It was the least President B. S. Aquino 3rd could do, even if it seemed too little too late – to declare a day of national mourning for all the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the Maguindanao massacre in the hands of the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last weekend. It came one day after the National Transformation Council… Read more »

Images from an MILF video: (Clockwise from top left) A young recruit, pretending to be a war war correspondent of the “MILF 105th Base Command”; an MILF fighter smiles for the camera before getting coached on how to fire a rifle; a fighter shooting at the SAF force obviously at quite a distance. Last image, a SAF trooper shot at the back of his head.

For what was purportedly a fierce firefight, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters were enjoying themselves, rollicking, lounging at times, laughing at their jokes, and occasionally firing their rifles toward a distant rice field where the Philippine National Police Special … Read more »

FVR tells Aquino: Stop blame game

SANTA ROSA CITY, Laguna: Former President Fidel Ramos on Thursday asked President Benigno Aquino 3rd to refrain from blaming anyone in the deadly clash that led to the massacre of at least 44 elite police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on … Read more »

SAF operation uncoordinated with military

THE massacre of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last Sunday could have been avoided had the covert operation been carefully planned and … Read more »

Bishops, religious convene for Aquino’s ouster

Some bishops and religious leaders met on Thursday to discuss the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in light of the death of 44 police commandos in the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on … Read more »

Aquino ‘no show’ in rites for commandos

A PALL of gloom descended on Villamor Air Base in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Thursday morning as the caskets of 42 members of the police Special Action Force (SAF) are brought down one after the other from C-130 transport … Read more »

Massacre dooms BBL – Marcos

THE killing of 44 elite police commandos by separatists from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on January 25 in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province will likely snag the approval of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress as … Read more »

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Reading between the numbers

ANALYSTS and economists are gung-ho over the GDP numbers of 2014, prompting a UP assistant professor of economics to quip: Of course, there is vested interest behind their optimism because the business they represent would benefit from such enthusiasm. If you talk to an economist who works for a bank, it’s easy to see the color of his or her... Read more »


Comelec confident to win SC case

The Commission on Elections  (Comelec) on Friday expressed confidence that the petition filed by the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) before the Supreme Court (SC) against the poll body will be dismissed. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said … Read more »

Overbooking ban for airlines proposed

A measure seeking to ban overbooking by airline companies has been filed at the House of Representatives. House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list filed House Bill 5361 or the Magna Carta of Airline Passengers Rights in … Read more »

Hot topics at Balitaan sa Rembrandt

“Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt” the other day tackled hot topics such as the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) massacre, political double cross, and a new Filipino world class product. Ferdie Pasion, chairman of Nat-Fil, reminded our leaders that no … Read more »

Youth joins nation in mourning SAF men

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon on Friday said the Filipino youth joins the nation in mourning the untimely death of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) officers in a gruesome encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers … Read more »

US statement on contaminated apple exports

Washington on Friday assured the Filipino consumers that apple shipments from the mainland United States are safe for human consumption, stressing that only a single packinghouse was involved in the recall due to possible contamination of Listerosis bacteria. “The recall … Read more »

Be prudent on deals, Comelec urged

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to be circumspect in making deals for the handling of the automated elections for 2016. “We urge the Comelec to be circumspect in respect … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Hitting their stride

The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally hitting their stride more than halfway into the season. The Cavaliers are currently riding a season-high 8-game winning streak and have catapulted up the Eastern Conference standings. They sport a 27-20 record and are currently … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Mercado should spare SEC, PSE from his politicking

IT is very unfortunate that politicians are dragging the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission into their dirty game. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado accused Alphaland Corp. of bribing Vice President Jejomar Binay with P200 million. … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

The Papal visit

MY take on the Papal visit is that in this electronic age of instant communication, with images to boot, we could have encountered him without having to batter the Luneta Park, fight our way through traffic and get behind layers … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

‘All life is an experiment’

LAST Monday, I wrote to the Senate Committee on Local Government: “Thank you for the kind invitation. I had to leave early because of a pressing deadline on a case. I am sorry for not being able to observe certain … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Make it real

If it were Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan or Floyd May-weather, Jr. and Miguel Cotto striking a pose during the halftime break of a National Basketball Association game, the response of the crowd and the rest of the sporting community … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

The world’s most expensive audition

There are so many things that come in to your head when you catch “The Audition” a.k.a. the new ad for City of Dreams in Manila. 1. Whoa! Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro—together again. Whoa! With Leonardo Di Caprio. … Read more »

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Legal grounds to pre-terminate domestic employment

Dear PAO, My childhood friend from Bataan currently works as a household helper. She agreed with her employer that she will be with them until June of this year. Is there any way for her to end the contract earlier … Read more »