Undocumented Filipinos in the United States as well as their relatives in the Philippines can only cheer President Barack Obama’s resolve to legalize the stay of five million undocumented immigrants in the US. They are, after all, going to benefit from it. But it is far from an accomplished fact. The Republican majority in Congress is questioning its constitutionality, and the Aquino administration may not be able to express a position on it, without… Read more »

The Nov. 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao. Inset, Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Jr., who allegedly ordered the killings.

I’m afraid the photos published the other day of the demonstration led by the National Press Club and the National Union of Journalists protesting the snail pace of justice for victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre do not quite remind the nation of how horrific that crime was… Read more »

Pacquiao smashes Algieri

Manny sets sights on Mayweather’ MACAU: Manny Pacquiao sent unbeaten American Chris Algieri to the canvas six times at the Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena on Sunday for an impressive victory that once again heightened interest in a dream fight between … Read more »

Nation celebrates Pacquiao victory

Filipinos erupted in celebration on Sunday as Manny Pacquiao dealt American Chris Algieri his first-ever defeat. Huge groups gathered before giant television screens in gymnasiums and community halls all over Metro Manila to cheer on the Filipino ring idol. Hundreds … Read more »

Pimentel wants proof on doctored election returns

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel 3rd is willing to investigate the allegation of a former election official that the 2013 mid-term elections were electronically doctored, if the accuser could present evidence to back his claim. Melchor Magdamo, executive assistant to former Comelec … Read more »

Massacre victims will get justice – Palace

Five years after the Maguindanao Massacre shocked the nation and apparently the international community, Malacañang over the weekend vowed to punish the people behind the killings and obtain justice for the 58 victims. Despite the slow pace of the trial … Read more »

Review blacklisting of HK journalists, Palace orders

Malacañang on Sunday asked for a reassessment by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) of its blacklisting of several foreign journalists who allegedly taunted President Benigno Aquino 3rd during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Indonesia last year. “Our position … Read more »

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UN’s North Korea resolution should concern PNoy

LAST Tuesday (November 18) the United Nations General Assembly decisively approved a groundbreaking resolution not just condemning the North Korean government for human rights abuses but also recommending the prosecution of its officials for crimes against humanity. The resolution passed by a 111-to-19 vote, with 55 abstentions. The Philippines... Read more »


Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win

LILLE, France: It’s taken him 16 years as a pro, but Roger Federer finally has won all there is to win in tennis — well almost. All four Grand Slam titles — a record 17 in total — six ATP … Read more »



The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chided President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allegedly not meeting with some coconut farmers who marched 7,150 kilometers from Davao City to Manila to seek a dialogue with him on the coconut … Read more »


Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. … Read more »


MAKATI City (Metro Manila), together with the cities of London, Boston, Toronto, Dubai and Rotterdam, has obtained the highest level of certification under the first-ever set of ISO standards for world cities, ISO 37120. It made the Philippines’ financial center … Read more »


A suspected rapist, who victimized two pupils recently, was shot dead while he was sleeping inside his house along Elias Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, over the weekend. The killer remained unidentified although neighbors saw him walking on Elias Street at … Read more »


A 23-year-old female nurse of San Lazaro Hospital was beaten up black and blue by her doctor-boyfriend on Sunday. The nurse, who refused to be named, has filed charges of physical injury against Zeus Patrick Evangelista, 30, a doctor at … Read more »


A 50-year-old businessman was shot and killed by a security guard after a drinking spree beside his house in Barangay Langkaan 2, Dasmariñas City, Cavite. The victim was identified as Mario Asistido, of Block 1, Lot 33, Greenbreeze 2. The … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Stockbrokers control PSE ownership, but not the board

Ownership profile Trading participants form the majority stockholders of the Philippine Stock Exchange given that they own 65.715 million PSE shares equivalent to 89.61 percent. This ownership profile has not changed a bit over the years since PSE went public … Read more »


Obama: Leaving the harder path

WASHINGTON,DC: There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

OFW Song in Singapore

Kapalaran abroad, gusto bang subukan Sa Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, May diploma ka ba, o experience lamang? Huwag kang mag-alala, kaya kang tulungan, Dito lamang sa – Amerika, Atbp.! MARIVIC, Arnel and Sarath Menon are familiar with the lyrics … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Big money in culture and heritage

WHEN I go to a new place here or abroad, I try to find time to visit even just a few of its historical, cultural and natural heritage sites. Out of town trips are good opportunities not only for souvenir … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

No ‘quick fix’ at the BI

Remember how President Aquino, frustrated over what he said was poor performance and widespread graft and corrupt practices, resorted to censuring selected government agencies in his past State of the Nation Address (SONA)? I’ve come to think that PNoy’s SONA … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Freemium: Honesty marketing is the best pillow at night

A MECHANIC was busy removing the cylinder head from the engine of a BMW when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon inside the repair shop. The mechanic shouted across the garage: “Hey, Doc! Could I ask you a question?” The … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Only author of defamatory post criminally liable for cyberlibel

Dear PAO, Can a person who merely “liked” or “commented” on an allegedly defamatory Facebook post be charged for libel? Mandy Dear Mandy, Libel is a crime that is punished under our laws. It is defined as “public and malicious … Read more »