More than the MILF leaders (Mohagher Iqbal and Murad Ebrahim) and more than our addled peace negotiators Teresita Deles and Miriam Ferrer, there are 30 members of Congress who will deserve the title and credit as “the founding fathers/mothers (parents?) … Read more »

Last of four parts Myth No. 4: The Philippines is a more secure place under President Aquino. Two accords signed about a year ago are supposed to make the Philippines a more secure, peaceful place: the Comprehensive Agreement on the … Read more »

New terror group rises in Mindanao

A new group of terrorists has emerged in Mindanao, the military said on Wednesday. According to an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), at least 70 armed members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have broken … Read more »

Asean backs Manila on sea row

JAKARTA: The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) supports the Philippines’ bid for a peaceful resolution of its own territorial dispute with China, as well as the stance of other claimant countries that reject Bejing’s “dotted line” policy in … Read more »

Maguindanao under state of calamity

THE entire province of Maguindanao was placed under a state of calamity as thousands of people fled their homes because of continuing military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that is suspected to be coddling local and foreign … Read more »

Japan’s biggest warship found in Sibuyan

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy’s biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of rusty bow … Read more »

Federal system to create 14 states – Duterte

THE federal system being pushed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will create 14 states, which is equivalent to the regional groupings at present. In his speech at the Lyceum University of the Philippines on Tuesday, Duterte reiterated the urgent … Read more »

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It’s a moral obligation to keep CARP alive

CARP is the 27-year-old Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. One of the reasons up to 60 percent of the people of our country remain very poor is the failure of land reform. Some 90 percent of the Filipino poor are in the agricultural sector. The unjust conditions suffered by our farmers, some of whom are landless peasants who should own the... Read more »


ILP pay mode splits lawmakers

THE House panel in the bicameral conference committee is not amenable to any changes in its version of a proposed joint resolution granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to address a looming power crisis this summer. Rep. Reynaldo … Read more »

How PH saved persecuted Jews

During World War II, the Philippines became a sanctuary for over 1,300 Jewish refugees from Austria and Germany who had escaped the Holocaust, according to a Filipino-American scholar. Dr. Sharon Delmendo said recently that there could have been more, up … Read more »

‘Forgotten’ SAF troops get P100K

The city government of Makati has extended financial assistance to 19 members of the 84th Seaborne Company of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police who were part of the Mamasapano operation on January 25. Makati Mayor … Read more »

FOI bill tossed to plenary

The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill was finally tossed for plenary debates three months after it was approved by the House public information committee. The move came after the House appropriations committee unanimously approved the budget for the FOI measure. … Read more »

More funds sought to protect biodiversity

More than 90 experts from the Asean region and the United States gathered in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Wednesday to support increased financing to protect the region’s rich biodiversity. During the two-day “International Conference on Conservation Finance,” delegates from … Read more »

Lawmakers file motions against train fare hikes

Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives are the latest petitioners against fare hikes in Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) and Light Rail Transit I and LRT 2. They are Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Buhay … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Investment as a legislative oxymoron

ONE unexpected positive to come from the otherwise questionable decisions by the leaders of both houses of Congress to end hearings on the Mamasapano Massacre is that Congress is again free to do some actual work. Unfortunately, some of that … Read more »

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Appearances, vision and our perception of the world

IN a casual discussion inside my research lab one afternoon, I posed this question to my staff and students: what is the connection between the Mamasapano debacle and the color of the cocktail dress that was originally posted in Tumblr? … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Will March be the turning point?

WHILE the Senate investigations have come to a close, a new video–showing what transpired after Operation Exodus was launched–went viral. In it, suspended SAF Director General Napeñas was shown briefing top security brass that included Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and … Read more »


On Women’s Month 2015: The President’s sister

IT was as expected. The President is facing his biggest crisis ever, with louder calls for his resignation and ouster, and a public becoming more informed and intelligent about what ails this government. The death of 44 Special Action Force … Read more »


Resilient Cities and Communities

LAST February 26, 2015, I was fortunate to have been included as a panelist for the 2nd Powering Progress Together Asia conference organized by the Shell Company. The conference focused on the pressure on the world we live in to … Read more »

Conrad M. Cariño

Taishan and Pacquiao

Not many boxing fans have heard of Taishan Dong, a Chinese professional boxer who is now under the wings of Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Taishan who? Even with a record of 3-0 and 2 knockouts, Taishan has yet … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Legitimation erases stigma of illegitimacy

Dear PAO, My query concerns the pieces of property left by my father. He had two children from his mistress while my mother, the legal wife, was still alive. After my mother died, my father had one more child, and … Read more »