‘Avenge yourself and testify’

Now that she is back, it is best for Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, to tell everything she knows about the pork barrel scam, Sen. Miriam Santiago said on Sunday. … Read more »

Pope: Bring Jesus’ fire ‘to the very ends of earth’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God “to the very ends of the earth” during an Easter vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Francis said the core of the Easter message was … Read more »

The $30 million MRT extort try: Fact or fiction?

First of two parts There’s no going away present for H.E. Joseph Rychtar, Czech Ambassador to the Philippines, when he finally bids farewell to Manila for another posting somewhere in Latin America. It is highly unlikely that the issue of … Read more »

First bodies pulled from submerged Korean ferry

JINDO, South Korea: Divers began retrieving bodies on Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. … Read more »

PH to play key role in US Asian ‘pivot’

THE Philippines will play a vital role in the United States’ “rebalancing” of assets toward what Washington calls the Asian “pivot” and President Barack Obama will likely discuss Manila’s part with President Benigno Aquino 3rd during his scheduled Asian roundabout … Read more »

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Justice and grace

When Samereh Alinejad slapped her son’s killer on the face, forgave him and removed the noose around his neck on the gallows in a northern Iran city last week, peace overpowered the hatred that had gripped her heart for seven years. On the day of execution, she chided the crowd for pressuring her to forgive the murderer, Balal, who had made... Read more »

From our Readers

On ‘300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation’

When will we all get along with each other in this world, when Jesus comes back?? Everyone comes to America because our economy is better than their... Read more »

On ‘Camp sharing’

Translated by Publisher/Editor from Tagalog comment: Why are militant groups yakity-yaking when they are not doing anything to help our... Read more »

On “A costly national disgrace”

Time was in the island famous for it’s white beach, as soon as dusk came then hundreds of thousands of “kabogs” (giant flying foxes, fruit... Read more »

On ‘The best place to visit this Holy Week?’

When you have to visit your conscience, you must really be in deep trouble. Usually it’s your conscience that visits you. When you have not had... Read more »

On ‘SC ruling on RH law entrenches Catholic dogma’

“Mainstream” and “more” are not scientific terms. They do not convey scientific truthfulness. Truth does not bend to democracy. It is... Read more »


PSL tankers end Perth campaign with13-gold haul

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) wrapped up its campaign with an impressive 13-gold haul on the final day of the prestigious 2014 Australia Swimming Championships–All Stars Swimming Challenge held at the Challenge Stadium in Perth. University of Santo Tomas standout … Read more »

Inside News

SC grants Pilipinas Shell P95-million tax refund

THE Supreme Court (SC) has granted the claim of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. for more than P95 million in excise tax refunds from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). In a decision issued on February 19, the first division of … Read more »

Licenses of 11 recruiters revoked

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has revoked the licenses of 11 recruitment agencies in the country for not meeting the deadline for renewing or upgrading licenses. In an interview, POEA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac said the revocation of their … Read more »

3 Makati centenarians get P100K each

THREE qualified centenarians of Makati on Monday received cash gifts of P100,000 each from the city government. The three lady centenarians were identified as Florentina Rabago of Barangay Cembo, Angelina Bayan of Brgy. Magallanes, and Felisa Atencia of Brgy. Pembo. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rigoberto Tiglao

Court ruling on RH law: Big, big trouble for Aquino

RH-law20140421First of two parts If the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law (Republic Act 10354) were setting a precedent, this year could be President Aquino’s annus horribilis. The decision by the Court majority and the opinions issued by the justices on the RH law reveal how they think, and will decide in two pending crucial cases: First, on Mr. Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program that gave him huge funds to bribe Congress to convict Chief... Read more »


In for the long haul

There was a time when buying a new car was a truly expensive affair. One had to prepare a large cash down payment, secure a bank loan (with high interest rates) that would pay for the balance of the car, … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Bullwhip effect: A customer’s order creates many demands

THREE lay ministers were talking about prayer and its most effective positions based on their respective experience. As they were talking inside the parish office, a cable TV repairman was working on the system in the background. One minister said … Read more »

Tita Valderama

Knowing when to die

During a homily in one of the Masses I attended last week, the priest asked Mass goers if they would want to know when they would die. Only two of about a hundred people present mustered the courage to raise … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

What resurrection is like: Intimating immortality

The power of the Resurrection generates a new community, a new family where brothers and sisters will be measured by their capacity to do the will of God. — Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, An Easter People Easter message: We will … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Go after other lawmakers linked to PDAF scam, Sen. Guingona

The Senate blue ribbon committee, headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, should not stop its investigation of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam, with plunder charges having been filed against three of his colleagues and Janet Lim Napoles. To … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

SEC ‘abandons’ own rule

A RULING issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) favoring former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban may be the best argument against the continued appointment of independent directors to the boards of listed companies. In SEC en banc Case No. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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The penalty for malicious mischief

Dear PAO, The employer of my husband filed a complaint for malicious mischief against him. Does the penalty for this involve imprisonment? We don’t know anything about this crime. Please help us. Charm Dear Charm, Malicious mischief is defined as … Read more »


No employer-employee relationship for agents on commission

In 1989, a labor union filed a petition with a sewing machine company to be the sole and exclusive bargaining agent that represents the company’s collectors. The company refused to recognize the labor union, explaining that the union members were … Read more »