In his dedication of  Noli me Tangere to our country, Dr. Jose Rizal, wrote these moving words: “In the catalogue of human ills there is to be found a cancer so malignant that the least touch inflames and causes agonizing … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

With the President speaking before European companies and financial institutions, I am optimistic that the conference will help bolster interest on PPP [public-private partnership] projects … we will be able to relay to potential European foreign investors that the country … Read more »

‘Extra powers will not solve energy shortage’

GRANTING emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not solve a looming energy shortage, House leaders said on Wednesday as convenors of a consumer group warned that granting the President extra powers is “dangerous.” House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales … Read more »

Bishops reject extra powers for President

INSTEAD of seeking extra powers, President Benigno Aquino 3rd should appoint efficient and capable officials to the Department of Energy (DOE) who can deal with the energy problem, some bishops said on Wednesday. Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said the government … Read more »

UP, Ateneo, DLSU improve world university ranking

THE University of the Philippines (UP) regained its foothold as the top institution of learning in the country after it climbed by 13 rungs in the world ranking of top universities in the world. UP was also ranked higher than … Read more »

Govt slaps higher fees on overstaying cargoes

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has approved an increase in storage fees for overstaying cargoes in major ports in Manila and other areas in a move seen by many as an initiative by the national government to decongest ports. Palace spokesman … Read more »

VACC: Aquino ‘politicizing’ campaign against crime

ANTI-crime advocates on Wednesday decried President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s continued refusal to listen to the call of the public to replace Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, saying the stand of the President clearly manifests his anti-victim stance. The … Read more »

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True, the Philippines as a country & people – but not the Aquino government – is friendliest to China

Palace spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda is absolutely right. The Philippines continues to be among the countries of the world friendliest to China. He is absolutely correct, when he said: “Are we Filipinos focusing or targeting Chinese? Of course not. We are one of the most, if not the most, friendly country in respect of our Chinese... 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 »

CA clears BIR official over ‘ill-gotten wealth’

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has exonerated an assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) who was fired  from her job  for alleged unexplained wealth. In a 25-page decision, penned by Associate Justice Leoncia Real-Dimagiba and concurred in … Read more »

Cache of firearms seized in Laguna

AUTHORITIES raided a farm estate in Laguna at dawn on Thursday and confiscated a cache of firearms and illegal drugs. Ricardo Rueda Jr., Pablo Ortiz Javier, Norito Garfel and Estrella Lina were arrested during the operation conducted at the farm … Read more »

P95M alloted for Zambo port dredging

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has allocated P95 million for a dredging project at the newly-expanded portion of a wharf here. PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana relayed the funding to first district Rep. Celso Lobregat, who is … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary


Cheerdance level-up

I’m no fan of university varsity sports, be it as University of the Philippines alumnus, or as Ateneo de Manila University teacher in the past. I was so bad at being sports-supportive in fact, that I’d have classes while some … Read more »


5 ways to improve our urban transport infrastructure

The word, “traveler,” in its original French form, “travaillier” and its Middle English form “travailen” originally had harsh meanings, among them, toil, trouble, labor, and torment. If you are a daily commuter plying the major road arteries of Metro Manila, … Read more »

Peter Cariño

We should know better

I more or less expected the out come of the rematch between still undefeated Floyd May-weather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, which is a unanimous decision win for the American. I even wrote in a previous column that a rematch between … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Not to be taken seriously

A worse-than-usual string of mental stumbles by various parts of the Philippine government seems to have occurred in the past couple of days. Toward the end of last week, a Congressman (the idea was so bad, I’ll spare him further … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Movies that stay

There has been an ongoing survey on Facebook where friends who are tagged are asked to pick five movies that have long stayed with them. Reading through people’s lists, one can easily tell how romantic, thrill-seeking, or even eclectic their … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Cheaper, cleaner, greener energy could provide more investments and jobs

What should the government do to solve power shortages? Forget emergency powers for the President. Forget about buying or renting generator sets. Think long term. Shortages in electricity that have triggered rotating brownouts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao cannot be … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Possible witnesses to execution of a last will and testament

Dear PAO, Can my daughter be a witness to my mother’s execution of her last will and testament? My mother is currently in the province and it is only my husband and daughter who are taking care of her. My … Read more »