NEXT to President B. S. Aquino 3rd, two major threats confront the Republic. One is a possible armed confrontation with China; another is the possible dismemberment of the country by means of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to create an Islamic enclave for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Which comes first is not material now. Each is a horror in itself, but Aquino’s personal… Read more »

Hell is EDSA at rush hour: Commuters queue at MRT-3 North EDSA station. Inset: A viral netizen’s expression of outrage, or wish.

Our political leaders and the economic elite, all of whom have chauffeur-driven cars and live in gated villages and condominiums close to their work, don’t realize that every single working day, millions of Filipinos in the metropolis go through hell … Read more »

‘Get out of the way’

Expert urges Manila to step aside as US-China row heats up

Better get out of the way when titans clash.

A national security expert gave this sound advice to the Philippines on Tuesday as a word war between China and the United States over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) got more intense… Read more »

COA blames LTO for license plate mess

Alleged failure of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to comply with regulations under the Government Procurement Reform Act when it started the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plates Standardization Program is the reason why many car owners are up in arms … Read more »

House panel approves Moro bill

The House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday approved with amendments the provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region specific to taxation and wealth-sharing. The committee, headed by Marikina City (Metro Manila) Rep. … Read more »

Rody told: Respect the law

Malacañang on Tuesday backed Justice Secretary Leila De Lima’s pronouncement on the possible filing of murder charges against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte after he publicly admitted involvement in the activities of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) which human rights … Read more »

Discussion, yes; railroading, no

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is willing to talk to anyone, including President Benigno Aquino 3rd, for a genuine discussion on how to iron out kinks in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure that … Read more »

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The calamity right under our noses

IN our workplace, and we suspect the vast majority of others in Metro Manila, the most popular topic of conversation to begin or end a workday is the horrible state of the city’s transportation infrastructure. Every day, at least one of our staff will regale us with tales of a commute that rivals the Anabasis in terms of struggle; yesterday,... Read more »


PH not dropping Sabah claim

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the Philippines is not dropping its claim on Sabah despite a warning from Kuala Lumpur. “There’s been a long-standing policy on Philippine claim to Sabah and it has not changed,” Charles … Read more »

Govt releases P270M to bring MET back to life

EFFORTS to revive the long-neglected Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET) are underway, beginning with the infusion of P270 million for repair works. Malacañang said the MET management will be transferred from the Government Insurance System (GSIS) to the National Commission for … Read more »

Visayan bloc to deliver BBL swing vote

The 42-strong Visayan bloc in the House of Representatives will have a united stand when the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is taken up in the plenary, a move that may determine the fate of the measure. Negros Occidental Rep. … Read more »

Power supply sufficient despite plants’ shutdown

MORE power plants will undergo maintenance shutdown starting next month but the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) allayed fears that it would lead to supply interruptions. Larry Fernandez, Meralco head of Utility Economics, said the power situation will remain stable despite … Read more »

Senate to probe P2B Philhealth claims

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is poised to investigate the P2 billion claims made by hospitals and clinics accredited by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chairman of the committee, said the Senate wants to look into … Read more »

Atienza expresses concern over Metro tunnels

BUHAY Partylist Representative Lito Atienza chided the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for its failure to light up the Metro’s road tunnels. “We have about 12 tunnels in Metro Manila most of which are poorly lit until now considering that … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Preferred shares: Ownership or debt?

SMALL investors have not asked – either they have forgotten, or are afraid to ask – the majority stockholders of public companies in which they may be heavily invested, for enlightenment on preferred shares: What are these shares for? What … Read more »

Senators Pacman, Dingdong, Isko and Bistek? We hope not.

SERIOUS legislation is for the grinds and the plodders. And for those who have accepted this paradox of good legislation – it often goes unnoticed and landmark laws are often passed without fanfare. Let us, for example, look at the … Read more »

Gawang Pilipino para sa Pilipino

WE have criticized the automated election system, in particular, the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) for the lack of transparency of the counting process, for not meeting the accuracy requirement of 99.995%, for the incomplete transmission of … Read more »

The lighter side of the confirmation process

“ARE you from Zambales?” No, this question was not asked in a social gathering. Rather, it was asked at the confirmation hearing of the nomination of Avelino Cruz as defense secretary about 10 years back. “Yes, Your Honor, I was … Read more »

‘BBL express’ threatens national security

Malacañang apparently has the contrived idea of having Congress pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by June 10 final day of legislative session, in time for President Noynoy’s signing on June 12, the Independence Day celebration. We can only hope … Read more »


Impunity–exemption from punishment for doing wrongful acts. Researchers at University of the Americas Puebla in Mexico studied criminal impunity in 59 nations and concluded that the Philippines had the highest level of impunity after Mexico itself. Insofar as Mexico was … Read more »

That will (not) do

The battle is lost before it even begins for the Philippines in next month’s 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. Some losers in the fiefdoms of the country’s sports czars have predicted that the best of the young Filipino athletes … Read more »

Is regulatory capture now a matter of policy?

AS expected, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) gave its approval for Meralco’s Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES), authorizing, provided a number of conditions are met, the country’s largest electric distributor to expand the service to as many as 140,000 customers … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Tenant can’t be ejected without legal ground

Dear PAO, My sister had the first floor of her apartment leased. She wants to know what possible grounds she can use in order to ask the court to remove the lessees who are presently occupying her apartment. Asic Dear … Read more »