Padaca out of Comelec

Arthur Lim is poll body’s new commissioner Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is out of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Saturday that Arthur Lim, a former president of the Integrated Bar of the … Read more »

1 million followers to attend INC centennial celebration

THE Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) which is renowned for its discipline, money and political power, marks its 100th anniversary today with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations. Members will congregate at a giant complex … Read more »

Philippine population hits 100 million today|

The Philippines, the 12th most populous country in the world, welcomes its 100-million citizen today, presenting both challenges and opportunities. “The issue of population is critical for humanity. But it is important to emphasize that population is not merely a … Read more »

Still safe to fly despite spate of crashes, travelers told

PARIS: After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights. Waiting to check … Read more »

Glenda damage tops P10 billion

DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Glenda to infrastructure and agriculture has already reached the P10 billion mark, the latest report the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday. The Ndrrmc said damage to infrastructure such as roads … Read more »

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What coup rumors indeed

FOR the first time since she assumed her Deputy Spokesman job in Malacañang, we found ourselves in total agreement with Ms. Abigail Valte on Friday when she said, “We have not heard of any coup rumors” referring to alleged reports of a possible coup attempt being organized, triggered by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)... 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 »


MMDA sets 3-day truck ban for INC centennial

IN a move to ease traffic in connection with the centennial celebration of the influential religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a three-day truck ban. The INC … Read more »

Tesda to issue tamper-proof certificates to tech-voc grads

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director-General Joel Villanueva on Friday said the next batch of technical-vocational training graduates and skilled workers will receive ATM-sized plastic cards that would serve as their National Certificate (NC) and/or Certifi–cate of Competency … Read more »

Sectoral Sanlakas files 3rd impeachment case vs Aquino

Another impeachment case was filed against President Benigno Aquino 3rd by a sectoral group on Thursday. Sanlakas led by lawyer Aaron Pedrosa and other leaders of various peoples’ organizations submitted their 51-page impeachment complaint to the Office of the Secretary-General … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Policymaking remains captive to interest groups

A latter day ‘miracle’? Maybe. But why are we taking so long? AFTER four years in office, President Aquino can look back to some solid achievements. The economy has been expanding respectably, and market reforms have raised our global competitiveness. The independent economist Cielito Habito reckons growth has averaged 6.4 percent. This rate doubles the economy’s size in a little over 11years. Habito credits heightened public-private investments in overhead capital; an uptick in... Read more »

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

Values for the Philippines we want

When Alice was lost in Wonderland, she asked the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I … Read more »


Russia’s message: Money talks

LONDON: David Cameron, the British prime minister, led the attack: It would be “unthinkable” for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, Francois Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Lighting a candle in the darkness

The good news is that hundreds, if not thousands of children will be protected from abuse and molestation by some of the 660 British subjects arrested for accessing unlawful images of children on the Internet by a coordinated police action … Read more »


Show of farce

The perfect attendance of The President’s Men and Women at the Senate inquiry on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) looked like some good ol’ Pinoy resbak, a show of power via numbers, if not via the notion of unity and … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

Searching for treasure!

[17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, July 27, 2014. 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 / Ps 119:57+72, 76-77, 127-28, 129-30 / Rom 8:28-30 / Matt 13:44-52] Once the BBC news reported a spectacular find of treasure. What was discovered was … Read more »


Adobo: Like politics, a contentious issue

The matter of adobo is almost political. Many Filipinos have their own version or interpretation of the adobo, which they will always assert is the best one of all. Most of the time, it’s just a tweak on the acid … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Solo parents entitled to 7 parental leaves

Dear PAO, How many additional leaves are granted to solo parents? Is this rule applicable only to women who have been abandoned by the father of their children? MCL Dear MCL, Pursuant to Section 8 of Republic Act (R.A.) No. … Read more »