Except perhaps for the conscript press, which has its own permanent concerns, the world media seem focused on Ebola, which has stricken West Africa. In quick succession, the virus has drowned out stories about climate change, about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, about the so-called “seismic change” in Church teaching on sexuality and marriage. It seems the only thing they want to talk about.

The current issue of The Economist narrates how the… Read more »

Yellow Ribbon Committee at work? You decide: “Blue Ribbon” means independence and expertise; “Yellow Ribbon” is Aquino’s insignia.
“Okay. Anyway, I won’t argue with you. Let the public judge.”
-- Senator Alan Cayetano after a lengthy question-and-answer episode in the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing Oct 22, when lawyer Martin Subido tried to explain to him that as a lawyer, he has to rely on documents, and not on claims made in a TV reporter’s interview with somebody.

Equalling only President Benigno Aquino’s misdeed, in depth of turpitude, of using and bribing the Senate in 2012 to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona, has been the president’s debasement of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, … Read more »

Revilla firm used in money laundering

A company owned by Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla, wife of detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., was used to launder money that may have come from the latter’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, an official of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said on Thursday.

AMLC Bank Officer II Leigh Vhon Santos, Read more »

US vows justice for Laude

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said the US will follow the rule of law and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in seeking justice for the death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. In an interview on the television … Read more »

UNA blasts Trillanes, Cayetano for peddling lies

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) took potshots at two pro-administration senators for allowing their resource person to peddle lies in the Senate to demolish Vice President Jejomar Binay. Lawyer JV Bautista, UNA interim secretary general, said Senators Alan Peter Cayetano … Read more »

VFA review under way – de Lima

The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was pushed into the spotlight after the killing of a Filipino transgender and the naming of a US Marine as a suspect, is under review by the executive department, according to Justice Secretary Leila … Read more »

Abuse of foreign maids in Emirates deplored

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch called on the UAE to … Read more »

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Pemberton, VFA, EDCA and PH-US relations

THE murder of transgender, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City and the arrest of the suspected murderer, US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, has again provoked different reactions. One of these provides challenges to our leaders while evoking sentiments about America that many Filipinos share. It was sent to us for... Read more »


More time for rights victims to file claims

LAWMAKERS are expected to extend the period for filing of compensation claims by victims of human rights violations during the martial law regime of then-President Ferdinand Marcos. The House of Representatives indicated as much when it approved on second reading … Read more »

Aquino to lead prayer at Jesus Is Lord rites

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd will lead a prayer for national consecration during an anniversary program of the Jesus Is Lord (JIL) religious movement, organizers said on Thursday. A heavy traffic to be brought about by congestion of vehicles at Manila’s … Read more »

US aircraft carrier docks in Manila on routine call

A US aircraft carrier arrived in Manila on Thursday amid a controversy involving the recent killing of a transgender in Olongapo City, Zambales, allegedly by a US Marine. In a statement, the US Embassy in Manila on Thursday said the … Read more »

Car service apps divide MMDA, LTFRB

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are at odds once more, this time over operation of car service apps. The MMDA on Thursday advised LTFRB to stop apprehending vehicles operating for … Read more »

DPWH gears up for All Saint’s Day

THE Department of Public Works and Highways will activate its “Lakbay Alalay” project for the riding public on October 30 as the country prepares for All Saint’s Day. Under the “Lakbay Alalay”, a composite team will be posted on strategic … Read more »

Court junks Ricky Reyes petition

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the decision of the National Labor Relations Commission in connection with the labor cases filed by the dismissed employees of Reyes Corp. and Hairline International Inc. In a 13-page decision penned by Associate Justice … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Dimaculangan and his vanishing 301,792 CAT shares

As of June 30, 2014, the four top stockholders of Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) were Jose Cojuangco & Sons Inc. with 7.8 million shares or 27.8 percent; Luisita Trust Fund Inc., 4.7 million shares or 16.7 percent; Tarlac Distillery … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

We are losing our jusi and piña heritage to China

There certainly is a trend among many private individuals, fashion designers, and business establishments engaged in clothes and fashion to look for and use native materials. This is particularly felicitous for our hand-woven industry which offers unique, varied and fine … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The PBA and the NCAA

Last Tuesday, I joined the Bedan family in installing the President Fidel V. Ramos Resource Center in Mendiola by so naming a facility after him. He’s 86 but he still jumped on stage as he did in Edsa’86. After the … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Another hocus-pocus bidding at nia?

A subcontractor came to my office last week to report another alleged irregularity in the bidding of a P10-million irrigation project in Laguna recently. The contractor, a woman, who asked not to be identified anymore, said the hocus-pocus started when … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Donaire Jr. gets the axe

When Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters defeated Daulis Prescott in December 2012 to win the regular version of the World Boxing Association’s featherweight (126 pounds) title and became Jamaica’s 10th world boxing champion, the government of Jamaica rewarded him with a … Read more »

Ej Lopez

Common prejudice and VP Binay’s litmus test

Still fresh in our mind was the case of the 22-year-old woman (later referred to by the media as “Nicole”), who was allegedly abused by American military servicemen. Reports said the case was filed before the Olongapo City prosecutor’s office … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Victims of violence can opt for three protection orders

Dear PAO, My son-in-law has been repeatedly abusing my daughter physically and psychologically. My daughter already filed a complaint for violation of Republic Act 9262 against her husband before the Prosecutor’s Office. She was already issued a barangay (village) protection … Read more »