Duterte raises hopes of the poor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte sets the national agenda for the first time in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) today (Monday), confronted with the twin problems of poverty and unemployment despite record economic growth in the past few years. Duterte … Read more »


A different SONA

HOW will the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte be different from past SONAs? Known to ignore tradition, Duterte has expressed his desire to keep the event simple. Thus, there will be no parade of women in … Read more »

Media killings tackled in brief speech

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to hammer on the need to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) measure and stopping media killings when he addresses Congress and reports on the state of the nation today. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar … Read more »

Duterte FOI: ‘No request for information shall be denied’

ON THE eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang announced that the Chief Executive has finally signed an executive order (EO) mandating Freedom of Information (FOI), a constitutionally guaranteed right that had never been … Read more »

Asean deadlocked as sea split deepens

VIENTIANE, Laos: Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday over how to confront saber-rattling in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region’s most contentious security issue. The gathering in Vientiane is … Read more »

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Editorial

NKorea justifies US, SKorea deployment of Thaad system

NORTH Korea on Tuesday (July 19) fired three ballistic missiles to show its displeasure over the plan of South Korea and the US to deploy an advanced missile defense system to protect SK from threats posed by the North’s ballistic missiles. North Korea’s firing of the missiles only served to prove SK’s and the US’ right to mount the... Read more »


Nation

31-M workers denied minimum wage –Ibon

Thirty-one million of the total 67.1 million Filipino workers have not been receiving the correct minimum wage since 2013, according to an independent research group. Ibon Foundation said 31 million is equivalent to 46.1 percent of the total 67.1 million … Read more »

Mistaken executions seen with death penalty revival

Owing to an error-prone judiciary, many convicts would be wrongfully executed once Congress revives the death penalty, a pro-life lawmaker warned on Sunday. “We’re afraid the rate of wrongful executions could even be higher than that during President [Joseph] Estrada’s … Read more »

De Lima should face drug probe – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday said Sen. Leila de Lima should be investigated for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country, particularly at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her stint as Justice secretary. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said … Read more »

LP to join majority

THE Liberal Party (LP) will join the majority coalition with the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) since Speaker Feliciano Belmonte is no longer joining the race for the House speakership in the 17th Congress, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas … Read more »

Erap OKs P7.4B bay reclamation project

Saying it will provide solutions to a lot of problems in Manila, Mayor Joseph Estrada signed a joint-venture agreement with a construction conglomerate for a massive reclamation project in Manila Bay. Under the agreement, R-II Builders, Inc. will reclaim 50 … Read more »

Four men killed in Pasay

Four men were either found dead or gunned down by still unidentified suspects while another one was injured in different areas in Pasay City, Friday night to Saturday midnight. Police officer 2 Noel Burden, case investigator, said tricycle driver Redentor … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The risk in being safe

It pains me to see public officials prefer to be safe and conservative in the way they think and express themselves, rather than be glowing with radioactive ideas that challenge the norm in a creative way. But that is what … Read more »

A race to the finish – arya na!

THE trumpet of war had been sounded. The base of the Republican Party had been given marching orders. America must purify itself, rid the country of immigrants: deport the millions already in the US and build a wall to prevent … Read more »

‘Kalyeserye’ and the face of poverty

AS the producer of Eat Bulaga aired on GMA7, Television and Productions Exponents Inc. (TAPE) may not know that the show’s Kalyeserye is sending us a political message. While loyal viewers are kept glued to TV sets to watch every … Read more »

Transforming the value chain

When the new administration presented its proposed 10-point socioeconomic agenda, the term “value chain development” caught my attention. The new administration recognizes that developing a good value chain can contribute to fostering inclusive growth. The concept of value chain was … Read more »

Be your own toughest critic

Why you should not be a dead wood in meetings; or even act like a wallflower, if you’re part of the gentle sex. But that’s subject to certain conditions and also assuming that you are working in a volunteer organization … Read more »

New shining stars in NCAA

With two weeks left in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 men’s basketball first round, new heroes are starting to emerge for the ten teams. Gone are the former big names like Scottie Thompson, Baser Amer, Mark Cruz, … Read more »

Kill (figuratively) the political turncoats

FILIPINO politicians change political affiliations as fast as they change the color of their jackets. The word “turncoat” may be too forgiving a word to describe this cancer of Philippine politics. Soldiers in the American Civil War reversed their military … Read more »

St. Mary Magdalene: A saint for our time

SHE could be the saint for our age—though not for the reason many think. Christians have long mistakenly thought St. Mary Magdalene was the same person as the woman of ill-repute who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears in the … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Labor judgment will lapse only after 10 years

Dear PAO, I filed a labor case against my previous employer. I won the case and was awarded a separation pay about six years ago. Unfortunately, the decision was not enforced as I am yet to receive my separation pay. … Read more »