On my way home Sunday from Rome, where I attended Humanum, the international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman which Pope Francis opened last week, the monotonous stillness of the flight from Dubai to Manila was suddenly broken by the uninhibited bawling of a Filipina passenger on the window seat immediately behind us.

It caught everyone’s attention in our section of the plane… Read more »


SOURCES: Proposed 2015 budget submitted to Congress.
* According to Senator Santiago, allocated for the departments of health, public works and highways, social welfare and development, labor and employment, and the Commission on Higher Education.

For all intents and purposes, a resounding yes. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is the only one in the 24-member chamber shocked and aghast—as the entire Congress and nation should be—that President Benigno Aquino’s 2015 budget is a document of deceit and defiance against the Supreme Court’s decision in November 2013 declaring… Read more »

Bribe solicitation more prevalent

More govt officials demanding grease money, survey shows

The number of Filipino families who gave bribes or “grease money” to people in government had decreased but the number of government officials and employees soliciting bribes went up, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.

A survey conducted by the Ombudsman… Read more »

SC orders transfer of Pandacan oil depot

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled that the oil depot in Pandacan, Manila, endangers the public and thus they should be relocated. The High Court, through a vote of 10-2, ordered Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to oversee the transfer … Read more »

Peacekeepers quarantined in military hospital

FOUR more Filipino peacekeepers arrived Monday night from Ebola-infested Liberia on board a commercial flight and were immediately taken to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) where they will be placed on quarantine for 21 days. But … Read more »

SC asked to strike down 2015 budget

A former lawmaker on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to declare as unconstitutional the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2015 as well as the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) of 2015 that are pending in Congress, arguing that the measures … Read more »

FOI bill compels SC justices to bare assets

Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) will be forced to disclose their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) under the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that the House public information panel approved on Monday. Under existing rules, the … Read more »

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Inflation to ease further – BSP

THANK God, the poor and the working-class Filipinos will not suffer much from high inflation this Christmas season. The Bangko Sentral has said consumer prices will likely continue being benign until the end of the year and beyond. This is because oil prices have been flat and even going down, there is a large reserve of imported rice and the... Read more »


Barako Bull eliminates Blackwater

BARAKO Bull eliminated expansion team Blackwater in the battle for playoff with a 97-82 win on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 40 Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. Ryan Roose Garcia and Carlo Lastimosa … Read more »


OFW on death row spared from beheading

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Saudi Arabia has been spared from beheading after his victim’s legal heirs forgave him for his crime, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Wednesday. To enable OFW Jonard La-ngamin to spend … Read more »

Competence, integrity must for poll posts

An election lawyer on Wednesday said those being considered to replace retirement-bound poll officials should be of “proven competence and integrity.” Romulo Macalintal, at the same time, added that he has no objection to the appointment of “insiders” to replace … Read more »

Former Makati mayor appeals arraignment, cites court petitions

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, Elenita, is asking the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Third Division to reverse its ruling that set reading of charges against her. Her arraignment in two cases, each consisting of one count of graft and malversation, did … Read more »

Former PCGG chief faces graft raps

Graft charges were filed against former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairman Camilo Sabio for allegedly attempting to influence his brother, the late Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Jose Sabio Jr., to help a litigant in a case … Read more »

Pagasa told to remit unspent P1.858 million

The Commission of Audit (COA) has directed the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) to remit its remaining unspent cash balances. Based on COA’s 2013 report on Pagasa’s accounts, the said agency has dormant cash balances amounting to … Read more »

House plenary set to tackle charter change, emergency powers

The emergency powers for President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Charter Change will be subjected to plenary debates next week. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City made the announcement ahead of his speaking engagement before the Joint Foreign Chambers and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Tessa Mauricio-Arriola

‘‘Tis the season . . . to be busy’ Part 2

Last week, I went slightly business-y and explained the rise in busy meters for the first to the quinary sectors of the economy (The T Zone, “‘Tis the season…to be busy,” November 20, 2014) come Christmastime. This being the one … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

For kindergarten parents

Last weekend, I was asked to talk at a parenting workshop for parents of kindergarteners. With both my children all teenagers now, it had been years since I was in the company of young parents—an experience I found to be … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

External auditors responsible for accounting entries

ONCE upon a time, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was an assertive securities regulatory body and repository of investment statistics. Its officials, led by the chairperson, dealt cautiously with allegations of violations of full disclosure rules purportedly committed by … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Exorcising the ghosts of Garci, dagdag-bawas and the Ampatuans

THE two blackest marks on the electoral process are undeniably these: “dagdag-bawas” and the “ Garci” incident. The first piled up woes for the two Pimentels, Nene, then Koko. The second led to many serious questions about the outcome of … Read more »


When it rains, it pours . . .!

THIS is what has been happening regarding the truth behind the issues raised by AES Watch. One by one, the people behind AES implementation in 2010 and 2013 are LITERALLY speaking like AES Watch. We were used to hearing former … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

2015 budget bill a recipe for hidden pork

SEN. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday blasted the minefields she discovered in the House-approved P2.6 trillion 2015 national budget. When submitted to the Senate for its concurrence, as the budgeting process calls for, red flags met Santiago’s inquisitive eyes. The … Read more »

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Owner mortgaging lot many times courts estafa case

Dear PAO, My former officemate approached me to borrow money. He offered to secure the loan with a mortgage, which he said is clean, on his lot. I lent him money because I thought the loan was secured. When he … Read more »