Court workers stage protest to keep JDF

Court employees in Metro Manila and in the provinces wore black and red shirts on Monday to protest against the “attacks” by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on the Supreme Court after it struck down the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for … Read more »


Answer Jardeleza petition, Supreme Court orders JBC

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to explain the alleged “railroading” of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza’s nomination to the lone vacancy in the High Court. Jardeleza filed a petition for a temporary restraining … Read more »

BNPP conversion mulled

The government will look into proposals to convert the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a natural gas-powered facility to ease the country’s growing demand for energy, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Tuesday. “Mainam na pag-aralan ang … Read more »

DBM, COA figures clash

IN ITS 2012 Annual Financial Report for National Government, the Commission on Audit (COA) said regular appropriation for programmed activities of the departments and agencies of the national government amounted to P868.92 billion. The amount includes P11.28 billion in SAGF … Read more »

SC tackles Palace appeal on DAP ruling

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the petitioners who questioned the legality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to comment on the government’s appeal that the tribunal reconsider its ruling that found the disbursement program unconstitutional. During their en … Read more »

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Editorial

Ending the madness in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council has called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Gaza, where more than 500 Palestinians have died as Israel pressed its offensive against Hamas. There is a desperate ring to the appeal of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Israel to “exercise maximum restraint.” “Too many innocent people... Read more »


From our Readers

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »

DAP and DAR

DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

Cuts in electric power supply during storms

I have been In the Philippines now for over five years. I love the people and the country! What concerns me, however, is that every time we have a... Read more »

NAIA GM clarifies ‘50 workers report’

We refer to the July 3, 2014 article of Mr. Benjie Vergara regarding “50 NAIA workers” who fear losing their jobs as a result of the integration... Read more »

A wider cage in which to roam

Among the few things I applauded GMA for -0 a pure evil she wasn’t -- was her progressive libertarian Memo Circular No. 155 of Nov. 17, 2004,... Read more »

Sports

Algieri says he’ll make Pacquiao feel ‘too old’

World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion American Chris Algieri said that he would make Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao feel too old when they collide on November 22, in a title fight at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel … Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

YEN MAKABENTA

Does Aquino still remember his oath of office?

He staged a big funk about being sworn in by then Chief Justice Renato Corona (and substituted then associate justice Conchita Carpio-Morales for the ceremonial task), so we all presume that when Benigno Aquino 3rd finally took his oath as the 15th president of the Republic of the Philippines, he understood and meant every word he uttered and swore to on June 30, 2010. He intoned then in his baritone: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as... Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

SC to PNoy: Get off your high horse

It is not too accurate to view the 13-0 DAP vote of the Supreme Court as a landmark in constitutional interpretation. The DAP, in the context of three co-equal branches of government—and with Congress as the branch in charge of … Read more »

Efren Danao

16th Congress like a legislature under martial law

Recent political developments remind me of martial law and the Batasan (1984-1986) which I covered for the now defunct Veritas Newsmagazine. (The only other Batasan reporters still active in journalism today are Mr & Ms’s Joey Nolasco, now with Inquirer; … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

A subservient, sycophant, sleazy Congress

Here it comes: the inevitable Aquino administration backlash against the Supreme Court for its unanimous decisions declaring both the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. There may be good governance reasons to investigate and … Read more »

NELSON CELIS

Error in application

During the Joint Congressional Canvassing Committee hearing on May 26, 2010 at the Batasang Pambansa (BP) hall, Sen. Enrile asked a question why the computer servers in BP and PICC had 256 million and 150,000 million registered voters, respectively, though … Read more »

PROF. EMERITUS LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES

Other strategies to save the Executive

Second of two parts The first part of this column came out yesterday, Tuesday July 22, 2014. D. How about President Joseph Ejercito Estrada? His administration lasted for two short years. According to his Budget Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Diokno, no … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Toenec of Japan should not withdraw its P50-M investment

LAWYERS. Bayani Tan e-mailed Due Diligencer in connection with a piece that appeared in this space on July 9. He did not exactly react to the subject but had asked for certain details on where the piece entitled, “SEC tells … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Resolving criminal complaints at the barangay level

Dear PAO, I am thinking of complaining against my neighbor here in Malabon City (Metro Manila) for grave threats because of the negative words he uttered to me during an event in our barangay. Where should I file a case … Read more »