The past week ended on a note of good cheer, despite a tempestuous visitor named Ruby, who mercifully turned out to be less ferocious than feared, and left quickly after shaking to the rafters a few towns and barangays. But … Read more »

Targeting a captive tourist market Following reports of drug lords living it up in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, NBP has tied up with Maximum Security Tours (MST) to develop and market Bilibid Resort, a five-star leisure complex patterned … Read more »

CA orders P5-B Meralco refund

CUSTOMERS of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) can expect an automatic refund once the National Power Corp. (NPC) and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (Psalm) paid back the more than P5 billion they overcharged the power distribution firm from 2006 to 2012.

The Court of Appeals (CA)… Read more »

UNA says Binay critics to disrupt Pope visit

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday warned that critics of Vice President Jejomar Binay plan to disrupt the visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis in January by continuing their attacks on the country’s second highest official. Binay’s critics, … Read more »

3 Sandigan justices told to stay on Jinggoy case

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division will continue hearing the plunder and graft charges against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada in connection with the pork barrel scam. On Wednesday, the three justices making up the division heeded the collective advice of the entire … Read more »

Pakistani envoy condemns slaughter in Peshawar

Pakistan’s ambassador to Manila on Wednesday condemned the slaughter by Taliban militants of 141 people, mostly students, at an Army-run school in Peshawar and called on all nations to unite against terrorism. Ambassador Safdar Hayat said he could barely express … Read more »

Pemberton ‘must be in PH custody’

Malacañang on Wednesday said the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should not bar the Philippines from seeking custody of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton who was ordered arrested by a local court over the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” … Read more »

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We Filipinos should not let them make our Republic a toilet

THEM refers to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and his friends the Smartmatic-TIM corporation. With Mr. Brillantes’ push Smartmatic-TIM has been declared an eligible bidder to supply Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines for use in the 2016 elections. The Venezuelan marketing operators are also allowed to continue supplying the Comelec... Read more »


49ers cut McDonald amid sex assault investigation

SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco 49ers dumped veteran defensive tackle Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police said he was the focus of a sexual assault investigation, the latest to hit the NFL. The National Football League team’s general manager Trent … Read more »


MILF set to turn over weapons

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is set to turn over 75 cruiser weapons and high-powered firearms to the decommissioning body next year, said Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chief of the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF “This will be a … Read more »

SS opens calamity assistance to Ruby-affected members

THE Social Security System (SSS) has started receiving applications from members who were affected by typhoon Ruby for its calamity relief assistance program. May Catherine Ciriaco, SSS Vice President and Officer-in-Charge for Lending and Asset Management Division, said this will … Read more »

Government seizes fake gadgets

An estimated P70-million worth of counterfeit smart phones, electronic gadgets and accessories were seized by an inter-agency raid on a warehouse in Binondo, Manila on Monday. The Bureau of Customs (BoC) said that some of the seized items do not … Read more »

5 moderate quakes jolt Luzon, Mindanao; also felt in NCR

Five moderate earthquakes struck parts of the provinces in Luzon and Mindanao and was felt also in Metro Manila on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs). No one was reported hurt in the incidents, which … Read more »


A 47-year-old businessman was shot dead by three robbers shortly after withdrawing money from a bank in Pasay City on Wednesday. Police Investigators identified the victim as Conrado Hernandez, reportedly an owner of a car rental firm. He suffered multiple … Read more »

LTO to require vehicle owners to renew license plates

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2014-1895 that will require operators and owners of four-wheeled motor vehicles renewing their motor vehicle registration to apply for the replacement of old license plates with the new standardized LTO-approved … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

The other side of plummeting oil prices

There appears to be no stopping the plunge in oil prices, at least for the time being, as the Oil Minister of the United Arab Emirates told a conference in Dubai over the weekend that OPEC would not even consider … Read more »

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Climate action letdown at Lima

ACCORDING to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this year is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. Their estimate was based on sea surface temperatures until October which indicated that the global average was around 0.57 … Read more »


Redemption of coco farmers

First of two parts THE Supreme Court ruled with finality the other day that the coco levy funds impounded for so long by vested interests should finally be returned to the coconut industry. This comes close to the heels of … Read more »


What a year it has been – a reflection

TIME magazine labeled 1989 as “The Year That Changed the World.” Europe saw its divisions and its centrality wither, Germany finally saw the Fall of the Berlin Wall, China pushed for democracy at Tiananmen Square, South Africa’s apartheid system has … Read more »


Our cyber nightmares

SHORTLY before he retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I asked Adm. Mike Mullen what he saw on the ceiling on nights when he couldn’t sleep. He didn’t even pause. “Cyber,” he said. That was 2011 and … Read more »

Conrad M. Cariño

Weighty issues on Pacquiao-Mayweather

As boxing fans clamor for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight to materialize, weighty issues are sure to crop up that will lead to the delay of the fight’s staging, or its going down the drain for good. On Tuesday, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Reconstituting destroyed certificate of title

Dear PAO, A titled property was mortgaged to me. My friends told me to have the mortgage annotated on the title, so I went to the Registry of Deeds. To my surprise, the office informed me that a huge fire … Read more »