‘Avenge yourself and testify’

Now that she is back, it is best for Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, to tell everything she knows about the pork barrel scam, Sen. Miriam Santiago said on Sunday. … Read more »

Pope: Bring Jesus’ fire ‘to the very ends of earth’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God “to the very ends of the earth” during an Easter vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Francis said the core of the Easter message was … Read more »

The $30 million MRT extort try: Fact or fiction?

First of two parts There’s no going away present for H.E. Joseph Rychtar, Czech Ambassador to the Philippines, when he finally bids farewell to Manila for another posting somewhere in Latin America. It is highly unlikely that the issue of … Read more »

First bodies pulled from submerged Korean ferry

JINDO, South Korea: Divers began retrieving bodies on Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. … Read more »

PH to play key role in US Asian ‘pivot’

THE Philippines will play a vital role in the United States’ “rebalancing” of assets toward what Washington calls the Asian “pivot” and President Barack Obama will likely discuss Manila’s part with President Benigno Aquino 3rd during his scheduled Asian roundabout … Read more »

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Justice and grace

When Samereh Alinejad slapped her son’s killer on the face, forgave him and removed the noose around his neck on the gallows in a northern Iran city last week, peace overpowered the hatred that had gripped her heart for seven years. On the day of execution, she chided the crowd for pressuring her to forgive the murderer, Balal, who had made... Read more »

From our Readers

On ‘300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation’

When will we all get along with each other in this world, when Jesus comes back?? Everyone comes to America because our economy is better than their... Read more »

On ‘Camp sharing’

Translated by Publisher/Editor from Tagalog comment: Why are militant groups yakity-yaking when they are not doing anything to help our... Read more »

On “A costly national disgrace”

Time was in the island famous for it’s white beach, as soon as dusk came then hundreds of thousands of “kabogs” (giant flying foxes, fruit... Read more »

On ‘The best place to visit this Holy Week?’

When you have to visit your conscience, you must really be in deep trouble. Usually it’s your conscience that visits you. When you have not had... Read more »

On ‘SC ruling on RH law entrenches Catholic dogma’

“Mainstream” and “more” are not scientific terms. They do not convey scientific truthfulness. Truth does not bend to democracy. It is... Read more »

Inside News

Fire razes apartment complex

A fire razed a four-door apartment complex along Campa Street, near España in Manila at around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Another blaze occurring at around 3 a.m. the following day razed a row of houses and some establishments nearby. Residents … Read more »

MMDA’s Tolentino hits delay in EDSA re-blocking

DISTRICT engineers and contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should be held accountable for the delays in re-blocking some portions of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa), according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). MMDA … Read more »

EcoWaste warns against buying toxic art supplies

An environmental watchdog reminded parents to carefully pick non-toxic materials for kids who will attend summer art classes and workshops to explore and cultivate their creative potentials and skills. The EcoWaste Coalition issued the reminder after conducting a three-tier process … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rigoberto Tiglao

Court ruling on RH law: Big, big trouble for Aquino

RH-law20140421First of two parts If the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law (Republic Act 10354) were setting a precedent, this year could be President Aquino’s annus horribilis. The decision by the Court majority and the opinions issued by the justices on the RH law reveal how they think, and will decide in two pending crucial cases: First, on Mr. Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program that gave him huge funds to bribe Congress to convict Chief... Read more »

Tita Valderama

Knowing when to die

During a homily in one of the Masses I attended last week, the priest asked Mass goers if they would want to know when they would die. Only two of about a hundred people present mustered the courage to raise … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

What resurrection is like: Intimating immortality

The power of the Resurrection generates a new community, a new family where brothers and sisters will be measured by their capacity to do the will of God. — Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, An Easter People Easter message: We will … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Go after other lawmakers linked to PDAF scam, Sen. Guingona

The Senate blue ribbon committee, headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, should not stop its investigation of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam, with plunder charges having been filed against three of his colleagues and Janet Lim Napoles. To … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

SEC ‘abandons’ own rule

A RULING issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) favoring former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban may be the best argument against the continued appointment of independent directors to the boards of listed companies. In SEC en banc Case No. … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Our hifalutin’ leaders don’t (ever, ever) come down to earth

PEOPLE across a broad swath of Philippine society  became fans of Janet Yellen, the Fed Chair and said to be the most powerful  public official  in the world, when she used her first House appearance to talk about the plight … Read more »



SOMETIMES one can’t but ask the obvious: why is it that this President who’s got writers and media people as part of his communications office, why is it that he can’t deliver a Lenten message that does not ruffle our … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Live-in partners seek to marry each other

Dear PAO, My live-in partner for seven years and I are planning to get married. Is it true that it is not necessary for us to apply for a marriage license? Leo Dear Leo, As a rule, a marriage license … Read more »


No employer-employee relationship for agents on commission

In 1989, a labor union filed a petition with a sewing machine company to be the sole and exclusive bargaining agent that represents the company’s collectors. The company refused to recognize the labor union, explaining that the union members were … Read more »