AMID the barbaric slaughter of Christians by ISIS fanatics in Syria and Libya, and the prospect of the Islamic Caliphate pressing its murderous path against the world’s “infidels” from the Middle East and North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia, and ultimately to southern Philippines, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has set in motion his crude political machine in a naked bid to crush every objection based… Read more »

Administration congressmen ecstatic over the BBL vote: They won’t be smiling when Muslim Mindanao secedes.

Looking at the ecstatic faces of members of the Congress committee who approved the BBL, one would find reports are certainly credible that each was promised P50 million in pork-barrel funds and a further P1 million in cash by President … Read more »

Slush fund ready vs ‘Joey’

Spin doctor engaged to smear chopper deal insider’s credibility Personalities involved in an allegedly anomalous P1.2-billion helicopter contract have contracted the services of a public relations practitioner to launch a campaign to discredit a whistleblower on the suspicious deal. Rhodora … Read more »


Palace ready to defend BBL

Malacañang on Thursday expressed confidence that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can be defended once questions on its constitutionality are raised before the Supreme Court. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the version of the bill that it endorsed to … Read more »

Chinese tell US spy plane: Go away

China’s Navy has reportedly challenged a US surveillance plane that was flying over the West Philippine Sea [South China Sea] and ordered it to “go away,” the international cable news channel CNN reported on Thursday. “Foreign military aircraft, this is … Read more »

And still the wealthiest … Manny Pacquiao!

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who reportedly earned at least $119 million (P5.2 billion) in his recent bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., remains the wealthiest member of the House of Representatives for the fifth straight year. According to a list … Read more »

Accepting refugees ‘a moral duty’ – CBCP

MORE than its international obligation, the Philippines or any other country has the moral duty to help refugees or the so-called boat people who are fleeing their homelands as a consequence of political conflicts, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference … Read more »

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Editorial

Obama’s military policy in Asia getting interesting

MANY of us Filipinos have been angered by being made to feel helpless by China’s takeover of our reefs in the West Philippine Sea, reclaiming them and making islands out of them, and then building airstrips and garrisons and other military installations on the new islands. China has also constantly made some of our own fishing grounds off... Read more »


Nation

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 »

P3.8 B license plate contract flawed?

THE P3.8 billion motor vehicle license plates contract awarded by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to a Dutch firm should be scrapped because the deal is flawed from the beginning, a businessman told the Senate on Thursday. Edward … Read more »

New school year, same old problems

STUDENTS will encounter the same old problems when classes open on June 1: higher tuition, cramped classrooms, and shortage of teachers and textbooks, according to Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list. Ridon said data from the Department of Education (DepEd) … Read more »

BIR Regional Office soon to rise in Bulacan

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) accepted a 4,000 square meter lot donation from Rockavilla Realty and Development Corporation. The area is allotted for the offices of Revenue Region No. 5, which is currently stationed in Caloocan City, and the … Read more »

‘Veloso is innocent’

Mary Jane Veloso’s alleged recruiter, Maria Cristina Sergio, said the former knew nothing about the 2.6 kilos of heroin seized from her by Indonesian authorities in 2010. In her 31-page counter-affidavit that she filed as answer to the human trafficking, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Will the Ortigas group allow SM to get into CAC board?

CONCRETE Aggregates Corp. (CAC) is probably one of the smallest companies in terms of number of shares. It has only 27,466,449 outstanding common shares out of an authorized capital stock of 50 million common shares, divided into 40 million “A” … Read more »

1915 Guide to Manila Catholic churches

Last of three parts These are the last three Intramuros churches now gone described in the “1915 Guide to Manila Catholic Churches” by M. M. Norton: The Franciscan Church of San Francisco on Calle Solana IT had a 200 year-old … Read more »

Crossing the line

THE right thing must be done in the right way. Meaning no resource person may just be dragged into the Senate Hall without getting in advance a list of questions showing the central point and outer limits of how one … Read more »

Continuing professional development (CPD)

PROFESSIONAL organizations such as the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and similar professional associations require continuing professional education (CPE) immersion of their professionals. This consists of updates in the trends, new initiatives, approaches, etc. related to their profession. In the … Read more »

Ensuring the credibility of the 2016 elections

Part 3 THE National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), in cooperation with the Makati Business Club (MBC), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), held its first of a series of forums … Read more »

Mison targets ‘bad eggs’, heads roll at BI

Without beating around the bush and in no uncompromising terms, this column has relentlessly criticized the widespread corruption in the government. No, I don’t take a day off in pointing out, through print and broadcast media, anything that smacks of … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marriage still valid even if wife, husband live apart

Dear PAO, Can I still file a criminal case for concubinage against my husband and his live-in partner even if we have been separated in fact for two years now? AR Dear AR, Under our laws, married couples are obliged … Read more »