In this land of true believers and faux leaders, many will probably think it is fated. After Ms. Miriam Coronel- Ferrer, President Aquino’s chief peace negotiator, sold our country down the river in a peace deal to rival Chamberlain’s pact … Read more »

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the … Read more »

Slush fund ready vs ‘Joey’

Spin doctor engaged to smear chopper deal insider’s credibility Personalities involved in an allegedly anomalous P1.2-billion helicopter contract have contracted the services of a public relations practitioner to launch a campaign to discredit a whistleblower on the suspicious deal. Rhodora … Read more »


Guard against modern-day slavery – CBCP

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines ((CBCP) on Friday called on the clergy and the Catholic faithful to be the “guardians of our brothers and sisters against modern-day slavery.” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, also president of … Read more »

‘Voice to the poor’ beatified today

SAN SALVADOR: Thirty-five years after he was gunned down while sayingMass, controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified on Saturday, held up by Pope Francis as a symbol of a Catholic Church dedicated to the poor. In a move … Read more »

Ghost NGO head, Enrile partners in P25-M project

The president of one of the non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to Janet Lim-Napoles was non-existent, whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division on Friday. Luy testified at the hearing on Napoles’ petition for bail in a P172-million plunder case … Read more »

PNP says DNA result shows Usman dead

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Friday that DNA test results have established the identity of notorious Filipino bomber Abdul Basit Usman as the one who was killed in an alleged armed clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front … Read more »

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Editorial

Obama’s military policy in Asia getting interesting

MANY of us Filipinos have been angered by being made to feel helpless by China’s takeover of our reefs in the West Philippine Sea, reclaiming them and making islands out of them, and then building airstrips and garrisons and other military installations on the new islands. China has also constantly made some of our own fishing grounds off... Read more »


Nation

SSS benefit disbursements up by P5M

Driven by increased investment earnings, total annual incentive benefit (AIB) disbursements for 2014 of state-run Social Security System (SSS) have increased by P5.44 million. Judy Frances See, SSS senior vice president for international operations, said the AIB disbursements rose to … Read more »

Meralco prepaid system okayed

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor, can now roll out its Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES) also known as Kuryente Load in more places within its franchise area. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) had given  Meralco the … Read more »

P3.8 B license plate contract flawed?

THE P3.8 billion motor vehicle license plates contract awarded by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to a Dutch firm should be scrapped because the deal is flawed from the beginning, a businessman told the Senate on Thursday. Edward … Read more »

New school year, same old problems

STUDENTS will encounter the same old problems when classes open on June 1: higher tuition, cramped classrooms, and shortage of teachers and textbooks, according to Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list. Ridon said data from the Department of Education (DepEd) … Read more »

BIR Regional Office soon to rise in Bulacan

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) accepted a 4,000 square meter lot donation from Rockavilla Realty and Development Corporation. The area is allotted for the offices of Revenue Region No. 5, which is currently stationed in Caloocan City, and the … Read more »

‘Veloso is innocent’

Mary Jane Veloso’s alleged recruiter, Maria Cristina Sergio, said the former knew nothing about the 2.6 kilos of heroin seized from her by Indonesian authorities in 2010. In her 31-page counter-affidavit that she filed as answer to the human trafficking, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Lessons from Australia

First of three parts CANBERRA: My 30-day sojourn in Australia made me realize that the Philippines can become a progressive and prosperous  country in Asia like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand. I did not include on the list … Read more »

Senate LPs could railroad LBM aka BBL

THERE’S a move to deodorize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by renaming it. I suggest that it be named the Law on the Bangsa Moro (LBM). Sen. Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, said that … Read more »

When can ‘that’ be safely dropped in reported speech?

THE following questions about the use of elliptical construction in reported or indirect speech were asked recently in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member Justine Aragones: “Is it possible to drop the introductory word ‘that’ in this sentence: ‘The political … Read more »

Ensuring the credibility of the 2016 elections

Last of four parts THE last sector to address the subject of how to ensure the credibility of the coming May 2016 national and local elections was the COMELEC.  The presentation was made by then Acting Chairman Christian Lim and … Read more »

An optimistic visit from Australia’s trade caravansary

TRADE missions are an ordinary part of a country’s marketing strategy, and after one has experienced a few of them, they begin to feel a bit routine. Trade delegations will usually engage in at least one or two media-friendly activities … Read more »

Will the Ortigas group allow SM to get into CAC board?

CONCRETE Aggregates Corp. (CAC) is probably one of the smallest companies in terms of number of shares. It has only 27,466,449 outstanding common shares out of an authorized capital stock of 50 million common shares, divided into 40 million “A” … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marriage still valid even if wife, husband live apart

Dear PAO, Can I still file a criminal case for concubinage against my husband and his live-in partner even if we have been separated in fact for two years now? AR Dear AR, Under our laws, married couples are obliged … Read more »