The clearest sign that the Bangsamoro bill is a measure of dubious and shabby origins is the fact that it does not have a champion in either house of Congress–one sponsor to present a reasoned and cogent defense of it, … Read more »

YESTERDAY, some 500 peasants from key farming areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao converged at the Department of Agrarian Reform central office in Quezon City to kick off a 17-day peasants’ march for the completion and overhaul of the CARP. … Read more »

Sultanates, IPs left out on BBL

SENATORS on Monday criticized the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for its failure to make the peace process inclusive by also getting the position of sultanates and indigenous peoples (IPs) in Mindanao in the drafting of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Read more »

Spare bill from politics – Aquino

Stop politicking, start deliberating. President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday called on senators and congressmen not to use deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to advance their political agenda for the 2016 elections. Speaking to reporters in Marikina … Read more »

PH planes will continue flying over disputed areas

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday said Philippine military and civilian aircraft will continue flying in the airspace over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on … Read more »

QC judge inhibits from port case

The Regional Trial Court judge handling the legal battle over control of Harbour Centre Port Holdings Inc. (HCPHI) has inhibited himself from the case to avoid creating an impression of partiality in the proceedings. In a two-page order, Judge Bernelito … Read more »

COA stops payment of ‘smart’ license plates

PROBLEMS on the issuance of license plates for motor vehicles by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are seen likely to worsen because the Commission on Audit (COA) has suspended payment of the P3.8-billion cost of the contract. At the resumption … Read more »

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Senator Marcos gives OPAPP a deserved scolding

PRESIDENT Benigno S Aquino’s peace process people deserved the scolding Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos gave them at the Senate committee on local government hearing yesterday. Marcos chairs that committee. He said the people of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) had failed to to do their job of... Read more »


DOJ chief: Duterte liable for murder

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday said murder charges can be filed against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for admitting his links to the Davao Death Squad (DDS) believed to be behind extrajudicial killings in the city. “Killing is … Read more »

Group sees new power rate hike

An independent consumer group on Monday warned that “unusual” price movements at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) can trigger another power price spike. The group cited data from WESM showing that the maximum daily market clearing prices on May … Read more »

Vacate homes, quake faults ‘residents’ told

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday advised people living in buildings and houses sitting on the Valley Fault System (VFS) to move out because they have a very small chance of surviving a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. … Read more »

1,246 schools to hike tuition

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has allowed more than 1,000 private schools nationwide to increase their tuition and other school fees for school year 2015-2016. Initial figures obtained from the DepEd on Monday showed that out of the 1,556 private … Read more »

Binay ‘pals’ vow to attend Senate probe

ELEVEN individuals who were cited for contempt and ordered arrested by the Senate last week made commitments to attend the inquiry into allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday. According to Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Erlinda Chong, … Read more »

Roxas still tops PNoy’s presidential list

Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, who in 2009 set his Malacañang ambitions aside to give way to then Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd whose popularity soared after the death of his mother, continues to reap the “goodwill” he sowed. Despite an almost … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Is regulatory capture now a matter of policy?

AS expected, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) gave its approval for Meralco’s Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES), authorizing, provided a number of conditions are met, the country’s largest electric distributor to expand the service to as many as 140,000 customers … Read more »

House a homeowner while Senate remains homeless

AFTER 37 years, the National Housing Authority (NHA) just recently transferred the title of the land of the Batasan Complex to the House of Representatives. The House and the NHA have already signed the memorandum of agreement for the conveyance … Read more »

Mandate betrayed

IT’S one week before June and four months to October, unless COMELEC decides to move the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy to December 2015. No Calendar of Activities has been released by COMELEC and truly that is bothersome. That … Read more »

Maritime convulsions in the ‘Asean’ seas

“The sea belongs to nobody -but interests clash over its uses.” AT no other time in history do some Asean countries face several maritime challenges than during this second decade of the 21st century. All because of the uses of … Read more »

Ramadi falls. Iraqi army flees. 60-nation Islamic coalition is nowhere

YOU want hypotheticals? Here’s one. Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, … Read more »

Rebuilding media

As a journalist for more than a decade, I have been on dangerous assignments. I have fearlessly but carefully tackled different societal issues. Yet I never had any pain of being insulted or degraded to the point of being ashamed … Read more »

Ménage à trois

Often misunderstood, innovation is not invention. Invention is the creation of a novel or new idea. Innovation is making the invention useful, profitable and sustainable. It is not doing it better, but doing it differently. Thomas Edison tinkered with the … Read more »

Pinoy farmers at IFEX

THE IFEX show at SMX was at its usual best. The best products from the Philippines come out of their export vans and display themselves to the trade buyers, importers, and the general public (usually on the last day) at … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Deed of donation can be revoked

Dear PAO, My brother is already 59 years old and until now he has not married, neither does he have any child. He mentioned that he wants to donate the house and lot that he was able to purchase in … Read more »