Duterte boosts pro-poor package

Pursues peace with Reds, Muslims PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday unveiled a package of programs providing welfare and relief to the poor and the working class, as he pledged to achieve peace with communists and Muslim rebels within his term … Read more »

‘Campaign vs drugs will be unrelenting’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called on local chief executives and the police to “double” or “triple” their efforts against the illegal drug menace, as he pledged to relentlessly drug pursue syndicates and their protectors. In his first State of the … Read more »

A SONA without barricades

ON the day that President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), change was palpable. For the first time in years, there were no barbed wires, container vans, military tanks or phalanxes of policemen clashing with … Read more »

Highlights of Duterte’s SONA

Policy pronouncements • The fight against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption “will be relentless and sustained,” and the government will not stop “until the last drug lord, financier and pusher have surrendered or have been put behind bars or below … Read more »

GMA returns to Congress

After four years in detention, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now representing the second district of Pampanga, returned to the House of Representatives on Monday for the opening session of the 17th Congress. Arroyo, wearing a polo barong and a neck … Read more »

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Unconventional, entertaining and inspiring SONA

WE must thank Heaven that President Rody Duterte did not make good his threat or joke weeks before he assumed office that he would scrap the SONA tradition. At that time people thought he really would. After all, he had scrapped being proclaimed as the elected President of the Philippines in Malacañang. But he probably rejected that because if he... Read more »


Some LGUs derailing drive vs drugs – Bato

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief on Monday said some local government units (LGUs) are not supporting their police force in the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs. “Generally, so far so good [the campaign has been]. [But there are … Read more »

Manila invokes ‘rules’ in resolving sea dispute

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. rallied foreign ministers participating in the 49th Asean Ministerial Meeting in Laos to support a rules-based international order in resolving the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) row. “The decision has provided a solid … Read more »


Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday brought his “Pasasalamat Tour” to Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) where he thanked City Hall officials led by Mayor Menchie Abalos, her husband and former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, father-in-law and former Commission … Read more »

Kerry to speak at Asean youth summit in Manila

US Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Sea and Earth Advocate Camp (SEA Camp) Summit on July 27 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila. The three-day SEA Camp Summit will highlight … Read more »

DENR warns local govts against garbage dumping

Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez has warned local government units (LGUs) against the continued use of open dumps, saying non-compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 will be met with a corresponding … Read more »

Aguilar declares zero-garbage zone roads

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar has declared Zapote-Alabang road and other major roads in the City as zero-garbage zones with the strict implementation of anti-littering ordinance imposing stiffer penalties on violators. City residents and business owners were advised to … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The final nail in Daang Matuwid’s coffin

THE recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) acquitting former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of plunder charges over the alleged misuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds has erased one of the last vestiges of the “daang matuwid” … Read more »

Yet another ‘global condition’

ONE of the contentious issues to come out of the meeting of G20 finance ministers in China over the weekend was whether or not the group should include any reference to the recent turmoil in Turkey in the end-of-conference communiqué. … Read more »

The conference that changed the world

THE United Nations emblem is instantly recognizable. The striking design features a world map drawn from the perspective of the North Pole, five concentric circles crossed with radiating spokes, and a wreath of olive branches. Somewhere on the left-hand side … Read more »

China substituting power for law

TWO weeks after the arbitral tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea issued its award to the Philippines, China continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy of the tribunal, making charges bordering on the slanderous … Read more »

After 24 days, FOI signed

THERE is not much noise (cheers or boos) when PRRD signed the executive order on the Freedom of Information (FOI) morning last Sunday. There was not much fanfare. It was like an ordinary day save it was a Sunday when, … Read more »

Playing the cards we are dealt

STUDENTS do not emerge from the ethics courses they take with a greater ability to distinguish between right and wrong, says the Wall Street Journal columnist W. McGurn who was also the speechwriter of former US president, George W. Bush. … Read more »

Graham: The heart and soul of FESSAP

(Second part) My last article regarding Graham Lim resulted in me receiving a number of calls as well as comments via emails and private messages from people. I would like to continue my article on Graham and tackle some issues … Read more »

The risk in being safe

It pains me to see public officials prefer to be safe and conservative in the way they think and express themselves, rather than be glowing with radioactive ideas that challenge the norm in a creative way. But that is what … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Claiming disability benefits under SSS Law or Labor Code

Dear PAO, Because of my injury caused by an accident at work, I could no longer perform my duties and responsibilities in the office. I am planning to file a claim for permanent total disability benefits with the SSS but … Read more »