Given the events of the last three months, this question becomes particularly compelling for us Filipinos, who are mostly Catholic Christians, as Holy Week begins. In mid-January, six million of us gathered at Manila’s Rizal Park to show Pope Francis our deepest affection as he poured himself out in a great apostolic act of mercy, compassion and hope for the poor. Sin and crime appeared to… Read more »

What “Jabidah” marker? Left, photo on March 19 from the Philippine Daily Inquirer with a caption that says chief negotiator and Governor Hataman and other peace activists celebrate the new “Jabidah” marker. Right, actual marker authorized by the National Historical Commission, without the word “Jabidah,” only the words “mga ulat.”

Fourth of a five-part series

Unlike the gullible President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his “peace” negotiators, and despite intense pressures put on this government body, the… Read more »

PH offers Sabah to win KL support

Malaysian backing sought on UN case vs China The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a … Read more »

Bangsamoro changes inevitable– senators

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should be open to changes in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because the revisions that will be introduced by lawmakers will make the bill withstand legal scrutiny, senators said on Sunday. Sen. Francis … Read more »

Nietes, Donaire demolish foes

World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and returning Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. made the country proud when they demolished their respective foreign rivals on Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum. Nietes, 32, displayed his … Read more »

DND officials face criminal raps over chopper deal

OFFICIALS of the Department of National Defense (DND) may have broken the law, particularly Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, when they insisted on acquiring 21 refurbished UH-1D helicopters through negotiated contract despite repeated warnings by the … Read more »

Binay meets family of Pinay facing death in Indonesia

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday assured the parents of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) facing execution in Indonesia that the government will exhaust all “legal remedies and options” to spare the life of their child. Binay, the Presidential Adviser … Read more »

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Reality knocks

THE latest Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) conducted by the central bank reveals a heartening fact: more Filipino households are hopeful about the economy this quarter than the number of those who were optimistic in the last three months of last year. Yes, there was an improvement in the overall consumer Confidence Index (CI) to a minus 10... Read more »


Manual polls deemed impossible

THE Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) worst case-scenario to revert to manual polls is simply not feasible as it will violate an existing law that mandates an automated election system, election watchdog Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) and topnotch … Read more »

Junjun, foes face off at CA

Protagonists over the preventive suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. are slated to face off at the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday and Tuesday over supposed defiance by Malacanang allies of a temporary restraining order … Read more »

GMA wishes political enemies well – Atienza

Detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wishes her political enemies well. Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, a former Cabinet member during the Arroyo administration, made the disclosure after his recent visit to the country’s former leader, who is under hospital arrest … Read more »

Palace: Mark Holy Week safely

Malacañang on Sunday advised Filipinos who will commemorate Lent to take extra precaution, especially when traveling during the long vacation period. “May we encourage and may we remind our motorists to exhibit safety as they drive. We also would like … Read more »

Reds must talk peace to become relevant

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) foresees the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).going back to the negotiating table to become relevant once again. Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, AFP spokesman, over the weekend said the … Read more »

P15-million lotto pot bagged by one bettor

A lone bettor bagged the P15-million jackpot prize in 6/42 Lotto draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). According to the office of PCSO acting Chairman Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, the winning ticket was bought from a lotto outlet … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Firm liquidated after 30 years of shareholder squabble

(Third of a three-part series) HERE is a company that ended up in liquidation because the stockholders could not agree on the composition of the management committee itself. For whatever this is worth, this piece is for business alliances that … Read more »


Don’t we need dreams outside capitalism?

AS someone currently employed as an academic (getting paid to read, think, and write about history), I’ve given some thought to the business and privilege of the “leisure” arts, and while shot through with issues of class and discourses of … Read more »


JABIDAH! ‘Special Forces of Evil?’

[THIS is the third part of the “Jabidah! Special Forces of Evil?” privileged speech of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. He delivered it on March 28, 1968 in the Senate session hall to expose what he called “a … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Black sheep

NO one becomes a saint by demonizing others. Well, it may be too ambitious to aspire to become a saint, but to put it simply, one does not look better by making another person look bad. If you spoke ill … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

The Future in Singapore

SINGAPORE’S Merlion represents the dual character of how Filipinos see the City State. To the 10 percent richest Filipinos owning over 70 percent of the country’s wealth, Singapore is the nearest Rodeo Drive-like shopping district. To the 10 million plus … Read more »


Against divorce #WomensMonth2015

First of two parts ONE can’t believe it sometimes, the way the patriarchy is so pervasive in this country, the way men get away with being pa-cute and being pa-witty when asked about something they can’t quite wrap their heads … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Govt worker can get retirement, other benefits despite pending case

Dear PAO, I have been in government service for the past 30 years. I am planning to retire now but I am having second thoughts. My officemates are saying I would not get anything until my pending administrative case is … Read more »