Heated race starts

ELECTION fever gripped the country on Tuesday as the campaign period for candidates seeking national posts started, with each presidential aspirant promising change, a cleaner government and better life for the poor. The three-month election campaign got underway with four … Read more »


Binay vows to lift tax burden of 6M workers

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay hit the campaign trail on Tuesday by baring his four-point agenda, which includes abolition of income tax on workers earning P30,000 and below per month. Binay’s kickoff speech before thousands … Read more »

Corrupt officials will land in jail, Miriam warns

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte: It was a very brief speech for a presidential candidate, but the message was not lost in the brevity of it. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday vowed to imprison all corrupt officials, especially those who plundered … Read more »

Roxas wages war vs corruption

ROXAS CITY, Capiz: Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd vowed to stop corruption if elected as President in May. “Kinabukasan natin ang nakataya rito. Hindi basta-basta ang laban na ito. Hindi po tayo papatalo sa abusado, manloloko at … Read more »

Unity key to progress – Marcos

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to put an end to political divisions that he said had hindered the full development of the country during a kick-off rally for his vice presidential bid on Tuesday here. … Read more »

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Editorial

2016’s first black swan is named ‘Zika’

THE term “black swan,” as we understand it in our 21st-century world, is an old metaphor that actually dates back to at least Roman times, appearing in the work of the poet Juvenal. It is an unexpected event of extreme impact. We are barely into the second month of 2016 year, and we have already been introduced to a new one. Its name is... Read more »


Sports

Last-gasp Ogbonna stuns Liverpool in FA Cup

LONDON: Angelo Ogbonna headed home in stoppage time of extra time as West Ham United stunned a youthful Liverpool team 2-1 in Tuesday’s (Wednesday in Manila) FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park. Philippe Coutinho’s clever free-kick had cancelled out … Read more »

Nation

Unemployment falls to 21.4% in SWS poll

Unemployment in the country dropped from an estimate of 10 million individuals in the third quarter to 9.1 million individuals in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The survey, first … Read more »

Lacson to campaign for Roxas, Robredo

Senator Panfilo Lacson will be exclusively campaigning for and with the administration slate bannered by presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. Lacson on Tuesday said he owes Roxas a lot since … Read more »

Ex-LRTA chief, 10 others face raps over P400-M deal

The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday said it has found sufficient grounds to file graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA Administrator Melquiades Robles and several other LRTA officials in connection with allegedly anomalous … Read more »

Cavite bettor bags P159-M lotto pot

A 40-year-old family driver from the province of Cavite has bagged the P159-million jackpot prize in Grand Lotto 6/55 draw. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the winner claimed his prize check last February … Read more »

‘Tesdaman’ kicks off campaign in Quezon City

ADMINISTRATION senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva opened the campaign period strong in Quezon City (Metro Manila), as thousands of his supporters cheered, danced the Zumba and then formed a giant human word bearing his moniker in the 2016 elections—“Tesdaman.” At the … Read more »

Airport cabbie returns $1,600 cash

An airport cabbie recovered a pouch that contained US$1,600 cash left by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who boarded the Jorivim Transport Services. Driver Anthony Masa said he brought the OFW to the Coastal Mall in Parañaque City and returned … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Too predictable

I find it very hard to believe that boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez is taking on Amir Khan at a catchweight of 155 pounds on May 17, 2016. Alvarez (46-1-1 with 32 knockouts), the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion, could … Read more »

AC is more public than SMC

SOME listed companies show in their public ownership reports (POR) that they are more public than others. Others simply report their compliance with the 10-percent-minium public ownership rule by listing their majority and significant stockholders. The main problem lies in … Read more »

GDP is now the refuge of policy scoundrels

THE unvarnished truth about the Mamasapano tragedy is this. The 44 gallant SAF men were led to the slaughter. Led to the lion’s lair, as Digong Duterte had put it. Led to the slaughter by a clueless commander-in-chief, as Senator … Read more »

A rising storm of ethnic fear

LET me tell you about my boat. It has a single mast and a cabin at the stern. It is painted white with a red stripe at the water line. I bought it in Denmark, at the port from where … Read more »

Time to go deeper

[Ash Wednesday, Year C, Feb. 10, 2016 / Jl 2:12-18 / Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 / 2 Cor 5:20-6:2 / Mt 6:1-6, 16-18] TODAY, Ash Wednesday, we are receiving ashes on our forehead. This is more than just a symbol … Read more »

Over-reaching executive, spineless Congress

MARTIAL LAW is gone but the Philippines still has a rubber-stamp legislature. This we should ponder on while a number will be extolling the regaining of democracy 30 years ago. The principle of checks and balances, a hallmark of republicanism, … Read more »

Shooting yourself in the foot, again – renewable energy

To shoot yourself in the foot is to be the author or instigator of your own misfortune. This is something that happens frequently in the Philippines, in fact it is common practice. The question is, of course, whose foot is … Read more »

Rogie Maglinas would have been an Azkal

Philippine football has just lost a promising winger. Rogie Maglinas passed away last February 2, reportedly succumbing to rhabdomyosarcoma or cancer of the skeletal muscles. He was 19. During his short playing career, he was said to have accounted for … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Overloading carries penalties, fine

Dear PAO, I recently passed by the South Luzon Expressway where I noticed a sign about the anti-overloading law. This got me interested since I am engaged in the business of transporting dry goods wherein I have trucks frequenting major … Read more »