BLESSED Oscar Romero, the martyred champion of the poor and marginalized, was beatified in his home city of San Salvador yesterday. Last February, on the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis had authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to … Read more »

SEATTLE: The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revolution. These two great engines have been chugging away, integrating Asia into the global system and ushering … Read more »

China jams US drones

China tried to electronically jam US drone flights over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in order to prevent surveillance on man-made islands Beijing is constructing as a part of an aggressive land reclamation initiative, US officials said. … Read more »

Palace justifies tuition hike

Malacañang has justified the approval of tuition increases to be imposed by various universities, saying the action done by the Commission on Higher Education was “lawful and reasonable”. “According to the Commission on Higher Education, the decision on the petitions … Read more »

Pope to parents: Educate your children

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any … Read more »

1 hurt in LRT crash

THOUSANDS of weekend rail commuters were stranded after a train of the Light Railway Transit Line 1 slammed into another train near the Monumento station on Saturday morning. A train operator was hurt after the impact caused his head to … Read more »

Nationalist Lichauco dies, 87

The passing of the country’s foremost nationalist economist, Alejandro Lichauco, leaves a void that would be difficult to fill, said journalist Raymund Villanueva on Saturday. “There are few Filipinos like Professor Lichauco, who thought of the country, of the Filipinos … Read more »

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Pentecost and BS Aquino

THE foremost gift that the Holy Spirit, whose coming to the Apostles which our Holy Mother and the Mother of the Church witnessed, is the spirit of truth. With Holy Spirit, the power to see reality almost with the eyes of God Himself, becomes possible for mere man (meaning to say men and women.) Unfortunately, this power seems completely... Read more »


WTO chief hails PH growth

Boracay, Aklan: World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on Saturday lauded the Philippines for its continuing economic progress, noting such growth helped propagate world trade. “The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in the region — thanks … Read more »

House OKs nat’l ID measure

The proposed National ID System law, which gathers all personal information of a person in one card, was passed last week by the House of Representatives. However, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said the measure poses security threats to citizens. … Read more »

Domingo cites vital role of SMEs

The Philippines will continue its initiative to boost the interests of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to give them the opportunity to gain a foothold in global and regional trade. “Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role … Read more »

Dry season to last until 2nd week of June

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the dry season will last until the second week of June. ”The hot season might reach until the second week of June,” weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said on Saturday. She … Read more »

SSS benefit disbursements up by P5M

Driven by increased investment earnings, total annual incentive benefit (AIB) disbursements for 2014 of state-run Social Security System (SSS) have increased by P5.44 million. Judy Frances See, SSS senior vice president for international operations, said the AIB disbursements rose to … Read more »

Meralco prepaid system okayed

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor, can now roll out its Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES) also known as Kuryente Load in more places within its franchise area. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) had given  Meralco the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The children of the garbage pit

CEBU: The little girl and her friend were sleeping on the pavement along the street in Fuente district, Cebu, in front of a 7/11 that Easter Sunday night April 5, 2015. They had been begging for food in a city … Read more »

Bringing all the boys to the yard!

THERE is nothing like the 2016 elections to get our politicians excited. One can only imagine what goes through their heads: every action is equal to mileage, every word they utter is spin. At a time like this, no one … Read more »

Receive the kiss of the Holy Spirit for your mission!

[Pentecost, Year B, May 24, 2015 / Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1+24, 29-30, 31+34 / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / John 20:19-23] DO you like gifts? Today is the coming of the great gift promised by Jesus, the Holy Spirit. … Read more »

Lessons from Australia

First of three parts CANBERRA: My 30-day sojourn in Australia made me realize that the Philippines can become a progressive and prosperous  country in Asia like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand. I did not include on the list … Read more »

Senate LPs could railroad LBM aka BBL

THERE’S a move to deodorize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by renaming it. I suggest that it be named the Law on the Bangsa Moro (LBM). Sen. Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, said that … Read more »

When can ‘that’ be safely dropped in reported speech?

THE following questions about the use of elliptical construction in reported or indirect speech were asked recently in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member Justine Aragones: “Is it possible to drop the introductory word ‘that’ in this sentence: ‘The political … Read more »

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Heir’s disinheritance should be justified

Dear PAO, My uncle passed away three weeks ago. His wife and two children are now in the process of settling the properties that he left, which includes a house and lot and a bank account. Before he passed away, … Read more »