AMID the barbaric slaughter of Christians by ISIS fanatics in Syria and Libya, and the prospect of the Islamic Caliphate pressing its murderous path against the world’s “infidels” from the Middle East and North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia, and ultimately to southern Philippines, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has set in motion his crude political machine in a naked bid to crush every objection based… Read more »

Administration congressmen ecstatic over the BBL vote: They won’t be smiling when Muslim Mindanao secedes.

Looking at the ecstatic faces of members of the Congress committee who approved the BBL, one would find reports are certainly credible that each was promised P50 million in pork-barrel funds and a further P1 million in cash by President … Read more »

Slush fund ready vs ‘Joey’

Spin doctor engaged to smear chopper deal insider’s credibility Personalities involved in an allegedly anomalous P1.2-billion helicopter contract have contracted the services of a public relations practitioner to launch a campaign to discredit a whistleblower on the suspicious deal. Rhodora … Read more »


Palace ready to defend BBL

Malacañang on Thursday expressed confidence that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can be defended once questions on its constitutionality are raised before the Supreme Court. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the version of the bill that it endorsed to … Read more »

Chinese tell US spy plane: Go away

China’s Navy has reportedly challenged a US surveillance plane that was flying over the West Philippine Sea [South China Sea] and ordered it to “go away,” the international cable news channel CNN reported on Thursday. “Foreign military aircraft, this is … Read more »

And still the wealthiest … Manny Pacquiao!

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who reportedly earned at least $119 million (P5.2 billion) in his recent bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., remains the wealthiest member of the House of Representatives for the fifth straight year. According to a list … Read more »

Accepting refugees ‘a moral duty’ – CBCP

MORE than its international obligation, the Philippines or any other country has the moral duty to help refugees or the so-called boat people who are fleeing their homelands as a consequence of political conflicts, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference … Read more »

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Editorial

The right thing to do

IT is not without a great measure of relief, as well as a little pride, with which we greeted the news yesterday that Malaysia and Indonesia decided to follow the lead of the Philippines and agreed to rescue and provide aid for the thousands of ethnic Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees currently adrift in the Andaman Sea. The crisis, to recall,... Read more »


Nation

P3.8 B license plate contract flawed?

THE P3.8 billion motor vehicle license plates contract awarded by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to a Dutch firm should be scrapped because the deal is flawed from the beginning, a businessman told the Senate on Thursday. Edward … Read more »

New school year, same old problems

STUDENTS will encounter the same old problems when classes open on June 1: higher tuition, cramped classrooms, and shortage of teachers and textbooks, according to Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list. Ridon said data from the Department of Education (DepEd) … Read more »

BIR Regional Office soon to rise in Bulacan

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) accepted a 4,000 square meter lot donation from Rockavilla Realty and Development Corporation. The area is allotted for the offices of Revenue Region No. 5, which is currently stationed in Caloocan City, and the … Read more »

‘Veloso is innocent’

Mary Jane Veloso’s alleged recruiter, Maria Cristina Sergio, said the former knew nothing about the 2.6 kilos of heroin seized from her by Indonesian authorities in 2010. In her 31-page counter-affidavit that she filed as answer to the human trafficking, … Read more »

Pagasa modifies storm warning system

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) launched on Wednesday the modified Public Storm Warning System (PSWS). “Typhoons as strong as Super Typhoons with more than 220 kilometers per hour (kph) of sustained winds in the country is … Read more »

Activists banned at House of Representatives

A number of activists, including Juana Change, are not allowed inside the Batasang Pambansa complex. Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said the ban was contained in a memo issued by the Legislative Security Bureau Director Isabelito Flores. Aside from Juana … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

A silver wedding in champagne

After years of meticulous planning, Arthur Manuntag and Kathryn Sarmen-Manuntag’s long-awaited church wedding was finally celebrated    on May 9 at the Shrine of Jesus (The Way, the Truth and the Life) Church at the Mall of Asia Complex. In the … Read more »

Will the Ortigas group allow SM to get into CAC board?

CONCRETE Aggregates Corp. (CAC) is probably one of the smallest companies in terms of number of shares. It has only 27,466,449 outstanding common shares out of an authorized capital stock of 50 million common shares, divided into 40 million “A” … Read more »

1915 Guide to Manila Catholic churches

Last of three parts These are the last three Intramuros churches now gone described in the “1915 Guide to Manila Catholic Churches” by M. M. Norton: The Franciscan Church of San Francisco on Calle Solana IT had a 200 year-old … Read more »

Crossing the line

THE right thing must be done in the right way. Meaning no resource person may just be dragged into the Senate Hall without getting in advance a list of questions showing the central point and outer limits of how one … Read more »

Continuing professional development (CPD)

PROFESSIONAL organizations such as the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and similar professional associations require continuing professional education (CPE) immersion of their professionals. This consists of updates in the trends, new initiatives, approaches, etc. related to their profession. In the … Read more »

Ensuring the credibility of the 2016 elections

Part 3 THE National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), in cooperation with the Makati Business Club (MBC), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), held its first of a series of forums … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Legal separation does not cut marriage bond

Dear PAO, What are the grounds that I can use for filing legal separation? Can I marry again after my husband and I were legally separated? Carla Dear Carla, Article 55 enumerates the grounds that may be used in filing … Read more »