‘I will lead a revolution’

Erap, Enrile lead endorsers of Bongbong’s VP bid “I humbly accept the challenge of the nation.” Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday made the statement on Saturday as he formally declared his intention to run for vice president in next … Read more »

Palace denies rush on budget OK

Malacañang on Saturday disputed claims that the government is rushing its proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016. In a radio interview, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the proposed budget underwent grueling scrutiny at the House of Representatives. “Medyo matagal … Read more »

Stars aim for votes

In a country where politics and show business go hand in hand, it is no longer a surprise when actors, athletes and entertainers decide to cash in on their popularity and jump into the political bandwagon. Leading the list of … Read more »

Joker introduced me to PH situation

Joker Arroyo, who died this week at age 88, was my introduction to human rights in the Philippines. All Filipinos have nicknames, but Joker was his real name, bestowed upon him by his card-playing father. But there was nothing funny … Read more »

Joma sees Duterte as Pinoy-version of Hugo Chavez

UTRECHT, The Netherlands: Jose Maria Sison, the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), made himself clear—he did not endorse Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his preferred next president of the Philippines. “But how can I do that … Read more »

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PHLPost made young people think of our republic

WE get very little good news about the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost). For years it has been delivering letters and greeting cards for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmas, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day, etc. with signs of the envelops having been opened, sometimes with an oafish criminal’s heavy handed carelessness, obviously... Read more »


PH futsal team loses to Australia

The Philippine national futsal team absorbed its third straight defeat in the 2015 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship after losing to Australia, 0­13, at the Bangkok Futsal Arena in Thailand on Saturday afternoon. The Philippines, which is housed in … Read more »


PDP-Laban, activists back Binay pres’l bid

More than 200 officials and members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and political activists on Saturday threw their support behind the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Led by Manila councilor Bernardito “Bernie” Ang, the party’s … Read more »

Commission notes sharp rise in rights violations

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday said there is a sharp increase in cases of human rights violations in the country and, although the number of incidents is not as big compared to that during the martial law … Read more »

Poverty remains unsolved – Binay

The Aquino administration has failed to address the problem of poverty, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay. “Nais nilang ipagpatuloy ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon na laganap pa rin ang kahirapan. Marami ang nagugutom. At milyun-milyon ang naghahanap ng trabaho [They want … Read more »

Taiwan marks 104th National Day in PH

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) celebrated ties between Taiwan and the Philippines as it held Taiwan’s 104th National Day at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Thursday. The 104th anniversary celebration of Taiwan was … Read more »

US Embassy closed on Columbus Day, Oct. 12

The US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day, an American holiday. The embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Tuesday, October 13.

Police has leads on abductors of Italian businessman

POLICE authorities said they have already identified at least two suspects behind the abduction of an Italian businessman Rolando del Torchio on Wednesday evening in Dipolog City in Zamboanga Del Norte. Chief Insp. Ryan Hernandez, Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Pope Francis: The Church cannot be silent

FEW ought to be surprised at the lewd sexual show with the so-called Play Girls during the swearing in ceremony of Philippine politicians of the ruling party in Laguna recently. It’s an acute embarrassment to President Aquino but why all … Read more »

Pacquiao, Manolo, Bongbong and Imee

THE times they are a-changing, if only in terms of the ways in which Pinoy social media come alive – ALIVE! – in light of the 2016 elections. Take the week that was. It started off with Manny Pacquiao doing … Read more »

Jesus looked at him and loved him

[28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, Oct. 11, 2015 / Wis 7:7-11 / Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 / Heb 4:12-13 / Mark 10:17-30] IN the gospel today we see a rich young man in one moment running up to … Read more »

Is America going populist?

WASHINGTON, DC: The most fateful, unanswered question of the 2016 campaign: Is this a populist moment in America? It certainly sounds like one. The “establishment” is so universally despised that one wonders who is left to comprise it. A putsch … Read more »

Of coffee and cocktails

I started drinking coffee at the tender age of six. I don’t know really what started the addiction in me, but I remember being six and demanding my dad to get me another cup. The addiction stayed with me well … Read more »

Budgeting by people who don’t know how to shop

IT just so happened that the very first piece of news I read yesterday morning when I woke up was a brief report that President BS Aquino 3rd, upon the request of “the House leadership” had certified next year’s P3-trillion … Read more »

Joker, the quintessential lawmaker

HAS anybody read a Palace statement on the death of the much admired former Sen. Joker Arroyo? There was a report of President BS Aquino The Last’s going to Mindanao to attend the wake of policeman who had served as … Read more »

Outcomes of reducing subordinate clauses into adjective phrases (3)

MY two preceding columns answered tough grammar questions sent to my personal messages box in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member ESL-GUY. The first was, “Does a post-noun modifier in an active-voice sentence have to be in the active voice, … Read more »

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Lemon Law protects buyers of defective cars

Dear PAO, I bought a brand new car on installment basis from a dealer in Taguig on January 15, 2015. When I drove the car going to Tagaytay, it suddenly stopped running and can no longer be restarted, thus causing … Read more »