Daily News Highlights – February 7, 2016 Edition

Gwen De La Cruz

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  1. Pulse Asia survey: Grace Poe back on top

    Despite an ongoing disqualification case against her, Senator Grace Poe is now leading the pack of presidential aspirants, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed Saturday, February 6.

    The results of the Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Survey conducted among 1,800 registered voters from January 24 to 28 showed Poe ahead of her rivals with 30% voter preference.

    Get the details of the poll on Rappler.

  2. Amid sanctions threats, North Korea sends rocket to space

    North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, February 7, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.

    There was no immediate confirmation that the final stage of the satellite-bearing rocket had successfully reached orbit, and an unconfirmed report from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency suggested the second stage may have malfunctioned.

    More details from Agence France-Presse.

  3. Rescuers scramble to save Taiwan quake victims

    At least 18 people were killed in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Taiwan Saturday, February 6. The quake also felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families in the city of Tainan. 

    Rescuers raced against time Sunday, February 7, to free more than 100 people still buried beneath the rubble of apartment blocks felled by the quake.

    Agence France-Presse has more details.

  4. Hotel fire kills 14 Filipinos in Iraq

    Fourteen Filipinos were among the 19 killed in a hotel fire in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Friday, February 5, officials said. The Filipinos were employees of the 4-star Capitol Hotel, which caught fire due to an electrical problem, based on the initial investigation.

    The others killed in the fire included 3 Iraqis, a Palestinian and another person of unknown nationality, said Saman Barzanji, director general of the Erbil health department.

    More details on Rappler.

  5. Meralco warns: Higher electric bills in the summer

    It’s going to be more expensive to cool down for customers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) this coming summer, with an upcoming rate hike starting February. Meralco announced on Friday, February 5, that electricity bills for this month will go up by P0.42 per kWh to P8.82 per kWh compared to last month’s overall rates.

    Read more about this rate hike on Rappler.

  6. Conchita Carpio Morales: ’Born to detest corruption’

    “I was probably born to detest corruption, to condemn corruption, because I’m not corrupt myself.”

    This was how Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales described her motivation to fight corruption, in an exclusive Rappler interview. For Morales, the challenge is to minimize – not eradicate – incidents of corruption, adding that it will take “strong and honest men with integrity” to do the job.

    Read more about the Ombudsman on Rappler.

  7. A closer look at presidential, vice-presidential bets’ academic qualifications

    Presidential and vice presidential candidates | academic degree fact checking |

    Following the publication of stories on inaccurate academic credentials of Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Ralph Recto in 2015, we started verifying claims by the leading 2016 presidential and vice presidential candidates about the degrees they earned.

    Here are the results of Rappler’s verification of the academic qualifications of the people vying for the two highest positions in the country: the presidency and the vice-presidency

  8. How well do you know February?

    There is more to February than simply celebrating love – or recognizing the lack of it. The second month of the year also features annual celebrations such as the National Arts Month, the Philippine Heart Month, and the Air Transportation Safety Month.

    How familiar are you with the numerous celebrations and historical events in February? Take the fun quiz on Rappler.

  9. Beyonce drops politically-charged new single

    Pop superstar Beyonce released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday, February 6 in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.

    Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.

    Get more details – and watch the video – on Rappler.

  10. Feeling lucky? Here are some tips for the Year of the Fire Monkey

    Chinese New Year falls on February 8 this year, and along with the Year of the Fire Monkey comes a new Flying Star feng shui chart. The Flying Star feng shui discipline uses time to analyze the auras in specific parts of a building. These auras will affect specific Chinese zodiac animals, depending on the forecast, but anyone hoping to increase their luck or avoid bad luck this year can take advantage of these too.

    See how you can get the best luck this lunar year, on Rappler.

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