Reds set 2 conditions

COMMUNIST rebels won’t lay down arms yet even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) immediately heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire. In a statement, the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist … Read more »

‘Safe conduct passes for Sison, Misuari’

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: President Rodrigo Duterte doubled down on his peace overtures on Tuesday, promising to grant safe conduct passes to top communist and Muslim rebels, but said the Army will be ready in case of “instant failure” in … Read more »

High Court: EDCA is constitutional

THE SUPREME Court (SC) on Tuesday affirmed the constitutionality and legality of an agreement bolstering military exercises between the Philippines and the United States. In an en banc session, a majority of justices voted to junk motions for reconsideration questioning … Read more »

Rights body mounts probe into 103 drug killings

First of two parts ON TOP of Bayani Arago’s desk at the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) National Capital Region (NCR) office is a pile of clippings now about an inch thick. The news reports, which Arago began collecting on … Read more »

PH, China should ‘turn page’ on sea row – Kerry

VIENTIANE, Laos: The Philippines and China should “turn the page” and hold talks over contested areas of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) after a tribunal shot down Beijing’s claims to the strategic waterway, US Secretary of State John … Read more »

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List of acts President must do for disaster risk reduction and management

PRESIDENT Rody Dutuerte’s SONA could not possibly give details about every important program of his administration. But a SONA does mark for the people which activities a president thinks should be given top priority. Disaster response together with disaster risk reduction should be treated as a high priority by any president. The people,... Read more »


Navotas lawmaker leaves UNA

Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco has resigned from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) over differences in connection with the race for the House minority leadership. Tiangco, who was UNA president, left the party on Sunday before the … Read more »

Fourth server ‘can’t overturn’ VP victory

The existence of an additional server won’t nullify the victory of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo in the May 2016 elections, her camp said on Tuesday. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s counsel, noted that servers have nothing to do with … Read more »

Camps as rehab centers ‘practical’

President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to build additional drug rehabilitation centers (DRCs) inside military camps is a “practical strategy,” according to a lawmaker. “We really have to cure loads of users if we are to lessen in a big way the … Read more »

Leni: Drug war should spare children

Human rights should not be sideswiped and children should not be put at risk of the death penalty amid the intensified war against illegal drugs and other crimes, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo said on Tuesday. Robredo, a lawyer, … Read more »

Road rage kills cyclist, wounds teener

A casino gaming assistant was shot dead by an unidentified man following an argument Monday night along P. Casal Street in Quiapo, Manila. Senior Police Officer 2 John Charles Duran of Manila Police District Homicide Section, said Mark Vincent Geralde … Read more »

Erap clears Blumentritt of vendors

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada led another road clearing operations Tuesday morning along the traffic-plagued stretch of Blumentritt Road from Rizal Avenue to Aurora Boulevard and ejected 600 illegal vendors. The raid came less than a week after Estrada led … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

A GSIS retiree member’s delayed benefits

IN his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Duterte told the public to bring to his attention the shortcoming of heads of government agencies that they deal with. Hopefully, with the president’s assurance of help when urgently … Read more »

Nineteen years of inaction…and counting!

Believe it or not, Republic Act (RA) 9369, or the Automated Election System (AES) Law, is the most neglected election-related act by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Section 37 of RA 9369 stipulates that the Comelec shall promulgate the implementing … Read more »

Mr. Duterte is taking the nation to a road less taken

PRESIDENT Duterte’s pronouncements are full of unintended symbolisms. But there is a binding message. I am a different leader. I am an unorthodox President. Don’t expect me to be in the mold of previous Presidents. I will bend the nation … Read more »

House politics remains unprincipled

CHANGE is expected to come under the administration of President Duterte. No such change is expected in the way politics is conducted in the House. In fact, it has even gotten worse under newly minted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez despite his … Read more »

A refreshed foreign outlook for the Philippines

I FLEW to California to further my studies in the early 1990s. I chose a window seat on the plane, as I wanted to be able to rest without being unduly disturbed during the flight. That was not the first … Read more »

Glory in Vigan

The FIFA rating of the Philip-pine Azkals may have slipped this year to 135 in July (from 116 in April) but the big drop seemed not to have dampened the determination of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to bring the … Read more »

Managing business conversations at the speed of thought

In a 2016 report by WeAreSocial says 47.1 million Filipinos are active internet users and millennials represent 41 percent of these “wired” segment. And, some say that the last election was fought “in the streets of cyber.” Internet users are … Read more »

Why get a Lamborghini when you really need an owner jeep?

I was at a conference last week, about power and electricity in the Philippines. Much talk about investment prospects and how the Philippines energy sector was behaving. Almost needless to say the common theme was that development in the sector, … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Biological dad can’t force his Illegitimate child to use his surname

Dear PAO, My son sired his son out of wedlock three years ago. Since he and the mother of the child were still minors and still finishing their college degrees, they opted to heed the advice of the woman’s parents … Read more »