Aquino in Bilibid, 2012 smiling as he looks at the lethal-injection bed. He should have inspected the suites, instead. Inset: Justice de Lima making sure moneyed inmate Colangco counts the money right.

You got to give it to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s chutzpa —or maybe her acting talent—to have expressed shock and anger over what the raid discovered at the country’s biggest prison, the New Bilibid, among these: luxury cells with … Read more »

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 »

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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Editorial

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 »


Nation

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

Emeterio Sd. Perez

From P300 to P2.71T in 40 years!

SOMETIMES, a disclosure may not be as informative as you expect it to be. Instead, you find one that may be amusing and which you cannot ignore. To the Philippine Stock Exchange and its team of managers, every information posted … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Sidewalks to walk on needed

THE traffic situation as the holiday season approaches has reached critical levels of dysfunction. With the large number of vehicles, commuters and infrastructure defects that are part and parcel of Metro Manila, it comes as no surprise. And it will … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The naked truth in UP and Quiapo

ONE cannot praise nonagenarian F. Sionil Jose (FSJ) enough. I am a fan. But, I cannot see why every chance he gets he would bash Cory. He again, in the Star, last Sunday, characterized her as “unable to understand [Edsa … Read more »

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

Redemption of coco farmers

Second of two parts THE development of the coconut industry, though dependent primarily on small-farmers implies much more. It encompasses: a) Efforts to raise both farm and non-farm rural real incomes through job creation, rural industrialization, and the increased provision … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

De Lima does it for Bucayu

Hat’s off to Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima for a great accomplishment in her crackdown of illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. She’s done so because no man would dare stick his balls out … Read more »

Ej Lopez

Height of corruption

Our people has long accepted that corruption is prevalent in government and that it has reached even its highest branches. People even believe that it is human nature to be corrupt when you talk of and deal with money. But … 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 »