By trying to turn Congress into a tool for treason and the dismemberment of our Republic, the Bangsamoro project is paradoxically serving as an emergency call for congress to look at itself in the mirror and stanch its prolonged institutional … Read more »

I was never sold on Gawad Kalinga. I’ve always equated it with a specific kind of religiosity that to me reeked of conservatism. I also always thought that it became a convenient way to do Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for … Read more »

Cha-cha push passes 2nd read

Joint resolution allowing 100% foreign ownership of land, businesses breezes through with no objections They were expected to open the floor for debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but congressmen present in Wednesday’s session ended up voting on a … Read more »

Grace: Mar wants me as his VP

SEN. Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has already told her that he wants her to be his runningmate in the 2016 elections. But the greenhorn lawmaker, who is closing in on Vice President Jejomar … Read more »

JV doubts LTO plate supplier

THE chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee that is looking into the alleged anomalies in the P3.8-billion motor vehicle license plates standardization program of the Land Transportation Office admitted having doubts on the capability of the supplier chosen by … Read more »

West PH Sea critical to US security

The situation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is critical to the national security interest of the United States, the White House has said. “The President [Barack Obama] has often talked about how critically important the security situation … Read more »

EU chief slams China reclamations

BRUSSELS: European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday criticized “construction activities” in the South China Sea in reference to China’s land reclamations on submerged reefs, saying it would complicate the resolution of disputes. Speaking to reporters ahead of a Japan-EU … Read more »

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Show us the money

REPORTS of the sustained government underspending bolster the observation that the economy is growing despite President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd. On Monday, the Department of Finance released data showing that in the first quarter of 2015, public spending once again fell short. This is a concern because public spending is a major... Read more »


Warriors book first NBA finals berth in 40 years

OAKLAND, United States: The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA finals for the first time in 40 years, eliminating the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to set up a title clash with Cleveland. The Warriors, the … Read more »


Fund raising drive for Duterte launched

COTABATO CITY: Tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte showed his soft side after learning that a fundraising campaign dubbed “Piso para sa Presidente” was launched to convince him to run for president next year. An Ulama presented Duterte a handwoven … Read more »

Asia-Pacific makes strides in curbing hunger – FAO

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goals’ hunger target of halving the proportion of undernourished people in 2015 but 490 million people in the region still suffer from chronic hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). … Read more »

Luistro to parents: Enrol kids early

EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro urged parents who were unable to enrol their children to show up early so that his agency will have ample time to fix their problems before classes start on June 1. “Please don’t surprise me. Tell … Read more »

Maynilad to hike rate in June

STARTING June 1, 2015, customers of Maynilad Water Services will pay more for their water consumption. Randy Estrellado, Maynilad’s chief financial officer, said the company will adjust tariff rate by 4.19 percent. The adjustment, approved by the Metropolitan Waterworks and … Read more »

Airport POLICE seize grenade, knife from Fil-Am

A Filipino American was arrested by the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Unit as he allegedly tried to bring a live grenade and a knife through airport security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, Thursday morning. Senior Superintendent … Read more »

12 senators believe BBL unconstitutional

TWELVE of the 14 members of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes believe that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is unconstitutional and will not withstand scrutiny at the Supreme Court. Sen. Miriam Santiago said 11 … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Khan you dig it?

Former world junior welter weight (140 pounds) king Amir “King” Khan wants everyone to believe that he is the most worthy challenger for undefeated welterweight (147 pounds) champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Englishman Khan ardently believes that his speed and boxing … Read more »

Love and other disasters – May edition

According to the first sentence in the production notes for the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson action film (which also happens to be an epic-scale disaster movie) “San Andreas imagines the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history.” Obviously, the filmmakers … Read more »

Why Philippine agriculture fails

THE agricultural sector of the Philippines is a millstone around the country’s neck. Despite accounting for more than a third of the country’s workforce the sector contributes less than 15 percent of the total economic output. Poverty incidence among agricultural … Read more »

Blanching Hitler

“I REMEMBER waking up,” Adolf Hitler says. “I was lying on an area of undeveloped land, surrounded by terraces of houses.” The year is 2011, somewhere in Berlin, and Hitler, uniformed as he was when he committed suicide, cannot account … Read more »

Manila, a story of missed opportunities over the years

THE recently concluded MAYNILA Urban Design Week + Festival, which started last May 9, got me into reflecting about Manila and how its story progressed over the years. Part of our participation in the Festival is opening our doors to … Read more »

Why protect appellations of origin?

THE olive oil from the Baux de Provence valley is in a small territory which is only seven kilometers wide and twenty five kilometers long. It is located on the east side of the Rhone River. The rocky soil gives … Read more »

The ‘sanitization’ of boxing

Those who were crying for blood during the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megabout (?) in May 3 who ended up disappointed are in the dark on how boxing has already been “sanitized.” There are certain fights in boxing’s history that … Read more »

Traversing Baler on a tricycle

Aurora. A province named after the lady-love and wife of the late President Manuel Quezon. If anything, this story is just utterly romantic. One of its towns is Baler, considered to be one of the last frontiers of Central Luzon. … Read more »

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Husband can seize, read letters of spouse

Dear PAO, My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years. Although we lived harmoniously for the longest time, I always have a suspicion that she had an affair earlier in our marriage. I was able to confirm … Read more »