For most of the year now ending, we grieved as a people over the loss of some of our most precious public goods and basic liberties. Our Constitution, customs and consciences were viciously violated, our treasury pillaged and plundered, and all by the powers and forces that were supposed to protect and promote those goods and liberties. Congress became a willing and eager captive and tool of the Palace. And for a while, Supreme Court Justices lay in mortal fear that they would follow the path of Chief Justice Renato Corona who was impeached and removed for applying the agrarian reform law on Hacienda Luisita, the Cojuangco family estate… Read more »

The Annunciation, ca.1644, by Philippe de Champaigne

If you missed it in school, chromosomes are the very, very basic stuff of life. These microscopic chromosomes contain the instructions for proteins to multiply and combine in such ways as to make up your brain, your heart, everything in your body.

Humans have 46 paired chromosomes, 23 from your father and 23 from your mother, the former contained in the sperm and… Read more »

‘Water rate hike unfair’

Lawmaker slams Maynilad, Manila Water for passing on taxes to consumers THE approved increases in water rates by concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water should be voided for being unfair to consumers, according to House Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan … Read more »


Pope blasts officials who ‘lust for power’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican’s bureaucracy on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), saying some within the Church lusted for power and suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” in comments likely to outrage his adversaries. The Argentine used a Christmas speech to … Read more »

Worst may not be over for Binay

The worst may not be over for Vice President Jejomar Binay even if recent surveys by two pollsters showed that he is likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco, the interim president of … Read more »

3 special holidays in Metro Manila

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared January 15, 16 and 19, 2015 special holidays in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR). Aquino signed Proclamation 936 declaring those three days “as special non-working days in the National Capital Region.” Pope … Read more »

Aquino signs P2.6-T ‘pork-free’ 2015 budget

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday signed the P2.606-trillion budget for 2015, which he said was “pork-free.” Next year’s budget is higher than the P2.265-trillion earmarked for the current year. In a speech, Aquino gave assurances that the Priority Development … Read more »

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Editorial

Pope scolds his ‘Cabinet’

Pope Francis gave warm blessings and messages of goodwill to his key officials and co-workers in administering the Vatican—or the Roman Curia (which is like President Aquino’s Cabinet and body of presidential assistants). But at this years annual meeting with the Curia, the Holy Father also issued what European media have called a blistering... Read more »


Sports

The Heat is on as LeBron returns to Miami

MIAMI: LeBron James plays in Miami for the first time since leaving the Heat for Cleveland when the Cavaliers visit Thursday to highlight five Christmas holiday NBA clashes being televised globally. The schedule opens with Washington at New York followed … Read more »

Life & Times

Korean performance specialist

Established the meet the requirements of upgrading Korean-made cars, the I Love KDM shop carries performance parts and accessories for a wide variety of Kia and Hyundai cars and SUV’s. “The technology of Korean cars has improved and the Korean … Read more »

Nation

Graft rap set vs ex-PADC chief

Former Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) President Danilo Crisologo is facing a graft charge over alleged hiring of employees despite an Executive Order banning such during preparation of the agency’s rationalization plan. A joint resolution made public on Tuesday said … Read more »

Aquino accepts Lacson quit bid

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted “ in principle” the resignation of Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation (PARR) Panfilo Lacson. During his meeting with Aquino in Malacanang on Tuesday, Lacson said he asked President Aquino a one-month period to … Read more »

Asean commends PH for ‘Ruby’ efforts

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has commended the Philippines for its readiness to curtail effects of Typhoon Ruby (local codename: Hagupit). The Asean Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) recently briefed member-states on how … Read more »

Napoles wants to see Luy’s accounts

Janet Lim-Napoles is asking the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to direct a bank to comply with a subpoena for bank records of pork barrel scam witnesses. Napoles, a businesswoman who is allegedly the brains behind the scam, is facing a P183-million … Read more »

Smartmatic foe upbeat about OMR bid success

While Smartmatic-TIM eyes winning the lease of 23,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, its rival Indra Sistemas S.A. on Tuesday said it is confident about bagging the deal for Optical Mark Reader (OMR) technology that will augment the 82,000 PCOS … Read more »

Company driver, 53, bags P9 million lotto jackpot prize

A 53-year-old company driver from Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) has bagged the P9 million jackpot prize in Mega Lotto 6/45 draw. The lone winner got his winning combination 17-13-27-08-28-09 from the death anniversaries of his parents, aunt and son. According … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Diligencer’s lighter side

IN the spirit of Christmas, Due Diligencer is taking a break from the usual stuff that appears in this space three times a week. In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to forget corporate that most of the time is … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

The unemployment rate is a decent 6%. Where are the braggarts of boom?

As the unemployment rate dropped to six percent in October, a celebratory mood should have been the national reaction. While a five percent unemployment figure would have been more ideal, a six percent rate is definitely not a small feat, … Read more »

GUS LAGMAN

Smartmatic has got this country by the B**LS!

Pardon my French, but I can’t think of a more appropriate expression to describe the way this foreign company has gained almost complete control of our election processes, including those people who are supposed to safeguard them. Comelec Let’s start … Read more »

EFREN L. DANAO

Time to re-examine ourselves

LAS VEGAS: Nevada, the home state of this Sin City, is showing higher political morality and maturity than the only Christian country in Asia. This Christmas season, and with this in mind, it’s time we look deeper and re-evaluate our … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

A meaningful Christmas in the Lord’s presence

WE’VE been used to congressmen and government officials gifting themselves with multiple bonuses. But despite increasing public awareness and knowledge about the corruption involving the national budget, Congress went ahead as dictated by President Noynoy and railroaded the passage of … Read more »

MIKE WOOTTON

Christmas is for the retail business

A RECENT survey of selected countries in Europe attempted to determine enthusiasm for Christmas festivities. The finding was that the French were the least enthusiastic with the other countries surveyed being all about equal, i.e., fairly enthusiastic. What was interesting … Read more »

Legal Advice

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After legal separation, spouses may live again as a couple

Dear PAO, I previously filed a petition for legal separation for my marriage to my husband. Almost a year has passed from the time the court granted my petition to be legally separated from my husband and I have to … Read more »