This seems an odd question to ask for me as president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines. But it is a legitimate question that any labor union and union leader should seek to answer. There are a lot … Read more »

First, let’s get real. The looming line-up of presidential candidates in 2016, whether administration or not, do not inspire hope for good governance. The dominant Liberal Party and its coalition partners will undoubtedly back a standard bearer who will protect … Read more »

2015 budget has ‘pork’ – Santiago

The 2015 proposed national budget is not only pork-laden, it is also unconstitutional because it allows the President to transfer an appropriation from one agency to another anytime of the year, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago disclosed on Monday.

In a privileged speech delivered before the plenary, Santiago said she received information that legislators will have control of P37.5… Read more »


‘Cong Biazon’ code name for Jinggoy – Luy

SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not only called “Sexy” in the camp of Janet Lim-Napoles, he was also called “Cong. Biazon,” “Anak” and “Kuya,” according to pork barrel scam witness Benhur Luy. Luy, who testified in the bail hearing of … Read more »

Group files petition vs Smartmatic

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) on Monday formally asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to blacklist Smartmatic from participating in all election-related activities in the country. In a 33-page petition, the C3E asked the Comelec’s Bids and … Read more »

UCLA big step in Kobe Paras’s NBA quest

Kobe Paras admits it’s not going to be easy matching what his father has accomplished. “His accomplishment is just unbelievable,” said Kobe, referring to his Benjie Paras, who has the distinction of being named the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Rookie … Read more »

House panel OKs FOI bill

The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill finally moved forward in Congress when it was approved by the public information committee of the House of Representatives. The panel, through a 10-3 vote, approved the consolidated version of the 24 FOI bills … Read more »

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Editorial

Iran nuclear deal a difficult accord

IN all likelihood, the November 24 deadline for Iran and six Western powers to reach an agreement that would end their 12-year confrontation over Iran’s nuclear ambitions won’t be met at all. Over the weekend, negotiators in Vienna were scrambling to salvage the talks and work out a deal. While some progress has been made, the prevailing... Read more »


Nation

CBCP CHIDES AQUINO FOR SNUBBING FARMERS

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chided President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allegedly not meeting with some coconut farmers who marched 7,150 kilometers from Davao City to Manila to seek a dialogue with him on the coconut … Read more »

MAKATI NOW ISO 37120 CERTIFIED

MAKATI City (Metro Manila), together with the cities of London, Boston, Toronto, Dubai and Rotterdam, has obtained the highest level of certification under the first-ever set of ISO standards for world cities, ISO 37120. It made the Philippines’ financial center … Read more »

POPE’S PRIORITY CONCERN: OTHER PEOPLE’S SECURITY

Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. … Read more »

Chinese ‘poachers’ convicted despite Beijing’s warnings

PUERTO PRINCESA: A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each … Read more »

CBCP CHIDES AQUINO FOR SNUBBING FARMERS

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chided President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allegedly not meeting with some coconut farmers who marched 7,150 kilometers from Davao City to Manila to seek a dialogue with him on the coconut … Read more »

POPE’S PRIORITY CONCERN: OTHER PEOPLE’S SECURITY

Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

CHIT JUAN

The age of transparency

Okay, I have downloaded the Uber App on my phone months ago but never found a chance to use it. On our latest adventure in Paris, my nieces and I went around the Paris metro system to run errands and … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Deteriorata

“Go placidly amidst the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.” The Philippine economy may be “doing okay for now,” but is this the economy anyone really wants, and how long can … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Still, it’s the economy stupid!

TODAY, crisis and turmoil are the new norms rather than the exception. War and terrorism are just part of the challenge. New companies, even industries, rise and fall faster than ever, elected officials no longer have a 100 day honeymoon … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Grim CALAX rebid scenario

OVER the weekend, the government made the announcement that the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project will undergo a rebidding. The decision had apparently been reached notwithstanding President Aquino’s earlier statement that he, himself, entertained doubts about the authenticity of the claim … Read more »

Real Carpio So

Pretensions

Do not believe a word. In the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted a series of laboratory experiments. The conformity experiments demonstrated the fact that a person’s own opinions are influenced by those of a majority group. Through perception tests, participants changed … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Stockbrokers control PSE ownership, but not the board

Ownership profile Trading participants form the majority stockholders of the Philippine Stock Exchange given that they own 65.715 million PSE shares equivalent to 89.61 percent. This ownership profile has not changed a bit over the years since PSE went public … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Negligent persons who cause harm liable for damages

Dear PAO, As I was passing by a salon last week, I was shocked to have been drenched in what seemed to me was foul-smelling water. One of the hairdressers of that salon was cleaning up and threw a bucket … Read more »