‘They were my mentors’

Napoles: Senator, former DAR chief, ex-DA Usec taught me the ropes In yesterday’s papers, Janet Lim-Napoles, primary suspect in the P10-billion PDAF scam, insisted that she was not the brains behind it and pointed instead to another. Her lawyer, Bruce … Read more »

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Revelations by Napoles shocking – Lacson

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he was shocked at the revelations contained by the recording and documents provided by the family of Janet Lim-Napoles about the “real mastermind” of the pork barrel scam and how it all started. … Read more »

Napoles dreads Naming names if senate summons her again

JANET Lim-Napoles is afraid to face the Senate again to spill the beans on the pork barrel scam because this time she will have to name several senators in the scandal, her lawyer said on Thursday. “Mrs. Napoles fears to … Read more »

Obama vows to defend Japan in China sea row

TOKYO: US President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its “dangerous” nuclear program. Obama described as “critically … Read more »

Bare Napoles list – senators

SOME senators want rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson to make public the names of lawmakers who allegedly received pork kickbacks to remove the cloud of suspicion hanging on the heads of all members of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano … Read more »

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The charmed state of MRT’s GM Vitangcol

On Wednesday, MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol used the Fernandina Media Forum to make himself appear to be the victim of the “irresponsible” and “speculative” statements “based on hearsay” made by the Czech Republic’s Ambassador Josef Rychtar  about an attempt to extort $30 million from a Czech corporation. For almost a year... Read more »

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CPP and Balikatan

The Communists are denouncing the Balikatan Exercises with the United States. They claim that the words “humanitarian mission” and “disaster... Read more »

On ‘300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation’

When will we all get along with each other in this world, when Jesus comes back?? Everyone comes to America because our economy is better than their... Read more »

On ‘Camp sharing’

Translated by Publisher/Editor from Tagalog comment: Why are militant groups yakity-yaking when they are not doing anything to help our... Read more »

On “A costly national disgrace”

Time was in the island famous for it’s white beach, as soon as dusk came then hundreds of thousands of “kabogs” (giant flying foxes, fruit... Read more »

On ‘The best place to visit this Holy Week?’

When you have to visit your conscience, you must really be in deep trouble. Usually it’s your conscience that visits you. When you have not had... Read more »

Inside News

Bare Napoles list – senators

SOME senators want rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson to make public the names of lawmakers who allegedly received pork kickbacks to remove the cloud of suspicion hanging on the heads of all members of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano … Read more »

Vitangcol urged to tell all in House probe

Embattled Metro Rail Transit General Manager Al Vitangcol, who is accused of demanding a $30-million bribe in exchange for a contract to buy MRT trains, has been urged to answer the charges against him in a congressional probe. Lawyers and … Read more »

MMDA offers free ferry rides

TO entice passengers, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is offering free rides during the first week of operation of the ferry service in Pasig River. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said passengers will also enjoy free coffee from April 28 … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

rigoberto tiglao

Congress: An irreparably damaged institution

Never has the Philippine Congress,  including before martial law, sunk so low as it has during President Aquino’s administration. A group of alleged whistleblowers, a Commission on Audit’s special audit, and the Justice Secretary had claimed that several senators and a number of Representatives had conspired with criminal syndicates, one led by Janet Napoles, to pocket billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money. And now even Napoles, obviously  fearing something could go wrong during... Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Black sand mining

After the assassination of the mayor of Gonzaga, Cagayan, and various other news items regarding black sand mining in Northern Luzon, I would like to know what is the real score. What I do know is that black sand mining … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

‘Delay’ inherent in due process

I regularly watch Channel 33 for the NBA games. I keep seeing “SEE YOU AT SPAIN.” Masakit sa mata. As a Makati Elem and Rizal Hi alum and a San Beda English major, I believe AT should be IN. Manila … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Is Heaven for Real?

It’s back to the salt mines after a four-day break in observance of Holy Week. While  Manny Pacquiao got his “vindication” last Holy Week with his win against Bradley, most of you may have experienced your own sort of purification … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

When faith clashes with science, it’s no contest

Many Christians doubt their faith, as this writer once did, or abandon it altogether due to clashes between religious tenets and scientific findings. What often happens, though, is not so much that faith is hogwash, but that the faithful’s spiritual … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Luis J.L. Virata’s P7.83-billion wealth in Nickel Asia

INSIDER trades. Two insiders unloaded some of their Nickel Asia Corp. shares earlier this month. Ma. Angela Go, vice president-internal audit, reduced her stake in the company by selling 30,000 shares in three trades: 10,000 shares at P22.20 each and … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Napoles as state witness? Aww c’mon!

The public reacted negatively upon learning that pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles now wants to become a state witness too. Even the whistleblowers showed apprehension over Napoles’ interest in joining the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Witness Protection Program. They … Read more »

Legal Advice

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A father’s obligation to an illegitimate child

Dear PAO, I have a four-month-old baby. It was recognized by his father in its birth certificate although I was not married to the father. Unfortunately the father of my child left us because he could not live without a … Read more »


No employer-employee relationship for agents on commission

In 1989, a labor union filed a petition with a sewing machine company to be the sole and exclusive bargaining agent that represents the company’s collectors. The company refused to recognize the labor union, explaining that the union members were … Read more »