Reds set 2 conditions

COMMUNIST rebels won’t lay down arms yet even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) immediately heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire. In a statement, the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist … Read more »

Expert urges PH to look at Russian health model

A RUSSIAN expert is urging the Philippines to look at Russia as a model for health care, as he called on the government to increase investments in public health. Russia considers health care as one of its top priorities, and … Read more »

Suarez, not Baguilat, is House minority leader

LAWMAKERS belonging to the minority in the House of Representatives named Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez as their leader in a meeting on Wednesday morning, stripping Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat of the post. Baguilat was barred by the “Super Majority” coalition … Read more »

Funding for SSS hike needed – de Quiros

The government should come up with a funding mechanism for the Social Security System (SSS) if it wants to push through with the proposed P2,000 hike in pension, SSS President Emilio de Quiros said Wednesday. De Quiros remained firm on his … Read more »

Road rage killer an Army reservist

THE man who shot dead a casino gaming assistant during a traffic altercation is a reservist, the Philippine Army said Wednesday. Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said Vhon Tanto, who killed Mark Vincent Garalde, is a member of the Caloocan … Read more »

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AFP’s ‘guarded optimism’ is right posture

ON the day President Rody Duterte declared—in his July 25 SONA—a unilateral ceasefire in the government’s counter-insurgency operation against the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front/New People’s Army, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya declared the suspension of military operations (SOMO) against... Read more »


No registration extension for barangay, youth polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters in connection with the coming barangay (village) and Sanggunianag Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Wednesday … Read more »

Tesda to expand programs for poor

THE newly appointed director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has committed to expansion of skills training programs of the government as he unveiled on Wednesday the agency’s long-term plans for curbing poverty by increasing the … Read more »

DFA vows help for Pinoys convicted in Malaysia

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said the government will continue to extend “all appropriate legal and consular assistance” to nine Filipinos sentenced by a Malaysian court to life in prison. The troubled Filipinos were involved in an … Read more »

Military ‘guarded’ on peace negotiations

THE military is treating the ceasefire and peace talks with communist rebels with “guarded optimism” and hoping that there shall be fruitful negotiations between the two parties, a military official said on Wednesday. At the same time, Brig. Gen. Restituto … Read more »

Tax on excess poll donations sought

A uniform tax rate of 30 percent for excess campaign contributions that were unutilized, unreported or erroneously reported has been proposed by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd. Pimentel made the proposal on Wednesday under Senate Bill 296, which aims … Read more »

QC to arrest minors for curfew violation

MINORS caught outside of their homes after 10 p.m., will still be apprehended for violating the curfew in Quezon City, Mayor Herbert Bautista said. In an interview over ABS-CBN. Bautista cited barangay ordinance on curfews, pointing out that the temporary … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

PDU30’s first SONA: Clash of two worlds

“And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.” — From Dover Beach by Mathew Arnold I THOUGHT he would still be in dark slacks but … Read more »

Conspiracies and wishes

AS a rule, I do not pay much attention to “blind item” news, following the principle that the credibility of information correlates to the credibility of its source. Most stories that begin with “there is word going around that…” tend … Read more »


EVER since the President won on a platform of ridding this country of drugs and crime, we have heard it said: this is not a war on drugs; it is a war on the poor. This is a violation of … Read more »

Ilocos Norte’s tourism master plan

ILOCOS is close to my heart—I am one of her sons. There is so much more to tourism in Ilocos Norte than its scenic views and geographic landscapes. Behind the province’s seemingly never-ending coastline is a way of life adopted … Read more »

Goodwill to all, malice toward none

[This is the maiden column by members of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines, Inc. Henceforth, this column will appear here every Thursday.] THE Philippines got its point across when the Permanent Court on Arbitration (Arbitral Tribunal), … Read more »

Pacquiao pushed into dangerous ground

How many times have I said in my past columns that Manny Pacquiao can become a “stepping stone” for the younger fighters in boxing’s middle divisions (junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight)? How many times have I said that he … Read more »

The advantages of gaining financial literacy at an early age

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has finally added financial literacy to the basic education curriculum. This means it has become mandatory for schools to teach their students financial literacy programs, specifically financial management and investments. This is a very good … Read more »

A GSIS retiree member’s delayed benefits

IN his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Duterte told the public to bring to his attention the shortcoming of heads of government agencies that they deal with. Hopefully, with the president’s assurance of help when urgently … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Safety concerns allow owners to eject apartment lessees

Dear PAO, I would like to ask about the decision of the owner of the apartment we are renting to eject us from our rented unit. We have been renting the unit for almost a decade already, and we pay … Read more »