Arroyo won’t get back at Aquino

Lawyer says camp of former president not considering retribution THE camp of former President Gloria Arroyo does not plan to file charges against former president Benigno Aquino 3rd or other officials who worked for her indictment for plunder, the former … Read more »

FVR accepts offer to head China talks

Former President Fidel V. Ramos has accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to head the team that will open bilateral talks with China following the decision of an international tribunal invalidating Beijing’s claim on the West Philippine Sea (South … Read more »

Duterte’s first SONA poignant, inspiring – Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver a “very poignant” and inspiring speech when he addresses the nation on Monday, Malacañang said on Saturday. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the President is expected to discuss his legislative agenda for the next … Read more »

Govt should build on economic gains of Arroyo, Aquino

President Rodrigo Duterte has inherited an economy that has shifted to a higher growth trajectory, and sustaining or even surpassing it depends on the new government’s determination to build on previous socioeconomic reforms. This is the consensus view among financial … Read more »

Cambodia blocking Asean sea consensus – diplomat

VIENTIANE: Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the West Philippine Sea [South China Sea] after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday. The Association of … Read more »

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Cambodia receives $600M from China, fouls up Asean consensus

AS expected, the People’s Republic of China’s ever-loyal satrap Cambodia did an excellent job for its master. An Agence France-Presse article from Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has reported that “Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal... Read more »


De Lima should face drug probe – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday said Sen. Leila de Lima should be investigated for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country, particularly at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her stint as Justice secretary. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said … Read more »

LP to join majority

THE Liberal Party (LP) will join the majority coalition with the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) since Speaker Feliciano Belmonte is no longer joining the race for the House speakership in the 17th Congress, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas … Read more »

Erap OKs P7.4B bay reclamation project

Saying it will provide solutions to a lot of problems in Manila, Mayor Joseph Estrada signed a joint-venture agreement with a construction conglomerate for a massive reclamation project in Manila Bay. Under the agreement, R-II Builders, Inc. will reclaim 50 … Read more »

Four men killed in Pasay

Four men were either found dead or gunned down by still unidentified suspects while another one was injured in different areas in Pasay City, Friday night to Saturday midnight. Police officer 2 Noel Burden, case investigator, said tricycle driver Redentor … Read more »

Group slams ‘cardboard’ justice vs drug suspects

A HUMAN rights group slammed the “cardboard justice” meted against alleged drug users or pushers, adding that most of those killed are poor. Jhay De Jesus, spokesman for the True Colors Coalition and a member of Kilusan para sa Pambansang … Read more »

Drug users get hygiene kits

SAN Juan City (Metro Manila) Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada distributed hygiene kits to the city’s drug users who underwent treatment and rehabilitation. The kits include basic non-food items such as bath soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, toothbrush, slippers, and toilet papers. She … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Kill (figuratively) the political turncoats

FILIPINO politicians change political affiliations as fast as they change the color of their jackets. The word “turncoat” may be too forgiving a word to describe this cancer of Philippine politics. Soldiers in the American Civil War reversed their military … Read more »

St. Mary Magdalene: A saint for our time

SHE could be the saint for our age—though not for the reason many think. Christians have long mistakenly thought St. Mary Magdalene was the same person as the woman of ill-repute who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears in the … Read more »

The age of disbelief

IT is truly an age of disbelief. Respect for the values of human life have plunged. The number of people of Christian faith that declares belief in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth—which upholds the dignity and rights of the … Read more »

My toughest rally

(Part 2) THE last time we wrote about our 1986 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally, we were able to form a very good team to go to a vast, unchartered country that didn’t want foreigners. That rally was more an … Read more »

Advice from a senior seafarer

During the stakeholders’ consultation on the draft National Maritime Agenda (NMA) last week, I had a chance to talk to one of the retired merchant marine captains who expressed his frustration on how the maritime industry had been sidelined by … Read more »

The world according to PDU30

“Friends, countrymen, lend me your ears; I write about PDU30, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good, if any, is forgotten. So let it be with PDU30, because he is an honorable man.” … Read more »

Asean: Defense evolves in uncertainties

MEDIA campaigns by the global defense industry accelerated during the last few years. Military defense technology exhibition/exposition with seminars, conferences and free demonstrations of the latest in arms capability increased in number and frequency. Among Asean countries, Singapore and Indonesia … Read more »

Distinguishing between prepositions of place and prepositions of time

I WAS thinking of presenting some very interesting responses to my open letter last week on dubious stories in Philippine media that Filipino women have the world’s smallest breasts <>, but an incredibly unbelievable language-related story came up in the … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Illegitimate children can demand financial support

Dear PAO, I have two minor illegitimate children, aged 5 and 6 years old. Their father and I never got married because we separated after the birth of our youngest child. A few months after our separation, he had a … Read more »