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 »

Where again did you get that term? (Alhamdulillah means “Praise be to Allah!”)

The most basic flaw of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is in its title itself, enough reason to reject it: the term Bangsamoro.
There is no such thing as a “Bangsamoro,” never was in history, none now in this archipelago. But there… 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 »

‘BBL not a done deal’

The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) hinges on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) willingness to surrender the rebel fighters responsible for the massacre of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao, according to a lawmaker. Cagayan de Oro Rep. … Read more »

Weeping Jolo to Bong: Sorry, Papa

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. had an emotional reunion with his son Jolo Revilla at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday. According to Lolit Solis, talent manager of the Revillas, Jolo and his … Read more »

Ex-lawmaker faces trial for graft

The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has found probable cause to hold former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and his co-accused for trial for graft and malversation complaints that they are facing in connection with alleged misuse of their pork barrel funds. … Read more »

Duterte: Best presidential candidate is in Mindanao

“THERE are a lot of good 2016 presidential candidates in Metro Manila, but the best is in Mindanao.” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued this statement on Tuesday in a speech before a huge crowd at the Lyceum of the … 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

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Will the Sorianos take Phelps Dodge public?

THE Sorianos will meet the public stockholders of A. Soriano Corp. (Anscor), their holding company, on April 15 to report the contribution for the first time of Phelps Dodge International Philippines (PDP) to its revenues and profits as a 100 … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Aquino and Hollande: Never the twain shall meet

There are two very important issues that Mr. Aquino deliberately missed in his talks with President Francois Hollande: support for small-scale agriculture and the social safety net programs for the vulnerable. The “why” is easy to explain. The two are … Read more »


Legitimacy of the ballot digital image

Part of the internal process of the PCOS at the time of voting is the creation of a digital image of each ballot. The PCOS evaluates each vote mark on the ballot digital image to check if each vote mark … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

MRT maintenance provider has a lot of explaining to do

Officials of the Autre Porte Techinque Global Inc. (APT Global), the maintenance provider of the MRT 3, have a lot of explaining to do before the Senate Committee on Public Services on its next scheduled hearing. Based on the documents … Read more »


‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the troubles in the Southern Philippines

I cannot claim to be particularly knowledgeable about the complex politics of Northern Ireland. However, there do appear to be a few similarities between the goings-on with the Bangsamoro business and some of the happenings during the so called “Troubles” … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Population and the economy

THROUGH most of 2014, one oft-repeated theme of the Philippines’ economic narrative was the so-called “demographic sweet spot,” a period of economic advantage for the country because of its expanding working-age population. By 2045, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority … 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 »