In the process, within five years, Metro Cebu could become more livable than Manila, and could break the back of its social problems. This is the future in prospect when our government contracts this month a $116-million dollar loan from … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, … Read more »

‘Mario’ slams Metro Manila

Non-stop rains from Storm Mario and an intensified southwest monsoon brought floods to most of Metro Manila on Friday that killed at least two people and shut down offices and schools.

Mario (international codename: Fung- Wong) began pounding the country’s premier region on Thursday night as it approached Northern Luzon. Read more »

Aquino: West Philippine Sea ‘aggression a global threat’

Escalating tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) brought about by the “emerging pattern of aggression” by some claimant countries threatens not only regional security but even the global community, according to President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Speaking at … Read more »

Pinoy peacekeepers coming home earlier than scheduled

THE 339 Filipino soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights will be returning home earlier than scheduled because of the deteriorating security situation in the area. The first batch of 244 peacekeepers was expected to arrive on Friday, … Read more »

PH athletes start medal quest today

The Philippines begins its medal quest in the 2014 Asian Games on Saturday as its athletes from shooting, tennis, rowing, weightlifting and wushu go into action in different venues here. Shooters Eric Ang and Hagen Alexander Topacio will take part … Read more »

Billions in DAP funds vs floods ‘missing’

AS Metro Manila went under flood waters on Friday, questions inundated the unclear outcome of billions worth of supposed flood-control projects in the country’s premier region  that were funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a statement on … Read more »

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Pro-UK Scots win independence referendum

The Scots who want to preserve the United Kingdom won in a historic referendum that would have destroyed the union had the pro-Independence campaign won. Scotland has been a member of the UK for three hundred years. It is economically vital to the UK, not only because of the Scots’ contribution to the kingdom’s productivity as a people, as... Read more »


Using your fist and palm in combat

There are fundamentally two ways to strike  an opponent with your hand—its either you use your fist or your palm. The question of whether to strike with fist or palm is a crucial issue among practitioners of weapons oriented systems … Read more »


P 3.5m shabu seized from Lucena top drug suspect

CAMP G. NAKAR, Lucena City: ANTI-drug operatives in Quezon province seized an estimated P3.5 million worth of suspected shabu in a drug sting operation over the weekend. P/Senior Superintendent Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) chief identified the … Read more »

Ambushed trader names killer before dying

San Pedro, Laguna: POLICE are hot on the trail of a tricycle driver who was tagged by a gun dealer as his assailant, a few minutes before he died after being waylaid along San Vicente Road, Brgy. San Vicente this … Read more »

Two rebels killed in Surigao clash

TWO alleged rebels were killed and one soldier was wounded in two separate clashes between government troops and communist insurgents in Surigao del Sur and Iloilo on Friday, military reports said over the weekend. Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, said elements … Read more »

Rights groups condemn death of political prisoner

HUMAN rights groups Selda (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) and Hustisya expressed outrage over the death of political prisoner Benny Barid, who died on Thursday at the New Bilibid Prisons Hospital. “We hold the Aquino govern-ment accountable … Read more »

Belmonte belittles Binay’s response to building probe

SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has taken to task Vice President Jejomar Binay for linking two buildings in the House of Representatives to the allegedly overpriced P2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2. Belmonte was referring to Binay noting in a recent … Read more »

DILG to distribute anti-crime scorecards to NCR mayors

INTERIOR Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, in a recent meeting at Camp Crame in Quezon City, announced that starting next month, his department will start distributing anti-crime scorecards to all mayors of Metro Manila or National Capital Region (NCR). Present in … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Tribute to Guillermo ‘Gem’ Carague

I was reminded of paying a tribute to former Secretary of the Department of Budget & Management (DBM) and Chairman of the Commission on Audit (CoA) Guillermo “Gem” N. Carague when I was fixing my files and came across an … Read more »

Efren Danao

Bravo, Rep. Toby Tiangco!

Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby”  Tiangco performed a great service Wednesday when he held his ground for the submission by Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of the detailed use of the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). People who want accountability and … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

We can count as many as 23 auxiliary verbs in English

How many auxiliary verbs are there in English? A South African member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum who goes by the username Spelling thought there are only three, namely “do,” “be,” and “have,” and believing this to be the case, … Read more »

Lauro L. Baja

Waltzing Philippine foreign policy

The Philippine Ambassadors Foundation (PAFI) has recently been seized with activities concerning the first pillar of Philippine foreign policy i.e., the protection and promotion of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. We organized a roundtable on the Comprehensive Agreement on … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Hey buddy, internationalize this

President B.S. Aquino 3rd is one imaginative chap, no matter what else can be said about him. Speaking to a group of Filipino expats in Paris on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Aquino dispensed with his usual “the Philippines is open … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Norte the Movie

I sat through Lav Diaz’ , the 4-1/2 hour film that won critical acclaim in Cannes and other film festivals this year. It has fabulous photography—wide angle landscapes, the varied green colors of rural Philippines, a well-chosen cast of characters … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Provisions under flexible work schedule

Dear PAO, I have been solely taking care of my three children since my husband abandoned us for another woman in 2012. I come to work late most of the time because I still need to prepare my kids before … Read more »