‘Filipinos deprived of fishing grounds’

The Philippines on Tuesday said China has deprived Filipino fishermen of their right to fish within the country’s exclusive economic zone as the Asian giant aggressively staked its claim to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Paul Reichler, the … Read more »

Ex-Pasay mayor gets 10 years for graft

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has found former Pasay Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad and former City Councilor Jose Antonio Roxas guilty of graft in connection with the bidding and award of a project for the construction of the Pasay City Mall and … Read more »

Guard shoots boss dead, kills self

A security guard took his superior hostage and later shot him dead and wounded three of his coworkers before killing himself on Thursday afternoon in Santa Cruz, Manila. Fernando Cano, 40, repeatedly fired at Ricardo Medina, his supervisor, killing him … Read more »

VP dismayed over shelving of lower income tax bills

The decision of Congress to no longer tackle bills lowering income tax rates in the country is “an example of the indecisive and insensitive governance by the Aquino administration,” according to Vice President Jejomar Binay. Binay, at the same time, … Read more »

8 IS members killed in Sultan Kudarat

Marine soldiers from the Western Mindanao Command (WMC) shot and killed eight self-proclaimed members of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) during operations in Sultan Kudarat Thursday morning. Major Filemon Tan, WMC spokesperson, said the incident took place at 5:40 … Read more »

Other stories >>


Aisa’s lamp and the awful power sector situation

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. the other day urged the government to help Filipina inventor Aisa Mijeno realize her group’s goal of mass producing its salt-water powered LED lamp invention. Marcos made the exhortation in sadness. He observed that the Philippine government has done nothing to support Mijeno’s invention,... Read more »


Bangsamoro bill may be passed in December

SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Thursday expressed optimism that the chamber will be able to pass its version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law called Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLABAR) next month. Plenary deliberation on the measure will … Read more »

Smartmatic again wins P550M deal

Smartmatic-TIM Corp. has again bagged another multi-million deal from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)—the transmission solution and management service contract for the 2016 elections. Under the P558 million deal, Smartmatic will transmit the result of the national and local elections. … Read more »

PCMRI to hold simple congress in December

Philcoman Research Institute (PCMRI) will hold this year’s 40th National Management Congress in simple ceremonies to honor the recipients of the Outstanding Corporation of the year Award, Outstanding Management Leadership Award of the year and the oath-taking of new members. … Read more »

Senate approves P3-T budget

THE Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed P3 trillion national budget for 2016, with the Defense department getting the biggest additional fund. With 14 affirmative votes, one negative vote and no abstention, the Senate passed the proposed … Read more »

Aquino to meet Pope

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have a private audience with Pope Francis when he flies to Vatican City next week, a Foreign official said. The President will have three official visits—in Paris, Rome, and the Vatican City. Foreign Affairs Assistant … Read more »

Court junks P2.9B tax claim vs Estradas

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has reversed a ruling by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requiring former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his wife, former Sen. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito Estrada, to pay P2.9 billion in … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


The Golden State Warriors recently recorded a milestone by becoming the first team in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to start the regular season with a 16-0 mark. The regular campaign is 82 games long and while … Read more »

Igor and Victor attempts to follow Sherlock and Watson footsteps

There have been so many versions and retellings of the “Frankenstein” story. This year’s Victor Frankenstein movie may have sprung from Mary Shelley story but it seems more an homage to Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Young Frankenstein where the doctor … Read more »

No, the Philippines is not going to be okay

AS we prepare to turn to the last page of the 2015 calendar, the impression that the world is sliding toward uncontrollable chaos is difficult to dismiss. It is an impression that is probably completely accurate. The bad news seems … Read more »

Imelda’s jewels as artifacts of history

A TINY news report caught my attention on the night of November 24, when ABS-CBN ran a story on Christie’s auction house arriving in Manila to assess the jewelry collection previously owned by Imelda Marcos. It excites me no end, … Read more »

The discipline of gratitude

WASHINGTON, DC: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, which is a disposition, a virtue and a way of thinking all at once. We often trivialize gratitude as little more than a passing feeling that gets expressed on greeting cards or in quick … Read more »

The RE-century in planning and architecture

OUR city is a reflection of who we are. It is the physical manifestation of our inner most longings and culture. It is a place where social tradition, care for the natural environment and ecology, the way we live, earn … Read more »

Floyd-Manny 2 won’t save boxing

The outcome of the Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto middleweight championship bout over the weekend was quite a treat for fight fans, but still did not measure up to the marquee bouts of the 1980s in the welterweight to middleweight division. Even … Read more »

What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global … Read more »

Legal Advice

pao logo

TPL covers death, injury, damage to property

Dear PAO, I am trying to understand the process of insurance in the Philippines. My car and motorcycle are registered in my name. But I am clueless on how my insurance would help me in case my vehicles were stolen. … Read more »