On my way home Sunday from Rome, where I attended Humanum, the international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman which Pope Francis opened last week, the monotonous stillness of the flight from Dubai to Manila was suddenly broken by the uninhibited bawling of a Filipina passenger on the window seat immediately behind us.

It caught everyone’s attention in our section of the plane… Read more »


SOURCES: Proposed 2015 budget submitted to Congress.
* According to Senator Santiago, allocated for the departments of health, public works and highways, social welfare and development, labor and employment, and the Commission on Higher Education.

For all intents and purposes, a resounding yes. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is the only one in the 24-member chamber shocked and aghast—as the entire Congress and nation should be—that President Benigno Aquino’s 2015 budget is a document of deceit and defiance against the Supreme Court’s decision in November 2013 declaring… Read more »

Bribe solicitation more prevalent

More govt officials demanding grease money, survey shows

The number of Filipino families who gave bribes or “grease money” to people in government had decreased but the number of government officials and employees soliciting bribes went up, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.

A survey conducted by the Ombudsman… Read more »

SC orders transfer of Pandacan oil depot

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled that the oil depot in Pandacan, Manila, endangers the public and thus they should be relocated. The High Court, through a vote of 10-2, ordered Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to oversee the transfer … Read more »

Peacekeepers quarantined in military hospital

FOUR more Filipino peacekeepers arrived Monday night from Ebola-infested Liberia on board a commercial flight and were immediately taken to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) where they will be placed on quarantine for 21 days. But … Read more »

SC asked to strike down 2015 budget

A former lawmaker on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to declare as unconstitutional the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2015 as well as the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) of 2015 that are pending in Congress, arguing that the measures … Read more »

FOI bill compels SC justices to bare assets

Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) will be forced to disclose their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) under the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that the House public information panel approved on Monday. Under existing rules, the … Read more »

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Inflation to ease further – BSP

THANK God, the poor and the working-class Filipinos will not suffer much from high inflation this Christmas season. The Bangko Sentral has said consumer prices will likely continue being benign until the end of the year and beyond. This is because oil prices have been flat and even going down, there is a large reserve of imported rice and the... Read more »


Lawyer ‘rejects’ Brillantes’ post

An election lawyer who is rumored to replace retiring Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. has refused the position in favor of a run for the Senate in the 2016 polls. But Brillantes on Tuesday said he was … Read more »

HK journalists off BI blacklist

Citing an evaluation by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has lifted a blacklist order against nine Hong Kong journalists who allegedly heckled President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Bali, Indonesia, during the 26th Asia Pacific … Read more »

Pope, 10 religious leaders in UST meet

Weeks before Pope Francis visits the Philippines, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) disclosed that at least 10 religious leaders are set to meet with the Pope at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in … Read more »

Court lets Jinggoy undergo therapy

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada will be undergoing a two-hour therapy program twice a week in two weeks because of pain on his left shoulder. The therapy program, which will be conducted at Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in Greenhills, San Juan … Read more »

House postpones Sangguniang Kabataan elections to 2016

The Sangguniang Kabataan or SK (Youth Council) elections have been postponed by the House of Representatives for the second time in two years by moving it to 2016. The move came after approval on second reading of House Bill (HB) … Read more »

ER Ejercito ousted as Laguna governor

The Supreme Court has ruled to oust Laguna governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito. The ruling affirmed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) order removing him from his post for overspending during the May 2013 polls. During Tuesday’s regular deliberation of the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

External auditors responsible for accounting entries

ONCE upon a time, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was an assertive securities regulatory body and repository of investment statistics. Its officials, led by the chairperson, dealt cautiously with allegations of violations of full disclosure rules purportedly committed by … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Exorcising the ghosts of Garci, dagdag-bawas and the Ampatuans

THE two blackest marks on the electoral process are undeniably these: “dagdag-bawas” and the “ Garci” incident. The first piled up woes for the two Pimentels, Nene, then Koko. The second led to many serious questions about the outcome of … Read more »


When it rains, it pours . . .!

THIS is what has been happening regarding the truth behind the issues raised by AES Watch. One by one, the people behind AES implementation in 2010 and 2013 are LITERALLY speaking like AES Watch. We were used to hearing former … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

2015 budget bill a recipe for hidden pork

SEN. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday blasted the minefields she discovered in the House-approved P2.6 trillion 2015 national budget. When submitted to the Senate for its concurrence, as the budgeting process calls for, red flags met Santiago’s inquisitive eyes. The … Read more »


Growing the economy from the bottom up

Reading the social media and the more upmarket newspapers (like The Manila Times!), anybody could be forgiven for thinking that the state of the world’s affairs is pretty grim right now. Economies failing all over the place, even Germany having … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz


“Go placidly amidst the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.” The Philippine economy may be “doing okay for now,” but is this the economy anyone really wants, and how long can … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Owner mortgaging lot many times courts estafa case

Dear PAO, My former officemate approached me to borrow money. He offered to secure the loan with a mortgage, which he said is clean, on his lot. I lent him money because I thought the loan was secured. When he … Read more »