Today, this column will embark on another publishing experiment. We will tee off from a diagnosis of a personality disorder that I received from a source. You the reader will play the role of doctor or psychologist. And I will … Read more »

The resignation of Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner John “Sunny” Sevilla last week had many thinking Filipinos shaking their heads in disbelief, not only because of the shocking exposé of the ex-BOC chief but more so because of PNoy’s silence … Read more »

Indon court junks 2nd plea

Lawyers ask: Is Widodo’s word to Aquino worthless? The Indonesian district court judge hearing the cases of convicted foreign drug smugglers has dismissed the second appeal for judicial review filed by the Philippine government on behalf of Mary Jane Veloso, … Read more »

Big hype, huge money

LAS VEGAS: The countdown is on to Saturday’s showdown (Sunday in the Philippines) between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the $400 million “fight of the century” with a place in boxing’s pantheon of greats on the line. More than … Read more »

Reclamations ‘may undermine peace’

LANGKAWI, Malaysia: Reclamation works in the disputed South China Sea, where China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to “undermine peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned on Monday. Beijing’s assertion … Read more »

Duterte: Presidency is a mission from God

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has assured Filipinos that if it is God’s will that he become President of the Philippines, he will “humbly obey.” Speaking before a congregation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ that gathered in Davao City … Read more »

Davide rules out MILF return to separatism

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide has ruled out the possibility of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) turning away from the peace agreement to seek an independent state. Davide made the stance in light of the lawmakers’ lingering concern that … Read more »

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Don’t be negative toward BSA’s Peace Council

THE Peace Council created by President BS Aquino, which some critics have called a desperate move by the de facto president to gather a respectable people to bat for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (which looks like something dead in the water now), does not look to us like a dummy organization. Among the many convenors of the Peace... Read more »


House panel to clip Bangsa powers

The chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law stood his ground that Congress will clip the powers of the Bangsamoro government under the proposed BBL despite contrary opinion expressed by the Peace Council led by … Read more »

4 oil firms hike pump prices

FOUR oil companies are set to raise the prices of their petroleum products on Tuesday, saying the adjustments are being made to reflect the sustained upward movement of refined petroleum products in the world markets. In separate advisories on Monday, … Read more »

PH mulls ban on US chicken products

Manila is considering a total importation ban on chicken and wild-bird products from mainland United States as avian influenza continues to spread like wildfire in major poultry-producing areas there. “Bird flu is spreading rapidly from California to the Midwest, where … Read more »

Boy, 12, stabbed 12 times, survives

A 12-year-old boy survived after being stabbed 12 times by a suspected drug user on Sunday evening in Tondo district, Manila. The boy was brought to Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Santa Cruz district where he was still under observation … Read more »

NCMF to hold national Qur’an reading competition in UP-Diliman

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) will hold the 41st National Qur’an Reading Competition today at the UP Alumni Association Building, Magsaysay Avenue, University of the Philippines Campus in Diliman, Quezon City. NCMF Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao said the theme … Read more »

Junjun Binay case goes to Smartmatic justice

The same Supreme Court Associate Justice who spearheaded the court in junking the controversial Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Smartmatic midnight deal will handle the case of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati City. Also, a total … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Trade pacts are not abominable, but . . .

TRADE agreements among nations have existed as long as the concepts of “nation,” “trade,” and “conversation” have, and they have probably been bitterly opposed by the advocates of “labor” for nearly the same length of time. One can imagine—or at … Read more »

‘Wangwang’ alive and well

WHO said rampant corruption and other forms of anomalies are no longer the norm in the Aquino administration? Who said the “padrino” system and the “wangwang” mentality were banished by President Noynoy Aquino? All these are alive and well as … Read more »

China & global commons

WHAT is it to belong to the global commons? Some Filipinos have remained neutral on the issue of territorial and maritime disputes with China. Most of the Filipinos thought that things will pan out to the interests of both parties … Read more »

Is democracy unraveling?

WASHINGTON, DC: The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise … Read more »

The homeless man working in the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC: In the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 63-year-old Charles Gladden works alongside some of the nation’s most powerful people. For eight years, he has greeted senators, staffers and lobbyists in the hallways and the cafeteria, at … Read more »


“The demons that make a person afraid are the hardest to cast out.” – Elizabeth GeorgeSpeare TABOO is defined as “the prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is too sacred and consecrated or too dangerous … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Wife’s consent not needed in husband’s mortgaging of his exclusive property

Dear PAO, Can a husband mortgage his exclusive property without the consent of his wife? They were married in 1985 but got separated ten years later. The husband is in dire need of money. Pedro Dear Pedro, Since the husband … Read more »

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