Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines)

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Monday that the country’s police force will support the possible third extension of martial law in Mindanao to maintain peace and order in the region.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Are Filipinos the dumbest people in Southeast Asia? If one is to believe data found in the internet, the Philippines ranks at the bottom of the 10 Asean countries in average intelligence quotient (IQ) of the people, at 86. The ranking is attributed to an 80-country study supposedly carried in 2002-2006 by British psychologist Richard Lynn and Finnish political scientist Tatu Vanhanen.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The relation of hunger to poverty is not fixed. Poor and nonpoor families both experience hunger, but poor ones experience it more, at any given point in time.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - More and more countries around the world are now rethinking the readily available loans offered by China for infrastructure projects in their countries, after realizing they could fall prey to China’s debt-trap diplomacy.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - “Weaponising the internet” has become a most contentious issue, not just in this country but all over the world. Most recently, Facebook, the social media behemoth, was forced to admit that some 30 million user accounts had been accessed by an unnamed hacker. This, on the heels of another admission by Facebook that around 50 million users’ data had been exposed “when hackers stole login keys that allowed them to access profiles,” said the UK newspaper The Independent.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Delicadeza — the sense of shame that restrains people in positions of power, trust or authority from doing what is improper — is all but dead in our society. But, far from mourning its passing, the powerful cannot wait to bury it. They seem to draw additional satisfaction from flaunting its absence, as though shamelessness, its opposite, has suddenly become the new virtue.

LUCENA CITY, The Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison has admitted that rebels are incapable of unseating President Rodrigo Duterte in the face of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ obsession with conspiracy plots.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines is a step closer to enacting a Universal Health Care (UHC) law that will guarantee all Filipinos equitable access to quality and affordable health goods and services.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily banned the importation of domestic and wild birds including game fowls from California in the United States following incidences of virulent newcastle disease (VND).

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The United States has pledged $25 million more in aid to help rebuild Marawi City, which remains in ruins a year after government forces, backed by nine countries that provided intelligence and military equipment, liberated it from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group in Iraq and Syria.