Fifty-two members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (according to the latest report) are dead. They were massacred, many of them mutilated, in an armed encounter in barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a breakaway faction of the MILF.
This happened while the Aquino government was trying to… Read more »

Inset, right, SAF trooper in battle-gear; foreground photo, SAF troopers killed in Maguindanao stripped even of their jackets and boots; inset, middle, SAF trooper with head blown off; inset extreme left, shot in the face.

Photos of the Maguindanao massacre provided to newspapers and a video posted on Youtube right after the incident point to the tragic, gruesome possibility that many of the 64 troopers of the elite Special Action Forces (SAF) may have been killed and shot point blank after surrendering… Read more »

‘Poll officials may have been bribed’

Group asks Congress to probe PCOS deal An election watchdog protesting deals between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic is seeking a thorough investigation of reports that money changed hands to ensure the award of contracts to the Venezuelan … Read more »


Cayetano should inhibit from Binay case

BECAUSE of his obvious political prejudice and bias, pro-administration Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should inhibit himself when the Senate committee on rules deliberates on the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president … Read more »

Alphaland files P100-M damage suit vs Mercado

Alphaland Corp. made good its threat to sue former Makati City vice mayor Ernesto Mercado when it filed on Tuesday a P100 million damage suit before the Makati City Regional Trial Court. The firm said another criminal case for libel … Read more »

DSWD spent P38M for camping activities

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spent more than P37 million for six camping activities participated in by 5,636 street dwellers in Metro Manila from 2011 to 2015, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted on Tuesday. Appearing before … Read more »

AFP mourns fallen police commandos

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has placed all its camps and military installations in a state of mourning to show sympathy and solidarity with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the bereaved families of 44 policemen killed in … Read more »

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Editorial

Sabah must be mentioned in the BBL

INTERVIEWED lengthily by Ted Failon yesterday morning (on ABSCBN/DZMM’s Teleradyo), the Chairwoman of the Philippine government panel negotiating--the better word is “colluding”-- with the Moro Islamic Liberation to create the Bangsamoro substate, spoke like a tape-recorder incessantly claiming that the Palace-backed draft of the Bangsamoro... Read more »


Sports

Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

MELBOURNE: American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion’s stirring run at Melbourne Park. The unseeded Keys, 19, beat her 18th seeded compatriot … Read more »

Nation

Singapore envoy conferred highest honor

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday bestowed the highest Philippine diplomatic honor to outgoing Singaporean Ambassador Velupilla Ponnundurai Hirubalan. Aquino conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the highest rank of Grand Cross to Hirubalan for his contributions in strengthening bilateral … Read more »

COA unveils Yolanda-related rice anomaly

THE rice inventories of the National Food Authority Central District Office (NFA-CDO) after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda were way below the required buffer stock levels, state auditors disclosed. This “could have affected the accomplishment of its (NFA-CDO) mandated function … Read more »

Diesel prices go down, gasoline up

Oil companies on Tuesday lowered diesel prices but increased pump rates for gasoline. Chevron (Caltex), Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Phoenix Petroleum slashed prices of diesel by 10 centavos per liter. Gasoline prices, however, went up 30 … Read more »

6/55 lotto prize now P130M

THE jackpot prize in the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw on January 28 is now P130 million. This after nobody won in last Monday’s draw with a total jackpot prize of P115 million. Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office … Read more »

Manila policeman, girlfriend jailed for unpaid hotel bills

A police officer assigned at Manila Police bomb squad and his girlfriend were charged with estafa for failure to settle their P99,342.60 hotel bills. PO3 Giles Macoy Imperial, 44, and his Swedish girlfriend Ma. Theresa Wtchanee de Jager, 44, spent … 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 »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Salvador Laurel, the president Filipinos should have had

THE usual topics that appear in this space have to give way to a tribute, not to a businessman that would qualify this piece under Due Diligencer, but to a politician. The deviation is timely because today is the 11th … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Will the Oxfam report crack the hard shell of Mr. Aquino’s elitist policies ?

AS the elite of the world met in Davos for their yearly networking and schmoozing ritual, the charity institution Oxfam released a report that essentially exposed the hollowness and superficiality of such meet and greet exercise of the global movers … Read more »

NELSON CELIS

Believe it or not, internal tampering is real!

FORMER Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman (FCGL), through a letter dated January 13, 2015, accepted the challenge of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes (CSB) for FCGL to prove that internal tampering of election results can be done easily. CSB replied the following … Read more »

EFREN L. DANAO

Hold, make MILF accountable for atrocities!

SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), deserve praise for suspending the public hearings … Read more »

MANNY PIÑOL

Nation in pain and anguish awaits words of comfort

TWO days after the annihilation by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of a company of policemen under the Special Action Force (SAF), which served warrants of arrest for known international terrorists in Maguindanao Province, the nation awaits with bated … Read more »

Can 3 speak for the 20?

I AM concerned with the conduct of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee at its proceedings nowadays. Several identical orders were unilaterally issued by Chairman Teofisto T. Guingona, Jr., citing Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr., and others in contempt … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Extrinsic and intrinsic validity of a person’s last will

Dear PAO, My father, a widower, owns several parcels of land. Before he died, he made a last will and testament giving 1/4 of his properties to his two brothers, and another 1/4 to our eldest brother. My other siblings … Read more »