Pope Francis

IN a speech Tuesday to the European Union Parliament and later in another speech to the Council of Europe, Pope Francis—the first non-European head of the Roman Catholic Church in 1,200 years—reminded some of the most powerful persons in our … Read more »

(Part 1) It is easy to celebrate the approval of the Freedom of Information Bill at the Committee Level in the House of Representatives. After all, they’ve got the Senate and Malacañang on their side. But of course that’s also … Read more »

SC asked to stop Comelec bidding

FORMER Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from bidding a contract for the acquisition of the Automated Election System (AES) to be used in the national elections in 2016.

He also asked the High Court to exclude Smartmatic-TIM … Read more »

Crackdown seen as antidote to bribery

Rampant bribery in the government is a sign that the daang matuwid (straight path) advocacy of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has failed, and only a “crackdown from the top” can solve the problem, a political analyst said on Wednesday. While … Read more »

Pork barrel ‘revival’ stirs unrest

VARIOUS groups are poised to hold a massive rally to denounce the Aquino administration’s revival of the so-called pork barrel funds in the national budget despite previous rulings by the Supreme Court (SC) that declared these allocations as unconstitutional. On … Read more »

Aquino wants law on coco levy fund

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday pushed for passage of a law outlining how farmers will benefit from the P71-billion coco levy fund. In his speech at the start of his dialogue with coconut farmers, Aquino said his administration will … Read more »

Tiangco firm: Binay has no assets in US

IF one of the purposes of former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado in going to the United States is to look for pieces of property of Vice President Jejomar Binay there, his search will be futile, United Nationalist Alliance … Read more »

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Australia rules out electronic voting

COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes has succeeded in brainwashing most people with the idea that going back to manual voting in precincts is something bad. He has even accused as chaos- and confusion-makers experts who urge the junking of the untransparent, unverifiable and flaws-ridden Smartmatic Automated Election System using the PCOS... Read more »


Manila Mavericks face UAE Royals on Day 1 of IPTL tilt

THE MANILA Mavericks led by Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray will face the United Arab Emirates Royals in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) tilt at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Indian … Read more »

Life & Times

Christmas Century City Mall marks its first

If everywhere you go these days ignites the feeling of Christmas, then you can be sure to double that when you go to Century City Mall in Makati City. Why so? Because the sleek, upscale, and compact yet complete lifestyle … Read more »


Year-end cash gift to Makati seniors ready

The city government of Makati announced on Thursday said it will start distribution of the year-end cash gift for senior citizens in the city on Saturday. Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the Elderly Welfare Section of the Makati … Read more »

Fire damages building at BGC

A BLAZE tore though a portion of an under construction 31-story building in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Thursday. Arson investigators said the fire of undetermined origin which burned a portion of the One World Place building at the … Read more »

OFW on death row spared from beheading

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Saudi Arabia has been spared from beheading after his victim’s legal heirs forgave him for his crime, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Wednesday. To enable OFW Jonard La-ngamin to spend … Read more »

Competence, integrity must for poll posts

An election lawyer on Wednesday said those being considered to replace retirement-bound poll officials should be of “proven competence and integrity.” Romulo Macalintal, at the same time, added that he has no objection to the appointment of “insiders” to replace … Read more »

Former Makati mayor appeals arraignment, cites court petitions

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, Elenita, is asking the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Third Division to reverse its ruling that set reading of charges against her. Her arraignment in two cases, each consisting of one count of graft and malversation, did … Read more »

Former PCGG chief faces graft raps

Graft charges were filed against former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairman Camilo Sabio for allegedly attempting to influence his brother, the late Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Jose Sabio Jr., to help a litigant in a case … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Karen Kunawicz

Cumberbatch and ‘Penguins’ vs. ‘Bosses’ and Oscar winners

In Horrible Bosses 2, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are reprising their roles as Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus and Kurt Buckman—three friends, who at one point in their lives, tried to dispense with their respective conniving, bullying bosses. … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Arroyo copycats want pork

The gluttonous slobs have such an insatiable craving for the staple congressional pork barrel that they’re already impatiently demanding for second helpings. Even before the Senate can comply with its constitutional mandate “to propose or concur with amendments” to the … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Say cheese, Philippines

Over the next few days a couple of weighty topics will occupy the business pages. Later today the government will release the third-quarter GDP figures, and the results of today’s much-anticipated meeting of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) … Read more »


Real men don’t

WHERE are the men? I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at … Read more »


Architecture and planning for wellness

Second of two parts Think about this: 12 bikes can fit in one parking space. That alone presents a lot of development opportunities and savings. Last week, I talked about how the Urban Land Institute (ULI), through its Building Healthy … Read more »

Roger Mitton

As Thailand and Vietnam tighten, Myanmar reforms

WHEN I’m feeling down, troubled and disoriented, I recall what my old physiology professor once counseled in such moments: “Context.” His advice echoes today amid the astringent criticism now raining upon Myanmar for the alleged stalling of its reforms. Context … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Recruitment firm can be sued for delayed deployment of worker

Dear PAO, I applied for overseas employment. When I was about to leave, the recruitment agency informed me that my flight would be delayed indefinitely due to some technicalities. Can I file a case against them on the ground that … Read more »