1 of 4 Building on Toyota's modest Yaris nameplate, the GR Yaris is a subcompact hatchback that possesses three-fourths the firepower of its bigger sedan-based, steroid-infused compatriots. -- PHOTO BY MANNY N. DE LOS REYES PHOTO BY MANNY N. DE LOS REYES Visible past the spokes of the 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheel is a flashy red caliper and big ...

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday said his daughter Sara would run for President next year. Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is mayor of their hometown Davao City, will run in tandem with Senator Christopher Lawrence T. Go, the President's former aide, the tough-talking leader told a local broadcast journalist. "It will be a Sara-Go [tandem]," ...

CORONAVIRUS infections in the capital region and other key economic hubs have been decreasing, according to researchers from the country's premier university. Cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and eight other provinces were on a "downward trend," OCTA Research Group fellow Fredegusto P. David tweeted on Sunday. The so-called NCR Plus 8 is composed of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, ...

THE EUROPEAN Commission is closely monitoring political developments in the Philippines after flagging "serious concerns" about the country's human rights situation, according to a spokesman. The body is engaging with the Philippines through political and technical dialogue backed by "rigorous analysis" of the situation on the ground, the spokesman, who asked not to be named, said in an e-mail. The ...

SEVEN BUSINESS GROUPS and six universities called on the national government to cooperate in the investigation on questionable purchases of pandemic supplies after a Pharmally Pharmaceutical executive was placed under the protective custody of the House of Representatives. "The allegations, testimonies, and documents provided regarding the use of public funds meant to acquire items to minimize the threat to the ...

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said 154 policemen involved in the 52 drug war cases turned over by the national police in June to the Justice department will possibly face criminal charges and not just administrative liability. "The DoJ (Department of Justice) noted that based on the facts gathered by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service, the police ...

A COALITION on health rights on Sunday urged the Philippine government to back international calls for the waiving of intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines. "Government pronouncements have highlighted the lack of vaccine supply, yet does not acknowledge the question of inequity on an international scale -- one that the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights ) waiver dares ...

THE CENTRAL bank is pushing for legislation against coin hoarding following the recent seizure of P50 million worth of coins in Quezon City. "The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is advocating the passage of a law on the hoarding of an extremely large volume of coins, as the central bank believes that the criminalization of this activity reinforces continuing efforts ...

START of construction for the Samal-Davao bridge project remains uncertain as loan negotiations with the Chinese government are still ongoing and right-of-way acquisition is still in the assessment stage, a regional official said last week. Maria Lourdes D. Lim, National Economic and Development Authority-Davao regional director, said the Department of Finance submitted an updated loan application last April 26, reflecting ...

THE RULING PDP-Laban party under President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday announced that Senator Emmanuel "Manny" D. Pacquiao has been automatically expelled for filing his certificate for presidential candidacy under a different party, but the other faction led by the party founder's son dismissed the pronouncement. Mr. Pacquiao on Friday filed his candidacy under the Progressive Movement for the Devolution ...