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 »

Aquino’s plea to China: 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 »


Capacio says KIA won’t be a ‘pushover’ team

ASSISTANT coach Glenn Capacio of KIA Motors Sorentos said that they won’t be a pushover team when they plunge into the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 40th season action on October 18. KIA is one of the two expansion teams in … Read more »

Fast Times

Honda Brio

HONDA Cars Phils. Inc. (HCPI) chose the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) in which to debut the Honda Brio hatchback and Brio Amaze sedan. At the launch program, company president and general manager Toshio Kuwahara said the Brio (Italian … Read more »


‘Anti-PH’ Malaysian video agitates Manila

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has expressed its concern to Aegis Malaysia, a global business process outsourcing (BPO) company, about a promotional video that it produced putting the Philippines in an “unfavorable light.” A statement from the embassy said … Read more »

Marcos family still hoping for patriarch’s proper burial

THE family of former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos remains hopeful that the government will follow existing rules concerning those who are to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) and finally bestow upon the ex-leader what it … Read more »

President’s 2nd cousin airport CEO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed his second cousin, Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, as president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC). Tanjuatco will replace Victor Jose Luciano, who has been appointed director of the Civil Aviation … Read more »

Scotland’s referendum seen as model for Bangsamoro’s

The Philippines can draw lessons from the peaceful conduct of Scotland’s independence referendum that can be applied in the establishment of the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao, according  to the government’s chief  peace negotiator. In a statement, Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on … Read more »

Filipino peacekeepers leave for Haiti duty

After the repatriation of the 344-man Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) contingent to the Golan Heights, another  group of Filipino peacekeepers on Monday left for Haiti as part of the country’s commitment  to the United Nations stabilization mission. Lt. … Read more »


QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Monday approved an ordinance granting a quarterly rice allowance worth P1,500 to teaching and non-teaching staff in the division of city schools. The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Godofredo T. Liban 2nd of District … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary


The new wave of coffee

I do not want to declare the “third wave coffee” trend as the new wave. At least not in the Philippines. Because in many parts of the country we still are drinking coffee cooked in calderos (soup pots) or drinking … Read more »


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 »

Legal Advice

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‘For private use only’ of audiovisual works unacceptable legal defense

Dear PAO, I would like to inquire about the legality of my intention to record a movie soundtrack and sound clips of a new movie that I am anticipating to see in the cinemas. Although I am aware that video … Read more »