Miriam wades in

But veteran senator mum on running mate AFTER weeks of silence, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday confirmed what she had announced several months ago: she will be joining the presidential race in 2016 because she has recovered from her bout … Read more »

Estrada to run for President if…

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on Tuesday said he will be forced to run for President if Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay are disqualified either by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) or the Senate Electoral Tribunal. “To … Read more »

I can work with any President – Marcos

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is certain he will have no problem working with any elected President if he wins the vice presidential race next year. Marcos, who earlier vowed to work for the country’s unity, on Tuesday said once elected … Read more »

Aquino classmate at Ateneo is new Justice secretary

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa—a classmate in college of President Benigno Aquino 3rd —will succeed Leila de Lima who resigned her post as Justice secretary to run for the Senate in the 2016 elections. President Benigno Aquino … Read more »

PH welcomes US ships in disputed sea

The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed Washington’s plan to send ships near China’s man-made but disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), noting that it is within the concept of international law. In a statement, the Department of … Read more »

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Penniless Nobel Laureate dies after private hospital refused to treat him

PEOPLE the world over are angered and disgusted over the news that the 2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry died last Saturday October 10 after being refused treatment at a Manila private hospital because he had no money. The wire services ran the story that Rappler on October 12 gave the title “Refused admission to Manila hospital, Nobel... Read more »


San Beda beats Letran, takes No. 1 spot

Nigerian Ola Adeogun powered the Red Lions’ 83-78 win over the Letran Knights on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena. The victory catapulted San Beda to the top … Read more »


Comelec sounds alarm over pre-poll violence

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday expressed  alarm over violent incidents involving elected officials even as it insisted that not all of the clashes were related to elections or to next year’s local and national polls. “We are hoping … Read more »

Poor lgus to get more ira under Binay presidency

Poor municipalities will be given bigger internal revenue allotment (IRA) to enable them to implement more projects and programs beneficial to their constituents, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay. Binay on Tuesday said under his administration, the criteria for the … Read more »

UN okays PH audit chief’s nomination

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the General Assembly to approve Heidi Mendoza as undersecretary-general for the UN’s Internal Oversight Services, Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Mendoza of the Philippines’ Commission on Audit … Read more »

Co-founder of SAF joins Senate race

A retired Philippine National Police general and one of the founders of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), Samuel Pagdilao Jr., on Tuesday declared his intention to seek a seat in the Senate. In a ceremony at the University of the … Read more »

AlDub fans donate blood

PHILIPPINE Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon on Tuesday thanked the supporters of popular television love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, who are popularly known as AlDub, who went to PRC National Blood Center on EDSA corner Boni … Read more »

7,000 children get vaccination in Caloocan

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Tuesday disclosed that around 7,000 children have received vaccination as of September from the city government. Malapitan said the city’s health program also includes giving free medicines to about 200,000 patients while 104,000 have … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

‘Preemptive rights’ or privilege?

THE Philippine Stock Exchange defines preemptive rights in its glossary of market terms as “the right of the stockholder of the company to subscribe to all issues or disposition of shares of any class in proportion to his shareholdings.” The … Read more »

Source code review: A restricted environment

The review of the source code of the automated election system is now in full swing at the De La Salle University. By all indications, based on Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 9987 and the conduct of the briefing … Read more »

The widow of an inspiring man pairs with politics’ least inspiring man

That Rep. Leni Robredo , the level-headed, thoroughly-grounded wife of a true icon of good governance is now the Exhibit A of instant gratification is a sad turn indeed for Philippine politics. Many are just too numb to even ask … Read more »

Pursuing the ‘tulirong daan’

WHAT kind of president is this that he could give honor to a deceased policeman who served as his security for a few years but couldn’t even say any good word on the death of a patriot like the late … Read more »

Trump, Farrakhan speak language of the pitchfork

Why Donald Trump bothered to issue an economic program is beyond me. It has some good things in it, like raising the tax on carried interest, but no one really cares about Trump’s economic plan — no matter his supposed … Read more »

Choosing between ‘evil and lesser evil’

There’s not been much excitement during the first two days of filing of certificates of candidacy that saw Vice President Jojo Binay and Senator Gringo Honasan as among the first ones to turn in their COC at the Commission on … Read more »

The politicians in Novak, Rafa

Jamie Lee Curtis would err but on the side of caution. When asked a few years ago on who her role models were, she said she would rather not have even one. The sexy and smart daughter of Hollywood royalty … Read more »

Overseas Filipinos and what they could really contribute

There are about 12 million Filipinos scattered around the world outside the Philippines and they contribute something like $30 billion to $40 billion (if you include unofficial remittances) to the economy of the nation. That’s about 13 percent of national … Read more »

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Determining validity of last will and testament

Dear PAO, My aunt died as a single woman and without any children. My uncle said she executed a last will and testament, which stated that he gets to inherit the property of my aunt, but he never read it … Read more »