In serious studies of the presidency, there is a recurring complaint against its highly personalized character and vast powers. No adviser holds office independently of the president. Cabinet secretaries and agency chiefs are hired and fired at whim, which means … Read more »

Theological insight and biblical scholarship are not what this article offers in reflecting upon the seven last utterances of Jesus Christ before He breathed His last on the cross. Rather, a devout but degree-less Christian shares his unreferenced thoughts on … Read more »

‘Pass BBL now or count body bags’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd called on lawmakers to pass a bill endorsing a peace agreement signed exactly a year ago on Friday between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), warning them they would otherwise start counting … Read more »

Smartmatic bags new P2.5-B poll contract

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has virtually awarded to the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM Corp. the P2.503-billion voting machine procurement contract after it reversed a decision by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) that disqualified the Venezuela-based firm and another … Read more »

DFA not giving up to save doomed Pinay

The Philippines will “exhaust all possible legal means” to save a 30-year-old Filipina who is on death row in Indonesia after being convicted of drug trafficking, officials said on Friday. A second appeal to reconsider the death sentence of Mary … Read more »

Co-pilot of crashed plane suffered ‘heavy depressions’

BERLIN: The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depressions six years ago, German daily Bild reported on Friday. The co-pilot sought psychiatric help for “a bout of … Read more »

MILF, lawmakers urged to ‘cool down’

University professors on Friday called on leaders and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and lawmakers from both houses of Congress to cool down because high emotions are not conducive for crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). “They … Read more »

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Smartmatic wins again…God help us!

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has virtually awarded to the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM the P2.503-billion contract to lease to the Comelec 23,000 units of precinct-based optical mark reader (OMR), which the Comelec will use in the 2016 presidential election to augment its 82,000 units of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines also... Read more »


AFP probes soldiers’ cowing of rights lawyer

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is investigating allegations of harassment and intimidation by soldiers of a human rights lawyer. At the same time, the AFP instructed all of its subordinate units to “ensure the … Read more »

Big Business to continue supporting peace process

The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Friday reaffirmed its continuing and unwavering support for the Mindanao peace process on the eve of the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). “We renew our call … Read more »

House yet to settle 2013 cash advances

State auditors have reminded the House of Representatives to settle cash advances that it was granted in 2013 even as they praised the chamber for fully liquidating such advances of its officials and members in 2012 and prior years. In … Read more »

CA junks charges vs ex-special prosecutor

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down an Ombudsman order finding former Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-ignacio guilty of administrative charges hurled against him that led to his dismissal from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. In a decision penned … Read more »

Ambulance driver wins P9-million lotto jackpot

A 35-year-old ambulance driver from Manila has bagged the P9-million jackpot prize in Mega Lotto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The PCSO acting chairman, lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, on Friday said the lone jackpot prize … Read more »

Comelec eyes P14B additional budget

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering asking Congress for a P14-billion supplementary budget for the purchase of additional counting machines for use in the 2016 elections. This is one of the options being eyed by the poll body should … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Prevarications of PNoy never end (1)

First of two parts THE front page headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) last Tuesday, March 24, was an intriguing “PNoy seeks understanding” over the Mamasapano Massacre. Below it was a subhead: “He won’t Apologize, say Palace sources.” Amazing … Read more »


Lee the legend is gone

A LEGEND of contemporary political history has passed away. We refer to the founding father of Singapore. LKY as Lee Kuan Yew is often referred to is credited with having transformed a sleepy colonial backwater to a thriving commercial hub … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

How to proofread questionable or downright wrong legalese (2)

FOR starters in last week’s column, I presented a couple of proofreading errors in two Supreme Court rulings that were brought to my attention by one of its staff, part of whose job is to proofread court decisions and resolutions … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Who’s afraid of the adorable panda?

IN the past two weeks, China has made a splash with its evidently successful initiative to create the “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,” or AIIB, pitched as an Asia-centric alternative to the US-backed World Bank and the Western-leaning Asian Development Bank. … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Life, love and tarantula in Phnom Peh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reminds me of Cebu of 10 years ago. It is, at the same time, modern and laid back. There are very few tall buildings (over 10 floors) and there are many residential structures with beautiful traditional architecture. … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Wanted: Financial savior for PWU

(Second of a three-part series) HOW long would it take for a court-designated receiver to decide the fate of Philippine Women’s University (PWU), its creditors and stockholders, from receivership to either rehabilitation or liquidation? Due Diligencer does not have the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Fees can be waived in correcting errors in indigent’s birth certificate

I just found out that there are erroneous details in my 5-year-old son’s birth certificate. His name was incorrectly spelled and his gender should have been male instead of female. I inquired from our City Hall and I was told … Read more »