The end of a myth

To say that President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s “isolation is now complete,” as my friend and colleague Yen Makabenta says in an earlier piece on this page, may be an overstatement, but The New York Times August 28, 2014 editorial … Read more »


That’s Abad: Yolanda funds and DAP-like maneuver to finance new pork


I continue to be astonished at how deviously ingenious this government can be in its obsession to keep Congress under its thumb. On November 19, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the pork barrel system (officially termed “Priority Development Assistance … Read more »

House ‘kills’ impeach move against Aquino

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday threw out the three impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno Aquino 3rd, freeing the President from facing another impeachment complaint at least for a year. The House justice committee, which is dominated by allies … Read more »

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House ‘kills’ impeach move against Aquino
Anti-China group behind plot to bomb NAIA, mall

PH to file complaint vs Undof commander

THE Philippines will file a complaint against the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) in the Golan Heights who endangered the lives of Filipino peacekeepers during a recent standoff against a Syrian rebel group. The Department of … Read more »

Supreme Court: Airtime limit for campaign ads illegal

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday struck down the airtime limit imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on political and campaign advertisements for broadcast media, particularly television and radio stations, saying it is unconstitutional. During Tuesday’s deliberations, the SC … Read more »

Lawyers earned fortune from Piatco case

Foreign and local lawyers, including Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, made the Philippine Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco) case a milking cow, earning more than $30 million in attorneys fees, court records show. A breakdown of the salaries received by these … Read more »

Senate suspends Jinggoy

A day after the Senate implemented the suspension order of the Sandiganbayan against minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile, Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday also suspended Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, who is facing plunder and graft complaints in connection with … Read more »

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Murder of journalists doesn’t matter much to the President

Thank God DWIZ’s OIC chief in Dagupan, Pangasinan, Orly Navarro survived the August 26 attempt to assassinate him. Doctors successfully extracted the bullet from his chest. Navarro is a radio program host who has been exposing drug lords and their operations. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines describes him as “a... Read more »


New budget tack unclear, discretionary – Nancy

OPPOSITION Sen. Nancy Binay is convinced that the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) introduced by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the proposed 2015 budget shows similarities with the pork barrel system that was declared illegal by the Supreme Court … Read more »

VP camp slams Trillanes’ ‘hula-hula’ witnesses

Vice President Jejomar Binay remains focused on his work, assisting families of slain soldiers, calamity victims and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress despite continuing politically-motivated attacks by senators, according to his spokesman on political concerns. At the same time, … Read more »

Beef up ‘pork’ cases vs Bong co-accused, govt lawyers told

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has ordered prosecutors to show additional pieces of evidence in eight graft cases against four of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s co-accused in 16 graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. This came as … Read more »

AFP chief: NPA history by next year

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, on Tuesday claimed that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) is fast becoming a spent force and would be fully neutralized by 2015. Catapang said his … Read more »

Oil firms hike pump prices

After seven consecutive price cuts, oil companies on Tuesday raised prices of petroleum products. Big-time players Petron, Shell and Chevron, together with independent firms Seaoil and PTT, raised gas prices by 65 centavos per liter, diesel by 25 centavos per … Read more »

Task Force formed to hunt QC police major’s killers

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Police Chief Supt. Richard Alabano on Tuesday ordered the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG), to conduct thorough investigation of the killing of Police Chief Insp. Roderick Medrano, who was ambushed and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

The Sys’ P98-B dividend from SMIC and SM Prime

HOW rich are the families who own and control most of the companies listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange? The answer would be “Very, very rich,” because these wealthy families would never relinquish control of any of the companies in … Read more »


The mysteries behind Nos. 88 and 76%

THE staggering difference of “otso-otso” (88) between the PCOS count (i.e. 278) and physical count (i.e. 366) for the votes of senatorial candidate Eduardo Villanueva (Bro. Eddie) at Precinct 19 of Barangay Concepcion, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija in the 2013 … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

The NP is imploding. The UNA is poaching. The LP is plotting

Our kind of politics is more about personal ambition than serving the broader society–and never about the pursuit of lofty ideals. The institutions of politics such as political parties, therefore, serve raw and naked personal ambition not institution-building or nation-building … Read more »

Efren Danao

How about executive overreach?

IN his nine years as congressman and three years as senator, President BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, wasn’t known as a reformist. He didn’t champion any reform measure although he was champion several times in shooting competitions … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

High time mrt private owners be charged

If Senators Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe can have it their way, the private owners of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) should be held accountable for the train system’s woes. Poe, during a radio interview with Radyo 5 … Read more »

Mike Wootton

Insights from looking behind the employment statistics

Singapore is reputed to be a nation of the unhappiest people in the world, as opposed to the Philippines, which is a nation of apparently very happy people. No doubt Singaporeans are unhappy because the place is so full of … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Seeking property share from parents who are still alive pointless

Dear PAO, I have three children. Two of them are staying abroad and my youngest son is living in the Philippines. My husband and I have always supported our youngest child who remains dependent on us. We, however, have stopped … Read more »