A “free and equal vote” has become the primary right—and duty—of democratic citizenship. In the age of the common man, restrictions on universal suffrage may pass only by force or stealth. So that governments put much effort in trying to … Read more »

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

God created us because he loves stories When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews, it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, … Read more »

‘Mario’ cuts off roads

STORM Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) not only left dozens of communities under water since it dumped record rainfall on Friday, it also washed out numerous roads in Metro Manila and in several provinces, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Based on an initial executive summary report, the DPWH on Saturday said at least 26 road sections were closed… Read more »

Massive clean-up starts as floods subside

Thousands of people displaced by floods triggered by tropical storm Mario (Fung-Wong) returned to their mud-caked homes on Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster rose and damage to infrastructure unfolded. “We have no choice but to come back. … Read more »

Tennis win gives PH a bright start in Asiad

INCHEON, South Korea: The Philippines started its campaign in the 2014 Asian Games on a bright note as the men’s tennis team blanked Mongolia 3-0 on Saturday at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts here. Filipino-American Ruben Gonzales Jr. posted a 6-3, … Read more »

Aquino sees $2.3-billion investments from Europe

President Benigno Aquino 3rd said his trip to Europe has been successful partly because of the additional investment inflows to the Philippines. In a briefing with Filipino journalists in Berlin, Germany, which was aired over state radio station Radio ng … Read more »

Public, not critics, will judge Binay – lawmaker

Vice President Jejomar Binay will be judged by the people, not by his critics who have implicated him to alleged graft and corruption when he was still mayor of Makati City, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City said on Saturday. … Read more »

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Pro-UK Scots win independence referendum

The Scots who want to preserve the United Kingdom won in a historic referendum that would have destroyed the union had the pro-Independence campaign won. Scotland has been a member of the UK for three hundred years. It is economically vital to the UK, not only because of the Scots’ contribution to the kingdom’s productivity as a people, as... Read more »


Tams clip DLSU, claims twice-to-beat edge

The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws thumped the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, 65-60, on Sunday to clinch the No. 2 spot in the Final Four of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball … Read more »


Fruition of $2.3-billion foreign investment unlikely – senator

UNLESS President Benigno Aquino 3rd is able to address social problems the country is facing, he should not expect the $2.3-billion investment pledge from Europe to materialize, a lawmaker said on Sunday. “No investor would [put in money] in a … Read more »

Globe granted TRO on refund of overpriced text messages

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has stopped the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) from ordering Globe Telecom Inc. to a refund its subscribers for overpriced text message rates. The reprieve came after the CA’s 16th Division in a resolution granted a … Read more »

Court clears senior police officer of torture raps

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has cleared a police officer who was charged and dismissed along with several others in connection with the allegedly unlawful arrest and torture of a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in 2006. … Read more »

Makati vaccination drive impresses British envoy

BRITISH Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Anwar Ahmad was impressed by the direct involvement of barangay (villages) in ongoing mass immunization efforts of the Makati Health Department (MHD) against measles, rubella and polio when he personally saw the door-to-door vaccination … Read more »

PCSO’s lotto jackpot now P260 million

THE jackpot prize in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) GrandLotto 6/55 draw on Monday has reached P260 million. Nobody won last Saturday’s draw with a jackpot prize of P244.66 million. The draw’s winning combination was 26-50-42-37- 30-33. At least … Read more »

Two oil firms set to raise gas prices

INDEPENDENT oil companies Flying V and Eastern Petroleum on Sunday announced that they are set to raise prices of gasoline by 20 centavos per liter. They, however, will reduce prices of diesel and kerosene by 20 centavos per liter. Flying … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Europe had nothing to offer to Mr. Aquino except its own misery

As he traveled across the European continent, President Aquino told people back home that he was on a fruitful trip of economic significance. The man on the street, who had seen the ancientness and grandeur of Paris and Madrid on … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

No one hired us

[25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A, Sept 21, 2014, Isa 55:6-9/Ps 145:2-3/8-9/17-18/Phil 1:20c-24 27a/Matt 20:1-16a] There is a well known verse  from the Old Testament that runs, “God ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our … Read more »

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

When fashion meets passion

FASHION, admittedly, is not one of my strongest suits. My mornings often consist of bargaining with my alarm clock, a few lazy jumping jacks, and a mad dash out of the house at 6 a.m. to avoid south of Manila … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Tribute to Guillermo ‘Gem’ Carague

I was reminded of paying a tribute to former Secretary of the Department of Budget & Management (DBM) and Chairman of the Commission on Audit (CoA) Guillermo “Gem” N. Carague when I was fixing my files and came across an … Read more »

Efren Danao

Bravo, Rep. Toby Tiangco!

Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby”  Tiangco performed a great service Wednesday when he held his ground for the submission by Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of the detailed use of the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). People who want accountability and … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

We can count as many as 23 auxiliary verbs in English

How many auxiliary verbs are there in English? A South African member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum who goes by the username Spelling thought there are only three, namely “do,” “be,” and “have,” and believing this to be the case, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Grounds for removing parental authority over abused child

Dear PAO, Can a parent’s authority over his child be legally removed? If so, what are the grounds for it? My cousin, who is a minor child, is being abused by his father. The child’s mother is dead and since … Read more »