Cory-era traffic scheme eyed

Odd-even car plates plan seen freeing up Metro roads PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said a plan to revert to a Cory-era traffic control scheme is among the options considered to address the seemingly hopeless gridlock in Metro Manila’s … Read more »

Rules don’t apply in PDAF-funded seminars

Last of three parts Officials of the regional office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Calabarzon seminars funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are “not covered” by the agency’s training regulations. Responding to queries … Read more »

Aquino hopes for real ‘babes’ next year

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd, the country’s first bachelor leader, hinted of a more active love life after his term, saying he was “hoping” for a partner long enough but that it will not be anytime soon. At a public gathering … Read more »

Is Skycable sabotaging GMA when Bulaga airs

Who’s scared of “#AlDub?” If you follow the ongoing spate of complaints of SkyCable subscribers on social media, raising hell over receiving poor GMA Network signal whenever noontime show Eat Bulaga is on air, then the answer may be heavily … Read more »

Sy still nation’s richest

For the 8th year in a row, mall tycoon Henry Sy topped the Forbes Magazine’s 50 richest Filipinos list for 2015, the US-based publication announced on Thursday. Sy, whose business owns the SM malls, became richer by $1.7 billion as … Read more »

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What good is a straight path if traffic is not moving?

SLOWLY and inexorably, the Aquino government, by its failure to help solve the problems of daily life, is driving many of us into impossible and desperate straits. Confronted by a traffic jam that wouldn’t budge, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales alighted from his vehicle and decided to unlock the jam and direct the... Read more »


Customs bureau most corrupt – SWS

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is still the most corrupt government agency, an annual survey on corruption conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. Businessmen polled gave the BOC a rating of “very bad” in terms of its sincerity … Read more »

Comelec, BoC tools of corruption – PLM

MALACAÑANG is using the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as instruments of corruption to ensure the victory of administration candidates next year, a newly formed political party said. The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) on … Read more »

‘Grace-Chiz tandem a done deal’

Sen. Grace Poe will soon announce her presidential bid with Sen. Francis Escudero as her running mate, a Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) official said Thursday. “NPC members are expecting Poe and Escudero to announce their candidacies soon. A picture is … Read more »

US to protect PH missions in disputed sea

THE United States has offered to provide protection to Filipino troops during their re-supply missions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Defense officials said Thursday. The offer came from US Pacific Command (USPACOM) chief Harry Harris. “Napag-usapan naming … Read more »

Bear with floods, PNoy asks public

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday asked for more patience as government agencies attempt to resolve the problem of perennial flooding especially in Metro Manila. He admitted his government’s “limitations” in addressing such serious concern. Aquino spoke on two occasions … Read more »

Revilla awarded outstanding legislator

For the second year in a row, Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla 3rd was awarded as one of the outstanding local legislators of the country during ceremonies held on Wednesday at the City Club in Alphaland Building in Makati City. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Razon owns P50B in Bloomberry but is not selling

Bloomberry Resorts Corp. may be different from some other listed companies when it comes to disclosures. Recently, it posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange a complete ownership filing that should answer the questions that ordinary public investors … Read more »

The Enrile ruling and human rights

SPREAD and propagate the compassion, not equalize the suffering or democratize the misery. We may cite the reported and implemented Enrile ruling to alleviate the condition of others. I only go by the papers as I have not accessed the … Read more »

Tacloban airport mess

IF there is one city in this country of indecent airport facilities that deserves a respectable airport, it is Tacloban. After all that typhoon Yolanda did in Leyte including blowing the Tacloban airport away, it is only just and meritorious … Read more »

Basic economics of internationalization: Nurturing our academics

ACADEMIC institutions that have put up internationalization units as part of their organizational structure are increasing. Internationalization is seen as “something higher education institutions (HEI’s) do, while globalization is something that is happening to them.” With Asean 2015 expected to … Read more »

Official dupes contractors of flood control project

Not quite a few government officials are cashing in on multi-billion peso public works projects with less than a year left in Noynoy administration’s term. One such crook is this ranking official who demanded “cash advances” from several contractors to … Read more »

Do we have room for more zombies?

Last Sunday night, the US cable network AMC premiered the first episode of Fear: The Walking Dead—a spinoff of the hugely successful The Walking Dead. AMC seems to think there’s room for yet another zombie show—with comic book creator Robert … Read more »

We have always been a banana republic, Sec. de Lima

Youth is not entirely a time of life, It is a state of mind. It is not merely a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotion. … Read more »

Don’t panic . . . but don’t let your guard down, either

DESPITE the fact that market analysis (and economics in general) is much better at predicting the past than it is the future, every pundit and his grandmother has spent the days since the financial market bloodbath on Monday trying to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Employees required to work only 8 hours a day

Dear PAO, I am a newly hired dining crew in a restaurant in Davao City. They pay me P190 a day or below the minimum wage, and we also work nine hours a day. The restaurant has more than 20 … Read more »