This could be President Aquino at his weirdest. Throughout his five years in office, his excellency has adamantly refused to convene the National Security Council (NSC) and the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) – two councils that are part of … Read more »

NEW YORK: The discussion of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas—or the ones that should animate her … Read more »

Clock ticks for Mary Jane

Convicted Filipina moved to execution island Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered all nine convicted foreign drug smugglers, including Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, transferred to Nusakambangan prison island where death row convicts are executed, a Philippine foreign affairs official said … Read more »

‘Go fish in Panatag but be on alert’

Avoid danger, but do not avoid the place. This was the advice of the chief of the country’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to fishermen venturing into Panatag (Scarborough Shoal) in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) … Read more »

Boxing great Foreman sees Pacquiao in 6

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman likes Manny Pacquiao over unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight showdown next week in Las Vegas and warns a loss could devastate Mayweather. Foreman has plenty of experience in superfight history, having … Read more »

Lina: Reforms to continue

Businessman Alberto David Lina on Friday vowed to continue reforming the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as he was once again sworn in as the agency’s commissioner, replacing John Phillip “Sunny” Sevilla, who resigned the previous day. Lina, who was Customs … Read more »

Sandigan upholds Ozone 9 conviction

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division stood pat on its decision convicting seven former Quezon City officials and two private individuals in connection with the tragic Ozone Dance Club fire 19 years ago, which is dubbed as “the worst fire in Philippine … Read more »

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Vile, mendacious men

FIRST it was former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes who, without regard for the truth -- that the multi-billion peso contracts with Smartmatic to supply our country with its Automated Election System (AES) using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines brought about the destruction of our electoral democracy--was issuing ill-motivated... Read more »

Fast Times

Buying a once-wrecked car

WHEN it comes to used cars, safety is no accident. But an accident shouldn’t keep you from buying a used car you love. In fact, you may drive away with a bargain. The problem There are plenty of previously damaged … Read more »


Multiple murder raps vs SAF killers pushed

Congress has thrown its support behind a move of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to press multiple-murder charges against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and other armed fighters involved in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF)  police … Read more »

TV news anchorman slapped with libel suit

A libel suit was slapped against television news anchorman Ted Failon and a barangay (village) chairman over allegedly felonious statements made in several episodes of the broadcaster’s television and radio programs against a high-end resort on Boracay island in Aklan … Read more »

Jinjiang PAL’s 7th stop in China

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch today its seventh destination in China. With the launch of flights to Jinjiang, PAL said on Friday, business travelers and members of the Chinese-Filipino community who regularly fly to Fujian province may now experience … Read more »


GOVERNMENT forces have captured an alleged leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and his wife in Batangas. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office, on Friday said Norberto Boricco, … Read more »

Pyramid queen guilty of estafa–CA

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the guilty verdict for estafa meted by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) against pyramiding queen Rosario Baladjay. In a 20-page decision penned by Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison and concurred in by … Read more »

Court dismisses patent case vs 2 drug firms

The Makati Regional Trial Court has dismissed a patent infringement case filed by a multi-national company against two pharmaceutical firms—Sahar and Suhitas. At the same time, it ordered Merck Canada to return  all documents and items that belong to Sahar  … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Could the PH be a David against the Chinese Goliath?

CHINA is a bully in the contested West Philippine Sea. Could it be tamed by a small country like the Philippines? China’s massive reclamation work in the WPS it justifies as an exercise of sovereignty shows that it’s obeying only … Read more »

Asean Integration! Prospects for Peace and Global Education

TO begin with, let me set my assumptions straight. “Strictly foreign policy” is non-existent, anti-thesis and non-sequitur in a highly interdependent world in the 21st century. In fact, foreign policy is simply a function and extension of domestic policy in … Read more »

Trouble in news reporting due to needless rhetorical flourish

I WOULD like to share three very interesting questions from readers of this column and its companion Facebook page these past few days: The first question is from Anthony Perez who sent it to me by e-mail: “The ‘English grammar … Read more »

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

WASHINGTON,DC: In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish—a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states—is becoming a reality. Consider: Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships … Read more »

DA’s Alcala must be jailed for plunder

Small wonder that the satisfaction rating for President Noynoy and his administration’s performance has plunged drastically, and pollster groups are not even telling truthfully how much lower it is now. Just a little over a year left with his agonizing … Read more »

Break the anti-development cycle

ALTHOUGH it may have been accelerated a bit by the scandalous aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre, the beginning of the campaign season should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Even though these seemingly interminable civic exercises are depressingly … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Pay for what you eat or you’ll be liable for estafa

Dear PAO, What case can I file against the persons who, after ordering food and drinks from our eatery, just left without paying when no one from our staff is paying attention to them? Criselda Dear Criselda, The persons who … Read more »

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