22 want to be President

Binay, Honasan, Lacson, Colmenares lead early ‘serious’ filers as election season begins Election veteran Eli Pamatong on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to run for President the third time. He was declared a nuisance candidate in the 2004 … Read more »

Ombudsman finds probable cause vs Binay

The Office of the Ombudsman said it has found probable cause for the filing of multiple charges of graft, corruption, malversation and falsification of documents against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Erwin Binay Jr. and 22 others … Read more »

I’m not running for President

“The country does not need me. I find no need for it.” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made the statement on Monday, the first day of the period of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 election, as he … Read more »

Unknowns make LP slate

TWO virtually unknown personalities were among the 12 senatorial candidates composing the national slate of the administration-backed Liberal Party (LP). Nariman Ambulogto, an assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Coop-Natco party-list Rep. Cresente Paez … Read more »

Visayas bloc heads for a split, may bolt LP

THE powerful Visayan political bloc may be headed for a split with one faction led by Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez already raring to bolt the Liberal Party (LP) after a “falling out” with some party officials. Sources told The … Read more »

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PNoy spokesmen, Sandiganbayan should shut up about UN ruling

IN resolving the dilemma facing the republic with the UN ruling on the case of President Arroyo, it will help if President BS Aquino’s press secretary and spokesmen will refrain from mimicking the President’s narcissism and no-fault thinking. They should not be deluded into thinking that the President is perfect or faultless. That is not... Read more »


San Beda, Letran dispute No. 1 seeding today

Defending champion San Beda College and Letran College will dispute the No. 1 seeding of the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City at 4 p.m. today. The Red Lions … Read more »


Marcos to oppose moves to indict PNoy

IF he wins in the vice presidential race next year, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will oppose moves to file charges against President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his officials. Marcos, who is expected to file his certificate of candidacy Tuesday, … Read more »

P34B needed for Yolanda housing

THE government needs to release P34 billion more for its program to build houses for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the National Housing Authority on Monday said of the P61 billion needed … Read more »

DSWD denies ‘hiding’ poor ahead of APEC meet

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday denied plans to round off homeless families in Metro Manila to hide them from thousands of delegates who will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held in … Read more »

It’s mission impossible for some Senate bets

THEY know that the road to victory will not be easy, but some candidates for senator entered the race just the same, believing that fighting for their cause is worth the sacrifice and hoping that a miracle will turn the … Read more »

Oil firms to hike prices anew

OIL companies are again set to increase their pump prices on Tuesday. In separate advisories on Monday, oil firms said they will implement the price hike at 6 a.m. Oil giant Petron Corp. will jack up its diesel prices by … Read more »

Low pressure area to bring rains

A low pressure area (LPA) spotted off the Pacific Ocean may likely develop into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Monday. If it enters the Philippines, it will be named “Lando,” the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Off-the-cuff alarmism from the World Bank

AT the World Bank’s annual meeting held last week in Lima, Peru, Rachel Kyte, the institution’s special envoy for climate change, delivered this whopper in an interview with AFP: “If we accept that we need to have less carbon in … Read more »

Beware of crooked contractors, especially this one

IN the Philippines they are legion. We are all too familiar with crooked contractors who connive with corrupt politicians to falsely inflate the costs of public works projects so they can line their pockets and get huge kickbacks. But there … Read more »

Bilibid: The drug trade epicenter

GONE are the days when being sent to national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison – or “Bilibid” as it is more popularly referred to – was a dreaded punishment for criminals. The Bilibid we knew has been transformed into a … Read more »

Politics of spare tires

MAY 2016 is the first time in Philippine electoral history to have more vice presidential candidates than full and complete tandems. In this COC filing week, there are five vice presidential candidates, four with tandems and two solitary runs. The … Read more »

The Bernanke file

WASHINGTON, DC: Reading former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s new memoir of the financial crisis — “The Courage to Act” — you are reminded how lucky we are. Despite a disappointingly slow economic recovery, it could have been much, much … Read more »

Environmental innovation or financial performance: Which comes first?

Now on sabbatical leave from Japan, I recently returned to the Philippines. My ‘home’ university, De La Salle University (DLSU) is hosting me as visiting professor. I used to write economic research with my professor Dr. Tereso S. Tullao Jr., … Read more »

Coseteng: The voice of Philippine swimming

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL), since its birth almost five years ago, is blessed with great people. And Anna Dominique “Nikki” Cose¬teng is one of them. Coseteng was a former lawmaker having served in the House of Representatives from 1987 … Read more »

Going organic in the city

SOMETIMES, a failed business teaches us to look elsewhere. Michael Melendres had to fail twice before finally zeroing in on his successful organic vegetable business. Having a B.S. Agriculture diploma under his belt from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Seller of expired products faces jail

Dear PAO, I bought milk from a grocery store in Taguig. When my daughter consumed one cup of the milk, she immediately complained of excruciating stomach pain, and continued to defecate. I immediately rushed her to the hospital where the … Read more »