There are two seasons within the year when the whole of Christendom turns with particular fervor as one family to God. Our tradition is rich in both. The first is Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians … Read more »

In keeping with tradition, as we celebrated Christmas Day yesterday, we also opened the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival. The festival runs from December 25 to the first week of January, when it concludes with the presentation of the festival … Read more »

Pope Francis calls for ‘tenderness’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis called for “tenderness” and “warmth” after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking Christmas. The Argentine pontiff’s brief homily was replete with Gospel references in his Christmas Eve mass, broadcast live in 3D for … Read more »


De Lima: VFA law under scrutiny

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said there are “vague provisions” in the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States that needs to be thoroughly reviewed. De Lima said the case against US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton … Read more »

3 senators celebrate Christmas party in jail

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has allowed three detained senators to hold a party in their cell inside Camp Crame in Quezon City during the holidays, radio reports said on Wednesday. Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. … Read more »

Miriam seeks probe of DOJ corruption

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has urged the Senate to look into reports of corruption at the prosecution service as she expressed serious concerns over what she said was the ingrained practice of corruption among state prosecutors. Santiago, in a resolution that … Read more »

Aquino watches nephew’s movie on Christmas day

Like many Filipinos, the country’s bachelor President spent the holiday with his family—in this case his sisters and nephews. President Benigno Aquino 3rd spent Christmas day watching the movie of his nephew Bimby, son of youngest sister Kris. Kris herself … Read more »

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Editorial

Pope’s address to Roman Curia was for examination of conscience

NEWS reports and commentaries about the speech the Holy Father gave on the morning of December 23, during the traditional annual audience with the Cardinals and Superiors of the Roman Curia for the presentation of Christmas greetings, made it sound like the Pope was humiliating his Cabinet members. The talk he gave after he greeted the Dean of... Read more »


Sports

Westbrook shines as Thunder sting Spurs

SAN ANTONIO: Russell Westbrook didn’t mind picking up the slack for the Oklahoma City Thunder who were missing reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant for the fifth-straight contest on Thursday. Westbrook tallied 35 points and 11 assists as the Thunder beat … Read more »

Life & Times

December 1941: The End of an Era

(Firsts of two parts) ELIAS rose from bed at dawn to a band playing martial music along their street in Pasay. He rushed down to the kitchen where his mother was cooking breakfast. “Immaculada Concepcion,” his mother said, turning the … Read more »

Nation

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 »

Palace assures 2015 budget constitutional

Malacañang has assured the public that the 2015 national budget was within the bounds of the Constitution. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday said the Aquino administration was duly guided by the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions in … Read more »

DOH urged to focus on preventive care

A group is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to adopt a new tack in the country’s health care system, one that is more focused on preventive care. Emer Rojas, New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) president, has … Read more »

Graft raps vs corrupt in private sector eyed

An expanded anti-graft law that would penalize the corrupt in the private sector has been proposed in the House of Representatives. Rep. Sherwin Tugna and Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, both from Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list, made the pitch under their … Read more »

More CCTV cameras in San Juan in 2015

CITING the importance of surveillance camera systems in reducing crimes, San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez said that the local government will install additional closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the city next year. Gomez said the CCTV cameras will be … Read more »

Graft rap set vs ex-PADC chief

Former Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) President Danilo Crisologo is facing a graft charge over alleged hiring of employees despite an Executive Order banning such during preparation of the agency’s rationalization plan. A joint resolution made public on Tuesday said … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Papal visit

POPE Francis is coming to the Philippines on a journey of mercy and compassion. That is the stated reason and theme that he brings to this country. He comes to console the victims of the super typhoon that hit it … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Who’s afraid of Mary Jane, etcetera? ‘Bye, Claro

IN my lifelong urging that we think out of the box, I have long argued that marijuana must be decriminalized. On August 30, 1983, I wrote “Who’s Afraid of Mary Jane? The Truth About Marijuana” in Mr. & Ms.. I … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Expect biggest leakages in 2015 national budget

There goes the lip service from President Noynoy after signing into law the FY2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), renewing his administration’s commitment to “fighting corruption” in its ranks. He meant, of course, going after his political and personal enemies, whom … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Diligencer’s lighter side

IN the spirit of Christmas, Due Diligencer is taking a break from the usual stuff that appears in this space three times a week. In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to forget corporate that most of the time is … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

The unemployment rate is a decent 6%. Where are the braggarts of boom?

As the unemployment rate dropped to six percent in October, a celebratory mood should have been the national reaction. While a five percent unemployment figure would have been more ideal, a six percent rate is definitely not a small feat, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Househelper’s loan from employer limited to his/her six months’ salary

Dear PAO, I have a kasambahay (domestic worker or househelper) who is asking if she can borrow money from me. As much as I am willing to accommodate her on her request, I would like to know the legal way … Read more »