A colleague on this page, and another on the Daily Tribune who also hosts a weekly cable TV show on Global News Network have revisited the so-called Jabidah Massacre of 1968, and arrived at the same conclusion as the anthropologist Arnold Molina Azurin did many years ago — that it was all a hoax. The Times’ Rigoberto Tiglao has written a series in four parts, while the Tribune’s Herman Tiu Laurel has done a column and an hour-long oral dissection of the issue on his cable TV talk show, with the same startling result. Both journalists have been most persuasive… Read more »

Arula, the only “witness” to the alleged “Jabidah massacre”: Both the MNLF and the MILF, though, cared little about him, and he died forgotten in Cavite in 2010.

Third of a four-part series

The clearest indications that the “Jabidah massacre” – claimed to this day to have sparked the Moro rebellion – was nothing but a hoax are the contrasting fates of the alleged perpetrators and the supposed sole witness, Jibin Arula.

The “Jabidah” killings… Read more »

PNoy no longer trusted

“I will carry this to the end of my days.”

President Benigno Aquino 3rd may have foreseen his popularity going to the dumps when he uttered those words in Filipino in addressing the nation on February 6.

At the time, he was making… Read more »

Aquino seeks ‘understanding’ but no apology

“I am the President, but I am also human.” In what could be his final speech on the issue, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday again accepted responsibility for the disastrous January 25 Mamasapano incident and “humbly” asked for “understanding,” … Read more »


A female graduate of the San Beda College of Law in Manila topped the 2014 Bar examinations where only close to 19 percent of the aspirants passed, the Supreme Court announced after it held an en banc session on Thursday. … Read more »

US House OKs $5.5T 10-year budget cut

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The House of Representatives approved a US budget on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that shaves $5.5 trillion in spending over a decade, repeals the Obamacare health law and eliminates the federal deficit in nine years without raising taxes. … Read more »

Senators cold to BBL

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s plea for Congress to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is a flight of fancy as majority of the senators will not approve it, according to Sen. Francis Escudero. “Definitely, the BBL … Read more »

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Continuing destruction of coconut trees by cocolisap another Aquino regime sin

IN June 2014, when the cocolisap (scale insects) infestation had become a serious problem, President Aquino issued an executive order to combat the infestation that could wipe out our country’s coconut farming and industry. The government allotted P750 million for the implementation of the Scale Insect Emergency Action Program. No less... Read more »


Nietes, Donaire fight separate rivals tonight

World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will defend his title against Mexican challenger Gilbert Parra while former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will battle Brazilian William Prado in a comeback bout tonight in … Read more »


AFP probes soldiers’ cowing of rights lawyer

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is investigating allegations of harassment and intimidation by soldiers of a human rights lawyer. At the same time, the AFP instructed all of its subordinate units to “ensure the … Read more »

Big Business to continue supporting peace process

The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Friday reaffirmed its continuing and unwavering support for the Mindanao peace process on the eve of the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). “We renew our call … Read more »

House yet to settle 2013 cash advances

State auditors have reminded the House of Representatives to settle cash advances that it was granted in 2013 even as they praised the chamber for fully liquidating such advances of its officials and members in 2012 and prior years. In … Read more »

CA junks charges vs ex-special prosecutor

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down an Ombudsman order finding former Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-ignacio guilty of administrative charges hurled against him that led to his dismissal from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. In a decision penned … Read more »

Ambulance driver wins P9-million lotto jackpot

A 35-year-old ambulance driver from Manila has bagged the P9-million jackpot prize in Mega Lotto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The PCSO acting chairman, lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, on Friday said the lone jackpot prize … Read more »

Comelec eyes P14B additional budget

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering asking Congress for a P14-billion supplementary budget for the purchase of additional counting machines for use in the 2016 elections. This is one of the options being eyed by the poll body should … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Wanted: Financial savior for PWU

(Second of a three-part series) HOW long would it take for a court-designated receiver to decide the fate of Philippine Women’s University (PWU), its creditors and stockholders, from receivership to either rehabilitation or liquidation? Due Diligencer does not have the … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Juan Manuel de Prada

SPANISH writer Juan Manuel de Prada was in Manila last week. It was his first visit and a short one but he has immersed himself enough in Philippine History to write a novel of historical fiction, Morir Bajo Su Cielo. … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Maleficent/magnificent eagle or lion?

PREZ Cory had a friendly Supreme Court and was chief executive and sole lawmaker for more than a year. The 1987 Congress wasn’t unfriendly, either. She was the world’s darling, at Edsa ‘86. PNoy inherited an arguably unfriendly SC and … Read more »

Teresita Tanhueco-Tumapon

Asean 2015

SO soon! Indeed time flies at lightning speed and here staring at us is Asean 2015! And what’s in it for us in academe? But first, a very brief overview of Asean. We are one of ten countries wishing to … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Senate must at once cancel DND shady deals

Department of National Defense (DND) officials, with the help of Malacañang, are desperately scrambling to whitewash or cover up the massive anomalous procurement contracts. Information reaching me indicate that a son of a DND top official has brokered some of … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Flash or flush for Donaire Jr.

It’s make or break for Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. as he returns to the squared circle on Saturday for the latest edition of the popular boxing card Pinoy Pride at the Araneta Coliseum. Simply put, if the former … Read more »

Legal Advice

Fees can be waived in correcting errors in indigent’s birth certificate

I just found out that there are erroneous details in my 5-year-old son’s birth certificate. His name was incorrectly spelled and his gender should have been male instead of female. I inquired from our City Hall and I was told … Read more »