China’s claim ‘indefensible’

The Philippine panel on Thursday called China’s territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) “hopeless” and “indefensible” as the country’s lawyers continued with their presentation on the second day of hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration … Read more »

High GDP growth: Philippines now ‘key emerging economy’

Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the latest report of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2015, making it a “key emerging economy.” Based on … Read more »

Señeres ‘open’ to substitution

OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres on Thursday said he is now open to the possibility of scuttling his presidential ambitions in favor of his San Beda College fraternity brother, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, provided he agrees to … Read more »

DOJ clips powers of Immigration chief

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has clipped Immigration Commissioner Seigfred Mison’s authority and control over approval and issuance of visas in all immigration port of entries. Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa also ordered the inventory of all “exclusion and recall” … Read more »

PNP to conduct lifestyle check on ‘extortionists’

THE Philippine National Police will conduct a lifestyle check on some members of the PNP Aviation Security Group who were assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at the height of the controversy generated by tanim-bala (bullet-planting) incidents there. … Read more »

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Tax reductions are not enough

ALTHOUGH we wouldn’t urge anyone to hold his or her breath, it does seem that the momentum in the Legislature is toward the passage of some version of a tax-reduction measure in the near future. It is an idea that has been rejected with stubborn consistency by President BS Aquino 3rd, whose first thought is, as always, for the benefits to be... Read more »


Bangsamoro bill may be passed in December

SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Thursday expressed optimism that the chamber will be able to pass its version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law called Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLABAR) next month. Plenary deliberation on the measure will … Read more »

Smartmatic again wins P550M deal

Smartmatic-TIM Corp. has again bagged another multi-million deal from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)—the transmission solution and management service contract for the 2016 elections. Under the P558 million deal, Smartmatic will transmit the result of the national and local elections. … Read more »

PCMRI to hold simple congress in December

Philcoman Research Institute (PCMRI) will hold this year’s 40th National Management Congress in simple ceremonies to honor the recipients of the Outstanding Corporation of the year Award, Outstanding Management Leadership Award of the year and the oath-taking of new members. … Read more »

Senate approves P3-T budget

THE Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed P3 trillion national budget for 2016, with the Defense department getting the biggest additional fund. With 14 affirmative votes, one negative vote and no abstention, the Senate passed the proposed … Read more »

Aquino to meet Pope

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have a private audience with Pope Francis when he flies to Vatican City next week, a Foreign official said. The President will have three official visits—in Paris, Rome, and the Vatican City. Foreign Affairs Assistant … Read more »

Court junks P2.9B tax claim vs Estradas

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has reversed a ruling by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requiring former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his wife, former Sen. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito Estrada, to pay P2.9 billion in … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Issues first and then candidates

THE holidays will be upon us soon and it is to be hoped that we will all take time off after the tensions of Christmas shopping and timely family reunions to reflect on what kind of candidates we should support … Read more »

Constitutional reform and the Economy

Philippine Ambassador to the UK (2003-2009) Edgardo B. Espiritu wrote the following piece in 2003 during the presidency of Gloria M. Arroyo. In this article, he pointed out the urgency of sharpening the country’s economic competitiveness as the trend toward … Read more »

No tax cut after p10b Apec bash

On dictation of Noynoy Aquino, Congress has given up on the enactment of the income tax cut bill, dramatizing yet again the inutile Chief Executive’s anti-people frame of mind. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. declared the income tax cut bill dead … Read more »


The Golden State Warriors recently recorded a milestone by becoming the first team in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to start the regular season with a 16-0 mark. The regular campaign is 82 games long and while … Read more »

SEAOil can’t have 3 presidents – SEC

IF the public were to look at the corporate organizations of listed companies, they would not find any that has more than one president. A chairman of the board who, of course, is an elected director, could also be appointed … Read more »

Igor and Victor attempts to follow Sherlock and Watson footsteps

There have been so many versions and retellings of the “Frankenstein” story. This year’s Victor Frankenstein movie may have sprung from Mary Shelley story but it seems more an homage to Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Young Frankenstein where the doctor … Read more »

No, the Philippines is not going to be okay

AS we prepare to turn to the last page of the 2015 calendar, the impression that the world is sliding toward uncontrollable chaos is difficult to dismiss. It is an impression that is probably completely accurate. The bad news seems … Read more »

Imelda’s jewels as artifacts of history

A TINY news report caught my attention on the night of November 24, when ABS-CBN ran a story on Christie’s auction house arriving in Manila to assess the jewelry collection previously owned by Imelda Marcos. It excites me no end, … Read more »

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TPL covers death, injury, damage to property

Dear PAO, I am trying to understand the process of insurance in the Philippines. My car and motorcycle are registered in my name. But I am clueless on how my insurance would help me in case my vehicles were stolen. … Read more »