In billions of pesos. (Pamana funds include P1.5 billion from the budget item “Socio-Economic Component of the Normalization Process”

Very few of this newspaper’s readers, I’d bet, have heard of this Administration’s “Pamana” program, and it’s probably the way they want it to be. “Pamana” stands for the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan,” purportedly intended, as an interior and local … Read more »

A couple of local broadsheets have upset many readers by quoting Pope Francis on their front pages as saying, “Don’t breed like rabbits.” This wasn’t a simple case of a “sound bite biting back,” as a colleague on this page … Read more »

Probe P300-million PCOS deal – Miriam

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants the Senate to look into the allegedly illegal  P300-million diagnostics deal between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-Total Information Management involving Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that were used in the 2010 and 2013 … Read more »

Police, MILF forces in deadly maguindanao clash

MAGUINDANAO: Dozens of police commandos were reported killed and wounded in fierce clashes on Sunday with Moro Islamic Liberation Front members (MILF) in southern Philippines. The Special Action Force commandos were pursuing a “high-value” individual on the hinterland village of … Read more »

Koko lacks proof vs VP

Even Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd  has admitted that former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has no documentary evidence to support his claim that Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly received kickbacks from a deal between the Boy Scouts of … Read more »

Hostage beheading ‘unforgivable’ – Abe

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as “outrageous and unforgivable” and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid growing global revulsion. The apparent beheading of self-employed … Read more »

‘No let-up vs Zamboanga bombers’

MALACAÑANG on Sunday vowed that there will be no let-up until the perpetrators in last Friday’s bombing that killed two and injured more than 50 others in Zamboanga City are brought to justice as President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself went … Read more »

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The late Saudi king was a peace advocate and friend of Filipinos

THE demise of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Friday was a great loss to the world that is yearning for peace and stability in the volatile Middle East. Under King Abdullah, the Middle East and the United States remained fast allies bound by mutual interests in maintaining regional stability and the oil supply. President Barack Obama mourning the... Read more »


Business-like Sharapova, Nadal, Murray march on

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova was all business Sunday as she set up a glamour Australian Open quarter-final with Eugenie Bouchard as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray continued their unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world number two ended Chinese hopes by … Read more »


Oil firms welcome lower prices

WITH the lower prices of crude in the world market, local oil players are not worried at all saying that they could even benefit from it, but they expressed fears that the government might bear the brunt as its tax … Read more »

SFA to pay respects to King Abdullah

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario will personally convey the Philippine government’s condolences and sympathy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the death of King Abdullah bin Adbulaziz Al Saud. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) … Read more »

COA tells Navy to pay bills on time

State auditors have asked the Philippine Navy (PN) to properly monitor and ensure the timely payment of the electric and water billings of some of its units, after that branch of the military incurred over P1 million in penalties and … Read more »

Estrada can’t run for president

MANILA Mayor and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada is no longer qualified to run for the country’s highest post, according to a legal expert. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said in a statement that a Supreme Court (SC) ruling affirming Estrada’s … Read more »

Bishop Tendero voted new WEA head

The International Council (IC) of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has announced the appointment of Bishop Efraim Tendero as the next secretary general and chief executive officer (CEO) of the WEA. Bishop Tendero currently serves as the national director of … Read more »

Comelec chief pushes Lim as replacement

Commission on Elections  (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. wants Commissioner Christian Robert Lim to be his successor if Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will not be named to his post when he retires next month. Brillantes said Lim is qualified … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Fr. Shay Cullen

Child abuse in jails

THE front page of a widely circulated tabloid said it all in just one message in extra large bold letters: “Kids made to perform sex acts in detention.” Sensational indeed but true, very shockingly true. That is just one of … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Male Order Brides

THE Internet is a matchmaking machine, a huge date-to-date electronic system earning billions of dollars on a day-to-day basis. It used to be the pen is mightier than the sword. Now the web is mightier than the pen. The electronic … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Where do we go from here?

ONE week after Pope Francis flew back to Rome, many of us still have the hangover. We can’t get over the Pope Francis fever. I hope the inspiration we have drawn from him stays with us for long. Pope Francis … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

FGen’s P4.373-B profit from sale of treasury shares

THAT First Gen Corp. is grossing P7.5 billion from the sale of 297.03 million common shares at P25.25 each is a welcome news for its stockholders, and the public investors. But the proceeds of P7.5 billion from the stock offering … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Endowment effect

THERE was an old woman selling rice cakes in front of plush Makati office building. One time, a well-dressed office manager came out of the building, plunked down a P50 bill into the old woman’s basket, and then went on … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

President Aquino had earplugs during the papal visit

THE dominant themes of Pope Francis homilies and statements during his visit here were in sync with his previous statements on social and economic justice for the poor and the vulnerable. Called “ communist” by American right-wring zealots for his … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Legal basis for custody of an illegitimate child

Dear PAO, I have a son with my ex-girlfriend.  I acknowledge my son and give him monthly support.  Recently, his mother demanded more support and threatened to hide the child from me and change the surname of the child. Can … Read more »