On assuming the presidency of Czechoslovakia on New Year’s Day, 1990, after the long night of communism, the playwright-turned-politician Vaclav Havel told his countrymen: “Freedom and democracy require everyone to participate and thus to share responsibility. “If we realize this, … Read more »

President Benigno Aquino 3rd warned of “body bags.” Days later in April, his chief negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, University of the Philippines political science professor Miriam Coronel Ferrer, spoke of a “very bloody” religious war if MILF … Read more »

Marcos rejects govt BBL version

Insisting that Malacañang’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not bring the country any closer to peace, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he will be presenting a substitute bill that will be for the good of … Read more »

Aquino unfazed by BBL delay

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday expressed confidence that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would eventually get past Congress. The President made the statement in a speech in Japan where he is now on a state visit. “We are … Read more »

‘People’ urging PNoy to run in 2016 polls

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd said some sectors are urging him to do a Gloria Arroyo and run for another position in the 2016 elections so he can actively pursue the reforms he initiated during his regime. Speaking to members of … Read more »

‘Chinese acting like Nazis’

TOKYO: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday likened present-day China to Nazi Germany during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).The comments … Read more »

Grace: I’m qualified to run for higher post in 2016

Sen. Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares on Wednesday insisted that she is qualified to run for a higher elective position in next year’s elections as she debunked issues raised by the spokesman for the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who claimed she … Read more »

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Unnecessary provocation of China by the President

IN announcing the inclusion of the disputed territories issue in his Japan state visit agenda, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd is again stirring the pot, so to speak. The apparent agitation seems unnecessary, and it is unclear what national interest it hopes to serve. Note that the Aquino government’s approach to territorial... Read more »


Power rates to go up

THE cost of electricity will again go up next month because the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) allowed the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to collect unrecovered generation costs and other charges. The additional power rate of P0.0418 will be charged in … Read more »

Binay downplays Senate report

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday downplayed the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee report recommending the filing of plunder complaint against him, saying his role in the construction of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building was only “ministerial.” “The reason … Read more »

$1.3M Garcia assets returned to PH

The United States on Wednesday returned to the Philippines more than $1.3 million in proceeds of the forfeited assets of former military comptroller retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg on Wednesday turned over a US … Read more »

‘Extinct’ amphibians found in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The National Geographic’s (NatGeo) “Weird & Wild” website segment featured on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) “two species of amphibians thought lost to science” but were rediscovered again in the mountain forests of Palawan in the Philippines. A … Read more »

Revilla insists on back therapy

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. slammed the prosecution for opposing his request that he be allowed to undergo therapy for his painful back. Revilla, who is detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on plunder charges, asked the … Read more »

Jinggoy appeals petition to visit his mother

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is appealing the Sandiganbayan’s ruling that denied his request for a five-hour furlough to attend his mother’s birthday celebration on Friday, June 5. Estrada is detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center over a … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Another told-you-so moment

THE role of the media in a democracy being what it is, there is not much more the average opinion writer can do with the job than to “call on” the responsible component of the government to do its job … Read more »

Testing Tanduay

ON the day this column is released, 397 contractual Tanduay workers will have been on strike for 18 days, demanding that they be regularized as employees after five to eleven years in service. That’s 90% of Tanduay’s Cabuyao Laguna workforce … Read more »

1977 plan still remains to be carried out

WAY back in 1977, Metro Manila was presented with an urban plan, and prior to that in the early 1900’s Daniel Burnham had a beautiful plan as well. Thirty eight years after, we still ask ourselves where this beautiful city … Read more »

It doesn’t make sense

After the boring megabout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao ended with the American winning and the Filipino complaining, the name of Amir Khan (31-3 with 19 knockouts) immediately surfaced as a possible opponent for either. Meanwhile, Chris Algieri … Read more »

Jollibee’s P9.828-B surplus available for dividend

JOLLIBEE Foods Corp. will hold its annual stockholders’ meeting on June 26 in the PSE auditorium of the Philippine Stock Exchange Building at Ortigas Center. Due Diligencer, as it did for Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. three weeks ago, is presenting … Read more »

Pope Francis honors Romero. Pikkety revives Marx. What these mean

A RECENT front page story of the New York Times stated off with the quiet meeting Pope Francis had – early in his papacy – with Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutierrez. Good grief no, he is not part of the controversial … Read more »

Thinking out-of-the-box: A paradigm shift

THE problem of the failed transmission of 9 million votes from the precincts in 2013 is not only a serious problem to confront but also a critical issue for the forthcoming 2016 national and local elections. Such huge number of … Read more »

VP Binay must face the music

VICE President Jejomar Binay must now man up and answer point-by-point all the charges being leveled against him. After stopping his men from testifying before a subcommittee of the Senate blue ribbon committee, he could no longer argue that the … Read more »

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Dispute over money should first be heard by barangay

Dear PAO, My brother’s officemate borrowed money from him amounting to P50,000. They agreed that the monthly interest will be at P500 per month and that this amount should be settled on or before January 2015. Unfortunately, until now my … Read more »