I hope “suffrages” attracts the overwhelmingly large majority of politics-minded readers to this piece, which is not about elections. “Suffrages” are the prayers that one promises, or are prescribed by a church authority, for specific intentions. More people in the … Read more »

AS corporations declare their third quarter earnings this current reporting season, those that report earnings of just a few billion pesos do so without any enthusiasm. Under the boom times of Mr. Aquino, a few billion pesos in net is … Read more »

‘Fire back in my eyes’

Pacquiao: I’m stronger, faster than before

MACAU: Confident that he is “faster and stronger than before,” Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao climbs the ring in the Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena on Sunday to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against American Chris Algieri.

“It’s a good day here and the feeling is alright. I feel so fine, Read more »

Overweight Algieri sweats off excess pounds

MACAU: Chris Algieri had trouble on the scales ahead of Sunday’s fight. Undefeated American Algieri could not make the catchweight limit of 144lb and was still 0.20lb over after a second attempt despite stripping down to his bare essentials at … Read more »

Security plans for pope kept secret

The government will keep under wraps security measures it is laying out for the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January following reports that terrorist groups are out to kill the pontiff. “We can’t broadcast the nitty gritty … Read more »

PH bans ‘rude’ foreign journalists

The Philippines said Saturday it had banned certain foreign journalists from the country over an incident last year, when President Benigno Aquino 3rd was taunted by a group of Hong Kong reporters during a visit to Indonesia. The immigration bureau … Read more »

President recalls boyhood haunts at Araneta Center

President Benigno Aquino 3rd waxed nostalgic as he reminisced how as a youth he spent his days shopping and watching games at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City. Speaking at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Araneta Center on … Read more »

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The TWG’s Restriction of Information Law

LIKE their boss in Malacañang, the congressmen working for President Aquino in the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House Committee on Public Information don’t care about the national interest at all. One of the crucial requirements for authentic reforms in public service to ensure good governance and the possibility of radically... Read more »


Pacquiao beats Algieri to retain WBO welterweight title

MACAU: Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao comprehensively dismantled American Chris Algieri to retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight title at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday. Pacquiao dropped Algieri to the canvas six times during the 12-round contest in … Read more »


No extended hours for MRT, LRT for Christmas

OPERATING hours of major malls in Metro Manila will be adjusted on Friday, November 28, but the country’s twin mass transit systems will not go along for the ride. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told radio station DZMM that mall operations … Read more »

Palace can appoint outsiders to Comelec

President Benigno Aquino 3rd could still appoint outsiders to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to replace three commissioners who will retire in 2015. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued the statement in response to the call made by the Comelec-Employees’ … Read more »

Youth groups nix exorbitant school fees

EXPRESSING dissent over the enforcement of unregulated tuition hikes and “other school fees” in colleges and universities, militant youth groups under the Rise for Education banner on Friday stormed the central office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to … Read more »

Legazpi stages biggest anti-drug rally in PH

LEGAZPI CITY: About 18,000 to 20,000 people from all walks of life in this capital city of Albay joined an indignation rally on Sunday to denounce the proliferation of drugs in the country, specifically in the Bicol region. The annual … Read more »

Mariveles switches on Christmas lights

MARIVELES: It was a Friday before dusk to remember in Mariveles, Bataan as the Christmas lights were switched on at the municipal hall and its surrounding areas, and as far away as the town’s boulevard by the sea. Mariveles has … Read more »

Napoles ‘unfriends’ ex-Sandigan justice

Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles cried at Friday’s hearing on her petition for bail, after pork barrel scam witness Marina Sula made unfavorable statements about former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Third Division. Despite the tears, Napoles, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

Lord Jesus come as King. Reign in my heart

[Christ the King, Year A, Sunday Nov 23, 2014 / Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17 / Ps 23:1-2a, 2b-3, 5, 6 / 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28 / Matt 25:31-46] TODAY’S feast was instituted in 1925 by Pius XI. Often feasts are introduced … Read more »

David Ignatius

The Islamic State’s terrifying strategy

WASHINGTON, DC: A centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces. But new research shows the jihadists have been working since 2009 … Read more »


The F word

THERE are many reasons to love the F word really, though it’s the kind of thing that’s thrown one’s way like it’s a judgment, or a truth one should have an amount of shame about. Because really, you’re all that? … Read more »


Veep Jojo Binay a ‘segurista’

IF voters are looking for a next President who’ll make the incumbent accountable for his abominable control and misuse of the pork barrel and failure to act on allegations of corruption at the MRT, the DOTC, the Department of Agriculture … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Saga of Drilon’s Iloilo Convention Center

DURING the Senate hearing on the controversial Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) last week, Senate President Franklin Drilon said that he is “proud to be associated” with the project that is located in his hometown of Iloilo. Senator Drilon cited the … Read more »

Jaime S. Bautista

On education and the exclusive powers of the Bangsamoro

THE Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation Inc. (PAFI) supports the objectives of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) of promoting peace and development in Southern Philippines. These goals cannot be achieved without national reconciliation and, evidently, a key to achieving harmony and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Formal requirements in donating property

Dear PAO, I would like to know the legal procedures in donating a land. My father decided to donate to me his property as an act of gratitude and to show his appreciation to me for taking care of him … Read more »