Our new social cancer is ethical

In his dedication of  Noli me Tangere to our country, Dr. Jose Rizal, wrote these moving words: “In the catalogue of human ills there is to be found a cancer so malignant that the least touch inflames and causes agonizing … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Why Europeans will not rush into Aquino’s PPP

With the President speaking before European companies and financial institutions, I am optimistic that the conference will help bolster interest on PPP [public-private partnership] projects … we will be able to relay to potential European foreign investors that the country … Read more »

‘Extra powers will not solve energy shortage’

GRANTING emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not solve a looming energy shortage, House leaders said on Wednesday as convenors of a consumer group warned that granting the President extra powers is “dangerous.” House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales … Read more »

Bishops reject extra powers for President

INSTEAD of seeking extra powers, President Benigno Aquino 3rd should appoint efficient and capable officials to the Department of Energy (DOE) who can deal with the energy problem, some bishops said on Wednesday. Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said the government … Read more »

UP, Ateneo, DLSU improve world university ranking

THE University of the Philippines (UP) regained its foothold as the top institution of learning in the country after it climbed by 13 rungs in the world ranking of top universities in the world. UP was also ranked higher than … Read more »

Govt slaps higher fees on overstaying cargoes

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has approved an increase in storage fees for overstaying cargoes in major ports in Manila and other areas in a move seen by many as an initiative by the national government to decongest ports. Palace spokesman … Read more »

VACC: Aquino ‘politicizing’ campaign against crime

ANTI-crime advocates on Wednesday decried President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s continued refusal to listen to the call of the public to replace Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, saying the stand of the President clearly manifests his anti-victim stance. The … Read more »

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True, the Philippines as a country & people – but not the Aquino government – is friendliest to China

Palace spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda is absolutely right. The Philippines continues to be among the countries of the world friendliest to China. He is absolutely correct, when he said: “Are we Filipinos focusing or targeting Chinese? Of course not. We are one of the most, if not the most, friendly country in respect of our Chinese... Read more »


Ex-owner of car in Edsa ‘hulidap’ case coordinating with authorities

THE former owner of a car involved in September 1 hulidap (arrest and hold-up) along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Mandaluyong City is coordinating with authorities to help in the investigation of the case. Golden Arches Development Corporation (GADC) also … Read more »

Lawyer confident of Lee, Cornejo acquittal

HOWIE Calleja, the legal counsel of businessman Cedric Lee, Zimmer Raz and model Deniece Cornejo, on Wednesday expressed confidence that his clients will be acquitted from the serious illegal detention and grave coercion charges filed by TV host and actor … Read more »

Philippines, Indonesia to hold patrol exercise

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippines sent two navy ships to Indonesia for a 10-day joint coordinated patrol exercises. Commodore Joel Dela Cruz, commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, said crew members of  BRP Magat Salamat (PS20) and BRP Iloilo (PS32) … Read more »

Missing teen found dead in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The body of an 18-year-old girl who was reported missing by her family in Zamboanga City was found on Monday near her house in Barangay Sinunuc—her hand chopped off. Police are still probing whether Marlyn Mariano was raped … Read more »

Grenade hurled at Daet councilor’s house

AUTHORITIES are investigating the motive behind the grenade which was hurdled after midnight on Tuesday at the house of a councilor from Daet in Camarines Norte. SPO1 Marvin Sabiñano  of the Quezon City Police District Explosives and Ordnance Division said … Read more »

Seven national roads affected by storm

SEVEN national roads in five regions remained  impassable due to flood waters and landslides brought by Typhoon Luis, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday. The affected roads are in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary


Cheerdance level-up

I’m no fan of university varsity sports, be it as University of the Philippines alumnus, or as Ateneo de Manila University teacher in the past. I was so bad at being sports-supportive in fact, that I’d have classes while some … Read more »


5 ways to improve our urban transport infrastructure

The word, “traveler,” in its original French form, “travaillier” and its Middle English form “travailen” originally had harsh meanings, among them, toil, trouble, labor, and torment. If you are a daily commuter plying the major road arteries of Metro Manila, … Read more »

Peter Cariño

We should know better

I more or less expected the out come of the rematch between still undefeated Floyd May-weather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, which is a unanimous decision win for the American. I even wrote in a previous column that a rematch between … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Not to be taken seriously

A worse-than-usual string of mental stumbles by various parts of the Philippine government seems to have occurred in the past couple of days. Toward the end of last week, a Congressman (the idea was so bad, I’ll spare him further … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Movies that stay

There has been an ongoing survey on Facebook where friends who are tagged are asked to pick five movies that have long stayed with them. Reading through people’s lists, one can easily tell how romantic, thrill-seeking, or even eclectic their … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Cheaper, cleaner, greener energy could provide more investments and jobs

What should the government do to solve power shortages? Forget emergency powers for the President. Forget about buying or renting generator sets. Think long term. Shortages in electricity that have triggered rotating brownouts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao cannot be … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Protecting rights, interests of working children in mass media

Dear PAO, Lately, I noticed the rise of popularity and exposure of children and teenagers in mass media. I believe these young people are happy with their work and their rights and interests are protected. But I am curious about … Read more »