In the process, within five years, Metro Cebu could become more livable than Manila, and could break the back of its social problems. This is the future in prospect when our government contracts this month a $116-million dollar loan from … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, … Read more »

‘Mario’ slams Metro Manila

Non-stop rains from Storm Mario and an intensified southwest monsoon brought floods to most of Metro Manila on Friday that killed at least two people and shut down offices and schools.

Mario (international codename: Fung- Wong) began pounding the country’s premier region on Thursday night as it approached Northern Luzon. Read more »

Aquino: West Philippine Sea ‘aggression a global threat’

Escalating tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) brought about by the “emerging pattern of aggression” by some claimant countries threatens not only regional security but even the global community, according to President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Speaking at … Read more »

Pinoy peacekeepers coming home earlier than scheduled

THE 339 Filipino soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights will be returning home earlier than scheduled because of the deteriorating security situation in the area. The first batch of 244 peacekeepers was expected to arrive on Friday, … Read more »

PH athletes start medal quest today

The Philippines begins its medal quest in the 2014 Asian Games on Saturday as its athletes from shooting, tennis, rowing, weightlifting and wushu go into action in different venues here. Shooters Eric Ang and Hagen Alexander Topacio will take part … Read more »

Billions in DAP funds vs floods ‘missing’

AS Metro Manila went under flood waters on Friday, questions inundated the unclear outcome of billions worth of supposed flood-control projects in the country’s premier region  that were funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a statement on … Read more »

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Pro-UK Scots win independence referendum

The Scots who want to preserve the United Kingdom won in a historic referendum that would have destroyed the union had the pro-Independence campaign won. Scotland has been a member of the UK for three hundred years. It is economically vital to the UK, not only because of the Scots’ contribution to the kingdom’s productivity as a people, as... Read more »


Belmonte belittles Binay’s response to building probe

SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has taken to task Vice President Jejomar Binay for linking two buildings in the House of Representatives to the allegedly overpriced P2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2. Belmonte was referring to Binay noting in a recent … Read more »

DILG to distribute anti-crime scorecards to NCR mayors

INTERIOR Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, in a recent meeting at Camp Crame in Quezon City, announced that starting next month, his department will start distributing anti-crime scorecards to all mayors of Metro Manila or National Capital Region (NCR). Present in … Read more »


MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday announced that they had come up with the official logo for the Philippine visit of Pope Francis in January 2015. According to Tagle, the logo shows the Philippine flag in blue, red … Read more »

Senate to PNP chief: We want your SALN

Senators on Thursday said they want Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima to personally submit to them his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), as well as explain the P25-million renovation of his “White House” inside Camp Crame, … Read more »

PH not sending troops in global fight vs ISIS

Unlike its decision to deploy troops to Iraq before the ouster of President Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Philippines will not be sending ground soldiers to the current United States-led international coalition to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and … Read more »

Economic Cha-cha’s approval by yearend seen

Constitutional amendments that would lift restrictions on foreign ownership of public utilities are expected to secure congressional approval by yearend. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) on Thursday announced such possibility in the aftermath of … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Tribute to Guillermo ‘Gem’ Carague

I was reminded of paying a tribute to former Secretary of the Department of Budget & Management (DBM) and Chairman of the Commission on Audit (CoA) Guillermo “Gem” N. Carague when I was fixing my files and came across an … Read more »

Efren Danao

Bravo, Rep. Toby Tiangco!

Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby”  Tiangco performed a great service Wednesday when he held his ground for the submission by Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of the detailed use of the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). People who want accountability and … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

We can count as many as 23 auxiliary verbs in English

How many auxiliary verbs are there in English? A South African member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum who goes by the username Spelling thought there are only three, namely “do,” “be,” and “have,” and believing this to be the case, … Read more »

Lauro L. Baja

Waltzing Philippine foreign policy

The Philippine Ambassadors Foundation (PAFI) has recently been seized with activities concerning the first pillar of Philippine foreign policy i.e., the protection and promotion of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. We organized a roundtable on the Comprehensive Agreement on … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Hey buddy, internationalize this

President B.S. Aquino 3rd is one imaginative chap, no matter what else can be said about him. Speaking to a group of Filipino expats in Paris on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Aquino dispensed with his usual “the Philippines is open … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Norte the Movie

I sat through Lav Diaz’ , the 4-1/2 hour film that won critical acclaim in Cannes and other film festivals this year. It has fabulous photography—wide angle landscapes, the varied green colors of rural Philippines, a well-chosen cast of characters … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Foreigners should stick to purpose for which their visa is issued

Can a foreigner who is only on a tourist visa be deported from the Philippines assuming he is engaged in a business? What other circumstances may cause the deportation of a foreigner? Maricel Dear Maricel, A foreigner who comes to … Read more »