The ruling Liberal Party is in a serious bind. Regardless of how corrupt the automated voting system has become, the party insists on having an automated presidential election in 2016 at all costs, even without having the corrupt system fixed first. It insists on this precisely because it is in control of the precinct count optical scan or PCOS machine, by means of which Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections rigged the 2010 and 2013 elections, and which makes it certain of “victory,” even without winning any real votes…. Read more »

“Bilibid Resorts Board of Directors,” from top right counter-clockwise: Justice Department Secretary Leila de Lima (photo is her official one posted in the DOJ’s website); Franklin Jesus Bucayu, Bureau of Corrections director; Celso Bravo, officer-in-charge of the Assistant Director for Prison and Security; and Roberto Rabo, superintendent of New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima knew about “Bilibid Resort” a year ago, why did she move only now?

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had been informed a year ago by Philippine National Police officers that organized-crime lords were living luxury lifestyles inside Bilibid Prison, with the drug kingpins even continuing their drug operations from there… Read more »

Probe of train fare hike looms

Some lawmakers have prodded the House leadership to call a special session even during the Christmas break to inquire if the fare increase for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2 and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) announced … Read more »


Lacson to step down February

SECRETARY Panfilo Lacson will step down as rehabilitation czar in February next year. The former senator on Sunday said he has submitted his irrevocable resignation to President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (PARR) since … Read more »

Fil-Am one of top five teachers in California

FOR someone who was bullied as a child because she could not speak English well, Filipino-American Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher has come a long way. Prueher, who teaches English at the Dodson Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), … Read more »

French cardinal to take over should Pope die

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, charged with temporarily taking over the pontiff’s duties if he resigns or dies. It was 71-year-old Tauran, head of the Vatican’s Council … Read more »

Lacson volunteers to lead NBP probe

FORMER Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday expressed support to a proposal to create an independent body that will look into reported anomalies inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) as well as failure of government officials in the NBP to implement … Read more »

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Editorial

Iconic, worth venerating

THE demise on December 16 of the National Artist for Visual Arts Abdulmari Asia Imao diminished not only our country’s art and culture scene. It also removed and an example of a good Muslim who, unlike some of his co-religionists, abjure being Filipino. Dr. Imao, “Mari” to his friends and colleagues, will always be fondly remembered by... Read more »


Sports

Raptors team up to defeat Knicks

TORONTO: Six players scored in double figures as the Toronto Raptors used a balanced attack to beat the New York Knicks 118-108 on Sunday. Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams led the charge with 22 points each for Toronto who have … Read more »

Nation

More benefits sought for barangay officials

Benefits that barangay (village) officials are getting under pro-visions of the Local Government Code are not commensurate to their duties and functions, according to a lawmaker. The provisions enumerating benefits and privileges for the barangay officials “leave much to be … Read more »

House, Senate mocked for praising own feats

“A cruel and sick joke on taxpayers.” This was the reaction of a militant labor group to statements made over the weekend by the House of Representatives and the Senate, with both chambers pointing to the “good work [that they … Read more »

Navyman linked to female Marine’s slay gone AWOL

NAVY Lt. Junior Grade Benjie Chico, a suspect in the murder of a female Marine officer, remains missing and has been dropped from the military rolls for going on AWOL (absence without leave). Navy spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo on Sunday … Read more »

Palace: Vaccine probe transparent

Malacañang has promised to release results of the “transparent” probe of the allegedly anomalous purchase of vaccines by resigned Health Secretary Enrique Ona. In a radio interview on Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration observes … Read more »

Belmonte: House not rushing Charter Change

The House of Representatives is not rushing the amendment to the Constitution that lifts restrictions on foreign ownership of businesses and public utilities. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City made the announcement after the House adjourned for the Christmas … Read more »

Houses built for 223,000 low-income families through HUDCC

Part 3 As head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the government’s housing sector, the Vice President has directed all key shelter agencies to continue their efforts to address the housing backlog. As of October 2014, the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Getting rid of Maserati and its owner

LAWYER Francis Tolentino, chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), should be congratulated for standing by his man. He and his traffic aide, Jorbe Adriatico, are birds of the same feather , members of the tribe of honest public servants. … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

China’s buzzwords: Positivity, inclusivity, and connectivity

BEIJING: With three to five layers of clothing from head to foot, China’s biting cold winter weather still penetrates into my frail body that is used to Manila’s tropical climate. And as I set foot on the base of the … Read more »

KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

So who wants Dr. Ona’s post?

Second of two parts Clinical trials and the anti-dengue cocktail But the bigger story is about the anti-dengue cocktail that is ActRx Triact, the clinical trials for which were started in 2012, as ordered by Dr. Ona. Acting Health Secretary … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Pointless migration

FOUR of the five countries with permanent migration programs – and are the top five residency destinations for Filipinos – accept immigrants based on point-factors: age, education, experience, language proficiency, civil status. The immigrant applicant also earns extra points for … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Two construction firms in Bicol in hot water

SEVERAL small construction firms in the Bicol region want Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to immediately suspend or ban two major construction companies for allegedly conspiring with some members of the bids and awards committee at the DPWH central office … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Reactance: Dishonesty stinks

MARK TWAIN once told this story on “honesty”: When I was a boy, I was walking along a street and happened to spy a cart full of watermelon. I was fond of watermelons, so I sneaked quietly up to the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Name change subject to three conditions

Dear PAO, I am using the name ELSA in all my records. When, however, I secured a copy of my birth certificate from the National Statistics Office, I found out that my name registered there is MARTHA. How can I … Read more »