At the National Transformation Council assembly in Lipa last Thursday, representatives of organized labor, farmers, fisherfolk, and urban poor called on President B. S. Aquino 3rd and his administration to step down. Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa reiterated his well-known position, and Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao reconfirmed the moral validity of the mounting call.
The same day, at a press conference hosted by Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) at Club… Read more »

MILF founder Salamat: Have they renounced his goal for an independent Islamic state?

The following is an article I wrote on an interview with Moro Islamic Liberation chairman Hashim Salamat published in the reputable magazine Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) on March 28, 1996, years before Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda gained notoriety after his 9/11 New York attack.
Salamat’s official title then, which current MILF Chairman Murad Ibrahim dare not… Read more »

VP’s case ‘too hot to handle’

A petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) with the Court of Appeals to inspect the bank accounts of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family has been found by CA justices as “too hot to handle.” According to … Read more »

Aquino has lost most Pinoys’ trust – Osmeña

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has clearly lost the trust of majority of Filipinos because of the Mamasapano incident that claimed the lives of 44 police commandos and, unless the President apologized, the distrust could be permanent, a lawmaker said on … Read more »

Aquino messed up Mamasapano

HAD President Benigno Aquino 3rd not compartmentalized and excluded the military from a police operation to get two terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, casualties in that tragic incident on January 25 could have been minimized, a former military commander in Mindanao … Read more »

‘Desperate’ OFWs languish in shelters in Saudi Arabia

A party-list lawmaker has revealed that thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia are living “desperately” in temporary shelters because the companies that hired them are facing financial difficulties brought about by falling oil prices on the world … Read more »

Meatless Mondays in Quezon City

Cut your meat intake and add years to your life. This is the message that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista wants to impart to three million residents as he threw his support behind a city council resolution urging restaurant owners … Read more »

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Peping must give earnest of sincerity and seriousness

IF Peping and Tingting Cojuangco are to be believed in their efforts to shoehorn themselves into the conversation about President Aquino’s departure from the presidency and any subsequent transition, Peping must first give an earnest sincerity and integrity of their motives. And Tingting for her part must show that her feet are firmly on the... Read more »


Rockets surprise Cavaliers in overtime

HOUSTON: James Harden finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Houston Rockets edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-103 in overtime on Sunday. Terrence Jones tallied 19 points with seven rebounds and Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points for … Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Filipino pride in Hong Kong Disneyland

“There is magic in you, you’ve got to share! Just hear it in my song, you’ll find your light there!” HONG KONG: There was an overwhelming sense of Filipino pride at the launch of Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest campaign, “Find … Read more »


DOLE warns vs job ring duping Filipinos

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against an illegal recruitment syndicate operating globally as an immigration service provider and duping Filipino job seekers. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday identified the bogus recruitment agency as … Read more »

Beware of scam offering jobs in Canada for P3,800

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday warned Filipino healthcare workers against a scam that offers them employment in Canada. Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a news briefing that Filipino nurses and healthcare workers are being offered … Read more »

Asean, Guam Chief Justices seek stronger judicial ties

Chief Justices of Southeast Asian countries, joined by the top magistrate of Guam, have converged in the Philippines for the 3rd Asean Chief Justices’ Meeting in Boracay, Aklan. On Monday, Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno met with her counterparts … Read more »

Palace: Congestion at Manila port gone

Operations at the Port of Manila have normalized and congestion there has been resolved, Malacañang said on Monday. “With the combined efforts of the Cabinet Cluster on Port Decongestion, the Technical Working Group of various agencies and the cooperation from … Read more »

3 Pinoys abducted in Libya still missing

The three Filipinos who were abducted in central Libya in early February are still missing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday. There is still no group claiming responsibility for their abduction, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said … Read more »

DOLE told to return P82-M DAP funds

State auditors want the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to return to the national treasury all unused funds it received under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a 2013 audit report on DOLE, the Commission on Audit (COA) said … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Celebrating women

(First part) CENTER stage this month are our women entrepreneurs, producers, artisans and even double-duty moms. We start with our women from remote areas but who made a difference in their communities. Princess Kumalah Sug-Elardo Princess Kumalah Sug- Elardo is … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

First Pacific takes over Roxas Holdings

The Indonesian-owned First Pacific Co. Ltd., which is based in Hong Kong, has finally taken over the majority ownership of Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) after a First Pacific unit acquired RHI’s 241.78 million treasury shares on Feb 27. First Pacific’s … Read more »


Why did capitalist imperial domination arise in Europe and not in Asia?

IN his history of capitalism, Fernand Braudel writes, “the Italians, Armenians, Jews, Portuguese, and Spaniards…pushed across the oceans and explored new areas until they encountered and adapted to, or else destroyed, the rival networks they found in Latin American the … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

The song of the TNTs

OFFICIAL and credible research organization reports put the number of illegal aliens in the US (TNT in Filipino lingo for “Tago ng Tago”) between 10 and 12 million. The Pew Research Organization narrows down the estimates to 11.2 million in … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Feeling the pinch of the economic ‘grinch’

MANY salaried workers could hardly feel the much-trumpeted economic growth brought about by reforms that the government has reportedly been instituting in the last four or five years, because prices of consumer goods and services keep going up without corresponding … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

PNR Boss’ wife, a DOTC contractor?

What’s this I have been hearing over there at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) that the wife Philippine National Railways (PNR) General manager Joseph Allan Dilay is one of the main contractors of the said department’s projects? Gina … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Buyer in good faith if not told of any flaw that voids his purchase of titled lot

Dear PAO, In case a titled lot was sold to two different persons, between the two buyers, who has the right over the property? Should it be the first buyer who first bought the property? Shermae Dear Shermae, Your question … Read more »