The August-September issue of the influential Foreign Affairs magazine (published bimonthly by the US Council on Foreign Relations) screams on its cover— WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: SOLVING THE COLD WAR’S COLD CASES: Iran 1953, Congo 1961, Pakistan 1971, Chile 1973. Before … Read more »

OUR Tuesday column, “Three things Aquino should do for accountability,” asked if his Cabinet members and other top officials implicated in anomalies would quit, then come back after their names are cleared. The question of resignation erupted again this week … Read more »

Aquino hits UN for ‘mission impossible’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday said the mission given by the United Nations to Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights in the Middle East was unclear and impossible to carry out.

Speaking at a ceremony at Malacañang honoring the peacekeepers, the President said their mission was to “separate … Read more »

‘Purisima must go’ if the PNP is to modernize

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima is jeopardizing the passage of a measure that aims to modernize the police institution because unless he steps down, Congress may not pass the legislation, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. In a television … Read more »

Stay indoors, Filipinos in Hong Kong advised

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to stay indoors and keep away from protest rallies there. “I urge and advise our OFWs in Hong Kong to be mindful about their … Read more »

Terrorists recruiting suicide bombers

FOREIGN terrorists who have been hiding in the Philippines and who have reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been trying to recruit local “suicide bombers” for the longest time but continue to fail, … Read more »

BMX rider gives Philippines first Incheon Games gold

INCHEON, South Korea: Daniel Caluag bagged the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games by ruling the BMX Moto Race cycling event. But with two days left in the Games here, the Philippines will be struggling to match … Read more »

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Do enemies of transparency control the House?

THE House of Representatives conducted an online survey about whether the Freedom of Information bill (which really seems to be ready for passage by the majority) should include a provision requiring media (newspapers as well as broadcast stations) to “give” people aggrieved by a report or any article the “right of reply or the ROR.” As... Read more »


Aquino denounces ‘KBL,’ warns vs anti-reform foes

Every politician and his uncle must probably be doing it but count out President Benigno Aquino 3rd in helping you mark milestones in your life. Before local officials on Thursday, the President told his perceived critics and political enemies whom … Read more »

Navymen accused in ensign’s 1995 killing plead ‘not guilty’

Eight Navy officers accused in the 1995 killing of Ensign Philip Pestaño entred a “not guilty” plea before a Manila court on Thursday. The Navy officers are Commander Reynaldo Lopez, Commander Luidegar Casis, Commander Alfrederick Alba, Lt. Commander Joselito Colico, … Read more »

Makati awards P100,000 to city’s 18th centenarian

The Makati City government recently awarded P100,000 cash gift to a World War II veteran tracked as the city’s 18th centenarian. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay personally handed the cash gift to100-year-old Narciso  Cayetano of Barangay Pembo during a simple … Read more »

Ex-PMA cadet seeks court relief

THE Supreme Court was asked by the camp of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to immediately resolve his case and allow him to graduate. In his Motion for Early Resolution before the High Court, … Read more »

Peacekeepers given Army awards

A day after they were honored by President Benigno Aquino 3rd,   members of the  7th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights received another heroes’ welcome and due recognition by their mother unit, the Philippine Army. Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA … Read more »

100,000 students to join National Letter Writing Day

The Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) is expecting 100,000 students from all over the country to join the National Letter Writing Day that will mark the celebration of World Post Day on October 9, 2014. Postmaster General Josefina dela Cruz on … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Karen Kunawicz

‘Rape shirt’ and ‘girl-on-leash’ not the same for me

Last week, I posted a photograph on Facebook of a graphic t-shirt I found at SM. The text on shirt read: “It’s not rape, it’s a snuggle with a struggle.” It got 4,976 shares and made the news—from Time to … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

What’s happening to Globe and PLDT?

Both of the nation’s two major telecommunications companies, Globe Telecom and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), made news last week with competing offers of “free” internet services (under certain conditions, of course). But this week they are making … Read more »


Why War is Good

SOME of the most terrifying moments of my life have been in the midst of conflict: with American marines in Fallujah in 2004 and with armed bands in Sierra Leone in 1993. I stood next to mounds of dead Iranian … Read more »


Architecture, Urban Planning, and Engineering to address hazards before disasters

LAST week, I received a lot of positive response to my column topic addressing floods, and I would like to thank the readers for their inputs and seeing the big picture of the situation with me. In reality, my firm, … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Birds of the same feather

I HAVE high hopes that come 2016, when we elect a new president, a new brand of politics will also be ushered in. Vice President Jojo Binay is the frontrunner in this presidential race which started even before it began … Read more »

Peter Cariño

The sad saga of PH basketball

(Second of four parts) The low finish of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Games is not pleasant at all, because the country prides itself with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which is Asia’s first pay-for-play league. The PBA has … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Parties’ meeting of minds crucial to amending perfected contract

Dear PAO, My mother wants to question certain stipulations in a contract she entered into with my cousin. She thought that she cleared everything with my cousin insofar as how she wants their contract to prosper, but there seems to … Read more »