In billions of pesos. (Pamana funds include P1.5 billion from the budget item “Socio-Economic Component of the Normalization Process”

Very few of this newspaper’s readers, I’d bet, have heard of this Administration’s “Pamana” program, and it’s probably the way they want it to be. “Pamana” stands for the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan,” purportedly intended, as an interior and local … Read more »

A couple of local broadsheets have upset many readers by quoting Pope Francis on their front pages as saying, “Don’t breed like rabbits.” This wasn’t a simple case of a “sound bite biting back,” as a colleague on this page … Read more »

Probe P300-million PCOS deal – Miriam

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants the Senate to look into the allegedly illegal  P300-million diagnostics deal between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-Total Information Management involving Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that were used in the 2010 and 2013 … Read more »

Police, MILF forces in deadly maguindanao clash

MAGUINDANAO: Dozens of police commandos were reported killed and wounded in fierce clashes on Sunday with Moro Islamic Liberation Front members (MILF) in southern Philippines. The Special Action Force commandos were pursuing a “high-value” individual on the hinterland village of … Read more »

Koko lacks proof vs VP

Even Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd  has admitted that former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has no documentary evidence to support his claim that Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly received kickbacks from a deal between the Boy Scouts of … Read more »

Hostage beheading ‘unforgivable’ – Abe

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as “outrageous and unforgivable” and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid growing global revulsion. The apparent beheading of self-employed … Read more »

‘No let-up vs Zamboanga bombers’

MALACAÑANG on Sunday vowed that there will be no let-up until the perpetrators in last Friday’s bombing that killed two and injured more than 50 others in Zamboanga City are brought to justice as President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself went … Read more »

Other stories >>


The late Saudi king was a peace advocate and friend of Filipinos

THE demise of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Friday was a great loss to the world that is yearning for peace and stability in the volatile Middle East. Under King Abdullah, the Middle East and the United States remained fast allies bound by mutual interests in maintaining regional stability and the oil supply. President Barack Obama mourning the... Read more »


Ryan throws deciding TD in Pro Bowl victory

GLENDALE, United States: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw the deciding touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the fourth quarter on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as Team Irvin edged Team Carter 32-28 in the NFL Pro Bowl. The 45th edition … Read more »

Life & Times

PH fisheries code need amendments

$230-M worth of exports to EU NGOS for Fisheries Reform Inc.In June 2014, the European Union (EU) slapped a “yellow card” warning to the Philippines because of the latter’s response to “illegal, unreported and unregulated” fishing. The EU warned that … Read more »


Calm down, Australia advises sea claimants

Australian Ambassador to Manila Bill Tweddell called on China and claimant countries, including the Philippines, to exercise restraint, take steps to ease tensions and refrain from provocative actions that could escalate conflicts in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). … Read more »

Jinggoy lawyers block bank report in bail hearing

Prosecutors were unable to present a report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in Monday’s hearing on Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s bail petition before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division because his camp had filed a request to exclude the … Read more »

Relocation set for 13 monuments in Manila

At least 13 monuments along TM Kalaw and Ocampo streets in Manila’s Ermita district are set to be relocated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) because they hamper redevelopment of Roxas Boulevard. Joy Bacual, an engineer and … Read more »

Aquino names 24 new judges

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed 24 new judges in Capiz, Leyte, Samar, Guimaras, Mountain Province, Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental. The names of the appointees were sent to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. … Read more »

Probe oil officials for graft, govt urged

A former ranking official of PNOC Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC), the oil and gas arm of state-owned Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC), has urged the government to investigate the firm’s current officials for alleged graft and corrupt practices. Crismel Verano, former … Read more »

QC warns taxpayers vs manual receipts

Sensing money will change hands during the local tax payment period, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista warned local taxpayers not to accept manually prepared receipts as proof of payment for business and property taxes. In a memorandum issued obtained by … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


‘Multiply like rabbits’

“I was always getting sick when I was working in the city,” says Kat Ballesteros, an accountant by education and experience. Now 30 years old, she agreed to join her husband Clifford, 37, to move to Amadeo, Cavite. Ironically, the … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Child abuse in jails

THE front page of a widely circulated tabloid said it all in just one message in extra large bold letters: “Kids made to perform sex acts in detention.” Sensational indeed but true, very shockingly true. That is just one of … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Male Order Brides

THE Internet is a matchmaking machine, a huge date-to-date electronic system earning billions of dollars on a day-to-day basis. It used to be the pen is mightier than the sword. Now the web is mightier than the pen. The electronic … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Where do we go from here?

ONE week after Pope Francis flew back to Rome, many of us still have the hangover. We can’t get over the Pope Francis fever. I hope the inspiration we have drawn from him stays with us for long. Pope Francis … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

FGen’s P4.373-B profit from sale of treasury shares

THAT First Gen Corp. is grossing P7.5 billion from the sale of 297.03 million common shares at P25.25 each is a welcome news for its stockholders, and the public investors. But the proceeds of P7.5 billion from the stock offering … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Endowment effect

THERE was an old woman selling rice cakes in front of plush Makati office building. One time, a well-dressed office manager came out of the building, plunked down a P50 bill into the old woman’s basket, and then went on … Read more »

Legal Advice

pao logo

Claims of nullity of marriage shouldn’t be taken at face value

Dear PAO, I found out that my wife was already married to another guy before she married me. I threatened to press criminal charges for bigamy but she brushed it aside, claiming that her first marriage and our second marriage … Read more »