Last week, I essayed the analysis that the nation’s ethical infrastructure, like our physical and political infrastructure, is sagging and crumbling, and that it urgently needs rebuilding (“Our new social cancer is ethical,” September 18). Today, I turn my focus … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

First of two parts If there’s one painful lesson the nation should learn from past changes in national leadership, they never stopped corruption. Corazon Aquino took over from Ferdinand Marcos, then had her Kamag-anak Inc. Joseph Estrada had his predecessor … Read more »

‘I had wanted revenge vs Marcos’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday admitted that he had wanted to exact revenge against then-strongman President Ferdinand Marcos and his “ilk” after the assassination of his father, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., more than 31 years ago.

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Sandiganbayan Justice Ong resigns

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong has submitted his resignation letter to the Supreme Court (SC) en banc, asking that he be allowed to retire early from the anti-graft court. Ong apparently decided to sever his ties with the Sandiganbayan after … Read more »

Plunder, graft, bribery raps against Purisima

A few days after Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd ordered a lifestyle check on all personnel of the Philippine National Police, a consumers’ group on Monday filed plunder, graft and indirect bribery charges against PNP chief Alan Purisima before the … Read more »

Binay accuser faces disbarment for bigamy

RENATO Bondal, one of those who accused Vice President Jejomar Binay of building an overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, is facing a disbarment complaint for allegedly committing bigamy. In a two-page complaint filed at the Supreme Court dated August … Read more »

Philippines assured of a bronze in wushu

INCHEON, South Korea: Francisco Solis made it to the semifinals of the men’s sanda -56-kg. in wushu on Monday, assuring the Philippines of its first medal in the 2014 Asian Games. The veteran Solis posted a 2-0 win over Ting … Read more »

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Climate change: Time is running out

Climate change is real, it is here and it threatens all of us. That is the inconvenient truth (to borrow the title from the award-winning 2006 documentary featuring the environmental crusader Al Gore) confronting 125 world leaders, including President Benigno Aquino 3rd, attending the UN Climate Change summit in New York today. There is a grim... Read more »


‘Anti-PH’ Malaysian video agitates Manila

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has expressed its concern to Aegis Malaysia, a global business process outsourcing (BPO) company, about a promotional video that it produced putting the Philippines in an “unfavorable light.” A statement from the embassy said … Read more »

Marcos family still hoping for patriarch’s proper burial

THE family of former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos remains hopeful that the government will follow existing rules concerning those who are to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) and finally bestow upon the ex-leader what it … Read more »

President’s 2nd cousin airport CEO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed his second cousin, Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, as president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC). Tanjuatco will replace Victor Jose Luciano, who has been appointed director of the Civil Aviation … Read more »

Scotland’s referendum seen as model for Bangsamoro’s

The Philippines can draw lessons from the peaceful conduct of Scotland’s independence referendum that can be applied in the establishment of the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao, according  to the government’s chief  peace negotiator. In a statement, Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on … Read more »

Filipino peacekeepers leave for Haiti duty

After the repatriation of the 344-man Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) contingent to the Golan Heights, another  group of Filipino peacekeepers on Monday left for Haiti as part of the country’s commitment  to the United Nations stabilization mission. Lt. … Read more »


QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Monday approved an ordinance granting a quarterly rice allowance worth P1,500 to teaching and non-teaching staff in the division of city schools. The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Godofredo T. Liban 2nd of District … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Corporate communications with a nasty bite

On the heels of the flooding and general misery caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Mario last Friday, a new affront to Filipino self-assurance appeared over the weekend in the form of a video, a short infomercial produced by … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Just DON’T do it

Former Manila Mayor and now Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay mentioned one good reason, or probably the best reason, not to change the Constitution through Congress, even if supposedly it would be limited to economic provisions alone. Atienza said … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Malacañang’s P10-billion cover up

The list of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) projects released by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad is one big cover-up to belatedly legitimize the Aquino administration’s illegal and unconstitutional juggling of public funds. This is the first … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Binay redux

Jejomar Binay, vice president of the Philippines, delivered a prepared speech for a total of 21 minutes with all the trappings of the higher office save the seal. He was focused on the bigger audience and contrasted himself with those … Read more »


Rizal: Social entrepreneur

It occurred to me during a conversation over lunch with a colleague Lito Casaje (who is with the Literature Department of DLSU) that our national hero, Jose Rizal, was actually a social entrepreneur. Lito and I are both fans of … Read more »


The new wave of coffee

I do not want to declare the “third wave coffee” trend as the new wave. At least not in the Philippines. Because in many parts of the country we still are drinking coffee cooked in calderos (soup pots) or drinking … Read more »

Legal Advice

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‘For private use only’ of audiovisual works unacceptable legal defense

Dear PAO, I would like to inquire about the legality of my intention to record a movie soundtrack and sound clips of a new movie that I am anticipating to see in the cinemas. Although I am aware that video … Read more »