President B. S. Aquino 3rd has shot into outer space in his bid to become the greatest irrelevancy of our time. In 2010, before any cleric or electronic voting technician or analyst ever suggested he was merely a de facto president, a friend of mine made a bet, with some friends, that PNoy would promptly surpass his late mother’s record. My friend recently told me he had just paid off his losing bet. PNoy has made Gloria Macapagal Arroyo look like a candidate for sainthood; Joseph Ejercito Estrada, an intellectual and workaholic; and Cory… Read more »

Screaming headlines vs Corona during his trial: Each and every one of these, and about a dozen other allegations, were proven false.

Today marks the anniversary of the day of one of our Republic’s greatest infamies. That few people realize it is another demonstration that indeed, we Filipinos have very short political memories, one of the biggest reasons why we have failed in nation building.

On May 29, 2012 the Senate removed the Chief Justice of the… Read more »

Indict Binay for plunder

The sub-committee of the Senate blue ribbon committee that is looking into alleged anomalies linked to Vice President Jejomar Binay, his family and associates has reportedly drafted a report recommending filing of plunder charges against them. Aside from the Vice … Read more »


Treason, sedition raps filed vs govt peace panel

Members of the government peace panel were taken to court on Thursday and accused of treason for pushing for enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Named respondents in the 34-page complaint filed with the Manila Prosecutors’ Office were chief … Read more »

Palace confident to hit GDP target

Malacañang on Thursday remained confident that the country’s economic growth will eventually pick up and hit its 7 to 8 percent gross domestic product (GDP) target for this year. Economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low … Read more »

China moves weapons to reclaimed areas – report

China has reportedly moved weapons to artificial islands it was building in areas it occupied in the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea), a report in an Australian newspaper said on Thursday. “Australian officials are concerned that China could also … Read more »

Poor doomed as Cha-cha looms

The proposed constitutional amendment to remove restrictions on foreign ownership of public utilities and agricultural lands will result in unabated landgrabbing and poor working conditions, a militant lawmaker warned on Thursday. Anakpawis party-list Rep. Fernando Hicap made the warning a … Read more »

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Editorial

‘Economic cha-cha’ a step in the right direction

WE are encouraged by the action of the House of Representatives earlier this week in quickly passing the so-called economic cha-cha (charter change) bill, formally called Resolution of Both Houses 1 (RBH-1), through its second reading. This advances the charter change measure one step farther in the legislative process than it has ever reached... Read more »


Nation

House raises SSS by P2,000 a month

Pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) are one step closer to a P2,000 pension increase. They may have to thank the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privitization for approving House Bill 6748 or the Act Increasing Pensions and … Read more »

Quezon City Eye Center decries fraud allegations

The Quezon City Eye Center, a leading PhilHealth-accredited facility specializing in cataract surgery for the poor and senior citizens, has  decried insinuations that it was engaged in the filing of fraudulent claims in the cataract package of PhilHealth. Speaking for … Read more »

Fund raising drive for Duterte launched

COTABATO CITY: Tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte showed his soft side after learning that a fundraising campaign dubbed “Piso para sa Presidente” was launched to convince him to run for president next year. An Ulama presented Duterte a handwoven … Read more »

Asia-Pacific makes strides in curbing hunger – FAO

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goals’ hunger target of halving the proportion of undernourished people in 2015 but 490 million people in the region still suffer from chronic hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). … Read more »

Luistro to parents: Enrol kids early

EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro urged parents who were unable to enrol their children to show up early so that his agency will have ample time to fix their problems before classes start on June 1. “Please don’t surprise me. Tell … Read more »

Maynilad to hike rate in June

STARTING June 1, 2015, customers of Maynilad Water Services will pay more for their water consumption. Randy Estrellado, Maynilad’s chief financial officer, said the company will adjust tariff rate by 4.19 percent. The adjustment, approved by the Metropolitan Waterworks and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

UBP to pay 3 independent directors P1.7M each per year

ON May 21, Alfredo de Borja, an independent director of Ionics Inc., bought 1.6 million Ionics shares at P0.60 each. Before the acquisition, he already directly owned 14 million Ionics shares. De Borja bought Ionics shares two days after the … Read more »

No PCOS machines in Spain’s quick, fair, honest elections

JUST happened to be in Madrid for the nationwide Spanish elections for local government. There was one street with some electoral advertising as we came in from the airport. It consisted of small flags on electric posts saying vote PSOE, … Read more »

No public servants immune from suit

NO one in government is immune from suit. What is immune relates to acts. PNoy cannot say “You cannot sue me, I am President. So what if I rape or kill?” Neither is in a president’s job description. Immunity is … Read more »

Continuing Professional Development

OUR previous conversation was on blending two models in designing a continuing professional development plan (CPD) for faculty members particularly for those who are assigned to the higher education levels. These two models are the developmental vertical model which divides … Read more »

Eric Gutierrez, Congressman Erice seem to be above the law

Another glaring example of the Noynoy administration’s propensity for selective justice is its failure to respond to the issue involving the President’s campaign financier Francis Enrico “Eric” Gutierrez and House representative Edgar Erice of Caloocan City. If Noynoy intended to … Read more »

Khan you dig it?

Former world junior welter weight (140 pounds) king Amir “King” Khan wants everyone to believe that he is the most worthy challenger for undefeated welterweight (147 pounds) champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Englishman Khan ardently believes that his speed and boxing … Read more »

Love and other disasters – May edition

According to the first sentence in the production notes for the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson action film (which also happens to be an epic-scale disaster movie) “San Andreas imagines the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history.” Obviously, the filmmakers … Read more »

Why Philippine agriculture fails

THE agricultural sector of the Philippines is a millstone around the country’s neck. Despite accounting for more than a third of the country’s workforce the sector contributes less than 15 percent of the total economic output. Poverty incidence among agricultural … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Correcting erroneous entries in birth certificate

Dear PAO, I want to file a petition for correction of entry in my birth certificate to correct my misspelled first name with the Office of the Local Civil Registrar. Since I don’t have money to pay for the filing … Read more »