This, rather than who should be running for President or Vice President, is the real question before us now. Is a clean and honest (and hopefully intelligent) Philippine election still possible? What can we do, and what should we do, to make it happen? Is the idea of a clean and honest election compatible with the use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine?

Since the Supreme Court voided the Commission on Elections’ P269-million contract with… Read more »

Polls or propaganda tools?: SWS “best-leaders” surveys, recent and past

I’m not sure Senator Grace Poe had anything to do with it, principled as she seems to be.

But the recent “best-leaders” poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) headed by her uncle, Mahar Kelley Mangahas, who is the first cousin of her dad, the late Fernando Kelly Poe Jr., appears to me as another one of the many SWS episodes that depict a… Read more »

Spare Mary Jane’s life

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Sunday said he will make a personal appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who has been condemned to die by firing squad for drug trafficking. Veloso … Read more »

Over 2,000 killed in Nepal quake – officials

KATHMANDU: The overall death toll from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated large parts of Nepal has passed 2,000, officials in the Himalayan nation and neighboring countries said on Sunday. No Filipinos were among the dead, the Department of Foreign … Read more »

Manny better than any ‘medicine,’ says Roach

Boxing Writers Association of America seven-time trainer of the year winner Freddie Roach said his long-term relationship with Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao as his student for 14 years is better than any medicine that treats his serious illness. Roach, … Read more »

BOC as LP campaign fund source not unlikely

Allegations of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) that former Customs Commissioner John Sevilla resigned because of the P3-billion contribution quota imposed on him for the campaign fund of the Liberal Party (LP) next year is not unlikely, a lawmaker said … Read more »

DFA dares Asean to speak out vs China on sea row

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Sunday challenged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to speak out against China’s massive reclamation activities in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) that seek to change the status quo in … Read more »

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BI: Doing what is right and fair

THE Bureau of Immigration is poised to reshuffle employees in its offices nationwide. Officials cite “exigency of the service” as basis, a vague explanation that tends to muddle rather than explain the issue. We guess that BI Chief Commissioner Siegfried Mison is doing now what he did in 2013 when he ordered 19 BI officials posted at the Ninoy... Read more »


Junjun Binay case goes to Smartmatic justice

The same Supreme Court Associate Justice who spearheaded the court in junking the controversial Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Smartmatic midnight deal will handle the case of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati City. Also, a total … Read more »

Three biofungicides eyed for mass use

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has come up with three types of organic solutions for controlling pests and fungi, which all have promising potential for mass use in the country. DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said that … Read more »

Congress willing to fund two Sandigan divisions

The leaders of two house panels which approved the bill that aimed to add two additional divisions to the Sandiganbayan have expressed willingness to provide the funding needed for the said divisions. Recently, President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law … Read more »

QC regulates children riding on motorcycles

The Quezon City government is now enforcing an ordinance prohibiting motorcycle riders from transporting on the city’s roads a child back rider unless allowable under the new measure. Ordinance SP-2395, S-2015, which was approved by Mayor Herbert Bautista on April … 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 »

Analysis & Commentary

Well-paid GMA Network board

HOW generous is GMA Network Inc., which owns and operates, among others, GMA 7 or Channel 7 to TV viewers, to the members of its management team including the nine members of its board of directors? Based on its compensation … Read more »

The Gingrich-Adams lesson

WASHINGTON, DC: Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich. There he was, the scourge of Big Government, on the op-ed page of The New York Times Wednesday calling for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget. … Read more »

Blue vs Green

LONG term or permanent residency is­—like Philippine vehicles-color-coded. The United States has the Green Card. Europe created an alternative—the Blue Card. Realizing that the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand—as well as Asian countries —are getting the bulk of … Read more »

Bogus scientific testimony from FBI analysts helped put at least 10 on death row

BOGUS scientific testimony from FBI analysts helped put at least 10 defendants on Florida’s death row. One of those poor saps has since been executed. The same discredited evidence —based on the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparisons— contributed to another … Read more »

The TPP is an abomination

WASHINGTON, DC: No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn’t wrong. Obama told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations. Warren … Read more »

Senate must also summon contractors on new DA fund mess!

Massive anomalies at the Department of Agriculture (DA) have been unearthed anew, thanks to the Commission on Audit (COA). Reports of ghost projects and complaints about abandoned projects arise like zombies haunting Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. And now that COA … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Husband presumptively dead, wife can remarry conditionally

Dear PAO, What will happen to the subsequent marriage of a wife, whose previous husband who has been declared presumptively dead reappears? Olga Dear Olga, If a husband has been declared by the court presumptively dead, his wife shall be … Read more »

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