(Speech given on Wednesday July 29 at the Asia CEO Talks forum, Marriot Hotel.) In the letter of your chairman, Mr. Richard Mills, I was told that I am given the liberty to speak about whatever topic I feel would … Read more »

“What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”         — The Gospel of Saint John, 6:28-29 You can’t get … Read more »

Rebuilding not enough

UN report: ‘Yolanda’ survivors still vulnerable 2 years after storm The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative … Read more »


Malacañang admits delays

Malacañang on Saturday admitted there have been delays in government’s effort to rebuild areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Presidential deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself is closely monitoring progress on government’s Yolanda efforts. … Read more »

Mar given option to choose VP

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has allowed Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, his chosen standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s polls, to choose his runningmate, according to LP spokesperson and Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone. Evardone … Read more »

PH can’t get military aid from allies

The Philippines cannot seek military assistance from allies, which includes the United States, in its ongoing dispute with China over the West Philippine (South China) Sea. This was stressed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio during his presentation at … Read more »

Breast milk advocates join ‘Big Latch On’

An online support group of over 55,000 mothers showcased Saturday “Breastfeeding Pinays” — an advocacy on the need to return back to the Filipino way of nurturing babies through breastfeeding. Through an event dubbed as “Hakab na! 2015” held at … Read more »

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Editorial

God, please strike down these liars who pervert our electoral democracy

EXPERTS have shown how the Smartmatic PCOS system is inferior to the PATAS and TAPAT systems that are both astronomically cheaper than the Smartmatic system. The Commission on Elections bosses are saying that Smartmatic’s system is best because it is not a hybrid system. But that is a lie. PCOS is just as hybrid a system as PATAS. Most... Read more »


Sports

Tiger falters as Merritt, Chappell share PGA lead

GAINESVILLE, United States: Troy Merritt fired a tournament record 10-under par 61 Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to share the PGA Quicken Loans National lead with Kevin Chappell while Tiger Woods struggled and fell out of contention. Merritt, a 29-year-old American … Read more »

Nation

Bidding for PCOS repair again declared a failure

For the second time, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the bidding for the refurbishment of 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines a failure because the lone bidder was disqualified. The poll body’s Special Bids and Awards Committee 2 … Read more »

DepEd expands solar light for kids drive

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has expanded its LightEd PH campaign that aims to provide solutions to schools and homes that have no power through conventional and alternative sources of energy. “Light makes vision possible. In the realm of education, … Read more »

Red Cross opens modern building in EDSA

THERE’s a new humanitarian marker along EDSA— the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Tower—a symbol of the PRC’s growth through the years and a mark of its strong commitment to humanitarian service. “This is the first ever building of this kind … Read more »

WHO hails ‘safe, effective’ Ebola vaccine

PARIS: An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said Friday (Saturday in Manila), possibly heralding “the beginning of the end” for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was … Read more »

More Pinoy nurses seek work in US

MORE Filipino nurses took nurses took the US National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time from January to June this year in the hope of practicing their profession in America, House Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. … Read more »

PNoy, sisters remember Cory’s death anniversary

President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his sisters held Mass on Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park to commemorate the sixth death anniversary of their mother, former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino. The Aquino siblings, dressed in their signature yellow color, gathered … Read more »



Analysis & Commentary

American judge on harsh sentencing in the Philippines

FREDERICK C. NORTON, Esq., attorney and retired judge in New Jersey, like many in the United Sates has been following the practice of law in the Philippines through social-media. Philippine Law is largely based on North American law since the … Read more »

The burgis as bastos

SINCE 2011 I have not found the energy to make patol Jim Paredes at length. One can ignore him, I realized. Even when he screams from the top of his lungs via social media, even when he goes out on … Read more »

Conception deception and Hillary

WASHINGTON, DC: It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos “disturbing.” For a professional politician like Clinton, … Read more »

Nothing much has changed in 30 years

I DID not watch the sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 27 of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd. Well, there were better things to do like fixing some things in the house and also arranging … Read more »

Go full throttle vs. PCOS machines

MEDIA should give full attention to the ongoing manual recount of ballots cast in the 2013 local elections in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Continuous coverage of the recount may still galvanize the electorate into more vigorous action against the use by the … Read more »

Reflections of a former envoy to Korea

I  WAS the Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from May 1999 until my retirement from the government service in June 2003.  My wife Angie and I recently returned to Seoul with our daughter Jhoanna, who is assigned to … Read more »

The active–and passive–voice forms of the perfect tenses

A MEMBER of Jose Carrillo’s Forum who goes by the user name Baklis asked me this tough question recently: “How does the perfect tense in the passive voice differ from the perfect tense in the active voice?” Absolutely no one … Read more »

With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history

WASHINGTON, DC: It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that … Read more »

Legal Advice

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SSS benefits only for members’ beneficiaries

Dear PAO, I am a surviving spouse of an SSS pensioner currently receiving his pension as a beneficiary. If I die, will our children (who are understandably beyond 21 years old and with no congenital defects) continue to receive the … Read more »