Communism, defeated, may lie in the dust-heap of history; but equality still is the key issue of this century. Most everywhere, the privileged and the poor are separating—like Disraeli’s England of the 1840s—into two nations. Urban communities are unravelling, as … Read more »

[4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, Feb 1, 2015 / Deut 18:15-20 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7b, 7c-9 / 1 Cor 7:32-35 / Mark 1:21-28] In today’s gospel we find Jesus teaching in the synagogue. His teaching “made a deep … Read more »

Palace shields Purisima

Govt will not pressure suspended PNP chief to talk about Maguindanao mission President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not compel suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to speak up on his involvement in the operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that … Read more »

Kin of fallen SAF troops not eyeing hero’s burial

The families of the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who perished in Mamasapano, Maguindanao are not seeking to bury their loved ones at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office issued … Read more »

UN mourns slain SAF commandos

The United Nations team in the Philippines has joined the Filipino people in mourning the death of 44 elite commandos who were mowed down during an operation to arrest terrorists in Maguindanao last week. The UN on Saturday expressed its … Read more »

Give peace a chance – Ferrer, Iqbal

KUALA LUMPUR: Government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea on Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas. Both … Read more »

2 PAF pilots die in Batangas crash

Two Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots were killed when their plane crashed off Nasugbu, Batangas on Saturday morning. Officials identified the fatalities as 1st Lt. Nazer Jana and Capt. John Bayao. According to Nasugbu Police chief Pablo Aguda, the pilots … Read more »

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CBCP Public Affairs Chair Bishop Pabillo is right: BBL can wait

WE have no objection to the notion that the pursuit of lasting peace in Mindanao must not cease until it is achieved. But we reject the Malacañang campaign—supported by the Foreign Powers and the United Nations—that the so-called “peace process” has reached the penultimate step to achieving peace in Mindanao because the Bangsamoro Basic... Read more »


SC slams Sereno over Jardeleza issue

The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has slammed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for questioning the nomination and appointment of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza to the tribunal. In a six-page resolution dated January 21, 2015, it junked a motion for … Read more »

Petron hikes LPG prices

Petron Corp. on Sunday increased prices of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products. In an advisory, Petron raised prices of Gasul and Fiesta by 70 centavos per kilogram. It also increased AutoLPG price by 40 centavos per liter. Petron, the … Read more »

Congress panel not keen on Comelec ‘pabaon’ issue

THE Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES) has no plans to include in its inquiry the allegations that money changed hands to ensure the P1.2-billion contract to refurbish the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will … Read more »

Pinays nabbed in Malaysia club raid

An undisclosed number of Filipino women were among those who were rounded up in a raid on a nightclub in Malaysia late on Saturday, a Malaysian news site said on Sunday. According to a report from the New Straits Times, … Read more »

Steady increase in anti-drug accomplishments in 2014

The country’s drug law enforcement continued to pick up right where it left off as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement agencies (OLEAs) posted a significant increase in anti-illegal drug accomplishments for operational year 2014. PDEA, … Read more »

4,580 Filipino nurses sought US jobs in 2014

A total of 4,580 Philippine-educated nurses took the US National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time in 2014 in the hopes of obtaining gainful employment in America, a lawmaker said on Sunday. House Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Gerald Anthony … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Alexis Tsipras, Syriza are as moderate as Bert Romulo, circa 1987

The slide of media to mediocrity is clearly taking place on a global scale. How else could you explain the mainstream press’s reportage on the Greek elections? After the victory of Syriza and the defeat of the political parties favored … Read more »


In mourning: The Fallen 44

I write this on the National Day Of Mourning for the 44 police commandos of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who died in action in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. I wish there were a way of registering my … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Does God allow human suffering?

The children were all gathered in the ‘center for street children’ near the Manila Cathedral when the Pope just finished a mass, during which he challenged bishops and priests to be true pastors and imitate Christ and serve the poor. … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

Double-Depping at the cinema

Back in the ‘90s I’d be running around in circles like a happy puppy if there were two Johnny Depp movies out in the cinema at the same time. I know he doesn’t really care about what anyone else says, … Read more »


Of broken hearts and ‘Tadhana’

It’s the weekend before the Valentine’s Day season officially starts in the country. Once again, our social media timelines will be bombarded with a million and one images of #surprises, #gifts, and #truelove posts enough to make any sane single … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

SAF Maguindanao massacre: Who gave the order for Oplan Wolverine?

LIKE the millions of our fellow Filipinos, I am very much affected by the deaths of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops who were involved in a covert police operation in Maguindanao to arrest two notorious terrorists involved in … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Arrest warrant valid unless it is quashed

Dear PAO, Does a warrant of arrest expire? Kean Dear Kean, A warrant of arrest is issued by a competent authority directing the arrest of a person so that he/she may be bound to answer for the commission of an … Read more »