PNoy has stranglehold on P500B special funds

Palace: President has full control of 2015 SPF MALACAñANG on Thursday admitted that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have full control of the P501-billion special purpose funds (SPF) contained in the P2.26 trillion proposed national budget for next year, a … Read more »

Kris Aquino: Wish Noynoy good health, long life

TV host and actress Kris Aquino on Friday urged Filipinos to pray that her brother and incumbent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd “stays alive” and for them to speak up loudly against his critics. After a Holy Mass to commemorate … Read more »

Taiwan gas explosions spare Filipinos – DFA

No Filipino was affected by a series of gas explosions in the southern city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday. Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, cited a report from the … Read more »

OFWs can leave Libya without exit visa – DOLE

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) caught in the middle of armed conflict in Libya can now leave the country even without exit visas, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Friday. According to Baldoz, Labor Attaché to … Read more »

Failure to renew permits to cost 6,748 brokers, importers

At least 6, 748 Customs brokers and importers who have failed to secure their accreditation permits from the Bureau of Customs will not be allowed to process their shipments and import entries, BOC spokesman Charo Logarta-Lagamon said on Friday. Lagamon … Read more »

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Why our farmers, farm workers and fishermen are poor

ONE of our front page stories on Thursday is about the worldwide shortage of farm workers. In our country this is mainly because of bad governance—wrong policies for the agriculture sector (which for some statistical quirk includes the fishery sector) and massive corruption in government agencies in charge of agriculture. Both of these result in... Read more »

From our Readers

Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


Defending champions Red Lions rip Stags

FOUR-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions displayed their full might as they crushed the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 75-56, on Friday to regain solo leadership in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament elimination round at … Read more »


First-ever higher education summit slated in Taguig

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) on Friday announced that it will hold the first-ever Philippine Higher Education President’s Summit at the SMX Taguig Convention Center in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on August 15. Over 500 school presidents and administrators … Read more »

PNP probes Bediones sex video

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday launched an investigation on the alleged sex video of TV host Paolo Bediones following reports that he is allegedly being blackmailed for the scandal. The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) is taking the lead … Read more »

Judge sacked by SC over ‘Ma’am Arlene’ issue

A judge who figured in the 2013 elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) that resulted in the “Ma’am Arlene” controversy has been ordered dismissed from the service by the Supreme Court (SC). Intrigues about “Ma’am Arlene,” the alleged fixer … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Another Aquino SONA, another lie

A description on a website of an Aquino accomplishment.I can’t believe how President Aquino has had the gall to lie, to give false data in each and every State of the Nation Address (SONA) he’s given. Other presidents would fudge the data or exaggerate their role. This one patently lies. In his 2011 address, he tried to shock us that a contract for the dredging of Laguna Lake made during the Arroyo years would cost P19 billion, but would involve only “playing around with the mud” (“para lang maglaro sa putik”). The Belgian... Read more »

A bigger, brighter ‘Ablaze’

Jun Jun Ablaza is a byword when it comes to events décor, home interiors and fashion accessories. His services are always sought for events and milestones so that when the business become bigger, he decided to start his own personal … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Agrotourism and ecotourism are more fun in the Philippines

I am here in Dipolog City and truly our country is beautiful in its natural state everywhere you go. And every province and city is aspiring to be the preferred tourist destination. According to the Department of Tourism, tourism is … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

The bad fairy no more

The fashion show at the opening of joint session of Congress whenever the Philippine president gives his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) is now institutionalized.  Come typhoon or earthquake, come fire or highwater, it is established, worked at … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Two presidential death anniversaries

There will be a Mass for Tita Cory at 6:15 this evening in Rockwell. Death anniversary. Henerala Margie Juico texted. This foot soldier in the Yellow Army—am I privileged to be one—plans to go. Last week, Ricky Avanceña approached me … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Preparing for Francis: Do’s and don’ts for Filipinos

What should the nation do to prepare for the January 15-19 visit of Pope Francis? Definitely not what Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos did for John Paul II’s first trip to the Philippines. The dictator officially lifted martial law nine months … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The future of think tanks

WASHINGTON,DC: Unless you’re a dedicated policy wonk, the name Stuart Butler probably doesn’t ring a bell. For 35 years, Butler has been a senior researcher at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. He was among the most visible figures—and possibly … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Avail of perks for the elderly without presenting senior citizen’s ID

Dear PAO, I am a senior citizen who recently encountered a problem in getting a senior citizen’s discount in a restaurant I visited. Upon paying the food I ordered, I told the cashier that I am a senior citizen and … Read more »