men onboard a motorcycle in Tondo, Manila on Saturday morning. According to an initial report from the Manila Police Department (MPD), the victim, identified as PO2 Carlo Pineda, of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Holding Admin Unit, was in a drinking session near a basketball court at F. Varona corner Francisco Streets in Barangay 75 when the suspects appeared and shot him. Pineda who was previously assigned at the MPD's homicide unit, was rushed to the Gat Andres Bonifacio Hospital by his friend but was later declared dead on arrival after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. The gunmen quickly fled after the shooting bu...Keep on reading: Cop shot dead in Tondo

  • Cuba air crash toll rises to 112, leaving 1 survivor

    HAVANA, Cuba – A woman died in a Cuban hospital Friday, May 25, after suffering severe burns, bringing to 112 the number of victims from last week's crash of a Cuban airliner. The death of Emiley Sanchez de la O, 40, leaves only one survivor from the ...

  • Driver found dead inside jeepney in Quezon

    LUCENA CITY -- A drunk jeepney driver was found dead from multiple stab wounds inside his vehicle in San Antonio town in Quezon province earlySaturday. A police report said Eldifonso Talon, after a drinking spree at2:45 a.m., went to his jeepney in Barangay (village) Briones to sleep but was found by his companions dead at6:35 a.m. Investigators said the victim bore several stab wounds in different parts of his body. Police were conducting an investigation to identify and arrest the suspect. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR. ...Keep on reading: Driver found dead inside jeepney in Quezon

  • LeBron erupts for 46 points as Cavs force do-or-die Game 7 vs Celtics

    MANILA, Philippines –  LeBron James virtually did it all yet again as the Cleveland Cavaliers drubbed the Boston Celtics, 109-99, to force a do-or-die Game 7 in the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Friday, May 25 (Saturday, May 26 in Manila) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  James exploded ...

  • Suspect in 2007 killing of Cavite cop nabbed in Lucena City

    LUCENA CITY -- Police on Friday afternoon nabbed here a suspect in the killing of a Cavite policeman in 2007. Delfin Cesa, 60, who was also tagged as the number two most wanted criminal in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), was arrested by policemen by virtue of a search warrant in Barangay (village) Talao-Talao around 3:30 p.m., Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Calabarzon police director, said in a report. The report said police also seized an Armscor caliber .45 pistol with seven bullets from Casa. Ceza was a suspect in the killing of Senior Police Officer 2 Angelito Habana, who was assigned in Tanza, Cavite. Meanwhile, police ...Keep on reading: Suspect in 2007 killing of Cavite cop nabbed in Lucena City

  • Diet soda may be hurting your diet

    Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, but the jury is still out on whether these chemicals are harmless. Also called non-nutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic – such as saccharin and aspartame – or naturally derived, such as steviol, which comes from the Stevia plant. To date, the US Food and ...

  • Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin: study

    Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested on Saturday. In experiments, they said, the heart rate of 46 people, aged 21 to 69, increased when they were given gum to chew while walking at a natural pace. And while masticating caused a measurable physical difference in participants of both genders and across all age groups, it was most pronounced in men over 40, the team reported at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. "Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight," the researchers said -- particularly in countries such as Japan wh...Keep on reading: Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin: study

  • LIVE UPDATES: Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan fight for IBF world title

    MANILA, Philippines – After nearly a century, two Filipinos square off in the ring again to dispute for a world title. International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan slug it out in the first all-Filipino world title clash in 93 years at ...

  • Security escort of Quezon town mayor shot dead

    LUCENA CITY -- A security escort of Mulanay, Quezon Mayor Joselito Ojeda was shot dead early Saturday in Mulanay. Police report said the victim Ruben Subia was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in Barangay (village) Sta. Rosa around 5:10 a.m. Mulanay police chief, Chief Insp. Joselito Araja, said police teams have conducted hot pursuit operations for the arrest and identification of the suspects. Ojeda confirmed the victim was a member of his security group. According to Ojeda, he received information five days ago from one of his political leaders about some unidentified persons who were recruiting men supposedly for an ...Keep on reading: Security escort of Quezon town mayor shot dead

  • 'Longing': Images of Marawi evacuees

    All photos by Ramin Hashempour, ICRC LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – In May 2017, Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines, experienced its deadliest armed conflict. The crisis had severe humanitarian consequences for the residents of Marawi City and nearby towns. The conflict caused more than 300,000 people ...

  • PH starts runway repair in Spratlys

    RELATED: PH outdone by rivals in developing reefs The Philippines has finally started the long overdue repairs for the runway on Pagasa Island (Thitu) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Satellite images from May 17 show two barges anchored off the western edge of Pagasa's "crumbling airstrip," the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS)Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti) said Saturday. "It appears that a grab dredger, consisting of a crane with a clamshell bucket, is installed on the smaller barge to the west, while the other carries a backhoe. Loose sediment from dredging can be seen...Keep on reading: PH starts runway repair in Spratlys

  • Rockets lose Chris Paul for Game 6 due to hamstring injury

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States – Houston Rockets star guard Chris Paul will miss the team's crucial NBA playoff game against defending champion Golden State on Saturday, May 26 (Sunday, May 27 in Manila) due to a strained right hamstring, the Rockets announced Friday. The team said Paul will be ...

  • More senators join calls to suspend excise tax

    Sen. Grace Poe and other senators on Friday joined labor organizations in calling for the suspension of the full implementation of the tax reform law amid growing complaints of soaring prices of basic commodities from consumers and transport groups. Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public utilities, on Friday said the excise tax component of the Tax Reform for Inclusion and Acceleration (TRAIN) law specifically should be suspended because all goods were now affected by price hikes. She was supported by Senators Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito. Sen. Bam Aquino, who had voted against the TRAIN law, has filed a bill which seeks to roll back the ex...Keep on reading: More senators join calls to suspend excise tax

  • Govt to borrow anew from small investors

    The government is looking to raise money from small investors anew via a retail treasury bond (RTB) offering starting next week. “Please be advised that the Republic of the Philippines through the Bureau of the Treasury will issue peso-denominated three-year fixed rate retail treasury bonds in a minimum aggregate nominal principal amount of P30,000,000,000.00,” the [...] The post Govt to borrow anew from small investors appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

  • Meghan's coat of arms pays tribute to California roots

    LONDON, United Kingdom (UPDATED) – Prince Harry's wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, received a new tailor-made official coat of arms on Friday, May 25, that pays homage to her Californian roots. The crest has a blue background that "represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast," Kensington Palace, the couple's ...

  • 60% of PHl beaches unsafe due to fecal coliform levels - EMB-DENR

    The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-DENR) reported that the amount of fecal bacteria found in 60 percent of the country's recreational waters exceeded safe levels, GMA 7 news program "24 Oras" reported on Friday.

  • Putin says 'all is not lost' to save Iran nuclear deal

    SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, May 25, said it was still possible to save the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015, despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement. "The US president is not closing the door on negotiations," Putin said at the ...

  • Billionaires Villar, Cusi are wealthiest in Duterte Cabinet

    According to Maki Pulido's 24 Oras report on Friday, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar declared a net worth of over P1.4 billion networth, making him the richest member of Duterte's cabinet. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi is also a billionaire with more than P1.3 billion in declared net worth.

  • Trump says summit with North Korea could still go ahead

    WASHINGTON, USA – US President Donald Trump, a day after his cancellation of a high-stakes summit with North Korea, said Friday, May 25, that the meeting with Kim Jong Un could still go ahead. "We're going to see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House, after welcoming Pyongyang's latest ...


2 AWOL cops nabbed in Rizal buy-bust op

Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon or Region 4-A police chief, identified the suspects as PO2 Benjo Sionilo, a ...


PWR suspends wrestler involved in unplanned spot at ‘ ...

Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) on Thursday suspended one of its wrestlers for performing a dangerous spot without prior knowledge of their fellow perform ...

Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

CLEVELAND --- LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James' future is on hold. James scored 46 points and pres ...


Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin: study

Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested on Saturday. ...

Unmapped roads raise risk to Southeast Asian rainforest ...

Forests in parts of Southeast Asia face greater threats than previously thought because researchers often rely on data that ignores new roads, which a ...



Extra weight may boost patient survival - study

Obese hospital patients are more likely to survive an infectious disease than people of normal weight, according to research that pointed Friday to seemingly pa ...


'Solo' director says new 'Star Wars' film puts characte ...

"Star Wars" movies are known for high-stakes battles to save the galaxy far, far away from the forces of evil, but director Ron Howard said he viewed the latest ...

Bea: 'Umaayos na po ang lagay ng puso ko'

A little over a week ago, 'Kasal' star Bea Alonzo said that she and Gerald Anderson have been 'fixing' their relationship. This week, she's humming a more upbea ...