With national problems coming to a head, with government officials and politicians more brazen in looting the national treasury, and with Pope Francis discreetly making suggestions from the sidelines, the national election in 2016 is shaping into what historians and … Read more »

TOKYO: With Japan’s GDP contracting in the third quarter of 2014, the world’s third largest economy is in the midst of a recession. Its lethargic economy has caused the yen to slide to its lowest level against the major international … Read more »

Senate orders Binay’s arrest

But Drilon steps in, defers detention of Makati mayor THE Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday cited Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others for contempt and ordered their arrest for continuously refusing to attend the Senate … Read more »

Makati mayor vows to fight senators’ abuses

MAKATI City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. on Monday vowed to stand against what he described as abuse of authority of some senators. He said he will allow himself to be detained at the Senate. “Masakit man para sa akin … Read more »

49 police commandos killed in Maguindanao bloodbath

AT least 49 police commandos have been confirmed killed in the bloodbath that occurred on Sunday in Maguindanao province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. An 11-hour gun battle broke out after police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, … Read more »

CBCP to Comelec: Rescind P300-M Smartmatic deal

PUBLIC opposition continues to mount against alleged midnight deals at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after the poll body’s unilateral move to grant controversial firm Smartmatic an exclusive contract to repair 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the … Read more »

Congress suspends BBL hearings

THE House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Monday suspended discussions on the proposed measure in reaction to two violent incidents in Mindanao over the weekend where 42 people were killed and 36 others were wounded. … Read more »

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MILF killing of PNP commandos an omen

IT’S happening again. Aquino administration officials, including those involved in the campaign to give the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a substate or autonomous region to be called the Bangsamoro (the Moro country or the Moro state or the Moro nation), and their brownnosing followers in the military, are blaming the at least 49 Philippine... Read more »


Pacquiao plans if Mayweather says no

LAS VEGAS: Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has a plan in place if yet another bid to fight Floyd Mayweather fails—a May 30 bout, possibly against England’s Amir Khan. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that a backup plan if … Read more »


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

Ben D. Kritz

The ones that won’t go away

From the time we witnessed a bumbling, nervous, and completely lacking in etiquette President B.S. Aquino 3rd welcoming Pope Francis to the Philippines, I think most reasonable people resigned themselves to the inevitability that such a huge event in the … Read more »


Pressing need for renewable energy despite low oil prices

RESEARCHERS at the Societe Generale SA, Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. all see the US benchmark crude price hitting below $40 a barrel. Oil prices have plummeted by more than half since hitting a high of … Read more »


A wounded city cries ‘No te vayas de Zamboanga’

ZAMBOANGA CITY: It has been a while since I visited this city once known for its beautiful girls and bountiful harvests from the sea, especially the famous coconut crab, Curacha. On Sunday, after a long drive which took us from … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The US economy’s Achilles’ heel

PRESIDENT Obama has declared the economic crisis over — and for the United States, maybe it seems that way. But for most other countries, not so much. Their recoveries are faltering. The obvious question is whether the global weakness will … Read more »


Compassionate, innovative leadership

We, Filipinos, love to eat! I love to eat and I look forward to going home every weekend to my hometown, Naga City, to be with family and friends, to bond over food, and to choose which particular restaurant we … Read more »


‘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 »

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 »