Undocumented Filipinos in the United States as well as their relatives in the Philippines can only cheer President Barack Obama’s resolve to legalize the stay of five million undocumented immigrants in the US. They are, after all, going to benefit from it. But it is far from an accomplished fact. The Republican majority in Congress is questioning its constitutionality, and the Aquino administration may not be able to express a position on it, without… Read more »

The Nov. 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao. Inset, Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Jr., who allegedly ordered the killings.

I’m afraid the photos published the other day of the demonstration led by the National Press Club and the National Union of Journalists protesting the snail pace of justice for victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre do not quite remind the nation of how horrific that crime was… Read more »

Pacquiao smashes Algieri

Manny sets sights on Mayweather’ MACAU: Manny Pacquiao sent unbeaten American Chris Algieri to the canvas six times at the Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena on Sunday for an impressive victory that once again heightened interest in a dream fight between … Read more »

Nation celebrates Pacquiao victory

Filipinos erupted in celebration on Sunday as Manny Pacquiao dealt American Chris Algieri his first-ever defeat. Huge groups gathered before giant television screens in gymnasiums and community halls all over Metro Manila to cheer on the Filipino ring idol. Hundreds … Read more »

Pimentel wants proof on doctored election returns

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel 3rd is willing to investigate the allegation of a former election official that the 2013 mid-term elections were electronically doctored, if the accuser could present evidence to back his claim. Melchor Magdamo, executive assistant to former Comelec … Read more »

Massacre victims will get justice – Palace

Five years after the Maguindanao Massacre shocked the nation and apparently the international community, Malacañang over the weekend vowed to punish the people behind the killings and obtain justice for the 58 victims. Despite the slow pace of the trial … Read more »

Review blacklisting of HK journalists, Palace orders

Malacañang on Sunday asked for a reassessment by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) of its blacklisting of several foreign journalists who allegedly taunted President Benigno Aquino 3rd during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Indonesia last year. “Our position … Read more »

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UN’s North Korea resolution should concern PNoy

LAST Tuesday (November 18) the United Nations General Assembly decisively approved a groundbreaking resolution not just condemning the North Korean government for human rights abuses but also recommending the prosecution of its officials for crimes against humanity. The resolution passed by a 111-to-19 vote, with 55 abstentions. The Philippines... Read more »


Tierro, Capadocia rule PCA Open singles

Top seeds Patrick John Tierro and Marian Jade Capadocia ruled their respective divisions in the the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila. Tierro, ended … Read more »


Ad binge feared over SC ruling

A recent decision of the Supreme Court increasing the allowable maximum airtime for national candidates may put moneyed candidates and parties in an advantageous position but it could also expose them to overspending that may lead to their disqualification. Acting … Read more »

MMDA: Remove ‘egg’ at NAIA 3

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday expressed support for the demolition of an egg-like structure at the rotunda near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City (Metro Manila). The Circulo del Mundo, which was … Read more »

COA to Taguig: Remit P40 million

State auditors have asked the City of Taguig for “immediate remittance” of unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to almost P40 million. In a 2013 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the city has P39.588 million in unremitted … Read more »

New Hall of Justice inaugurated

Quezon City inaugurated its six-story new Hall of Justice building, formally dedicating it to the memory of the late first woman justice of the Supreme Court Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, who also served as president of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the … Read more »

Quezon City police: 75 years of service

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista leads today the celebration of the 75th police service anniversary of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at its headquarters in Camp Tomas Karingal in the city. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Police Office … Read more »

No extended hours for MRT, LRT for Christmas

OPERATING hours of major malls in Metro Manila will be adjusted on Friday, November 28, but the country’s twin mass transit systems will not go along for the ride. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told radio station DZMM that mall operations … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Stockbrokers control PSE ownership, but not the board

Ownership profile Trading participants form the majority stockholders of the Philippine Stock Exchange given that they own 65.715 million PSE shares equivalent to 89.61 percent. This ownership profile has not changed a bit over the years since PSE went public … Read more »


Obama: Leaving the harder path

WASHINGTON,DC: There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

OFW Song in Singapore

Kapalaran abroad, gusto bang subukan Sa Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, May diploma ka ba, o experience lamang? Huwag kang mag-alala, kaya kang tulungan, Dito lamang sa – Amerika, Atbp.! MARIVIC, Arnel and Sarath Menon are familiar with the lyrics … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Big money in culture and heritage

WHEN I go to a new place here or abroad, I try to find time to visit even just a few of its historical, cultural and natural heritage sites. Out of town trips are good opportunities not only for souvenir … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

No ‘quick fix’ at the BI

Remember how President Aquino, frustrated over what he said was poor performance and widespread graft and corrupt practices, resorted to censuring selected government agencies in his past State of the Nation Address (SONA)? I’ve come to think that PNoy’s SONA … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Freemium: Honesty marketing is the best pillow at night

A MECHANIC was busy removing the cylinder head from the engine of a BMW when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon inside the repair shop. The mechanic shouted across the garage: “Hey, Doc! Could I ask you a question?” The … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Only author of defamatory post criminally liable for cyberlibel

Dear PAO, Can a person who merely “liked” or “commented” on an allegedly defamatory Facebook post be charged for libel? Mandy Dear Mandy, Libel is a crime that is punished under our laws. It is defined as “public and malicious … Read more »