I was sorely disappointed to have been proved right in expecting nothing new from President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address. But I felt genuinely sorry that I had expected him to be a little more modest and truthful this time. He spoke for two hours and ten minutes and was interrupted 157 times by obligatory applause—his longest and most exhausting SONA in five years. It did not have the quality of Krishna Menon’s eight-hour speech… Read more »

Llamanzares, taking oath of office in October 2010 as MTRCB head, in which she swore allegiance to the Philippine constitution. Inset, the kind of US citizenship ceremony Poe had joined, in which she swore allegiance to the US constitution, to which oath she was still bound in 2010.

There is something about an oath that points to humanity’s highest values. A “solemn promise, invoking a divine witness regarding one’s future action or behavior, “ the Oxford Dictionary defines it.

Next to the family, an oath is… Read more »

Aquino endorses FOI bill

Measure pushed in budget message

DRAWING flak for not mentioning the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday asked Congress to pass the proposed law to cement transparency in government.

The Senate has already passed Senate Bill 1733… Read more »

A citizen’s SONA

First of two parts “The only reason for the triumph of the forces of evil is that good men do nothing.”- Edmund Burke THE country is shaken with paroxysms of anticipation and delight on the unfolding of two expected events … Read more »

Binay still mum on SONA

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday refused to make any comment on President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s 6th and final State of the Nation Address (SONA), saying he will respond “in due time.” “In due time [I will be delivering the … Read more »

Chiz gives up powerful Senate posts

SAYING he is seriously considering running for a higher position in next year’s elections, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Tuesday relinquished his powerful positions in the Senate to insulate budget deliberations from politics. “I would rather be criticized for abandoning … Read more »

Nancy: Anti-dynasty bill should cover entire govt

Sen. Nancy Binay on Tuesday said the proposed enabling law that will put teeth to the constitutional prohibition against political dynasties should cover the entire government system and should not be limited to elective positions. Binay, eldest daughter of Vice … Read more »

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History no refuge for the President

Even as reactions to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) are streaming in, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd may still get his wish in the end – for history to be his final arbiter as a leader. But he might want to recall the saying to be careful about what one wishes for. If we were to look at how history judges leaders of the past,... Read more »


Grace to declare bid after LP bares bet

SENATOR Grace Poe will declare her intention to seek the presidency once President Benigno Aquino 3rd has announced the administration party’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections. In fact, an informant from Poe’s camp claimed that the resignation of Sen. … Read more »

PH failed to stamp out human trafficking – US

The Philippines has not done enough to stamp out human trafficking, according to the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the United States. The report placed the Philippines at Tier 2 in its three-tier ranking system, which means … Read more »

Students blast ‘SONA of lies’

THE National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) contested the claims made by President Benigno Aquino 3rd in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), branding it “a SONA of lies.” “The figures cannot be denied by the … Read more »

Marcos doubts SONA accuracy

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr., on Tuesday raised the need to verify the figures cited by President Benigno Aquino 3rd in his State of the Nation Address (SONA). Marcos raised doubts on the accuracy of the figures paraded by Aquino in … Read more »

Abaya vows better MRT 3

The dilapidated and congested Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) will drastically improve before President Benigno Aquino 3rd finishes his term in June 2016. Secretary Joseph Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications made the promise a day after … Read more »

Abad eyes pay hike for govt workers

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will be proposing a salary increase for government workers next month. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad made the disclosure when he submitted the proposed P3 trillion budget for 2016. Abad said his agency has … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

‘Political contributions of corporations are illegal’

Who cares if it is illegal for corporations to financially support political candidates? For politicians who are into politics only for the money, whether they lose or win, every million-peso contribution counts. By declaring that political donations by companies are … Read more »


PATAS and TAPAT are two alternative voting systems demonstrated at recent mock election exercises witnessed by some Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials and found to be viable alternatives to the PCOS machines. But the same officials are quick to state … Read more »

In Uber’s tracks

Uber just ran over the mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio wanted to limit the company’s expansion, citing traffic and complaints from the taxi industry, which is, as the saying goes, on the wrong side of history. Uber marshaled … Read more »

Bataan recount damning to PCOS

THE manual recount of the ballots in Dinalupihan, Bataan is getting to be an eye-opener. It offers an A-I exhibit for those who have been doubting the authenticity of the 2013 election results churned out by the Precinct Count Optical … Read more »

More aliens perform, work illegally in PH

Local performing artists, as well as showbiz personalities, see as a positive development the criminal charges being pressed against Canadian citizen John Michael Roda, promoter of hip hop singer Chris Brown, who reneged on their contract to hold Brown’s concert … Read more »

Is it time for a Philippine ‘Industrial Revolution’?

Is it really just the incompetence of the rank and file in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) that prevents them from issuing license plates and driver’s licenses and makes them insist that special screws must be used to fasten the … Read more »

They play football, too, in Bacolod

Marwin Angeles used to be an Azkal about six, five years ago and was part of the national football team that paved the way for a revival of sorts of the “beautiful game” in the Philippines. This corner saw him … Read more »

Well, what did you think he was going to say?

IN the hours leading up to President BS Aquino 3rd’s delivery of his last State of the Nation Address, probably the most popular topic of conversation around the newsroom, and indeed, in most of the online media as well, was … Read more »

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Woman whose marriage is void can’t cohabit with another man

Dear PAO, I have been married to my husband for three years when I discovered that he was already married to another woman (his first wife) who is still alive. I confronted him and he admitted that indeed he was … Read more »