‘Sereno betting on Poe’

Supreme Court insider says Chief Justice seeking protection post-Aquino A Supreme Court (SC) insider said Maria Lourdes Sereno is throwing her support behind Sen. Grace Poe to win the presidency as the Chief Justice would need protection from a possible … Read more »


Marcos dismayed over Comelec glitches

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday expressed disappointment over technical glitches in mock polls conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The independent vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 balloting was reacting to the Comelec’s mock polls last … Read more »

Aquino to raise sea dispute with Obama

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd will lead other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) heads of state in bringing forth the issue of maritime security, particularly the disputes at the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea), during their meeting with US … Read more »

‘Cheating is already in place’

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is out to manipulate results of the coming presidential and local polls to favor administration bets, according to an advocate for transparent and clean elections. Lawyer Glenn Chong, spokesman for election watchdog Reform Philippines Coalition … Read more »

Happiness flows from water and youth

What is happiness for you? While the question sounds simple, there is no simple answer. That’s because happiness comes in many forms. For Maria Cecilia Alcantara, happiness can indeed come from a bottle, even as it can also be seen … Read more »

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Editorial

A nudge from God

LAST Friday, the entire world was astounded as scientists in the US announced that, using two gigantic, incredibly sensitive instruments buried underground in locations almost 3,000 kilometers apart, they had detected ‘gravitational waves’ – minute ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago but until now only existing... Read more »


Nation

KSA braces for plan to ‘bomb’ its planes

Through its embassy in Manila, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was said to have made a request to allow them to set up security X-ray machines at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) departure area and … Read more »

Labor group backs VP’s tax proposal

A plan of Vice President Jejomar Binay to exempt workers who receive a monthly salary of P30,000 and below from paying withholding taxes once he becomes the President of the Philippines has drawn strong support from a labor federation composed … Read more »

Train contract ‘aboveboard’

FORMER Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Melquiades Robles on Sunday responded to reports that the Office of the Ombudsman had asked the Sandiganbayan to indict him and 12 others after finding probable cause for violation of the Anti-Graft and … Read more »

Partido Galing at Puso to invade LP territories

AFTER holding her first ever provincial rally in San Carlos City in Pangasinan, the hometown of her father and late movie icon Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ, Sen. Grace Poe will be taking her campaign to Iloilo province—her birthplac—and will … Read more »

Binay to intensify fight vs criminality

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate Jejomar Binay vowed to intensify the fight against criminality if he wins in May. The Vice President, his running mate Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd and UNA’s senatorial slate campaigned in Rizal province Saturday … Read more »

‘Jesse is irreplaceable’

Tabaco City, Albay: Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, widow of former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, is not planning to look for a new love anytime soon. Mrs. Robredo, who has three children with Jesse—Aika, Tricia and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The agony of a government consultant

THE Government Service Insurance System may have opened a debate over its opinion on consultants that differs from the definition of the Supreme Court. In a decision issued on April 30, 2015, the GSIS’ board of trustees said that “contractuals … Read more »

Do surveys help elect good leaders?

I AM not a fan of surveys, specifically pre-election voter preference surveys. I believe these should not be allowed for publication because it defeats the purpose of leveling the playing field for candidates. I am aware that the Supreme Court, … Read more »

Displaced OFWs: What they should prepare for

UNLESS the price of oil moves back to at least $90 per barrel, China’s economy roars into the 10 percent growth rate territory; the radical Islamists neutralized in the Middle East and Africa, and life threatening health outbreaks contained in … Read more »

When tax meets politics

The 90-day campaign period officially began on Feb. 9, 2016, but as early as the last quarter of 2015, campaign ads were already popping up on TV, over the radio, and especially on social media. Considering the cost of running … Read more »

Good ideas may come from unexpected sources

PAYING attention to details is the mark of excellence, no matter how daunting and devilish it may appear to us. For one, attention to details can give you many ideas, even in places that remotely fancy your interest. Take the … Read more »

#Eleksyon2016: The Liberal Party spins tax reform

THE Liberal Party has been quick to discredit the proposals for tax reform, especially the proposal by Vice President Jejomar Binay to exempt low- to middle-income earners of P30,000 a month and below from paying income taxes. But LP should … Read more »

Tempted, for us and for our salvation

[1st Sunday of Lent, Year C, Feb 14, 2016 / Deut 26:4-10 / Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Rom 10:8-13 / Luke 4:1-13] JESUS went into the desert for us and for our salvation. Thank you Lord for suffering … Read more »

In a night of punch lines, VP Binay had one of his own to throw but didn’t

IF, as the late writer Nick Joaquin once wrote, character is the man plus his circumstances, the Binay proclamation rally the other night told much of it for a number of UNA senatorial candidates. Their catch calls, which in film … Read more »

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Settling hospital bills if patient stayed in private room

Dear PAO, My wife was brought to one of the private hospitals here in Taguig City (Metro Manila) recently. After a successful operation, she was transferred to a private room there. When I inquired about our bill, I was shocked … Read more »