“Before 1521, there is not one authentic Philippine date.” Thus did the inimitable national artist Nick Joaquin launch his remarkable book, Culture and History (Solar publishing Corporation, 1989), which singlehandedly impelled many of us to take national history and dates … Read more »

The best part about Christmas is opening gifts. And the worst part, too. It depends on what you get. And more crucial: what you already have. A million pesos would send a pauper to paroxysms of joy, and a billionaire … Read more »

DOTC eyes probe into airport chaos

Authorities will look into the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) when hundreds of passengers on Christmas Day raged over flight delays and cancellations. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it was closely monitoring the situation … Read more »

Soliman refutes COA report on Pantawid

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman on Friday said the P1.8 billion from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) allocated to her department has been liquidated, contrary to findings of the Commission on Audit (COA). Soliman, who called a news … Read more »

Govt, communist rebels to restart peace talks soon

The Philippine government and communist rebels on Friday said formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels’ armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerrilla campaign. Peace talks regarding one of the world’s longest-running … Read more »

Prayers, tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On … Read more »

More Filipinos optimistic about 2015, survey says

Most Filipinos are facing 2015 with hope rather than fear, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said. Ninety-three percent of Filipinos surveyed were optimistic about 2015, slightly below the 94 percent registered last year. SWS conducted the survey from … Read more »

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Not all are brain- and soul-dead about Aquino regime corruption

THANK God for Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. She has urged the Senate in a resolution she filed recently to probe corruption in the Department of Justice’s prosecutorial service. In the front-page report we published yesterday, reporter Jefferson Antiporda, wrote that Sen. Santiago, in her proposd Senate resolution, cited the admission of... Read more »


Poll gadget bidder mum on graft raps

After declaring that it is confident that its bid chances are greater than those of its rival Smartmatic-TIM, the Indra Sistemas, S. A. remained silent on accusations that it is linked to corrupt activities in Spain. Archibald de Mata, Indra … Read more »

Error-filled land titles emerge from LRA

The public has been warned against erroneous land titles in light of ongoing upgrade of the computerization system of the Land Registration Authority (LRA). Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara made the call under his House Bill 1667, which seeks a … Read more »

CA hits Ombudsman over wrong penalty

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has slammed the Office of the Ombudsman for imposing the wrong penalty on a senior officer of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) who had unlawfully transferred ownership of a vehicle in 2005. In an 11-page … Read more »

Gun owners seek TRO on new firearms law

THE Peaceful and Responsible Owners of Guns (Progun) has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Philippine National Police (PNP) from implementing the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of what it described as an “oppressive” firearms law. In a petition … Read more »

Cook, companion survive stabbing

James Patrick Lumarque, 30, a cook at SM Centerpoint in Manila, and his female companion survived a stabbing on Friday morning in Manila’s Santa Mesa district. The suspects were identified as brothers Jed and Justin del Pilar, both residents of … Read more »

Socialized housing gets P334M

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has granted six city governments in Metro Manila P334.5 million in seed fund for socialized housing under the government’s One Safe Future (1SF) Program. “[This is not a political promise but a … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

A moral puzzle in stock investing

Sometimes the most innocuous conversations can lead to puzzlement over much bigger topics. In this case, a very brief online banter with a local stock expert about breakfast illustrates a moral dilemma in equity market investments. John Mangun, a friend … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Reforms long overdue at Bilibid Prison and BuCor (2)

Second of two parts WHILE waiting in church for the Christmas midnight Mass, I thought of the poor inmates languishing at the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. I thought that the leadership of the national government in the past decades should … Read more »

Policy paper on marine and fishery resources (4)

Awareness alarm call on “political disasters” 12. In addition to multiple natural disaster impacts, regional political events, as presently exemplified in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea situation, can also affect the health and livelihood of coastal communities. For example, … Read more »


Christmas in Sin City

LAS VEGAS: It may look incongruous but Christmas is well celebrated in this Sin City although it’s noticeably more on the material side. Christmas is a national holiday in the United States although there’s an increasing number of Americans who … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Of numbers and numerals and the usage of ‘will’ and ‘would’

AS a yearender English grammar lesson, I’m sharing my answers to these three interesting questions asked in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member Justine Aragones: 1. Is the use of “maths” instead of “mathematics” grammatically acceptable in “Maths is an … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Villar: From business to politics to business

After serving two six-year terms as senator from 2001 to 2013, Manuel Villar Jr. returned late last year to the group of companies that he and his family control. He was senate president from 2006 to 2008. A filing posted … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Grandparents may be compelled to augment dad’s support for son

Dear PAO, Can I oblige the grandparents of my son to give support, if his father cannot provide sufficient support to him? My husband and I are married but living separately. Although he provides for our son, the financial support … Read more »