Aquino OKs P44-B defense spending

Frigates, anti-sub choppers, surveillance planes in DND shopping list CLARK FREEPORT ZONE: President Benigno Aquino 3rd has authorized the Department of National Defense to enter into a P44-billion multi-year contract for seven major military acquisitions as part of measures to … Read more »

PNoy to lead forum in Paris meet

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is set to leave the country on Sunday to embark on official working visits in France, Italy and the Vatican, Malacañang said. The President will lead the meeting of 20 “climate vulnerable” countries during the 21st … Read more »

Poe not a ‘registered’ foundling

There are 4,350 registered foundlings in the country and Sen. Grace Poe is not one of them, a lawyer disclosed Saturday. “She is not registered. It is a pre-requisite. You must be registered to avail of legal presumption as natural … Read more »

‘COP21 will predictably fail’

The exiled founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines is doubtful that the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will come out with a legally-binding agreement, saying it is plagued … Read more »

Census leaves out PWDs, angers disability council

Described as a “complete enumeration” of the entire Philippine population, the 2015 Census has ignored crucial data on a significant sector: persons with disabilities (PWD). The exclusion of questions on disability in the August census does not only leave out … Read more »

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The season of Advent begins today

The Christian Church uses the yearly cycle of Masses and prayers, broken up into liturgical seasons, to celebrate the whole mystery of Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity who magnanimously decided to share in our humanity to give us human beings the possibility of sharing in His divinity. The celebration of his life and mission of... Read more »


Duterte rejects lower income tax rates

Davao City: Just like President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not in favor of lowering income tax rates. Duterte, who officially joined the presidential race on Friday, said he is against proposals to lower income taxes … Read more »

Groups seek bold pact to address climate change

Climate change advocates on Saturday called for bold measures to arrest global warming ahead of the United Nations climate convention. “The youth are ready. We will not wait for our turn in involving ourselves and taking the lead in the … Read more »

University tug-of-war resolved

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has junked a case born of a tug-of-war between Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Board of Regents (PLM Board) and its former president, former Justice secretary Artemio Tuquero. It declared moot a petition filed by … Read more »

Aquinos mark 83rd birthday of Dad Ninoy

President Benigno Aquino 3rd and two of his sisters visited the tomb of their father, the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who would have turned 83 years old on Friday. The President and his sisters Ballsy and Viel … Read more »

Bangsamoro bill may be passed in December

SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Thursday expressed optimism that the chamber will be able to pass its version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law called Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLABAR) next month. Plenary deliberation on the measure will … Read more »

Smartmatic again wins P550M deal

Smartmatic-TIM Corp. has again bagged another multi-million deal from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)—the transmission solution and management service contract for the 2016 elections. Under the P558 million deal, Smartmatic will transmit the result of the national and local elections. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Deserving Duterte

If there’s anyone that I am now afraid might win the 2016 elections—because who knows what kind of electorate we have at this point—it is Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Yes, there are pros and cons for all the presidential candidates … Read more »

What’s a Philippine political party? First a tragedy, then a farce

The analysis of what Philippine political parties stand for, the principles they swear by, has to start with the party that leads the ruling coalition, the Liberal Party. We all can readily declare that it is a party with a … Read more »

Affirmation is stronger than punishment

No child should have to suffer punishment and hardship in order for them to grow into mature, responsible young adults. The results of a global research project recently released in Scotland shows that punishing and hurting children has severe detrimental … Read more »

Your liberation is near at hand

[1st Sunday of Advent, Year C, Nov 29, 2015/ Jer 33:14-16 / Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10+14 / 1 Thess 3:12–4:2 / Luke 21:25-28, 34-36] All things can be born patiently when liberation is close at hand. Many of the older … Read more »

Academic accords

IN recent years, accords occupy academic discussions. Foremost of this is the Bologna accord. During a consultation meeting on a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum order, a couple of participants asked me why there are several accords often mentioned … Read more »

Election plot: ‘Last Man Standing’

WHO’S running for President? While we can rattle off four or five presidentiables, in fact, we’re not sure for whom we can actually vote next May. Especially if a rumored plot to take out opposition candidates is for real. At … Read more »

Aquino walked with vengeance

THE greatest abuse people had of their minds regarding the just past Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Manila is in believing that APEC is a grouping for purely economic concerns so that political issues, like China’s increasing … Read more »

An awful and otherworldly use of the possessive form

I THOUGHT there was something awful and otherworldly in this headline of a recent news story: “Pregnant pastor’s wife shot, killed in home invasion in Indianapolis.” The picture it created in my mind was that of a pregnant church … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Nurses can’t inherit from their patients

Dear PAO, I am a hospital nurse who was once assigned to take care of a terminally ill man as my patient. After the death of my patient, I was surprised when some of his relatives told me that I … Read more »