December, 2018


Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

PARIS, France – Top journalists called on the EU Tuesday, December 11, to resist intense lobbying by Internet giants to gut a law which would force them to pay for the news content they pick up. European Parliament lawmakers voted in September to compel Google, Facebook , and other major tech … Source: Politics

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday, December 10, that the internet giant steers clear of “political bias,” arguing that this is a core principle of its business to maintain trust of users. Pichai also said privacy and security are essential parts of Google’s mission, and that … Source: Politics

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach, Julia Barretto, Derek Ramsay get stars at Eastwood Walk of Fame

MANILA, Philippines – Nine celebrities, including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, were the latest celebrities given their own star at the Walk of Fame at Eastwood Mall on Monday, December 10. Aside from Pia, the others who were honored are actor Derek Ramsay, young star Julia Barretto, singer/actor Ken Chan, journalist … Source: Politics

Westbrook, George spark Thunder past Jazz

LOS ANGELES, USA – Paul George led the scoring with 31 points while Russell Westbrook bagged his sixth triple-double of the season on Monday, December 10, as the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Utah Jazz 122-113. George made 5 three-pointers with 3 rebounds and 3 assists as the Thunder bounced back … Source: Politics

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand’s junta has lifted a ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, an order published by the Royal Gazette said Tuesday, December 11, more than 4 years after it was introduced following the kingdom’s latest coup. One of the military’s first acts after seizing power in … Source: Politics

Sandiganbayan transfers Imelda Marcos records to Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan will begin transferring the case records of graft convict Imelda Marcos to the Supreme Court (SC), which will handle the appeal from hereon. The Sandiganbayan 5th Division confirmed on Tuesday, December 11, that it has “given due course” to the Notice of Appeal … Source: Politics

LOOK: All love for D-Wade in final NBA matchup with LeBron

MANILA, Philippines – In his one last dance with his best friend LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat surrendered to the Los Angeles Lakers, 105-108, on Monday, December 10 (Tuesday, December 11, Manila time), at the Staples Center.  Wade finished the game with a double-double of 15 points and … Source: Politics

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Forty-four former US senators from both major US parties warned Monday, December 10, of threats to US democracy under President Donald Trump, and a “constitutional crisis” for America. They said the convergence of events – as special counsel Robert Mueller probes whether Trump’s campaign colluded with … Source: Politics

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

AT A GLANCE:  Inflation reaches a 9-year high of 6.7% Oil and rice prices soar, revealing the soft spots of the Philippine economy Duterte’s economic team and government agencies scramble to restrain prices of goods, while playing the blame game   MANILA, Philippines – High prices of goods shocked Filipinos … Source: Politics

WATCH: Godzilla returns to face new enemies in 'King of the Monsters'

MANILA, Philippines – Warner Bros released the newest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters on Tuesday, December 2 – and the giant beast is about to face even more enemies. The new movie focuses on the crypto-zoological agency called Monarch. We not only meet Godzilla but also new beasts, including the … Source: Politics