A colleague on this page, and another on the Daily Tribune who also hosts a weekly cable TV show on Global News Network have revisited the so-called Jabidah Massacre of 1968, and arrived at the same conclusion as the anthropologist Arnold Molina Azurin did many years ago — that it was all a hoax. The Times’ Rigoberto Tiglao has written a series in four parts, while the Tribune’s Herman Tiu Laurel has done a column and an hour-long oral dissection of the issue on his cable TV talk show, with the same startling result. Both journalists have been most persuasive… Read more »

Arula, the only “witness” to the alleged “Jabidah massacre”: Both the MNLF and the MILF, though, cared little about him, and he died forgotten in Cavite in 2010.

Third of a four-part series

The clearest indications that the “Jabidah massacre” – claimed to this day to have sparked the Moro rebellion – was nothing but a hoax are the contrasting fates of the alleged perpetrators and the supposed sole witness, Jibin Arula.

The “Jabidah” killings… Read more »

PNoy no longer trusted

“I will carry this to the end of my days.”

President Benigno Aquino 3rd may have foreseen his popularity going to the dumps when he uttered those words in Filipino in addressing the nation on February 6.

At the time, he was making… Read more »

Aquino seeks ‘understanding’ but no apology

“I am the President, but I am also human.” In what could be his final speech on the issue, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday again accepted responsibility for the disastrous January 25 Mamasapano incident and “humbly” asked for “understanding,” … Read more »


A female graduate of the San Beda College of Law in Manila topped the 2014 Bar examinations where only close to 19 percent of the aspirants passed, the Supreme Court announced after it held an en banc session on Thursday. … Read more »

US House OKs $5.5T 10-year budget cut

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The House of Representatives approved a US budget on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that shaves $5.5 trillion in spending over a decade, repeals the Obamacare health law and eliminates the federal deficit in nine years without raising taxes. … Read more »

Senators cold to BBL

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s plea for Congress to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is a flight of fancy as majority of the senators will not approve it, according to Sen. Francis Escudero. “Definitely, the BBL … Read more »

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Continuing destruction of coconut trees by cocolisap another Aquino regime sin

IN June 2014, when the cocolisap (scale insects) infestation had become a serious problem, President Aquino issued an executive order to combat the infestation that could wipe out our country’s coconut farming and industry. The government allotted P750 million for the implementation of the Scale Insect Emergency Action Program. No less... Read more »


Donaire says Prado fight to decide his boxing fate

Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. said on Thursday that his comeback fight against Brazilian slugger William Prado on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum will determine if he could still compete at a world-class level. “Do I … Read more »


Comelec eyes P14B additional budget

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering asking Congress for a P14-billion supplementary budget for the purchase of additional counting machines for use in the 2016 elections. This is one of the options being eyed by the poll body should … Read more »

SK polls postponed to 2016

It’s official: There will be no Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year. President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday signed the law once again postponing the youth council polls to October next year. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma on Thursday said … Read more »

China wants control of disputed sea – PH

The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) with an expansionist agenda dominated by “massive reclamation” works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China’s efforts were … Read more »

Indon court rejects Pinay’s appeal

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected an application by a Filipina on death row for a judicial review of her case, taking her a step closer to being executed along with several other foreign drug convicts. As well as the … Read more »

‘Mamasapano clash should not stop peace’

SILANG, Cavite: Let not peace be a casualty of the Mamasapano tragedy. This was the appeal made on Thursday by Inspector Dennis Yuson Jr., this year’s topnotcher at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in his valedictory speech. Yuson Jr. … Read more »

Luzon power supply stable – DOE

Did the government cry wolf too soon? The Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday said the power supply in Luzon remains stable and that there will be no brownout in the next four weeks. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla admitted … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Wanted: Financial savior for PWU

(Second of a three-part series) HOW long would it take for a court-designated receiver to decide the fate of Philippine Women’s University (PWU), its creditors and stockholders, from receivership to either rehabilitation or liquidation? Due Diligencer does not have the … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Juan Manuel de Prada

SPANISH writer Juan Manuel de Prada was in Manila last week. It was his first visit and a short one but he has immersed himself enough in Philippine History to write a novel of historical fiction, Morir Bajo Su Cielo. … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Maleficent/magnificent eagle or lion?

PREZ Cory had a friendly Supreme Court and was chief executive and sole lawmaker for more than a year. The 1987 Congress wasn’t unfriendly, either. She was the world’s darling, at Edsa ‘86. PNoy inherited an arguably unfriendly SC and … Read more »

Teresita Tanhueco-Tumapon

Asean 2015

SO soon! Indeed time flies at lightning speed and here staring at us is Asean 2015! And what’s in it for us in academe? But first, a very brief overview of Asean. We are one of ten countries wishing to … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Senate must at once cancel DND shady deals

Department of National Defense (DND) officials, with the help of Malacañang, are desperately scrambling to whitewash or cover up the massive anomalous procurement contracts. Information reaching me indicate that a son of a DND top official has brokered some of … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Flash or flush for Donaire Jr.

It’s make or break for Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. as he returns to the squared circle on Saturday for the latest edition of the popular boxing card Pinoy Pride at the Araneta Coliseum. Simply put, if the former … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Men obliged to support children outside marriage

Dear PAO, I learned that my husband had an affair with another woman. He told me that they only saw each other about five times but when I confronted the woman, she told me that she saw my husband almost … Read more »