Poe suffers first blow

Comelec unit cancels senator’s COC for President   THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) dealt its first blow on Sen. Grace Poe when a division of the poll body disqualified her from joining the presidential race next year for her failure … Read more »

Pemberton guilty

Marine corporal to remain under US custody OLONGAPO CITY, Zambales: A Regional Trial Court (RTC) here found American Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of homicide and sentenced him to six years to 12 years in jail for the killing of … Read more »

Bishops to Duterte: Vulgarity is barbaric

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte earned nothing but contempt for his statement disrespecting the Pope during his proclamation as the standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban on Tuesday. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was particularly incensed when Duterte cursed … Read more »

Amid frenzied attacks, Sara defends tough-talking dad

Sara Duterte-Carpio defended her father, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, from a barrage of criticisms over his verbal “attack” on the Pope. Reacting to a message she received on Instagram, Sara said it was unfortunate that her father does not … Read more »

Vitangcol faces graft raps over MRT 3 deal

The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges against resigned Metro Rail Transit 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol 3rd in connection with the award of the MRT 3 interim maintenance deal to a joint venture in 2012. The Ombudsman … Read more »

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A damning judgment on Aquino’s economy from the PSE

AS we reported Monday, expectations at the beginning of the year for as many as 10 initial public offerings (IPOs) via the Philippine Stock Exchange during 2015 have been cruelly dashed. The last IPO for this year is scheduled to take place next Monday, when the Italian-Filipino real estate joint venture Italpinas will be listed on the PSE’s... Read more »


Aquino: Try ‘bayanihan’ against climate change

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has called on world leaders to adopt the “bayanihan” method in their collective effort in combating effects of climate change, saying no individual nation, regardless of its wealth, can adjust to this destructive global phenomenon on … Read more »

PH wants ‘truly just solution’ to sea row

The Philippines has called for a “truly just solution” to China’s claims to disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as an international tribunal wrapped up five days of hearings on the issue. “We view China as … Read more »

Govt urged to maximize agricultural credit fund

The Department of Agriculture (DA) should maximize use of a P1-billion fund intended to help small farmers and fishermen obtain credit and allow them to procure needed materials and equipment to earn and provide for their family’s daily needs, Vice … Read more »

Poe decries P1B hike in govt utility bills

IF the government wants the people to heed its call to save energy and water, it should serve as an example by seriously cutting down its utility bill spending by reducing consumption, Sen. Grace Poe said on Tuesday. Poe issued … Read more »

LPG prices up

OIL companies have increased prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). In separate advisories, Petron Corp. and Eastern Petroleum Corp. said they raised LPG prices by P2.80 per kilogram (kg) or P30.80 for an 11-kilogram LPG tank. At the same time, … Read more »

Paseo de Roxas reopens to traffic

The one-way traffic scheme along the stretch of Paseo de Roxas Avenue in Makati City from the corner of Makati Avenue to Buendia Avenue has been lifted. Paseo de Roxas was recently closed to traffic following an accident last Friday … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Majority ownership through voting preferred shares

ALTHOUGH preferred shares earn dividends and not interest, they form part of a company’s stockholders’ equity and thus represent ownership in a company. More importantly, in the case of voting preferred shares, these ensure the dominance of the majority stockholders … Read more »

AES software integrity assurance

I recently received an invitation from a politician, through a third party, to present the vulnerabilities of the automated election system (AES), in particular, the precinct count optical scan (PCOS), renamed vote counting machine (VCM). I was informed that the … Read more »

Voters are desperately seeking the anti-Aquino

Were Mr. Aquino not term-limited and could put his name on the 2016 ballot, there would be no question as to the outcome. He would rank third in a hypothetical presidential race of five, with his total not even close … Read more »

Cuss words vs Pope Duterte’s Waterloo

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is showing he doesn’t give a damn if people will vote for him or not. People who run want to court votes. If Duterte doesn’t mind losing votes, then he should quit this early. He doesn’t … Read more »

DND racket continues with impunity

Whatever happened to the Senate inquiry into the anomalous P1.2-billion contract entered into by the Department of Defense (DND) in the purchase of defective helicopters from a dubious US-based company? Another UH-1D helicopter, among the overpriced helicopters maintained by the … Read more »

Giving back thru football

Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is now practiced even by concerned groups that remotely resemble multinational corporations, or MNCs, the first business enterprises to partner for the most part with marginalized communities in many parts of the world to prove … Read more »

Fossil fuel divestment may leave PH in the dark

MUCH of the discussion that will be taking place at the global climate summit in Paris this week and next is likely to turn out to be a lot of hot air. There is at least one climate-related initiative that … Read more »

Death and apology

IN the run up to 2016, two words have been often mentioned: death and apology. These two words have been cited as the reason why certain quarters do not want to support a candidate because death of a family member … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Difference between arbitrary detention and unlawful arrest

Dear PAO, We want to ask for clarification about the difference between the crime of arbitrary detention and illegal arrest. My neighbor was arrested and detained by our barangay (village) officials for unspecified reason. As a concerned citizen, I find … Read more »