New ‘pork’ scam links 20 lawmakers

P500M allegedly misused in Napoles-like transactions The former lawyer of “pork barrel” scam whistleblower Benhur Luy on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against 20 incumbent and former lawmakers for malversation through falsification of public documents. … Read more »


Aquino ready to face raps after term ends in 2016

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is ready to face whatever charges would be slapped against him in the future, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President is not discounting the possibility that he will … Read more »

VP scores new ‘telenovela’ chapter

Vice President Binay’s camp on Wednesday said the latest plunder and graft charges filed against him are just another political gimmick, and a new “telenovela” chapter. Binay himself said he is expecting similar moves from his political enemies as the … Read more »

Highway patrol starts EDSA run

Starting Thursday, 96 troops from the police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) will man vehicular traffic along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in line with President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s directive that the unit take the lead in enforcing traffic laws along … Read more »

Co-ops to field Senate candidates

The country’s cooperative movement has agreed to form a political party–1Co-op Party–and field senatorial bets in the 2016 elections. The decision was reached recently after the cooperative movement realized it needs more political representation “for cooperatives to be more effective … Read more »

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Editorial

Erap does good attending China’s WWII memorial parade

MANILA Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada should be commended for attending today’s military parade marking Japan’s defeat in World War II. He is right that since Manila is a sister city of Beijing, and he was invited to Beijing and grace the event, he should be there. Just as the apology he made on behalf of the Filipinos to Hong Kong and China... Read more »


Nation

‘Please conserve water’

AS the country is expected to feel the impact of a fierce El Niño starting this month, Malacañang appealed to the public to support water conservation efforts to help mitigate the impact of the drought that may be felt until … Read more »

Roxas edges out Binay in LP-funded survey

FOR once, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd edged out Vice President Jejomar Binay in a survey. However, the poll, which was commissioned by the Liberal Party, did not include Senator Grace Poe, who has yet to declare if she … Read more »

Fil-Korean joint venture willing to face probe

THE joint venture of BUSAN-EDC on Wednesday said it is willing to face any investigation in connection with its participation in the bidding for the maintenance contract for Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) to prove that it did not … Read more »

Villar scolds NTC officials

SENATOR Cynthia Villar gave officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) a tongue-lashing on Wednesday for their failure to stop text scams. Villar vented her anger during a hearing held by the Senate Public Services Committee into the proliferation of … Read more »

Pagasa: LPA in Camarines Norte dissipates

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the east of Daet, Camarines Norte has dissipated said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Wednesday. However, rains will still occur in different parts of the country. Cloudy skies with … Read more »

Jail officer loses pricey watches to thieves

An official of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) lost expensive watches and jewelry, on Tuesday inside the Manila City Jail. Senior Insp. Kaye del Rosario, 43, told investigators that she lost one unit Samsung Note 3 worth … Read more »



Analysis & Commentary

Momoa, Portacio, pop culture luminaries to visit Manila

IN two weeks, the city of Manila will host the first leg of the Asia Pop Comic Con happening from September 17 to 20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Its succeeding dates in Abu Dhabi and Korea … Read more »

The Duterte phenomenon

“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you give your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn out tools.” — … Read more »

Bitcoin, the Esperanto of currencies

IF Bitcoin adherents were to be believed, the decentralized, all-digital currency would have, apart from answering all the world’s other thorny economic questions, prevented the wild volatility now being experienced by normal, boring old fiat currencies around the globe. Obviously, … Read more »

China blames new bogeyman for each economic stumble

I’VE given American politicians a hard time for using China as a scapegoat for all that ails the US economy. But, hey, at least they’re consistent. Chinese officials, who have made a series of increasingly irresponsible economic policy decisions, seem … Read more »

INC transparency

I WATCHED In awe as the members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) came out in droves insisting that we care about what was going on with its church. It’s the first time – at least if memory serves – that … Read more »

Postcards from the future: Envisioning the Philippines

TAKING off from my previous article on my vision of the Philippines, I would like to emphasize that in my observation of progressive nations, I conclude that their success can be attributed to five factors: visionary leadership, political will, good … Read more »

Gorillas, guerillas and other unsung heroes

The country commemorated National Heroes Day on Monday. There was not much fanfare from the government other than preparing moves to pacify members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who took to the streets last week. During my not so long … Read more »

Who bought 482,680 CAT shares sold by Cat Resources?

WITH CAT Resources and Asset Holdings Inc. (Crahi) entrusting its holdings in Central Azucarera de Tarlac Inc. (CAT) to PCD Nominee Corp., it would be easier for it to sell some, if not all, the CAT shares that it owns. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Protesters who attack policemen face assault raps

Dear PAO, I am a police officer detailed somewhere in Metro Manila. One day, together with five other police officers, I was assigned to secure a certain private parking area that has been a frequent venue for rallies and protests … Read more »