De Lima stays put

DOJ chief still enjoys Aquino’s trust The situation is back to normal. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will continue to uphold the rule of law. Malacañang on Tuesday issued the statement as it continued to insist that there were no … Read more »


2 graft cases vs Mayor Binay in 1 day

Makati City Hall scam whistleblower Renato Bondal on Tuesday filed two separate graft cases against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. with the Office of the Ombudsman. In the first case, the suspended mayor was impleaded with his sister, … Read more »

Don’t register yet if you have sore eyes

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has advised people infected with conjunctivitis, more popularly known as sore eyes, to get well first before they register or undergo biometrics proceedings to avoid spreading the disease. A biometric registration is the digital capturing … Read more »

Poe asks tribunal to junk DQ case

SENATOR Grace Poe on Tuesday announced that she has asked the Senate Electoral Tribunal to dismiss a petition to unseat her from the Senate, arguing that the period to question her qualification had already lapsed. She also announced that she … Read more »

Dry taps ahead as El Niño bites

Many areas in Metro Manila will experience 12-hour rotating water shortages in the coming months as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon, which state weather bureau Pagasa said has gained strength. In a news … Read more »

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Editorial

SSS bosses forget their real job

WE strongly agree with House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares that the leadership of the Social Security System (SSS) has forgotten its mandate in trying to scuttle the proposed P2,000 per month increase in pension benefits, a measure that is broadly supported by both houses of Congress and the public. The SSS has claimed that the... Read more »


Nation

Aquino, Abad probed for DAP

President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad are under investigation in connection with the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said Tuesday. Morales made the disclosure when her office sought the House Appropriations panel’s … Read more »

CHED cuts scholarship fund by P325M

A party-list lawmaker has opposed the move of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to cut the budget for student assistance by P325 million. Rep. Eulogio “Amang” Magsaysay of the Alliance of Volunteer Educators party-list decried the slashing of the … Read more »

Palace intervention in LRTA deal sought

A consumer’s group on Tuesday called on top government officials to intervene and stop the “anomalous” transaction between the Light Railways Transit Authority (LRTA) and a Fil-Korean firm that may result in the plunder of public funds. Oliver San Antonio, … Read more »

Senate OKs bill exempting disabled from VAT

Sixteen senators voted in favor of the passage of a bill seeking to exempt persons with disabilities (PWDs) from paying the mandatory 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services on third and final reading. Under Senate Bill … Read more »

SSS sabotaging pension hike, lawmaker claims

OFFICIALS of the Social Security System (SSS) are trying to sabotage the passage of a measure that seeks to increase SSS pension by claiming that the agency lacks funds, House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares said on Monday. Colmenares said … Read more »

Marcos: Extending BTC changes nothing

THE executive order recently issued by President Benigno Aquino 3rd extending the life of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) beyond the enactment of the proposed Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) changes nothing, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said … Read more »



Analysis & Commentary

Who bought 482,680 CAT shares sold by Cat Resources?

WITH CAT Resources and Asset Holdings Inc. (Crahi) entrusting its holdings in Central Azucarera de Tarlac Inc. (CAT) to PCD Nominee Corp., it would be easier for it to sell some, if not all, the CAT shares that it owns. … Read more »

An easy-to-implement election system

Comelec already knows that Smartmatic’s PCOS system has a low accuracy rating. It already knows that the system has zero transparency. Accuracy and transparency are both basic requirements of the automation law. And dictated by common sense. Smartmatic’s PCOS system, … Read more »

Infra is collapsing, government is meandering

A correspondent sent me a longish and anguished e-mail with a request. Please take a break from political commentary and take note of what is going around in a sector that involves the citizens basic right to three things: decent … Read more »

Iran and the case for realism

WASHINGTON, DC: Foreign policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories. That’s true of the struggle over the Iran nuclear agreement, even if raw … Read more »

INC jams ‘Matuwid na Daan’ for good

With or without any mass action being staged along Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA), motor vehicle traffic will remain a mess. But the two-day Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) gathering of up to 10,000 members jammed Our Lady of EDSA … Read more »

The 12th man

On paper, the Azkals should lose to Uzbekistan in their FIFA qualifiers on September 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. This possible result is based on the Philippines’ ranking of 125th in the latest tally of football’s … Read more »

Does the Philippines need ‘hot money’?

A writer in the Wall Street Daily the other day was touting the Philippines as the safest emerging market for investors because of its “balanced budget, its avoidance of monetary stimulus, [it] is growing rapidly and [it] has a balance … Read more »

How bad is the ‘China problem?’

OVER the past several months it has become quite obvious that the Chinese economy is “cooling.” The Chinese themselves refer to it as “the new normal,” an environment in which the economy is supposed to be more domestically focused, growing … Read more »

Legal Advice

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First union should be voided before remarriage

Dear PAO, My wife and I had been separated for eight years when I met my second wife in 1999. Since my first marriage was null and void as I was only 17 years old then, I married my second … Read more »