‘The Filipino is worth fighting for’

A calm but obviously emotional President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday vowed to keep his promises amid a barrage of criticisms being hurled against his administration in his last remaining years in office. In his fifth State of the Nation … Read more »

Aquino’s economic legacy hits slippery slope

Strong growth threatened by typhoons, ‘pork’ scandals, global slowdown First of three parts Editor’s note: The major growth metrics are all still pointing upward, despite a slight hiccup in domestic production in the first quarter. Undeniably, the Philippines has achieved … Read more »

We need to bite the bullet of reform

Only a stronger state can carry out a measure of redistributive justice Most urgently, we need to bite the bullet of civil-service reform. And it should start with the President’s giving up his power to appoint civil servants down to … Read more »

SC justices uncowed by Pnoy ‘threats’

Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) will continue to protect “government funds” and the “interest of the Filipino people” even under “threat” from President Benigno Aquino 3rd to possibly remove them through impeachment in retaliation for their failure to defend … Read more »

INC makes history

BOCAUE, Bulacan: As many as two million people gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of a powerful homegrown church, showcasing the conservative group’s discipline and influence. Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring rain to attend the centennial … Read more »

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OFWs in Libya: Once again, in harm’s way

The spiralling violence in Libya has forced the Philippine embassy in Tripoli to close. Its staff has been relocated to Tunisia, leaving behind members of the Rapid Response Team that was deployed by the Department of Foreign Affairs to help in repatriating the Filipinos who want to leave. The DFA has raised alert level 4 for Libya, which calls... Read more »

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Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

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 »


Blazers halt Red Lions’ winning run

The College of Saint Benilde Blazers pulled off a surprise 83-76 victory against four-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions on Monday in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena. The triumph, the … Read more »


Power lack blunts growth – Belmonte

Noting that uncertainty in power supply is putting the country’s growth momentum at risk, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday said bills seeking to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) will be among the priority measures in … Read more »

Govt peace panel chief vows ‘good draft BBL’

Amid an apparent delay, the chief government negotiator in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday assured Congress that her group will submit a “good” draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of legislation aimed … Read more »

Binay, UK ambassador hail end of Eid al-Fitr

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday joined the international community in greeting “our Muslims brothers and sisters” in celebrating the end of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr), and recognized the role of the Mindanao peace process in proving that different religions and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Aquino and Abad used DAP funds for 2013 elections

DAP-MONEY20140728It’s really not surprising that senators heartily licked Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s boots in last Friday’s hearing on the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), of which the Liberal Party leader was architect and executor. Three of those senators—sadly the three youngest males, but the most obsequious to Abad – most probably wouldn’t even be in that Senate hall if not for the DAP. And they know this. They’ve given life to that old Filipino quip for... Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy’s fixation with DAP is hurting the economy

Like a sore loser, PNoy has taken every chance he gets to excoriate the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. That or he’s justifying the use of the DAP as having boosted the … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Impeachment cases are first laughed at. Then, they topple presidents

The draft of the impeachment case filed against Mr. Marcos on August 13, 1985 was written by two opposition MPs in a small restaurant in Quezon City barely a month before the August filing. MPs Homobono Adaza of Misamis Oriental … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia


Third of four parts Under the 2013 Budget Message, The Executive asked for P2.006-trillion National Budget, consisting of P1.251 trillion for Programmed New Appropriations and P117.5 billion for the Unprogrammed Fund. This proposed Budget was 10.5 percent higher than 2012’s … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Corruption in agri sector and poverty

President Aquino’s campaign battle cry and promise has a simple logic: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Going by that logic, if there are still a lot of poor people in the Philippines, or if poverty has not been significantly reduced … Read more »

Real Carpio So

Resting the case

IN 2011, Forbes’ ranking of the top 50 business schools revealed that “investment in an MBA degree—including tuition and forgone salary—is typically paid back in about 3+ years.” Based on data collected within the 2008-2010 period of the Great Recession, … Read more »


Embracing slow food

Back in 2007, a few friends and I started a “Live Green” movement to start saving energy, and to start advocating for cleaner air, a cleaner planet and generally, advocate for green and blue—green earth, blue waters. Or blue skies. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Minimum wage for regional workers

Dear PAO, What is the proper minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila)? Are all workers entitled to receive the minimum wage? JCM Dear JCM, The minimum wage given to employees shall differ on the kind … Read more »