‘Gov, lawmakers in illegal drug trade’

AT least one provincial governor and some members of the House of Representatives are among government officials linked to illegal drug trade, according to former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Dionisio Santiago. In an exclusive interview at his … Read more »

Labor chief favors SSS pension hike

The entire Aquino Administration is not at all opposed to increasing the monthly pension of retired Social Security System (SSS) members. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz is in favor of an across-the-board monthly pension hike of P500, not the P2,000 sought … Read more »

Invest in RE to cut power cost– Marcos

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Sunday said the next Administration must put in order the country’s energy policy to attract more foreign investors, particularly in renewable energy (RE) so as to effectively reduce power rates. Marcos, a vice presidential candidate … Read more »

Monkey business in New Year for China ‘school’

DONGYING, China: Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums. Shows featuring performing simians, popular in China and … Read more »

NFL: America stops for Super Bowl 50

SANTA CLARA, California: A perfectly scripted quarterback duel between Peyton Manning and Cam Newton will take center stage on Sunday as America comes to a standstill for the 50th edition of the Super Bowl. More than 100 million households across … Read more »

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The ‘drug problem:’ Unserious political attention to a serious issue

IT has become fashionable, since the entry of Davao City Mayor and self-styled crime-buster Rodrigo Duterte into the presidential race, for politicians at all levels to liberally sprinkle their public comments with references to the “terrible” and “out of control” epidemic of illegal drug distribution and use, and the crimes that result... Read more »


‘Aquino reforms had little impact’

THE reforms implemented by the Aquino administration have not made much impact, the camp of Sen. Grace Poe said Saturday. Poe’s camp expressed this sentiment as a response to the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) Progress Report: 2013 to 2015 released … Read more »

For many species, noise pollution can be deadly

PARIS: Some reef-dwelling fish are twice as likely to get gobbled up by predators in the presence of a noisy motorboat, according to a study released Friday (Saturday in Manila). The research, published in Nature Communications, adds to a growing … Read more »

Palace dispels fears of renewed war in South

Malacañang on Saturday dispelled fears of renewed fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in Mindanao because of Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said that the government believes the Moro … Read more »

Ombudsman to sue Vice President, Junjun

The Office of the Ombudsman has stood pat on its ruling finding sufficient grounds to file graft, malversation and falsification charges before the Sandiganbayan against Vice President Jejomar Binay, dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and 22 other … Read more »

Pay hike for govt workers in ‘coma’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is the sole authority who can resurrect the half-dead proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4, which increases the salary of government workers. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolanda Andaya, a member of the bicameral conference committee on clashing … Read more »

Agri department lifts India bird ban

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted a temporary ban on  importation of poultry and other poultry products from India after confirmation by global animal health authorities declaring the country free from bird flu virus. In line with the completion … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Reading ownership disclosures

LISTED companies have three lists of stockholders posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). These are the top 100 stockholders, or top 100, public ownership report (POR) and general information sheet (GIS). The first two are filed … Read more »

When an honest mistake is unacceptable

SENATOR Grace Poe and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City both faced disqualification from the May 9 presidential race because of “honest mistakes.” But a few days ago, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) panel allowed Duterte to pursue his bid … Read more »

Best of times, worst of times for RNs in the UK

THE UK needs nurses – badly, urgently as in yesterday – that’s on the “Best of Times” column. The National Health Service (NHS) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) confirm the nursing shortage, and threat to patient care for … Read more »

The future of mobility

As advisers to some of the most dynamic companies in the world, we, at Deloitte, make it a point to closely watch developments in different industries, primarily so we can help our clients prepare for, or anticipate, changes or disruptions … Read more »

The bogeyman called ‘minority president’

INVESTORS were reported to have expressed concern over a real possibility–that the new president will just get enough votes to win, in an election squeaker. Or, put simply, they are worried over the emergence of a “minority president” after the … Read more »

‘Spotlight’ on crimes against children

THERE is a time when the truth has to be revealed, when the secrecy of crimes can no longer be contained, denied and when the guilty must be held to account. History shows that secrecy and cover up, keep that … Read more »

The Lord is calling you!

[5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 7 Feb 2016 / Isa 6:1-2a, 3-8 / Ps 138:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5, 7-8 / 1 Cor 15:1-11 / |Luke 5:1-11] WHAT do you think the call of God is like? Today Jesus calls … Read more »

#Eleksyon2016: The SSS pension hike

WHEN the President decided to reject the Social Security System (SSS) pension hike for senior citizens in mid-January, it seemed like a brave act of leadership. At least that’s how the Palace tried to spin it: look at this President, … Read more »

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Doubting dad can have his ‘child’ DNA-tested

Dear PAO, My wife and I have been married for ten years now. Just like all married couples, we have had our share of fights and disagreements. About two years ago, we had a fight that led me to leave … Read more »