YEN MAKABENTA

The disputed doctrine of judicial supremacy

THIS may disappoint some of my readers, or lead others to wonder whether I have abandoned constitutional principles. But in the interest of fairness and objectivity, I feel duty-bound to state that I do not believe the Supreme Court’s decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is the absolutely final word on the subject, even though I have hailed it as a landmark ruling and a possible “tipping point” in national politics and governance. After the decision was handed down… Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

The message in the Ebola epidemic

A brief story from the Agence France-Presse (AFP) wire caught my attention earlier this week: Peter Piot, a Belgian doctor who was one of the “discoverers” of the Ebola virus in 1976, described the circumstances of the epidemic rapidly spreading through West Africa as a ‘perfect storm.’ Piot’s comments followed an uncanny admission by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier in the month that the Ebola spread—which the WHO has sought to downplay by repeatedly admonishing the media, until now, to refer to it as an “outbreak” instead of as an epidemic Read more »

UPDATE: Economic growth gains pace to 6.4%

(Updating with more details and comments from NEDA) The Philippine economy grew 6.4 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014, gaining pace since the slowdown seen in the first quarter but still lower than the year-earlier rate, official figures … Read more »

National Language Month
Binay: Senate hearing a badly scripted ‘telenovela’
Brains, gunman in race driver’s slay fall

‘Step down now’

LIPA CITY, Batangas: Hundreds of people from various walks of life, varying political persuasions and different religious beliefs rallied here on Wednesday and demanded that President Benigno Aquino 3rd step down because of his failure to deliver on his promises … Read more »

The Lipa declaration: An urgent call for national transformation

Adopted on August 27, 2014 by groups demanding the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd. We are Filipino citizens of different personal, professional social and economic backgrounds and political persuasions and religious beliefs. We have gathered here in Lipa City … Read more »

Binay: Senate hearing a badly scripted ‘telenovela’

VICE President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday accused Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th of orchestrating the Senate hearing on the P2.2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2 to destroy him and his family and derail his presidential plans. “The … Read more »

President’s term extension ‘unlikely’

Prospects of a term extension for President Benigno Aquino 3rd look dim even if the ruling Liberal Party (LP) is yet to come up with its official stand on the matter. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Wednesday admitted that amending … Read more »

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Editorial

The Comelec owes the nation its answer to a very serious question

“Why spend billions of pesos on PCOS, which only cuts down the election process by half a day, but removes the transparency in the counting process?” A more transparent, fraud-free system is available that will make our elections more transparent and verifiable (which is not possible with the expensive PCOS machines and the Smartmatic... Read more »


Sports

Tamaraws hold off Green Archers

Far Eastern University (FEU) survived the late charge of defending champion De La Salle University, 74-70, to grab the solo lead in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of … Read more »

From our Readers

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Cory appointed Binay as OIC of Makati with the blessings of her Elite compadres the Ayalas & Lopezes. he will still be under the clutches of the... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

What has been happening in the four years of BS Aquino administration is all of treachery or betrayal of public trust. His campaign promises mostly... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

Our present government is like a ship with a Skipper on the bridge looking forward to the vast ocean ahead. Let us first describe the ship which is... Read more »

Binay: Stop pushing Aquino to extend term

Dapat pa bang paniwalaan ang mga panukala nitong mga Senador at Congressmen na tumanggap ng 50 million pesos additional funds na suhol galing sa... Read more »

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Why they are not charged of corruption, if what the author is saying is true…or is he or she just plain against Pres. Aquino’s administration.... Read more »

Nation

Roxas: DILG budget not a 2016 kitty

SECRETARY Manuel Roxas 2nd of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is willing to give up the proposed P5.6-billion budget for grassroots infrastructure projects that an opposition lawmaker claims is his campaign kitty. Alliance of Concerned Teachers Rep. … Read more »

Imported ceramic tiles poorly inspected

MORE than 50 percent of the ceramic tiles and plywood being shipped to the Philippines have no Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said … Read more »

Justice department okays permanent anti-drug unit

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has received the green light to create a permanent unit for operations against illegal drugs, a memorandum from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Wednesday. In its letter to the PNP, the department said … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

People’s Initiative by the numbers

Last Saturday, I was at the Mariners Hotel in Cebu City attending the People’s Congress on the People’s Initiative to Abolish Pork Barrel together with over a thousand other delegates. The historic convergence of church people from different faiths, artists, … Read more »

KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

‘Baket’ challenge

Yes, certainly raising awareness—and funds!—for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a great thing. But there are nuances to social-media-dependent awareness-raising that need to be considered, where the point can so easily be missed, and what goes viral is something other … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Conquering the United Arab Emirates

Early this year, the Philippines welcomed a top level business delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) headed by UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al-Mansouri. During that visit, both parties agreed to increase trade between the two countries … Read more »

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

Laguna de Bay: A vision for the future

First of two parts Strategically located in the country’s center of urban and industrial development, Laguna de Bay is the largest inland body of water in the Philippines and the second largest lake in Southeast Asia. It has a surface … Read more »

Peter Cariño

Notes on Pringle, Pacquiao

I normally do not watch the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft live on television, but since the television at the office was tuned in to that event last Sunday I decided out of curiosity to see how it unfolded (Sorry, … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

The pilgrim in all of us

On a drive north last weekend, we decided to take a detour on the road leading to the Church of Our Lady of Manaoag. As it was a holiday, it wasn’t at all surprising to find a long convoy of … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Nannies, employers should be registered with SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG

Dear PAO, I just gave birth to my first child. My mother-in-law found a helper for me but I am not sure how much I am supposed to pay her considering that she is a “stay-out” nanny. Do I also … Read more »