The past week ended on a note of good cheer, despite a tempestuous visitor named Ruby, who mercifully turned out to be less ferocious than feared, and left quickly after shaking to the rafters a few towns and barangays. But … Read more »

Targeting a captive tourist market Following reports of drug lords living it up in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, NBP has tied up with Maximum Security Tours (MST) to develop and market Bilibid Resort, a five-star leisure complex patterned … Read more »

CA orders P5-B Meralco refund

CUSTOMERS of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) can expect an automatic refund once the National Power Corp. (NPC) and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (Psalm) paid back the more than P5 billion they overcharged the power distribution firm from 2006 to 2012.

The Court of Appeals (CA)… Read more »

UNA says Binay critics to disrupt Pope visit

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday warned that critics of Vice President Jejomar Binay plan to disrupt the visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis in January by continuing their attacks on the country’s second highest official. Binay’s critics, … Read more »

3 Sandigan justices told to stay on Jinggoy case

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division will continue hearing the plunder and graft charges against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada in connection with the pork barrel scam. On Wednesday, the three justices making up the division heeded the collective advice of the entire … Read more »

Pakistani envoy condemns slaughter in Peshawar

Pakistan’s ambassador to Manila on Wednesday condemned the slaughter by Taliban militants of 141 people, mostly students, at an Army-run school in Peshawar and called on all nations to unite against terrorism. Ambassador Safdar Hayat said he could barely express … Read more »

Pemberton ‘must be in PH custody’

Malacañang on Wednesday said the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should not bar the Philippines from seeking custody of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton who was ordered arrested by a local court over the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” … Read more »

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We Filipinos should not let them make our Republic a toilet

THEM refers to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and his friends the Smartmatic-TIM corporation. With Mr. Brillantes’ push Smartmatic-TIM has been declared an eligible bidder to supply Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines for use in the 2016 elections. The Venezuelan marketing operators are also allowed to continue supplying the Comelec... Read more »


AFP told to stay neutral in 2016 polls

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday appealed to  members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stay neutral and not to allow themselves to be used by those with vested interests during the 2016 elections. Speaking at the … Read more »

Pag-IBIG members 65 up may now claim their savings – Binay

Members of Pag-IBIG Fund who are at least 65 years old may now claim their savings more easily, according to Vice President Jejomar  Binay. “Kinikila po namin ang inyong kontribusyon sa pag-unlad ng Pag-IBIG Fund at ang programa pong ito … Read more »

LTFRB to hear fare plea next year

A petition filed by a lawmaker for the reduction of fares of taxis, UV Express, airport taxis and public utility buses (PUBs) because of a recent series of diesel price rollbacks  will be heard by the Land Transportation Franchising and … Read more »

Church posts infomercial on visit of Pope Francis

A few weeks before the arrival of Pope Francis in the Philippines, organizers of the papal visit have reminded the Filipino faithful to be disciplined and to show respect to one another. An infomercial posted over the papal visit website … Read more »

Revilla, Napoles appeal bail rejection

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles are asking the Sandiganbayan to reverse its ruling denying them bail. Revilla and Napoles are respondents facing a P224-million plunder charge before the anti-graft court’s First Division in connection with the … Read more »

Valenzuela offers tax amnesty

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has urged residents and the small to medium scale entrepreneurs to take advantage of the tax amnesty the city is given starting next month to avoid paying penalties and other fees. Gatchalian said the amnesty … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Karen Kunawicz

15 Hollywood movies to look forward to

(Part I) 1.Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015): While this list is in no particular order, I will take an educated guess and say this is the most anticipated movie of next year. Luke, Han, Leia, … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

The other side of plummeting oil prices

There appears to be no stopping the plunge in oil prices, at least for the time being, as the Oil Minister of the United Arab Emirates told a conference in Dubai over the weekend that OPEC would not even consider … Read more »

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Climate action letdown at Lima

ACCORDING to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this year is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. Their estimate was based on sea surface temperatures until October which indicated that the global average was around 0.57 … Read more »


Redemption of coco farmers

First of two parts THE Supreme Court ruled with finality the other day that the coco levy funds impounded for so long by vested interests should finally be returned to the coconut industry. This comes close to the heels of … Read more »


What a year it has been – a reflection

TIME magazine labeled 1989 as “The Year That Changed the World.” Europe saw its divisions and its centrality wither, Germany finally saw the Fall of the Berlin Wall, China pushed for democracy at Tiananmen Square, South Africa’s apartheid system has … Read more »


Our cyber nightmares

SHORTLY before he retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I asked Adm. Mike Mullen what he saw on the ceiling on nights when he couldn’t sleep. He didn’t even pause. “Cyber,” he said. That was 2011 and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marriage solemnized abroad but unregistered locally valid in PH

Dear PAO,   My spouse (a foreigner) and I got married abroad. We did not register our marriage here in the Philippines. Is our marriage also valid and recognized in our country? Brix Dear Brix, When it comes to the … Read more »