Last week Budget Secretary Florencio Abad got a mild “stoning” from a group of students at the University of the Philippines. It was not quite the biblical stoning which the scribes and Pharisees had failed to give the woman caught in adultery in the Old Testament, but the objective seemed more or less the same.

Abad’s crime had nothing to do with adultery but rather with… Read more »


A tale of two student mobbings: (Left) Marcos in January 1970 left Congress, which triggered the First Quarter Storm. (Right) Abad in September 2014 as he left a UP hall, triggering a spate of UP economists’ vitriol.

I was surprised at the vitriol hurled by 23 professors of the UP School of Economics against the students who demonstrated last week against Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, one or two of whom reportedly threw coins and a placard at … Read more »

‘Share prosperity in stability’

CHINA’S aggressive posturing in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) could undermine the global economy as the sea lane serves a significant portion of international trade, but President Benigno Aquino 3rd said he has appealed to Beijing to share the benefits of prosperity in an atmosphere of stability.

In an interview with the international media in Berlin on September 19 (Saturday in Manila)… Read more »

Boston trip homecoming of sorts for President

President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s visit to Boston, Massachusetts, was a homecoming of sorts because it is the first time that he returned to Massachusetts where his family lived in exile for three years during martial law. The President arrived at … Read more »

‘Mario’ leaves 12 dead

TROPICAL storm Mario (international codename: Fung-Wong) left a trail of death and destruction as the death toll rose to 12. The fatalities were identified as Althea Gaviola, Jay-ar Taganas, Hermengildo Duma, Eduard Lelis, Conrado Bergonio, Ernesto Guevarra and John Pabello … Read more »

PH campaign takes a skid on Asiad’s 2nd day

INCHEON, South Korea: A string of defeats cast a dark cloud on the Philippine medal campaign at the 2014 Asian Games here. The setbacks came from tennis, shooting, swimming, rowing and judo as the Games entered its second day of … Read more »

CAR could catch autonomy fever

Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd said the passage of the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) may prompt indigenous groups in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and other areas to demand autonomy. Albano disclosed that leaders of indigenous tribes and civil society groups … Read more »

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When will we ever be prepared?

Tropical storm Mario once more demonstrated that the government is still not adequately prepared to deal with strong storms and heavy rains. It is really scary to think that more powerful storms, tsunamis and earthquakes can hit parts of our archipelago anytime. While it is understandable that floods will always inundate some areas during... Read more »


Tams clip DLSU, claims twice-to-beat edge

The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws thumped the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, 65-60, on Sunday to clinch the No. 2 spot in the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball … Read more »


Fruition of $2.3-billion foreign investment unlikely – senator

UNLESS President Benigno Aquino 3rd is able to address social problems the country is facing, he should not expect the $2.3-billion investment pledge from Europe to materialize, a lawmaker said on Sunday. “No investor would [put in money] in a … Read more »

Globe granted TRO on refund of overpriced text messages

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has stopped the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) from ordering Globe Telecom Inc. to a refund its subscribers for overpriced text message rates. The reprieve came after the CA’s 16th Division in a resolution granted a … Read more »

Court clears senior police officer of torture raps

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has cleared a police officer who was charged and dismissed along with several others in connection with the allegedly unlawful arrest and torture of a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in 2006. … Read more »

Makati vaccination drive impresses British envoy

BRITISH Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Anwar Ahmad was impressed by the direct involvement of barangay (villages) in ongoing mass immunization efforts of the Makati Health Department (MHD) against measles, rubella and polio when he personally saw the door-to-door vaccination … Read more »

PCSO’s lotto jackpot now P260 million

THE jackpot prize in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) GrandLotto 6/55 draw on Monday has reached P260 million. Nobody won last Saturday’s draw with a jackpot prize of P244.66 million. The draw’s winning combination was 26-50-42-37- 30-33. At least … Read more »

Two oil firms set to raise gas prices

INDEPENDENT oil companies Flying V and Eastern Petroleum on Sunday announced that they are set to raise prices of gasoline by 20 centavos per liter. They, however, will reduce prices of diesel and kerosene by 20 centavos per liter. Flying … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary


The gulf between Iran and the US

When President Obama addressed the nation last week about building a coalition to fight ISIS, there was a critical word that he never mentioned. That word was Iran. The absence of the I-word was telling, because Shiite Iran is a … Read more »

Tita Valderama

Be counted for Zalo

We have always been taught that giving is better than receiving. Generosity is a beautiful trait most Filipinos have by heart. We’re always ready to give more of something, not necessarily material things, than what is necessary or expected. In … Read more »


The infrastructure crisis

Today our country is in the midst of an “infrastructure crisis” caused by decades of inadequate investments and poor maintenance of public works. Daily the media raises alarming reports of an energy crisis which will accelerate the citizen’s date with … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Wanted: A crime czar

Another Quezon City resident was robbed and killed inside her house Friday night while heavy rains battered Metro Manila brought about by “habagat” (southwest monsoon) and storm Mario. Seventy-five year old Zenaida Sison, mother of actress Cherry Pie Picache, became … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

SMC shares at P88 disappoint market investors

IF you bought common shares of San Miguel Corp. at the stock’s high of P88, then you would have earned just 0.4 percent per quarter, or 1.6 percent a year based on SMC’s regular dividend of P0.35 per share per … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

4Ds: Delete, delay, distribute and diminish

WHAT is Russian management? For more than 22 years now, I’ve written close to two thousand management articles, some of which are about the contrasting styles of American and Japanese management. This is the first time that I will talk … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Grounds for removing parental authority over abused child

Dear PAO, Can a parent’s authority over his child be legally removed? If so, what are the grounds for it? My cousin, who is a minor child, is being abused by his father. The child’s mother is dead and since … Read more »