Bangsa law to face deeper scrutiny

After reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft bill “line by line,” President Benigno Aquino 3rd wants to introduce changes that could further delay the transmission of the measure to Congress. According to Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles, the … Read more »

Malacañang: What coup rumors?

Malacañang on Friday said it has not received reports of possible coup attempts triggered by controversies spawned by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “We have not heard of any coup rumors. Rumors will remain rumors until such time that there … Read more »

PALACE: SONA still ‘a work in progress’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd was still finishing up his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) he will deliver on Monday before the House of Representatives, where he is expected to lay out his plans for his final two years … Read more »

Sandigan suspends Enrile, sends Napoles to Camp Bagong Diwa

The Sandiganbayan on Friday ordered the suspension of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for 90 days in connection with a plunder case he faces. Enrile becomes the second senator to be suspended by the anti-graft court, after Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. In … Read more »

DAP defender Abad justifying technical malversation – JV

By insisting that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is legal, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad is justifying technical malversation, opposition Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said on Friday. Ejercito, who had filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the controversial … Read more »

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Death of truth and morality

YESTERDAY’s Senate hearing on the Disbursement Acceleration Program marked the death of truth and morality in Philippine public office under the Aquino administration. Secretary Florencio Abad and the Cabinet members whom he asked to help him answer questions posed by senators all told lies and half-truths. And the senators—with the... Read more »

From our Readers

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


A shameless Senate licks Abad’s boots

The only senators who had balls: Senators Nancy Binay and Grace PoeThe Senate hearing yesterday where Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was supposed to enlighten our people on what the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was all about turned out to be a bootlicking show. Since the time the DAP was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,  we  have been waiting for a proper explanation from the executive, alongside the appropriate “checking and balancing” by the Senate. Instead, Filipinos saw a scripted show that was obviously intended to... Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Hubris & hypocrisy on despicable DAP (2)

In a short span of ten (10) days, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd attacked the Supreme Court three times on its decision on the Despicable Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which it ruled as “unconstitutional”. The first time was on national … Read more »

Efren Danao

The SONA we’d like to hear

The State of the Nation Address of the President should be what it purports to be – a narrative of how the Philippines truly is under his administration and a realistic vision of what lies ahead. We don’t want him … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

A crash course in politically correct English

Over dinner four nights ago, my 28-year-old son Ed hissed “Politically incorrect!” when on GMA News TV, “State of the Nation” reporter Bam Alegre used the term “illegal settlers” to describe scores of Metro Manila waterway dwellers recently put at … Read more »


The vacant presidency

WASHINGTON, DC: The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, … Read more »


Rebalancing Philippine external relations (2)

Second of three parts Nehru described the meeting as “part of a great movement of human history” signaling “the political emergence in world affairs of over half of the world’s population”. In the Bandung conference it was clear that dozens … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Nationalization: At this point, it’s a necessity

The discussion this week about Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla’s insistent call for the declaration of a national electricity “emergency” was a distraction from the ongoing DAP controversy, albeit not a particularly enjoyable one. Failure is not pretty, especially when it … Read more »

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Under unregistered mortgage, creditor can still collect from borrower

Dear PAO, Will the creditor of my father succeed in taking over our house? It was not long ago when my father obtained a loan from an ac–quaintance secured by the title of our house and lot as collateral. In … Read more »