In trying to shield President B. S. Aquino 3rd from any accountability for the death of the 44 Special Action Force police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima virtually immolated himself, took the grand prize for lying, and all but dethroned Beelzebub as “the father of all lies.” He claimed total accountability for the fiasco, and tried to whitewash it of any presidential culpability or involvement. But the attempted whitewash failed to wash. Aquino remains stuck where he is.
According to Purisima, “the responsibility… Read more »

The son has had enough of it.

It wasn’t really sudden, and his having the EDSA Revolution commemorated in Cebu last year, since he was obviously afraid of demonstrations against him in Manila, presaged it. President Benigno S. Aquino has finally killed the commemoration of EDSA, and its spirit.
This year’s Feb 25 is the first time ever after 1986 that EDSA’s spirit of freedom, and the idea of power of… Read more »

Palace-clergy clash worsens

A “word war” between Malacañang and members of the National Transformation Council (NTC) worsened on Thursday as both camps directly assailed each other over the latter’s renewed call for the resignation not only of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his … Read more »


Govt, MILF join forces in all-out war vs BIFF

Government forces are working with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to carry out an all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), according to Malacañang. Citing information from the military, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday … Read more »

Ombudsman: Probe Binay bank accounts

The Office of the Ombudsman has pushed the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to file a petition with the Court of Appeals (CA) in order to examine bank accounts of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. According to a well-placed … Read more »

Aquino, Hollande sign agreements

THE Philippines and France have reaffirmed deep partnership with the signing of several agreements to bolster cooperation on tourism, education, transportation and trade. The agreements were forged shortly after President Benigno Aquino 3rd and French President Francois Hollande held talks … Read more »

Ferrer, Deles still enjoy President’s trust

Malacañang on Thursday rejected calls for the resignation of Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles and Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the head of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as both still enjoy the full … Read more »

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Editorial

Collecting a debt from the BIFF

ON Wednesday, albeit very tardily, AFP Chief of Staff Gregorio Catapang Jr. ordered an all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), whose violent attacks have displaced more than 20,000 civilians in central Mindanao, and who figured prominently in the Mamasapano Massacre that took the lives of our Fallen 44 PNP-SAF... Read more »


Sports

Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind

DUBAI: Roger Federer’s bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis. It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for … Read more »

Nation

AFP, PNP urged to withdraw their support to Aquino

A FORMER military official on Thursday called on active military and police officials to withdraw their support to President Benigno Aquino 3rd for the botched police operation in Mindanao that killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force. … Read more »

DOJ indicts car racer wife, lover

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted the wife of international car racer Enzo Pastor and her lover for allegedly masterminding Enzo’s murder on June 12, 2014. Dahlia Pastor and her alleged lover Domingo “Sandy” De Guzman have been charged … Read more »

Makati allots P2.1-B for education in 2015

HE Makati city government has earmarked P2.1 billion for its 2015 public education programs covering preschool, elementary, high school, K to 12 senior high school, and tertiary levels. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the city government has consistently provided … Read more »

Elenita Binay refuses to enter plea

The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, after she entered no plea at her arraignment on Thursday. Mrs. Binay, a medical doctor, and several other … Read more »

PCSO, Philhealth ink landmark pact

In line with their mission to provide “universal health care for all Filipinos,” a key policy of President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) inked an agreement that will greatly benefit … Read more »

Solon asks House not to railroad BBL passage

BUHAY Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza on Wednesday called on his colleagues at the House of Representatives not to railroad the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in its current form because it is full of constitutional infirmities. “The Mamasapano … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Max’s borrows P3.5B to buy Pancake House

IT is not my habit to interview my ‘inside’ sources when I write about listed companies because I don’t want Due Diligencer to be influenced by self-serving company statements. No, I don’t hate insiders. Rather, I rely mostly on filings … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Road conditions to the North

HERE is a report on road conditions going north of Manila as personally experienced. The Easter holidays are coming and for anyone thinking of going up north, may this be helpful. I left Manila at 3:30pm on Feb 19, a … Read more »

David Ignatius

Israel’s side of the Iran dispute

TEL AVIV — The public rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued that the break has been building for more … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Present at the creation; I’m vain, aren’t I?

IT’S that time of year when Edsa’86 veterans again validate what the Durants say: All autobiography is vanity. This week, I recall two RAM elders, Col. Joe Almonte and Col. Eugene Ocampo. The latter perished early on and was in … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

P57-million monthly MRT maintenance fee… where does it go?

Perhaps, the next time the Senate resumes its investigation on the Metro Rail Transit issue, the lawmakers should ask Autre Porte Technique Global, the maintenance provider of MRT 3, where the P57-million monthly payment supposedly for the upkeep of the … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Hangover

A lot of boxing fans are probably still pinching their cheeks to check if they were not daydreaming when Floyd Mayweather Jr. made the huge announcement that he had finally signed the contract for a May 3 (Manila time) duel … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Parents are obliged to provide support for their children, whether they are legitimate or illegitimate

Dear PAO, I have a half brother. My mother and his father are not married. His father used to give support, but it slowly diminished after he retired. Now, my mother is having a difficult time asking him to provide … Read more »