I met Liberal Party presidential nominee Mar Roxas and his wife Korina at the wake of the late PDI columnist Neal Cruz at the Shrine of our Lady at Mount Carmel in Quezon City on Friday evening, and wished him luck on his nomination. Although I am no Roxas fan or supporter, I was pleased to see the ruling party free itself from the clutches of the propaganda fraudsters by declaring Roxas as its candidate despite his reputedly poor “survey” ratings.

It was a relief to see Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares fall off her perch… Read more »


There are at least three explanations why President Benigno Aquino 3rd anointed his sidekick Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as his and the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate next year despite his unpopularity, which he hasn’t been able to correct after five years on the job and with all government resources at his command.

One explanation is that… Read more »

‘One Asean stand may stop China’

10-nation bloc urged to protest land reclamation THERE is a chance that China will stop its island-building spree in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and other areas if all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) … Read more »

Palace vows faster aid for ‘Yolanda’ victims

MALACANANG on Sunday vowed to pour more funds to complete the rehabilitation of areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda after a United Nations report indicated that victims remain “vulnerable” two years after the calamity. In an interview over state-run Radyo … Read more »

‘We’re at the govt’s mercy’

THE United Nations report that the Philippine government failed to improve living conditions of victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda is the grim reality that skeptics must see for themselves, according to a survivor who lost his parents at the height … Read more »

‘Binay to belie Aquino’s claims in VP’s SONA today’

VICE President Jejomar Binay will turn the tables on the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in his “true” State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he will deliver today in Cavite province, where he will respond “point by point” … Read more »

Recto: Ending classroom shortage big challenge

THE administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have to build 254 classrooms a day to be able to finish its target of 43,000 classrooms next year, according to Senate President pro-tempore Ralph Recto. Recto however said work on 41,728 … Read more »

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The Aquino Administration gets some international criticism it deserves

LAST Friday, in a move that was possibly in violation of election laws and was certainly lacking in sensitivity or any obvious awareness of the concerns or even the existence of the Filipino public, President BS Aquino 3rd and his Liberal Party in a tearfully joyous (and expensive) celebration at Club Filipino “anointed” Interior Secretary Mar... Read more »


Nadal exacts revenge in Hamburg

HAMBURG: Top seed Rafael Nadal won the Hamburg claycourt title on Sunday (Monday in Manila) gaining a much-needed confidence boost after a slump in form, beating Italian eighth seed Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5. Nadal had been beaten twice previously this … Read more »


Comelec eyes longer campaign period

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is amenable to moving the start of the campaign period for next year’s polls a month early. If implemented, candidates for national positions will have 120 days to campaign instead of the usual 90 days. … Read more »

Oil firms cut pump prices

For the seventh consecutive week, oil companies will slash pump prices effective Tuesday. In separate advisories, Pilipinas Shell, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will reduce diesel prices by 90 centavos per liter. They will also cut gasoline prices … Read more »

PNoy hits Arroyo anew

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday found another convenient venue to lash at his most favorite punching bag — former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. During the 111th anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Quezon … Read more »

Marcos office hit by bullet

A bullet hole found at the front glass panel of his office baffled Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. but he believes that it has nothing to do with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. The bullet hole was discovered by a security … Read more »

Alzona named new PSALM chief

STATE-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. has a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) — Lourdes Alzona. Alzona, who was appointed board member by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, acted as officer-in-charge when PSALM president and CEO … Read more »

Super typhoon to enter PH Wednesday

A NEW typhoon with the international name “Soudelor” will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday. The typhoon will be named “Hanna” once inside Philippine territory. Although it will not directly hit the country, it will induce monsoons … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Connecting farm to table

Indefatigable Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat has traveled to many farmlands looking for the very people who grow our food—and not just any kind of food, but Slow Food. And so many people ask him “what is slow food? Is it … Read more »

Zobel brothers in charge

DON’T get excited over the huge retained earnings reported in financial disclosures of listed companies. Because the amounts are based on consolidated financials, as public investors should have learned, not all are declarable as dividends either in cash or in … Read more »

CHED’s unmentionable accomplishments

Much has already been said about President Benigno Aquino’s SONA.  From the viewpoint of education in the Philippines, there was much praise for Bro. Armin Luistro of the DepEd for presiding over the K-12 reform and tackling its myriad infrastructure … Read more »

A larger foreign policy vision and role for PH

AS we await the outcome of the Philippines’ case before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), we should think about our long-term foreign policy vision. What do we hope to achieve through our foreign policy, in … Read more »

Pride in the Filipino language

PHILIPPINE schools line up activities to celebrate August as “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.” This year, the theme that the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) set for the celebration is Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran. It was only in 1997, through … Read more »

Bocaue restaurant turns into ‘sabong’ betting joint

What’s this I heard about a restaurant in Bocaue, Bulacan, that has turned itself into a big betting station for cockfighting aficionados? The restaurant, owned by a gambling lord known as “Don Ompong,” was reportedly given a business permit by … Read more »

Quality circles: Squeezing water from a dry towel

A FARMER is being recruited to join a local communist group. He appeared before the leader to answer questions about his worthiness. “If you have two cats, will you give one of them away?” The farmer replies: “Yes, I will.” … Read more »

American judge on harsh sentencing in the Philippines

FREDERICK C. NORTON, Esq., attorney and retired judge in New Jersey, like many in the United Sates has been following the practice of law in the Philippines through social-media. Philippine Law is largely based on North American law since the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Only court can change names in land titles

Dear PAO, I applied for a home loan from a bank. To secure my loan, I offered a piece of land given to me by my mother as collateral. At present, my application is currently on hold because of a … Read more »