Fifty-two members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (according to the latest report) are dead. They were massacred, many of them mutilated, in an armed encounter in barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a breakaway faction of the MILF.
This happened while the Aquino government was trying to… Read more »

Inset, right, SAF trooper in battle-gear; foreground photo, SAF troopers killed in Maguindanao stripped even of their jackets and boots; inset, middle, SAF trooper with head blown off; inset extreme left, shot in the face.

Photos of the Maguindanao massacre provided to newspapers and a video posted on Youtube right after the incident point to the tragic, gruesome possibility that many of the 64 troopers of the elite Special Action Forces (SAF) may have been killed and shot point blank after surrendering… Read more »

‘Poll officials may have been bribed’

Group asks Congress to probe PCOS deal An election watchdog protesting deals between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic is seeking a thorough investigation of reports that money changed hands to ensure the award of contracts to the Venezuelan … Read more »


Cayetano should inhibit from Binay case

BECAUSE of his obvious political prejudice and bias, pro-administration Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should inhibit himself when the Senate committee on rules deliberates on the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president … Read more »

Alphaland files P100-M damage suit vs Mercado

Alphaland Corp. made good its threat to sue former Makati City vice mayor Ernesto Mercado when it filed on Tuesday a P100 million damage suit before the Makati City Regional Trial Court. The firm said another criminal case for libel … Read more »

DSWD spent P38M for camping activities

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spent more than P37 million for six camping activities participated in by 5,636 street dwellers in Metro Manila from 2011 to 2015, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted on Tuesday. Appearing before … Read more »

AFP mourns fallen police commandos

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has placed all its camps and military installations in a state of mourning to show sympathy and solidarity with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the bereaved families of 44 policemen killed in … Read more »

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Editorial

Sabah must be mentioned in the BBL

INTERVIEWED lengthily by Ted Failon yesterday morning (on ABSCBN/DZMM’s Teleradyo), the Chairwoman of the Philippine government panel negotiating--the better word is “colluding”-- with the Moro Islamic Liberation to create the Bangsamoro substate, spoke like a tape-recorder incessantly claiming that the Palace-backed draft of the Bangsamoro... Read more »


Sports

Ateneo, UST post wins in UAAP women’s volleyball

Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University nailed a hard-earned 25-21, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-10 win over Adamson University to stay unbeaten in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of … Read more »

Life & Times

The scent of Richard Yap

After ABS-CBN’s successful daytime series Be Careful with My Heart concluded in November 2014, and     December’s Metro Manila Film Festival blockbuster Praybet Benjamin ended its run, the public has surely been missing the handsomely quiet and magnetic Richard Yap. … Read more »

Nation

Meralco rates to go up in Feb

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said on Wednesday that power rates will increase in February. Meralco President Oscar Reyes said there are already indications for an upward movement of power rates for next month. One of the indicators, Reyes said, is … Read more »

Saleslady claims P16M lotto jackpot prize

A 31-year-old sales lady from Makati City became an instant millionaire after she bagged the P16 million jackpot prize in the Super Lotto 6/49 draw. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) acting chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd handed … Read more »

No inedible Thai rice entered PH – NFA

The National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday assured the public that no substandard rice from Thailand entered the country as part of the government-to-government rice procurement deal last year. To recall, Manila has imported about 500,000 metric tons (MT) of … Read more »

Revolutionize education system, says UMak head

THE president of the city-run University of Makati (UMak) has urged educators across the country not to fear change, even radical change in the country’s educational system such as the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, saying this is needed … Read more »

North Luzon tollways integration pushed

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority is coordinating with Manila North Tollways Corp. to speed up the integration of the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway ahead of the February 12 deadline set by Senate President … Read more »

Comelec waits on DILG to unseat Javier

After the Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued a writ of execution to oust incumbent Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier from his post, it is now up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve it, said Comelec … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Picturesque Sagada

We finally took the offer to rough it up in Sagada this weekend past. A village nestled in the heart of the Mountain Province, Sagada is a picturesque village even early missionaries have written about. The town can only be … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Salvador Laurel, the president Filipinos should have had

THE usual topics that appear in this space have to give way to a tribute, not to a businessman that would qualify this piece under Due Diligencer, but to a politician. The deviation is timely because today is the 11th … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Will the Oxfam report crack the hard shell of Mr. Aquino’s elitist policies ?

AS the elite of the world met in Davos for their yearly networking and schmoozing ritual, the charity institution Oxfam released a report that essentially exposed the hollowness and superficiality of such meet and greet exercise of the global movers … Read more »

NELSON CELIS

Believe it or not, internal tampering is real!

FORMER Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman (FCGL), through a letter dated January 13, 2015, accepted the challenge of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes (CSB) for FCGL to prove that internal tampering of election results can be done easily. CSB replied the following … Read more »

EFREN L. DANAO

Hold, make MILF accountable for atrocities!

SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), deserve praise for suspending the public hearings … Read more »

MANNY PIÑOL

Nation in pain and anguish awaits words of comfort

TWO days after the annihilation by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of a company of policemen under the Special Action Force (SAF), which served warrants of arrest for known international terrorists in Maguindanao Province, the nation awaits with bated … Read more »

Legal Advice

Courts can compel father of illegitimate child to provide financial support

Dear PAO, I am a single mother with a four-year-old child who is now enrolled in school. I am really pressed for money. I want the father of my child to help defray school expenses. The child carries the father’s … Read more »