YEN MAKABENTA

Why no supremacy clause in our Constitution?

When Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno last week told President Benigno Aquino 3rd, that “The Constitution is supreme,” everyone, this writer included, wholeheartedly agreed. But did you know that nowhere in the 21,000-word charter will you find a clause that proclaims … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

When social enterprise goes bad

The social ills of the Philippine economy—rampant unemployment, poverty, the income gap, and a high degree of extralegalism—are the focus of a great deal of well-meaning attention (at least from people not associated with the current Administration), and that’s good. … Read more »

House justice panel junks impeach raps vs Aquino

The House Committee on Justice threw out the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday. The panel, through a 54-4 vote, found the complaints against Aquino insufficient in substance. Two of the three complaints stemmed from the … Read more »

‘Sereno’s Piatco fees excessive, illegal’
TMTC coach bags 3 medals in archery meet
Aquino launches massive immunization program

‘Sereno’s Piatco fees excessive, illegal’

A court has ruled that the fees received by Chief Justice Lourdes Aranal-Sereno and other lawyers employed by the government in pressing its case against the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco), the builder of the Ninoy Aquino International … Read more »

Peacekeepers’ commander must be probed – AFP chief

ARMED Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang wants the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) investigated for alleged indecisiveness that put the life of the Filipino peacekeepers in danger during the standoff with Syrian rebels. Catapang said … Read more »

Senate suspends Enrile

THE Senate on Monday implemented the 90-day preventive suspension order imposed by the Sandiganbayan on Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile who was charged with plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam. Senate President Franklin Drilon said … Read more »

GPB not another form of PDAF, Palace insists

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the proposed Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) that accounts for around P20 billion in funds for local government units (LGUs) is not a resurrection of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, which had been … Read more »

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Editorial

Filipino ‘blue helmets’: Courage under fire

What played out in the Golan Heights last week would have made a great war movie. Seventy-five Filipino troops serving as United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan, the no-man’s land between Syria and Israel, were surrounded by Syrian rebel fighters, who demanded that they surrender. The Filipinos’ commander, an Indian general, must have... Read more »


Sports

Palace urges Pinoys to continue supporting Gilas

Malacañang has called on Filipinos to keep the faith as the Philippine national basketball team still has a chance to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIBA World Cup Basketball Championship in Spain. Presidential Communi-cations Secretary … Read more »

Nation

New budget tack unclear, discretionary – Nancy

OPPOSITION Sen. Nancy Binay is convinced that the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) introduced by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the proposed 2015 budget shows similarities with the pork barrel system that was declared illegal by the Supreme Court … Read more »

VP camp slams Trillanes’ ‘hula-hula’ witnesses

Vice President Jejomar Binay remains focused on his work, assisting families of slain soldiers, calamity victims and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress despite continuing politically-motivated attacks by senators, according to his spokesman on political concerns. At the same time, … Read more »

Beef up ‘pork’ cases vs Bong co-accused, govt lawyers told

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has ordered prosecutors to show additional pieces of evidence in eight graft cases against four of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s co-accused in 16 graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. This came as … Read more »

AFP chief: NPA history by next year

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, on Tuesday claimed that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) is fast becoming a spent force and would be fully neutralized by 2015. Catapang said his … Read more »

Oil firms hike pump prices

After seven consecutive price cuts, oil companies on Tuesday raised prices of petroleum products. Big-time players Petron, Shell and Chevron, together with independent firms Seaoil and PTT, raised gas prices by 65 centavos per liter, diesel by 25 centavos per … Read more »

Task Force formed to hunt QC police major’s killers

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Police Chief Supt. Richard Alabano on Tuesday ordered the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG), to conduct thorough investigation of the killing of Police Chief Insp. Roderick Medrano, who was ambushed and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ernesto F. Herrera

Use it or lose it

I have written before about the need to review, expand and improve existing regulations on our pipeline systems to ensure their safety and reliability, and the need for Congress to pass an enabling law for this purpose. Well, it turns … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy and the ‘hubris syndrome’

Countless Filipinos are dismayed that PNoy continues to give mixed signals on his plans for 2016. Although PNoy claimed during the Bombo Radyo interview last week that he’s looking forward to regaining his freedom when he steps down from office, … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Convergence & 2016

“Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts,” the economist Henry Rosovsky once said. In a democracy, information is power, but you can never know whether it will make us better or worse off as narrated by Robert … Read more »

ROMMEL DEL ROSARIO

KaMundo’s baked goodness

Writing this article made me vividly remember a memory that I thought had long been gone. When I was a child, I loved to play many types of toys and I was not content with having just one set. This … Read more »

CHIT JUAN

Mindanao–coffee country

Not very many people realize that Mindanao produces about 70 percent of our coffee in the country. Many still think it is Batangas, or maybe Cavite, which now comes as a close second to our Southern mountain areas. We were … Read more »

GETSY TIGLAO

Awesome arugula

People who feel that they are gardening-challenged should try planting arugula. It’s very easy to grow, requires very little care, and is overflowing with disease-fighting antioxidants. Your gardening confidence will be boosted in no time! Arugula (eruca sativa) is also … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Seeking property share from parents who are still alive pointless

Dear PAO, I have three children. Two of them are staying abroad and my youngest son is living in the Philippines. My husband and I have always supported our youngest child who remains dependent on us. We, however, have stopped … Read more »