When President Aquino entered office in July 2010, there was big talk in the crony press about ”Aquinomics,” as though the country had lucked into an economic wunderkind in the mold of John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman. It was … Read more »

Reacting to the US Supreme Court legalization of “same-sex marriage” throughout the United States, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the Filipino bishops and clergy… Read more »

Ferry yields more bodies

Search continues for 5 as death toll reaches 41 ORMOC CITY: The death toll from the ferry disaster rose to 41 Friday as rescuers brought more bodies ashore to anguished families, including 10-year-old survivor Gilbert de la Cruz who wailed … Read more »

6.1 quake rocks Surigao

A strong 6.1-magnitude quake struck off Surigao City on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. A magnitude 3.2 aftershock was also felt later in the afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the undersea quake struck … Read more »

Powerhouse PH team off to arbitration hearing

MANILA is sending its “big guns” to The Hague in The Netherlands where the UN arbitral tribunal will hear oral arguments on the nation’s petition to invalidate China’s 9-dash line claim to the South China Sea. While the legal panel … Read more »

Petilla finally out of DOE

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla finally relinquished his post two months after handing over his resignation, Petilla quit in March and his was supposed to leave in April. He, however, extended his stay and earlier in June he said he … Read more »

‘Being a Marcos is a blessing not a curse’ – Bongbong

SEN. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. doesn’t consider being the son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos as a curse. In fact, he sees it as an advantage in case he decides to run for a higher position in 2016. “I … Read more »

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A growing reputation as a bad customer

IT was not, as both the spokespersons for the Aquino Administration and the Department of Defense have explained, a ‘suspension’ of three contracts to acquire military aircraft that the Commission on Audit issued last week. It was rather a ‘suspension in audit,’ which requires further documentation and explanation from the government... Read more »


Governor in graft raps over P211-M minerals

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the filing of graft and usurpation charges against Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane of Zambales over theft of minerals worth P211 million. In a 32-page resolution, the Ombudsman ruled that Ebdane–a former secretary of the Department of … Read more »

2 policemen arrested for ‘kidnapping’ tricycle driver

Two police officers are now detained at the Manila Police District (MPD) integrated jail after a tricycle driver charged them with kidnapping. The case against PO1 Edwin Soriano, 43, married, assigned at MPD Santa Ana Police Station, and PO2 Manuel … Read more »

Lakas-CMD members back Binay

KEY members of the Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) have pledged their support to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 even if the party has yet to decide who to support in … Read more »

Customs chief, 2 others charged with plunder

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, former Customs Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. and former Customs Deputy Commissioner Primo Aguas were charged with plunder and graft in connection with the cancellation of the P650-million integrated customs processing system. In a 30-page complaint filed … Read more »

Senate to look into smuggling of fake rice

Senator Cynthia Villar on Thursday said the Senate Committee on Agriculture will investigate the reported proliferation of fake rice from China. Villar said she will invite Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Reynan Dalisay, officials of Bureau … Read more »

File 3rd batch of pork raps, Ombudsman prodded

Anakpawis party-list on Thursday urged the Office of the Ombudsman to speed up the filing of charges against the third batch of lawmakers allegedly involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. “It is good to know that even … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Never-ending lies and corruption at DPWH & DoTC

Part II IN his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28 last year, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd proudly proclaimed the amazing accomplishments of his favorite Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH). In particular, he cited the … Read more »

Drink and be merry?

MANY lawmakers may not be drunk with power but a number definitely gets drunk while in power. As one once said: “Many lawmakers don’t drink–they get drunk.” A congressman narrated how he was complimented by an awed person with the … Read more »

Is it grammatical to use ‘respective memorandum’ in court decisions?

THIS very interesting grammar question was e-mailed to me recently by a senior citizen and triathlon enthusiast who calls himself Tritorns: “I am a practicing lawyer. I have read many court decisions that alternately use the word ‘memorandum’ or ‘memoranda’ … Read more »

Do you still do emails and chat by phone?

Are you still using your landline or mobile phone to connect with friends, here and abroad? And in the process incur huge telephone bills? “Telephones are so last century,” says Tony Bingham, president of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). … Read more »

Marina’s Mejia gets his due

IT should have been just a terribly unlucky coincidence that the head of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Administrator Maximo Mejia, was out of the country on the day a local ferry met with tragedy just off the port of … Read more »

Seeing a better future

It was day of celebration for budding optometrists when Essilor, a leader in ophthalmic lenses, launched the Philippines’ first Sight Center in the Philippines at the Manila Central University (MCU). Featuring the most advanced technology in optical studies and vision … Read more »

Tantocos’ P1-B profit from sale of 168.5M SSI shares

THE Tantoco-owned SSI Group Inc. has successfully raised P5.2 billion from the sale of 695.7 million SSI shares at P7.50 per share. For the Tantocos, who own the Rustan’s chain of department stores, the share offering proved even more profitable … Read more »

My take on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, ‘Laudato Si’

HE decries the abuse of the world’s environment that has caused the quality of life to deteriorate, especially for those he calls “the excluded.” They are those who despite living in a modern world where technology has made life more … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Borrower liable for loss of bike he lends to 3rd party

Dear PAO, I borrowed my friend’s motorbike for a week. Three days later, his bike was forcibly taken by two armed men while being driven by my neighbor who had borrowed the bike from me. Can I be held liable … Read more »