Bangsamoro bill hangs

THE Bangsamoro draft law is not likely to be submitted to Congress anytime soon because the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has refused to accept what it called a “drastically altered” measure. The head of the government peace panel, Miriam … Read more »

Power crisis may extend until 2015 – Petilla

UNLESS the government takes bold steps to address the power crisis, the shortage in electricity that has triggered rotating brownouts in Luzon will continue until next year, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla warned on Tuesday. Petilla projected that Luzon will … Read more »

Budget chief ready for faceoff with Senators

FOR the first time since the Supreme Court (SC) struck out the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for being unconstitutional, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad will publicly defend the controversial budget scheme when he attends the scheduled Senate hearing on the issue … Read more »

Pacquiao in Binay’s Senate line-up

Filipino boxing superstar and Sarangani congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is among the big names being considered by the opposition in its senatorial line-up for the 2016 elections, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said on Tuesday. ”As of now, we have … Read more »

Answer Jardeleza petition, Supreme Court orders JBC

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to explain the alleged “railroading” of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza’s nomination to the lone vacancy in the High Court. Jardeleza filed a petition for a temporary restraining … Read more »

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Blowing smoke to back PNoy’s demagoguery

After President Benigno Aquino’s lies and demagoguery about his and Secretary Florencio Abad’s illegal and unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), now we get smoke from his acolytes. The biggest lie the President tells is that the DAP money that Secretary Abad “disbursed” benefited the people. And his acolytes have... Read more »

From our Readers

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

Cuts in electric power supply during storms

I have been In the Philippines now for over five years. I love the people and the country! What concerns me, however, is that every time we have a... Read more »

NAIA GM clarifies ‘50 workers report’

We refer to the July 3, 2014 article of Mr. Benjie Vergara regarding “50 NAIA workers” who fear losing their jobs as a result of the integration... Read more »

A wider cage in which to roam

Among the few things I applauded GMA for -0 a pure evil she wasn’t -- was her progressive libertarian Memo Circular No. 155 of Nov. 17, 2004,... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Nationalize Meralco

Patriarch of the clan that owned Meralco: His proposal would be the best.Second of Two Parts It’s been a week, and many parts of the National Capital Region and Southern Luzon are still without electricity. And these are supposed to be the country’s most developed areas, which account for 50 percent of our GDP and a third of our population. The company in charge of this area is the country’s biggest power firm, Meralco. It has never been as profitable as it has been in the past several years, with its ultimate biggest controlling stockholder, Anthoni... Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

SC to PNoy: Get off your high horse

It is not too accurate to view the 13-0 DAP vote of the Supreme Court as a landmark in constitutional interpretation. The DAP, in the context of three co-equal branches of government—and with Congress as the branch in charge of … Read more »

Efren Danao

16th Congress like a legislature under martial law

Recent political developments remind me of martial law and the Batasan (1984-1986) which I covered for the now defunct Veritas Newsmagazine. (The only other Batasan reporters still active in journalism today are Mr & Ms’s Joey Nolasco, now with Inquirer; … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

A subservient, sycophant, sleazy Congress

Here it comes: the inevitable Aquino administration backlash against the Supreme Court for its unanimous decisions declaring both the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. There may be good governance reasons to investigate and … Read more »


Error in application

During the Joint Congressional Canvassing Committee hearing on May 26, 2010 at the Batasang Pambansa (BP) hall, Sen. Enrile asked a question why the computer servers in BP and PICC had 256 million and 150,000 million registered voters, respectively, though … Read more »


Other strategies to save the Executive

Second of two parts The first part of this column came out yesterday, Tuesday July 22, 2014. D. How about President Joseph Ejercito Estrada? His administration lasted for two short years. According to his Budget Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Diokno, no … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Toenec of Japan should not withdraw its P50-M investment

LAWYERS. Bayani Tan e-mailed Due Diligencer in connection with a piece that appeared in this space on July 9. He did not exactly react to the subject but had asked for certain details on where the piece entitled, “SEC tells … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Resolving criminal complaints at the barangay level

Dear PAO, I am thinking of complaining against my neighbor here in Malabon City (Metro Manila) for grave threats because of the negative words he uttered to me during an event in our barangay. Where should I file a case … Read more »