“His government is shameless. He is impunity personified. His name is Noynoy ‘Impunity’ Aquino,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said on the eve of the International Day to End Impunity, November 23, which is also the anniversary of the Ampatuan … Read more »

This parable [in last Sunday’s Gospel reading] urges us not to hide our faith and our belonging to Christ, not to bury the Word of the Gospel, but to circulate it in our life, in relationships, in concrete situations, as … Read more »

‘Pope faces more risk in Visayas’

Pontiff seen as most vulnerable during Leyte visit

Pope Francis will be “most vulnerable,” security-wise, during the Visayas leg of his trip in January, a top government investigator said on Friday.

Government forces must double their efforts to protect the pope when he sets foot in Leyte, Read more »

A song of hope for Yolanda survivors

The official local theme song for the visit of Pope Francis to Palo in Leyte will express the hope nurtured by survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Fr. Kim Margallo, director of the Archdiocese of Palo’s Commission on Youth, composed the … Read more »

Comelec urged appoint ‘insiders’

Employees of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to consider appointing “insiders” who will replace retiring officials of the commission. In a statement, the Comelec-Employees’ Union (Comelec-EU) on Friday said Aquino need not look far, … Read more »

Obama vows ‘more fair, just’ immigration to US

WASHINGTON,D.C.: Pledging to fix America’s “broken” immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and … Read more »

New policy gives Filipino ‘TNTs’ a welcome break

US President Barack Obama’s immigration order will also protect thousands of Filipinos from deportation, Malacañang said on Friday. “I do not have the count currently. But you are talking about undocumented migrants in the United States. I don’t have the … Read more »

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Don’t forget the Ampatuan Massacre

ALTHOUGH the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, happened about seven months before President B. S. Aquino 3rd assumed power, we cannot but—to a great extent—agree with the Human Rights civil society organization Karapatan’s secretry-general when she angrily denounces him because “his government is shameless. He is... Read more »


Napoles ‘unfriends’ ex-Sandigan justice

Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles cried at Friday’s hearing on her petition for bail, after pork barrel scam witness Marina Sula made unfavorable statements about former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Third Division. Despite the tears, Napoles, … Read more »

Argentinian priest to celebrate Mass with compatriot Francis

Weeks before Pope Francis sets foot on Philippine soil, a compatriot of the pontiff expressed joy as he is among the priests who will celebrate Mass with the pope on January 16, 2015. Fr. Luciano Felloni, an Argentinian priest serving … Read more »

Makati most ready vs disasters – Phivolcs

OWING to its aggressive efforts to be disaster-resilient, the city of Makati has been declared by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as the most prepared city in Metro Manila (National capital Region or NCR) against geological hazards … Read more »

EDSA malls to extend holiday skeds

TO address anticipated monstrous traffic during the Christmas season, shopping malls on Friday agreed to extend their operating hours. The consensus was reached after their meeting with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino in Pasay City (Metro Manila). … Read more »

Longer hours for Pasig River Ferry runs

THE Metro Manila Development Authority announced on Friday that they would be extending the operating hours of the Pasig  River Ferry starting December 1. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said this is aimed at assisting Christmas shoppers and travelers and accommodate … Read more »

Expert dooms Revilla defense

Ex-NBI examiner ‘succumbed’ to pressure–prosecution Detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. paid P200,000 as professional fee of a handwriting expert—a defense witness—who used photocopied documents in examining supposed Revilla signatures on pork barrel disbursements to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs). The … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Veep Jojo Binay a ‘segurista’

IF voters are looking for a next President who’ll make the incumbent accountable for his abominable control and misuse of the pork barrel and failure to act on allegations of corruption at the MRT, the DOTC, the Department of Agriculture … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Saga of Drilon’s Iloilo Convention Center

DURING the Senate hearing on the controversial Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) last week, Senate President Franklin Drilon said that he is “proud to be associated” with the project that is located in his hometown of Iloilo. Senator Drilon cited the … Read more »

Jaime S. Bautista

On education and the exclusive powers of the Bangsamoro

THE Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation Inc. (PAFI) supports the objectives of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) of promoting peace and development in Southern Philippines. These goals cannot be achieved without national reconciliation and, evidently, a key to achieving harmony and … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

How the three kinds of objects work in English

RECENTLY, I gave a Russian member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum a tutorial of sorts on how the three kinds of grammatical objects work in English. Ivan Ivanov was sure that in a sentence like “She gave me the report,” … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Betraying good sense

In an editorial on Thursday, The Manila Times criticized the decision of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to integrate the P550 ‘terminal fee’ charged to travelers passing through the country’s global gateway into the price of airline tickets, because … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Was SMC-Tan ‘capital alliance’ the biggest failure of the year?

IF the public who trade on stocks listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) were to search for the $400-million injection by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) into a holding company owned by businessman Lucio Tan, they have to sift through … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Donations to girlfriend void, without legal effect

  Dear PAO, My girlfriend and I have been living together exclusively for almost a decade and, throughout the length of our relationship, I have come to know that she is the one for me. Because of this realization, I … Read more »