IN trying to make sense of what happened in Mamasapano last January 25, and why it’s so hard for President Aquino to clean up the mess, it is best to remember that this tragedy opened its first act in Tokyo … Read more »

The king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  for I was hungry and you gave me food, I … Read more »

No ‘pork’ for BBL passage – Palace

MALACAÑANG on Friday assured the public that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not use government funds to make sure that lawmakers will pass the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Undersecretary Abigail Valte, Aquino’s deputy spokesperson, said  the executive will not … Read more »

HK freedoms ‘eroded’ by China, reports says

LONDON: Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy from China is being “eroded”, an influential committee of British members of parliament (MPs) warned on Friday, voicing concern about the former colony’s “direction of travel.” In a report on Britain’s relations with … Read more »

Roxas: PNP, Napolcom to study SAF concerns

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) will look into complaints aired by members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) during their meeting with President Benigno Aquino 3rd on March 4. Interior Secretary Manuel  Roxas … Read more »

Taxi flagdown fare cut from P40 to P30

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved on Friday a  provisional reduction of the flagdown fare for taxis from P40 to P30 because of prevailing low prices of oil in the world market. “While this board as a … Read more »

QC recalls permit for march for 44 commandos

ORGANIZERS of the “March for Justice for SAF 44” scheduled for Sunday will be arrested if they continue to stage a sympathy walk for the 44 slain Special Action Force (SAF) commandos from Camp Crame and converge at Quezon City … Read more »

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Our RFS press freedom rank and the FOI bill

THE Philippines rose eight notches above its 2014 ranking in the latest World Press Freedom Index annually announced by Reporters Sans Frontieres ) RSF-Reporters Without Borders).  Despite this improvement, we did not merit a mention in the general presentation that focuses on the best countries, the fallers and the risers. Our rank this year... Read more »


All-out peace campaign launched nationwide

Forty days after the Mamasapano tragedy claimed the lives of more than 60 Filipinos, violence continues to rage in Central Mindanao causing 82,070 people to run for their lives after the military launched an operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom … Read more »

Makati govt gives relief goods for fire victims

The city government of Makati on Friday donated some 5,000 relief packs and provided free medical services, medicines and safe drinking water to fire victims at the Parola compound in Tondo, Manila. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, who met … Read more »

Students storm CHED offices

MILITANT student groups on Friday stormed the offices of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) nationwide to call for justice for the death of a Cagayan State University (CSU) student who took her own life because she was unable to pay … Read more »

ILP pay mode splits lawmakers

THE House panel in the bicameral conference committee is not amenable to any changes in its version of a proposed joint resolution granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to address a looming power crisis this summer. Rep. Reynaldo … Read more »

How PH saved persecuted Jews

During World War II, the Philippines became a sanctuary for over 1,300 Jewish refugees from Austria and Germany who had escaped the Holocaust, according to a Filipino-American scholar. Dr. Sharon Delmendo said recently that there could have been more, up … Read more »

‘Forgotten’ SAF troops get P100K

The city government of Makati has extended financial assistance to 19 members of the 84th Seaborne Company of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police who were part of the Mamasapano operation on January 25. Makati Mayor … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Transparency & accountability, hubris & hypocrisy

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino 3rd will go down in history not only as the Most Incompetent President (MIP) of the Philippines, but also the one who has lost his credibility to the Filipino people. This is most unfortunate because the … Read more »


Women’s rights in the Bagsamoro

A POST on Facebook claimed that last week a Sharia court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a 19-year-old gang rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail. The crime of the Muslim Shi’ite woman? Before she was raped by … Read more »


Contextualizing the AFP stand-down in Mamasapano

The first part came out in this space on Saturday. The historical context To put these developments in their proper historical perspective, we must see that the tragic Mamasapano Massacre can be traced to the flawed assessment and lack of … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

How third conditionals differ from subjunctive sentences

YOU are given this sentence, “Franz didn’t take that job he was offered,” and you are asked to assume that you are Franz. How do you construct the statement in the affirmative? This question was recently posted in my Facebook … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

US and China play pot and kettle

The United States is not happy China has borrowed a page from the American playbook with respect to government surveillance of data systems. In an interview with Reuters earlier this week, US President Barack Obama had harsh words for China’s … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Philex ‘lost’ P61.8M in 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp.’s financial statement for 2014, which was audited by SGV & Co., showed a net income of P702.8 million, more than double the previous year’s P312.4 million. This profit was derived from revenues that increased just 2.51 percent … Read more »

Legal Advice

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The paramount consideration in the crime of trespass to dwelling

Dear PAO, My husband and I are already separated and we are now living with our respective partners. During our marriage, we were able to buy appliances and my husband and his live-in partner are currently using these. I went … Read more »