On the official gazette and the government’s website, I finally found and read yesterday a full English translation of President BS Aquino’s sixth and final state of the nation address on July 27. I thought I owed it to His … Read more »

The last time Vice-President and then multiple-term Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay tangled on the hustings with Interior Secretary and then Senator Mar Roxas, tables were turned. Back in August 2009, six months before the May 2010 elections, Roxas topped vice-presidential … Read more »

VP hits ‘inept’ govt

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday delivered his version of the “true” State of the Nation Address (SONA), scoring the Aquino administration’s failure to address corruption, extreme poverty and social inequality.

During his true SONA held at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite, the Vice President said the economic growth presented during President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s SONA… Read more »

Look who’s talking

AS expected, Malacañang as well as administration allies on Monday scoffed at Vice President Jejomar Binay’s version of the state of the nation. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Binay was part of the government he is now criticizing. “Limang taon … Read more »

Roxas quits DILG post

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday night confirmed that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has officially submitted his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino 3rd but that the President asked Roxas to stay. “According to Executive Secretary [Paquito] Ochoa … Read more »

Is China preparing 2nd airstrip?

BEIJING: China could be preparing to build a second 3,000-metre airstrip on an artificial island in the disputed West Philippine (South China) Sea, a Washington-based think-tank said. China is already building a 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) runway on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) … Read more »

Aquino still wooing Grace

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings. President Benigno Aquino 3rd is still crossing his fingers that pre-election survey frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe would remain with the administration coalition and agree to team up with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” … Read more »

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Lies won’t work with the United Nations

IN his report on the state of the nation (SONA) last Monday, July 27, President BS Aquino 3rd discussed briefly the progress of disaster management in the country, and coping with disasters like super typhoon Yolanda. He said: “In the area of disaster management: Because of concern for one another, and because of the active cooperation of the... Read more »


Peaty wins historic 100m breaststroke world gold

KAZAN, Russia: Adam Peaty won the men’s 100m breaststroke gold at the world swimming championships on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to become Britain’s first world champion in the event for 40 years. The 20-year-old, who is making his worlds’ debut, … Read more »


‘Cabinet members planning to run in 2016 should quit’

Cabinet members who plan to run in next year’s election should resign so that they will not be accused of using their positions to advance their candidacy, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th said on Tuesday. Aquino made the appeal a … Read more »

Start Canada waste probe, Congress prodded

An alliance of progressive party-list groups on Tuesday strongly urged Congress to start its investigation on the entry of Canadian waste into the country. Obet de Castro, deputy secretary general of Koalisyong Makabayan, said the Senate and House of Representatives … Read more »

Villanueva 90% sure of seeking Senate seat

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director general Joel Villanueva said on Tuesday he is “90 percent” certain of throwing his hat into the May 2016 senatorial derby. Villanueva, a close friend of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, said he … Read more »

DOJ Usec is new ERC chief

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar as the new chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), replacing Zenaida Ducut who finished her term on July 10. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Salazar will … Read more »

Palace justifies diplomats’ high salaries

Malacañang on Tuesday maintained that there is nothing wrong in giving huge salaries and bonuses to top diplomats as noted by a Commission on Audit (COA) report. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained that Philippine ambassadors receive salaries based … Read more »

Atienza volunteers to be Binay’s VP

FORMER Manila mayor and Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list has volunteered to be Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate. “I am open to the possibility of running for Vice President with Vice President Binay as the Presidential … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Gilas to run the gauntlet

Cramming won’t cut it for the Gilas team to the FIBA Asia Championships in China next month. While its rivals have been reported to be deep in training months before the qualifiers (September 23-October 3) in Changsha, the Philippine national … Read more »

The exchange rate death zone

LAST Friday, the last day of July, the peso closed at 45.74 to $1, the lowest close in five years. Although the local currency appreciated by a modest 0.2 percent through the first five months of the year, through June … Read more »

Running for office, no longer easy

THE late comedian Dolphy’s witty rebuttal, when asked if he intended one day to run for any elective position, was: “Madaling tumakbo, eh paano kung manalo?!” (It’s easy to run but what if you win?!). This needs a qualifier nowadays. … Read more »

PNoy wants Mar of the same

PNoy’s anointment of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as his preferred successor only serves to undermine rather than boost the political stock of the Liberal Party (LP)’s standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections. By endorsing Mar, PNoy … Read more »

Are you looking for a saint?

A SECTION of the Yellow Brigade (YB), if not the whole group, launched quite early and too often, a word that they tried to shape 2016 into: bobotantes. These are voters who are dumb. Making further the argument that if … Read more »

Pass the FOI bill now!

Openness and transparency – these are two of the weapons the citizenry needs to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt— these are the very core of the freedom of information bill, the bill that would enable the implementation … Read more »

Kamag-anak Inc.: To hire or not to hire

“Okay lang. Basta huwag kamag-anak. (It’s fine, as long as the person is not a relative).” This was the statement of an acquaintance when he was considering options on where to source an employee for his small shop. I vividly … Read more »

Connecting farm to table

Indefatigable Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat has traveled to many farmlands looking for the very people who grow our food—and not just any kind of food, but Slow Food. And so many people ask him “what is slow food? Is it … Read more »

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Circumstantial evidence enough to prove adultery

Dear PAO, Can I file a case for adultery against my wife? I just learned that she is having an affair with our male tenant. I found a copy of their arrangement and I have it with me. I have … Read more »