Let’s be clear: a half-truth cannot set us free. It’s very disappointing that the first-ever visit to Manila by the president of France—the land of “liberty, equality, fraternity”—ended up as a deception summit. President Aquino and French President Francois Hollande … Read more »

Third of four parts Myth No. 3: President Aquino’s boss is the Filipino people. Every politician, of course, styles himself as the nation’s servant, like President Aquino’s oft-repeated references to the people as his bosses. But the reality is often … Read more »

Aquino condoned usurpation – priest

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd could be held liable for abetting, condoning and allowing the usurpation of public office because he allowed a suspended police chief to take control of a mission to capture two terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January … Read more »

Now Palace heaps blame on Purisima

After fiercely defending former Philippine National Police (PNP) Alan Purisima for his involvement in the operation to capture two terrorists hiding in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Malacanang made a drastic turnaround on Monday by saying the killing of dozens of Special Action … Read more »

Senate OKs PNoy ‘special powers’

THE Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposed joint resolution authorizing President Benigno Aquino 3rd to address a looming electricity shortage in Luzon this summer by granting him “special powers.” Voting 16-0, the chamber passed Joint … Read more »

Police probe Revilla shooting

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Southern Police District (SPD) has started its investigation into the “accidental” shooting of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, whose condition is being closely monitored at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City (Metro … Read more »

Leonen, Bar passers in list of ‘pork’ beneficiaries

Names of the successful Bar examinees in 2007 or 2008 were included in the list of supposed beneficiaries of projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel of some lawmakers, Merlina Suñas, one of the PDAF … Read more »

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Job termination of Chinese managers and experts in NGCP

THE Chinese government and state media have berated the termination of the working permits of 18 Chinese executives and technicians at the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). China’s state-owned national grid corporation owns 40% of NGCP, the “heart of the Philippine electric power industry,” in the words of Senator Miriam... Read more »


Harrington wins playoff to capture Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS: Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won his first US PGA title in seven years on Monday, defeating 21-year-old American rookie Daniel Berger in a playoff to capture the storm-hit Honda Classic. The 43-year-old Dubliner, a three-time major champion who … Read more »


DOLE warns vs job ring duping Filipinos

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against an illegal recruitment syndicate operating globally as an immigration service provider and duping Filipino job seekers. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday identified the bogus recruitment agency as … Read more »

Beware of scam offering jobs in Canada for P3,800

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday warned Filipino healthcare workers against a scam that offers them employment in Canada. Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a news briefing that Filipino nurses and healthcare workers are being offered … Read more »

Asean, Guam Chief Justices seek stronger judicial ties

Chief Justices of Southeast Asian countries, joined by the top magistrate of Guam, have converged in the Philippines for the 3rd Asean Chief Justices’ Meeting in Boracay, Aklan. On Monday, Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno met with her counterparts … Read more »

Palace: Congestion at Manila port gone

Operations at the Port of Manila have normalized and congestion there has been resolved, Malacañang said on Monday. “With the combined efforts of the Cabinet Cluster on Port Decongestion, the Technical Working Group of various agencies and the cooperation from … Read more »

3 Pinoys abducted in Libya still missing

The three Filipinos who were abducted in central Libya in early February are still missing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday. There is still no group claiming responsibility for their abduction, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said … Read more »

DOLE told to return P82-M DAP funds

State auditors want the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to return to the national treasury all unused funds it received under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a 2013 audit report on DOLE, the Commission on Audit (COA) said … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Population and the economy

THROUGH most of 2014, one oft-repeated theme of the Philippines’ economic narrative was the so-called “demographic sweet spot,” a period of economic advantage for the country because of its expanding working-age population. By 2045, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority … Read more »


Make Manila

TIME and again, I have deviated from the usual policy topics of this column to feature outstanding ordinary Filipinos who went out into their communities to do something and make a difference. Giving back to the community, to the country, … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Trusted friend calls PNoy ‘a liar’

ALTHOUGH resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima may not have said it directly, he essentially called his boss as a liar by disputing PNoy’s declaration before House leaders that the ex-PNP chief fed Aquino “lies” on the … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Plausible deniability

THERE are now five scripts unraveled by the Mamasapano tragedy conducted by the SAF through the planning and design by suspended CPNP Purisima. The first two via the national address made by BSA3 where: 1) he will look into the … Read more »


The limits of the ‘Islamic’ label

NEW YORK: President Obama stands accused of political correctness for his unwillingness to accuse groups like the Islamic State of “Islamic extremism,” choosing a more generic term, “violent extremism.” His critics say you cannot fight an enemy that you will … Read more »


Workforce diversity and PWDs

Imagine a company selling complex technology solutions. You need to put together a team that can sell these complex products and services to your target customers. You have an option of hiring all technical people to sell and support the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Buyer in good faith if not told of any flaw that voids his purchase of titled lot

Dear PAO, In case a titled lot was sold to two different persons, between the two buyers, who has the right over the property? Should it be the first buyer who first bought the property? Shermae Dear Shermae, Your question … Read more »