Mamasapano dooms Mar – JPE

SENATE Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile is convinced that the Mamasapano massacre will doom the presidential bid of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd no matter how much he tries to distance himself from the tragedy. Enrile said  … Read more »


Binay, Poe to kick off campaigns in M. Manila

VICE President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe will start their presidential campaigns in Metro Manila next week. As an expression of solidarity with ordinary Filipinos, Binay will launch his presidential campaign on February 9 at the Welfareville Compound in … Read more »

SEÑERES BACKS OUT FROM RACE

NOW there are five. The number of presidential candidates in the 2016 elections has been whittled down to five with the withdrawal on Friday of OFW Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres. He is the second presidential aspirant to drop out. … Read more »

Marcos seeks help for drought-hit farmers

AS dozens of provinces start reeling from the impact of El Niño, Sen.  Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appealed to the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help farmers hit hard by drought and not let politics get in the way … Read more »

Japan diverts Manila flights over rocket launch

TOKYO: Japan’s two biggest airlines on Friday said they are changing routes for some flights as North Korea plans to launch what it says will be a satellite-bearing rocket later this month. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said that … Read more »

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Editorial

NKorea must be stopped, but how?

Both the United States and the People’s Republic of China have told North Korea that what it is doing, launching rockets and detonating nuclear weapons, is “unacceptable behavior.” China is North Korea’s most powerful and rich benefactor. But it doesn’t want its ward to be a danger to world peace and stability. But it like all the rest... Read more »


Sports

PSL tankers plunge into Tokyo tourney action

TOKYO: Philippine Swimming League standouts Jux Keaton Solita of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Joey Del Rosario of De La Salle-Zobel will start the country’s bid as the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship gets underway today at the St. … Read more »

Life & Times

General forecasts for the Year of the Fire Monkey

The beginning of the Lunar New Year has long been the most important holiday for Chinese communities around the world. In their culture, this occasion is considered to be the best time for family reunions to happen, be it in … Read more »

Nation

Ombudsman to sue Vice President, Junjun

The Office of the Ombudsman has stood pat on its ruling finding sufficient grounds to file graft, malversation and falsification charges before the Sandiganbayan against Vice President Jejomar Binay, dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and 22 other … Read more »

Pay hike for govt workers in ‘coma’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is the sole authority who can resurrect the half-dead proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4, which increases the salary of government workers. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolanda Andaya, a member of the bicameral conference committee on clashing … Read more »

Agri department lifts India bird ban

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted a temporary ban on  importation of poultry and other poultry products from India after confirmation by global animal health authorities declaring the country free from bird flu virus. In line with the completion … Read more »

Govt workers may still get salary hike – Palace

Despite Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) IV before session ended on Wednesday, Malacañang on Monday said government workers can still get the pay increase they deserve. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), according to … Read more »

BIR can’t grant tax exemption to Pia

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday said it cannot grant tax exemption to 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares told reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that despite passage of a House of Representatives … Read more »

Adopt peasants’ agenda, presidential bets dared

THE left-leaning Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Wednesday dared presidential aspirants and other candidates to embrace its “Peasants Electoral Agenda” that includes free land distribution and return of the multibillion coconut levy fund to farmers. The challenge was raised … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Writing on the wall in retrospect

First of three parts I WROTE the following articles back in 2012 as the nation throbbed with the frenzy of the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. It was not intended for any particular publication but just … Read more »

The case of Sen. Grace Poe: Revisited and re-examined

“The Constitution is an experiment as all life is an experiment. Every year, if not every day,we have to wager our salvation on some prophesy based on imperfect.”          – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Since I have no … Read more »

Marcos PD to the rescue?

A MARTIAL LAW decree issued by President Ferdinand Marcos may be used by Marcos-hating President BS Aquino The Last to provide the long-awaited general pay hike for underpaid national government employees. Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Sen. Ralph … Read more »

EDSA and other People Power upheavals

THIRTY years after it occurred, the First EDSA Revolution with its global impact remains fresh in my memory. The CNN live coverage brought the event to millions of homes around the world. EDSA I was truly a shining moment for … Read more »

Obama’s mosque speech was a dangerous fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama’s big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore—granted, filled with many harmless platitudes—was no different, leaving little room for any honest … Read more »

Another first: PH cell phone ownership costs highest in Asean

MY guess is that this will come as a surprise to precisely no one, but according to data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Bank, along with having some of the world’s slowest and most expensive internet … Read more »

Remembering the past that we may not repeat it

LAST Monday, I passed by the Laurel-Aguila junction, on my way to San Beda, for Caloy Loyzaga’s final sentimental journey home. Scene of crowded memories of glorious moments. In that corner, where Max’s now is, I was reminded of the … Read more »

Super-practices: Transport and urban planning

SUMMER studies in Tokyo brought me to “one of the world’s most efficient public transportation systems. Spotless, quiet and nearly always on time,” Tokyo’s network of buses, taxis, bullet and city trains, and tube/sub-ways are comfortable. Japanese cartography and accurate … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Bigamy proved if ‘offender’ legally married before subsequent marriage

Dear PAO, My wife left me when she found out that I had married another woman before we got married.  Worse, she is planning to sue me for bigamy. She would not listen to my explanation that it was not … Read more »