I  watched with great interest and sympathy the anointment ceremony yesterday at the Club Filipino, where President Benigno BS Aquino 3rd formally endorsed local government secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the Liberal Party standard bearer in the presidential election … Read more »

 “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.  For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible”  –St. Francis of Assisi OBVIOUSLY, this quotation is for true believers or non-believers. But in a certain sense, non-believers are true believers … Read more »

Roxas’ choice risks split

‘Lack of personal touch’ of PNoy’s chosen one may back-fire, analyst says A political analyst has warned that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s choice of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as his “chosen one” for next year’s elections was laden … Read more »

Leni to Poe: Run with Mar

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur on Friday called on Sen. Grace Poe, pre-election presidential preference survey frontrunner, to soften up and agree to become Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd’s running mate in next year’s elections. “Gusto ko … Read more »

Binay sneers at Mar’s coming out party

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday scoffed at the official proclamation of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer in the 2016 elections as his political spokesman said the latter’s choice was already “expected and … Read more »

Korina to bashers: Bring it on

TV and radio anchor Korina Sanchez on Friday said she and her husband, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, are ready to face criticisms hurled against them now that he has been declared as the “anointed one.” “Matagal na akong binabatikos. Bring … Read more »

Many ‘fled’ but few were ‘ready’

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gave Thursday’s massive earthquake drill a grade of 9 of 10 for ramping up public awareness on the need to prepare for disasters, but another official noticed one important detail … Read more »

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Aquino’s speaking in Tagalog/Filipino, a weird affectation

GIVEN the millions that the Palace (or Office of the President) spends annually on its communications office, the president’s spokesmen, its messaging/speechwriting staff, and its public relations consultants, to say nothing of the billions sunk in the black hole of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP),  we presume that the... Read more »


Court stops govt’s John Hay takeover

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday halted government takeover of Camp John Hay in Baguio City pending payment of more than P1.4 billion to a private developer. In a ruling, the CA granted a petition for certiorari and prohibition  … Read more »

Slain lawmen’s kin to get new houses

FAMILIES of soldiers and policemen killed in action (KIA) might soon get new houses in recognition of their selfless sacrifice in the fulfilment of duty, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Friday. Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, chief … Read more »

Oman Sultan releases two Pinoy prisoners

Two convicted Filipinos in Oman received the royal pardon there in commemoration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. In a statement, the department added that the Sultanate of Oman  informed the Philippine … Read more »

State auditors to Quezon City: Return PDAF balance to treasury

Unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) totaling P42.9 million and remaining with the Quezon City government as of year-end 2014 should be returned to the treasury, according to state auditors. In a 2014 audit report on Quezon City, the Commission … Read more »

‘Blue moon’ spoiled by cloudy skies

A “blue moon,” or the second full moon of the month of July, will have occurred on Friday evening at 6:43 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa’s post early Friday said the lunar … Read more »

Smartmatic faces raps for electoral sabotage

Bad news followed good on Thursday for Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). The company bagged the deal to provide the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 23,000 optical mark readers (OMRs) to be used in next year’s polls but it was also slapped … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Nothing much has changed in 30 years

I DID not watch the sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 27 of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd. Well, there were better things to do like fixing some things in the house and also arranging … Read more »

Go full throttle vs. PCOS machines

MEDIA should give full attention to the ongoing manual recount of ballots cast in the 2013 local elections in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Continuous coverage of the recount may still galvanize the electorate into more vigorous action against the use by the … Read more »

Reflections of a former envoy to Korea

I  WAS the Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from May 1999 until my retirement from the government service in June 2003.  My wife Angie and I recently returned to Seoul with our daughter Jhoanna, who is assigned to … Read more »

The active–and passive–voice forms of the perfect tenses

A MEMBER of Jose Carrillo’s Forum who goes by the user name Baklis asked me this tough question recently: “How does the perfect tense in the passive voice differ from the perfect tense in the active voice?” Absolutely no one … Read more »

With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history

WASHINGTON, DC: It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that … Read more »

An early assessment of the presidential candidates

PRESIDENT BS Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address this past Monday should not have been the swan song he attempted to make it; he still has about nine and a half months to wait before he legitimately becomes a … Read more »

Ambassador Philippe Lhuillier at 70

Like an evergreen, Filipino Ambassador to Portugal and Cebuana Lhuillier Chairman Philippe Jones Lhuillier showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated his 70th birthday on July 23 at The Axon in Green Sun Hotel, Makati City. Close family … Read more »

Tips to being lazy at work, yet achieving a lot

WHY are Uber charges lower than those of regular taxis, including GRAB taxi?  Why are Uber cars cleaner and good-smelling than other taxis?  I get to rate the performance and overall attitude of the driver and the driver gets to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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30-day notice a must for resignation letter to be accepted by employer

Dear PAO, I work in a call center company and I am planning to resign because of personal matters. I already tried to submit my letter of resignation but my superior did not accept it as I was told to … Read more »