What was the deal?

Questions and conspiracy theories were in the air after an official of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) announced on Monday that the religious group is ending its protest at the EDSA-Shaw Boulevard intersection in Mandaluyong City … Read more »

De Lima broke protocol

There were irregularities in the way Justice Secretary Leila de Lima handled the review of the kidnapping and serious illegal detention case involving leaders of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ), according to sources of The Manila … Read more »

CA ruling : Nothing wrong with Felix Manalo stamps

Here, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) can really claim victory. The 2nd Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the legality of using public funds to print more than a million postage stamps to … Read more »

‘Be heroes for victims of violence, oppression’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday called on Filipinos to continue fighting for what the country’s national heroes fought for by upholding what is right in defending victims of violence and oppression. The President made the call as he led … Read more »

Pinoy family jumped from 4th floor to flee fire

A Filipino family of four were reportedly among the over 200 people injured in a fire that broke out at a residential complex housing employees of oil giant Saudi Aramco in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, according to sources … Read more »

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Did the peaceful INC protest end in a deal?

THE protest action of the Iglesia ni Cristo has mercifully ended without an untoward incident and heartbreak. This transpired because both the government and the church group kept their heads before braggarts could turn the protest into something dangerous. How the situation was defused bears lessons on how government should handle equally... Read more »


Gilas Pilipinas loses to South Koreans

After an impressive debut against host Taiwan on Sunday, the Gilas Pilipinas national team absorbed a 70-82 loss to reigning champion South Korea on Monday in the 37th Williams Jones Cup at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. … Read more »


SSS sabotaging pension hike, lawmaker claims

OFFICIALS of the Social Security System (SSS) are trying to sabotage the passage of a measure that seeks to increase SSS pension by claiming that the agency lacks funds, House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares said on Monday. Colmenares said … Read more »

Marcos: Extending BTC changes nothing

THE executive order recently issued by President Benigno Aquino 3rd extending the life of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) beyond the enactment of the proposed Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) changes nothing, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said … Read more »

Woman stabbed 70 times in Pasay

Twenty-year-old Rachelle Fernandez was stabbed to death by a delivery boy inside her condominium unit in Park Avenue, Pasay City on Monday. Chief Insp. Rolando Baula of the Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch identified the suspect as Ronald Rosello, … Read more »

Bill seeks four-month paid maternity leave

All business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the country should allow at least four months of paid maternity leave to their employees who are working mothers, a lawmaker said on Sunday. Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay of Makati City’s Second District … Read more »

Oil firms slash pump prices

Oil firms on Sunday rolled back prices of petroleum products. In separate advisories, Shell Philippines, Petron Corp., Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, PTT Philippines and Seaoil slashed prices of gasoline by P1.45 per liter. They also lowered diesel prices by 70 centavos … Read more »

‘Pork whistleblowers should get paid’ – CA

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a decision of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) finding that businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles’ JLN Corp. illegally dismissed its employees. In a seven-page decision dated August 17, 2015, penned by Associate Justice Amy … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

How bad is the ‘China problem?’

OVER the past several months it has become quite obvious that the Chinese economy is “cooling.” The Chinese themselves refer to it as “the new normal,” an environment in which the economy is supposed to be more domestically focused, growing … Read more »

A different kind of Katipunan

THIS is not the revolutionary organization founded by Andres Bonifacio to gain independence from Spain, although in many ways this is also an independence movement with many of the same working class comprising it. With an ideology, a vision and … Read more »

Where is the ‘public’ in Public-Private Partnerships?

THE PNoy administration’s usual justification for resorting to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to undertake major infrastructure projects is that the scheme supposedly allows government to deliver better and more efficient facilities and services to the public while at the same time, … Read more »

Naked power

PAYDAY Fridays are tough acts to have especially with the gridlock that has characterized Metro Manila traffic. But it became messy when the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) started its own version of occupy bottlenecks. First was Padre Faura, Manila, a … Read more »

American vs. Chinese defense strategy?

AS early as August 19, 1945, just as World War 2 was drawing to a close, the US crafted its post-war strategic plan for the control of the China Sea for political and economic motives envisioning the military role of … Read more »

People management toward building business adaptability

The past few days have been filled with friendly discussions about the 6.4 percent plunge of the Philippine stock market. I am not a finance person and this article is not about finance. Rather, it is about one of the … Read more »

Organic farms for rent?

WHY should we grow our own food? I took a friend to ECHOfarms last weekend and he looked at a business model to rent out backyard farms. I thought of that idea, too, but never got around to finding a … Read more »

Sorianos’ P6-B paper profit in Anscor

Comments on Due Diligencer’s “Buying SMCDC condo unit is not always fun” show that the non-issuance or delayed issuance of titles for fully paid condominium units is not a monopoly of SM Development Corp. A few wrote to say they … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Manner of payment determines lease contract

Dear PAO, What is the period of the contract of lease if no agreement was made by the contracting parties as to the duration of the lease? Carmen Dear Carmen, The New Civil Code of the Philippines squarely answers your … Read more »