You would think that given the public outrage over the discovery that certain inmates have converted the Muntinlupa penitentiary into a genteel vacation retreat, retribution for those accountable for the sorry state of affairs would be swift and sure. But … Read more »

Most homilies on the Incarnation Gospel reading for December 20 and 21 Masses intone with great solemnity the loving act of God’s Second Person becoming man in the Blessed Virgin’s immaculate womb, as His first step in redeeming the world. … Read more »

Lacson to quit Cabinet

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he may leave the Cabinet early next year when he shall have relinquished his functions to a permanent disaster mitigation agency. “I will slowly fade away from the … Read more »

President accepts Ona’s resignation

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted the resignation of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Malacañang announced on Friday. “Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., informed Health Secretary Enrique Ona that the President has accepted his resignation effective today [Friday],” Presidential Communications Secretary … Read more »

Out soon: Pope Francis commemorative coins

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will mint 50-piso and 500-piso commemorative coins in time for the papal visit in January next year. On Friday, BSP also launched three new limited edition commemorative circulation coins to honor overseas Filipino worker, … Read more »

Binay’s office continues program to help poor

Second of three parts In the wake of Hong Kong’s plans to impose sanctions on the Philippines for failing to apologize for the August 2010 hostage-taking in Manila, the Vice President asked Hong Kong authorities to spare OFWs. Binay made … Read more »

Beware of ‘botcha,’ Makati residents told

The Makati City Veterinary Services Office (MVSO) on Friday warned consumers to be extra careful about the quality of meat products they are buying from markets in the city to keep their families safe from food poisoning during the holidays. … Read more »

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A victory for Kim Jong-Un

LAST month, hackers attacked and paralyzed computers at Sony Entertainment. They stole data about upcoming films and film workers’ — some of these famous stars’ — personal life, including income, and leaked these online. Last week, the North Korean government denied accusations its men had been the ones who hacked into Sony’s... Read more »


Jinggoy furlough plea junked

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not given permission by the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to leave his place of detention and spend the holidays with his family at home. The anti-graft court denied for lack of merit his request for a … Read more »

PNP: Mark holidays without firing guns

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday warned gun holders not to fire their guns in celebrating Christmas and New Year. Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, issued a memorandum to all police personnel against illegal discharge and indiscriminate … Read more »

MMDA sends team to E.Samar

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday deployed 16 personnel to Sulat town in Eastern Samar to repair the remaining houses and public markets damaged by Typhoon Ruby. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the team will stay in Sulat … Read more »

PH set for Round 2 of MCC compact

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US foreign assistance agency fighting against global poverty, has selected the Philippines for a “second compact” or agreement to further support its poverty-reducing efforts. “Once designed, proposed and approved, this new compact would … Read more »

Illegal dismissal raps vs musicians’ group canned

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down illegal dismissal charges filed by a ranking staff of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Inc. (Filscap) against its officers led by singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon. In a 20-page decision penned … Read more »

Pope urged to help PH political detainees

HAILING Pope Francis’ role in prompting the US government to release from prison the three remaining members of the “Cuban 5,” the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Friday called on the leader of the Catholic Church to also intercede … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Reforms long overdue at Bilibid Prison and BuCor

ONE year and six months ago on May 28, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd signed the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10575. The newly-minted BuCor modernization law finally replaced the “Jurassic” Prison Act of … Read more »

Recent natural disaster scenarios

[Part 3 of Ambassador Encomienda’s Marine and Fisheries Resources policy paper] RECENT natural disaster scenarios impacting on health and livelihood of coastal communities in the Philippines. 9. The following are recent natural disaster scenarios herein recalled to create greater awareness … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

The nitty-gritty of the usage of the English modals (2)

LAST week, we took up the modals “will” and “would” and “shall” and “should” as well as analyzed the modal usage of three sentences presented by a government officer, Mr. Edwin Bellen. Let’s go back where we left off and … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

From P300 to P2.71T in 40 years!

SOMETIMES, a disclosure may not be as informative as you expect it to be. Instead, you find one that may be amusing and which you cannot ignore. To the Philippine Stock Exchange and its team of managers, every information posted … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Sidewalks to walk on needed

THE traffic situation as the holiday season approaches has reached critical levels of dysfunction. With the large number of vehicles, commuters and infrastructure defects that are part and parcel of Metro Manila, it comes as no surprise. And it will … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The naked truth in UP and Quiapo

ONE cannot praise nonagenarian F. Sionil Jose (FSJ) enough. I am a fan. But, I cannot see why every chance he gets he would bash Cory. He again, in the Star, last Sunday, characterized her as “unable to understand [Edsa … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Canceling mortgage annotation through memo on land title

Dear Pao My husband and I mortgaged our lot. The mortgagee, however, told us that he will cause our mortgage agreement to be annotated on the title of our land. Is this necessary for the validity of the mortgage? Can … Read more »