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 »

Since August of last year, I have been asked to guide the regular proceedings of the various assemblies of the National Transformation Council. The NTC, as everyone knows by now, is asking that President B. S. Aquino 3rd and his regime now step down and allow a caretaker council to take over, because of his obvious accountability for the Mamasapano massacre and so many other… Read more »

Senators resist Palace pressure

THE Senate will not be stampeded into passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a rush because lawmakers will have to make sure that the measure is “fair, inclusive and constitutional,” senators said on Tuesday. Sen. Grace Poe, chairman … 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 »

PNoy starts screening bets for PNP chief

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has interviewed the two most senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are being eyed to replace resigned Director General Alan Purisima, according to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd. In an interview, Roxas said … Read more »

Aquino, Drilon accused of treason

President Benigno Aquino 3rd and other high public officials, including members of the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), were charged with treason at the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday. Former Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman … Read more »

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Bangsamoro law must wait and earn consent

First, we need a clarification from the Aquino administration on a key point of law and policy. When presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda officially speaks, are we supposed to believe that he is speaking for the President, that everything he says is fully sanctioned by the President? We believe this matter needs clarification because,... 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 »

German, local firms offer hand to end MRT 3 woes

Two pioneering railway and transport German companies have submitted a project proposal to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) aimed at addressing issues hounding Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3). With each company solidly backed bymore than 100 years … Read more »

Protect people in war vs rebels, AFP urged

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed concern over the safety of innocent civilians in conflict areas in Mindanao amid an ongoing all-out offensive launched by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic … Read more »

SC rules PEACe bonds exempt from final tax

The Supreme Court (SC) has junked a 2011 Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) order imposing a 20 percent final withholding tax on the Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificates (PEACe) bonds issued by the government. According to a 39-page decision of … 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 »

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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Property relation can’t be modified or ended by spouses on their own

Dear PAO, My wife and I have been living separately for a couple of years. When we were still together, we were able to purchase pieces of property. We want to divide these purchases. My wife suggested that we make … Read more »