I have a five-year-old grandson in kindergarten. Like Vice President JejomarBinay, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and possibly Sen. Grace Poe, he wants to become president. He has a friend at school who is slightly older, the grandson of a Forbes magazine-listed magnate, whom he wants to run as his vice president. I am not sure the other fellow knows about it. But the five-year-old seems to be more advanced in his planning than any self-proclaimed presidential candidate… Read more »

Aquino in Bilibid, 2012 smiling as he looks at the lethal-injection bed. He should have inspected the suites, instead. Inset: Justice de Lima making sure moneyed inmate Colangco counts the money right.

You got to give it to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s chutzpa —or maybe her acting talent—to have expressed shock and anger over what the raid discovered at the country’s biggest prison, the New Bilibid, among these: luxury cells with … Read more »

Lacson to quit Cabinet

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he may leave the Cabinet early next year when he shall have relinquished his functions to a permanent disaster mitigation agency. “I will slowly fade away from the … Read more »

Time to review VFA – Drilon

THE Senate leadership is convinced that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States (US) should be reviewed with the aim of revising the criminal jurisdiction provision of the pact. Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday said he fully … Read more »

Binay: 2014 landmark year in anti-human trafficking

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) assisted 1,588 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2014, a year when the Philippines secured the highest number of convictions of human traffickers. Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said his office extended assistance … Read more »

Is de Lima protecting Bilibid inmate?

THE hut of a gang leader who is allegedly a friend of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was spared in a recent raid on the maximum security compound of the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP)in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) by the … Read more »

US, Cuba end 50 years of hostility

WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility on Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a … Read more »

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A victory for Kim Jong-Un

LAST month, hackers attacked and paralyzed computers at Sony Entertainment. They stole data about upcoming films and film workers’ — some of these famous stars’ — personal life, including income, and leaked these online. Last week, the North Korean government denied accusations its men had been the ones who hacked into Sony’s... Read more »


US-Cuba thaw likely to shake up Major Leagues

LOS ANGELES: A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America’s “national pastime” is a passion. Major League Baseball made a … Read more »


Pope urged to help PH political detainees

HAILING Pope Francis’ role in prompting the US government to release from prison the three remaining members of the “Cuban 5,” the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Friday called on the leader of the Catholic Church to also intercede … Read more »

AFP told to stay neutral in 2016 polls

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday appealed to  members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stay neutral and not to allow themselves to be used by those with vested interests during the 2016 elections. Speaking at the … Read more »

Pag-IBIG members 65 up may now claim their savings – Binay

Members of Pag-IBIG Fund who are at least 65 years old may now claim their savings more easily, according to Vice President Jejomar  Binay. “Kinikila po namin ang inyong kontribusyon sa pag-unlad ng Pag-IBIG Fund at ang programa pong ito … Read more »

LTFRB to hear fare plea next year

A petition filed by a lawmaker for the reduction of fares of taxis, UV Express, airport taxis and public utility buses (PUBs) because of a recent series of diesel price rollbacks  will be heard by the Land Transportation Franchising and … Read more »

Church posts infomercial on visit of Pope Francis

A few weeks before the arrival of Pope Francis in the Philippines, organizers of the papal visit have reminded the Filipino faithful to be disciplined and to show respect to one another. An infomercial posted over the papal visit website … Read more »

Revilla, Napoles appeal bail rejection

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles are asking the Sandiganbayan to reverse its ruling denying them bail. Revilla and Napoles are respondents facing a P224-million plunder charge before the anti-graft court’s First Division in connection with the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Reforms long overdue at Bilibid Prison and BuCor

ONE year and six months ago on May 28, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd signed the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10575. The newly-minted BuCor modernization law finally replaced the “Jurassic” Prison Act of … Read more »

Recent natural disaster scenarios

[Part 3 of Ambassador Encomienda’s Marine and Fisheries Resources policy paper] RECENT natural disaster scenarios impacting on health and livelihood of coastal communities in the Philippines. 9. The following are recent natural disaster scenarios herein recalled to create greater awareness … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

The nitty-gritty of the usage of the English modals (2)

LAST week, we took up the modals “will” and “would” and “shall” and “should” as well as analyzed the modal usage of three sentences presented by a government officer, Mr. Edwin Bellen. Let’s go back where we left off and … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

From P300 to P2.71T in 40 years!

SOMETIMES, a disclosure may not be as informative as you expect it to be. Instead, you find one that may be amusing and which you cannot ignore. To the Philippine Stock Exchange and its team of managers, every information posted … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Sidewalks to walk on needed

THE traffic situation as the holiday season approaches has reached critical levels of dysfunction. With the large number of vehicles, commuters and infrastructure defects that are part and parcel of Metro Manila, it comes as no surprise. And it will … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The naked truth in UP and Quiapo

ONE cannot praise nonagenarian F. Sionil Jose (FSJ) enough. I am a fan. But, I cannot see why every chance he gets he would bash Cory. He again, in the Star, last Sunday, characterized her as “unable to understand [Edsa … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Canceling mortgage annotation through memo on land title

Dear Pao My husband and I mortgaged our lot. The mortgagee, however, told us that he will cause our mortgage agreement to be annotated on the title of our land. Is this necessary for the validity of the mortgage? Can … Read more »