The real report this country needs is not a state of the nation address (SONA), but a state of the state report (SOS). This stands a better chance of saving our sad republic than a self-serving egotistical SONA. This format … Read more »

Due to the writer’s business, publishing and event commitments, this column took last week off, and would be somewhat shorter than usual this week. Still, the big issues would be given trenchant, if succinct attention. Today, we look at the … Read more »

Obama warns China: Don’t ‘throw elbows’

Aggressive acts counterproductive to the region WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Barack Obama on Monday weighed in on territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), urging regional powers, particularly China, to respect the law and stop “throwing elbows.” … Read more »


Aquino arrives in Tokyo

TOKYO: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China’s land reclamations in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Aquino boarded Philippine … Read more »

Top NPA guerrilla captured in Cavite

THE police and the military on Tuesday announced the arrest in Cavite of a man they tagged as the highest-ranked communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced … Read more »

From poster boy to cover girl

LOS ANGELES: Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce, unveiled her new name and sexy look on Monday in a Vanity Fair covershoot—drawing widespread praise and smashing a Twitter record. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaigners—and many … Read more »

ERC: 13 firms caused 2013 power rate hike

At least 13 power-generating companies were found to have colluded with each other to force a spike in electricity rates in December 2013, according to investigators from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). ERC Executive Director Francis Saturnino Juan on Tuesday … Read more »

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Editorial

Smooth school opening day

THE opening of classes on Monday turned out to be generally smooth despite sporadic reports of some of the usual problems that crop up when 23 million children and teens resume their schooling. Education Secretary Armand Liustro said the Department of Education (DepEd) was much better prepared for this year’s school opening than last... Read more »


Sports

Serena survives but Sharapova, Kvitova crash

PARIS: Defending champion Maria Sharapova and fourth seed Petra Kvitova were sent packing from the French Open at the fourth-round stage on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), but top seed Serena Williams survived a scare to seal her quarterfinals place. Sharapova, … Read more »

Nation

Grace, Nancy trade barbs

SEN. Grace Poe on Tuesday said Vice President Jejomar Binay should explain the allegations against him and not the senators who signed the Blue Ribbon sub-committee report recommending the filing of plunder against him and his associates in connection with … Read more »

Modern medicine makes huge strides in cancer treatment

Chicago: The United States launched the largest clinical trial of its kind Monday aimed at studying targeted therapies for cancer based on the genetic traits of tumors, a field known as precision medicine. The US National Cancer Institute plans to … Read more »

DOJ panel probes Kentex FIRE

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a panel of prosecutors to investigate the fire that razed the Kentex factory in Valenzuela City that left 70 people dead. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she will issue this week a … Read more »

Diamonds, silver coins in govt treasury vault

Who would have thought that the Bureau of Treasury’s vaults contain diamonds, silver coins and gold pens? State auditors were surprised to discover that the diamonds worth P2.1 million were uninsured. The costly rocks were listed in the bureau’s books … Read more »

Czechs continue support in building samar

The joint Czech, Italian and Romanian Caritas´ humanitarian assistance to Western Samar is not limited to post-disaster rehabilitation work. The funding for these programs in Samar came from the voluntary contributions by citizens of the Czech Republic and Romania, and … Read more »

Bangsamoro passage gets dimmer

TIME is slowly running out for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd admitted that passage of the measure that will create a Bangsamoro region is getting dimmer. “The number is a cause for concern. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Pope Francis honors Romero. Pikkety revives Marx. What these mean

A RECENT front page story of the New York Times stated off with the quiet meeting Pope Francis had – early in his papacy – with Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutierrez. Good grief no, he is not part of the controversial … Read more »

Thinking out-of-the-box: A paradigm shift

THE problem of the failed transmission of 9 million votes from the precincts in 2013 is not only a serious problem to confront but also a critical issue for the forthcoming 2016 national and local elections. Such huge number of … Read more »

VP Binay must face the music

VICE President Jejomar Binay must now man up and answer point-by-point all the charges being leveled against him. After stopping his men from testifying before a subcommittee of the Senate blue ribbon committee, he could no longer argue that the … Read more »

House of madness

Our honorable lawmakers must have gone mad. While the House of Representatives go through the motions of “plenary debate” before it rubber stamps President Noynoy’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), it has taken steps to revive the proposed … Read more »

The use of political power

CORRUPTION in China has been and still remains a big problem. But that said, the government, in China’s case “the Party,” is taking some serious steps toward eradicating it. The public are encouraged to report instances of official corruption and … Read more »

Bigger than Blatter

There oughta be a law against senior citizens in FIFA (no offense to people my age, honest). Take its Swiss president Sepp Blatter, for example. He is 79, has been chief of football’s world governing body since 1999, and last … Read more »

The unimpressive Aquino economy

ONE of the enduring debates concerning the performance of the regime of President B.S. Aq uino 3rd is whether or not his claims of being responsible for the Philippines’ healthy economic performance are at all justified. The President and his … Read more »

This is where your taxes go: Rain = Chaos

A SUDDEN downpour last Saturday night flooded so many streets in Metro Manila and caused monstrous traffic jams. We got caught in knee-deep water at the Buendia and South Superhighway Intersection but reports of flooded streets came from everywhere and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Jail escapees not eligible for parole

Dear PAO, A former neighbor asked for my help because her son has been in jail for several years already, although there was a time that he escaped from detention and was merely arrested again. She would like to know … Read more »