ROME: These last three days I have had the good fortune of listening to some of the most powerful voices on marriage, as the permanent union of one man and one woman for the propagation and education of the human race. I am both awed and chastened that these are coming not only from the highest Catholic sources but equally from the other Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic faiths. Until then, I could not imagine the other confessions trying to outdo the Catholics in trying to prevent the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) relativization and redefinition of marriage… Read more »

Cover of book on social mobility, or lack of it.

That’s not some Marxist firebrand sloganeering. It’s one of the many insights one can conclude from an academically rigorous book that came out earlier this year by economic historian Gregory Clarke, “The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility” (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Ingeniously using as data the prevalence of surnames in elite groups over the centuries in several countries and constructing… Read more »

Kill-pope threat real – PNP official

INTELLIGENCE reports about a possible attack on Pope Francis should not be taken lightly and authorities should not be complacent because if something happened, the Philippines could be the world’s “center of attraction” in January, according to a top Philippine … Read more »


Senate defers PSC budget approval

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Thursday failed to persuade the Senate to approve its proposed 2015 budget because of numerous issues facing the commission that require explanation. It was Sen. Pia Cayetano who moved that the consideration of the … Read more »

9 convicted over ozone disco fire

THE Sandiganbayan on Thursday convicted seven former Quezon City officials and two private individuals in connection with the Ozone Dance Club fire 18 years ago that killed 162 people, mostly teenagers. Former city engineers Alfredo Macapugay and Donato Rivera Jr., … Read more »

Palace cool to Marcos’ call to end family feud

Malacañang on Thursday said family feud is not behind the Aquino’s administration’s continued pursuit of justice for victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime. In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Benigno Aquino … Read more »

Comelec: Critics sowing confusion ahead of 2016 polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday took a swipe at its critics, accusing them of sowing confusion ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. On Wednesday, a former Comelec official, Melchor Magdamo, claimed that the results of the 2013 mid-term … Read more »

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Editorial

Senators should embrace Garin, Catapang

ACTING Health Secretary Jannette Garin may be faulted for many things, such as being careless and a publicity hog, but certainly not a coward. Who else in their right mind has the cajones to possibly stare down Ebola as she visited without wearing any protective gear the Filipino peacekeepers in quarantine after recently returning from Liberia? No... Read more »


Sports

McIlroy, Scott to be kept apart in Australian Open early rounds

SYDNEY: The highly anticipated pairing of the world’s top-ranked golfers Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will not happen in the early rounds of next week’s Australian Open, officials said Friday. Ever since world number two Scott raised the prospect of … Read more »

Nation

Expert dooms Revilla defense

Ex-NBI examiner ‘succumbed’ to pressure–prosecution Detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. paid P200,000 as professional fee of a handwriting expert—a defense witness—who used photocopied documents in examining supposed Revilla signatures on pork barrel disbursements to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs). The … Read more »

Govt urged to honor UN commitment

CITING reports showing evidence that child rights violations continue to persist despite key achievements in protecting the young’s rights in the Philippines, advocates on Thursday urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to use the remaining days of his term to fulfill … Read more »

Flights delayed due to Vietnam airspace closure

Three departing Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights were reportedly delayed because of the temporary closure of Vietnam airspace on Thursday, a source from PAL’s Integrated Operations Control Center said. Abu Dhabi-bound flight PR656 was already airborne when it received an advisory … Read more »

13th month pay exemption raised

The Senate has approved on second reading a bill that seeks to raise the take-home pay of Filipino workers by increasing the tax exemption cap for 13th month pay and other benefits from the current P30,000 to P82,000. The original … Read more »

No favoritism in picking Pope Francis ‘lunch mates’

Just several weeks before Pope Francis sets foot on Philippine soil, the Archdiocese of Palo said it is now in the process of selecting the lucky 30 would-be “papal lunch mates” who will dine with the pontiff on his visit … Read more »

Court of Appeals rejects NTC plea to lift TRO on text refund

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has refused to rule on an appeal filed by the National Telecommunications Commission asking the tribunal to lift its order halting NTC’s directive to telecommunications firms or telcos to refund their subscribers some P7 billion … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Was SMC-Tan ‘capital alliance’ the biggest failure of the year?

IF the public who trade on stocks listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) were to search for the $400-million injection by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) into a holding company owned by businessman Lucio Tan, they have to sift through … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Time to leave New York’s excitements for those at home

VISITING New York City for more than a week, one’s ears are filled by the TV news narratives of the US seemingly under siege beyond its borders and within. An American hostage is beheaded in the Middle East, the third … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

EDCA on my mind

MY piece last week misspoke when it mentioned 75,000 human right claimants as having registered with the Claims Board; it should be 48,000 or so (there may be a new deadline). It also omitted my last two paragraphs, presumably for … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Key to success in Asia’s fast-growing markets

[Thelma Dumpit Murillo’s Thursday Thanks column arrived too late for yesterday’s issue.] While PNoy and his economic managers were attending the APEC and Asean meets in Beijing and Myanmar, Ramon S. Ang, president of San Miguel Corporation, was busy doing … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The twilight of democratic capitalism?

WASHINGTON,DC: It must be obvious by now that we are experiencing something greater than the routine frustrations of the business cycle and the normal political discontents of democracies. There is, as political scientist William Galston writes in a recent essay, … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

NHA Chief’s and ‘haoshao’ contractors’ shacks for policemen

This government, just like the ones before it, has the propensity for slow implementation of programs and unfinished projects. Slow and delayed response to the massive death toll and destruction left by typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas still spawns controversy. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Buyer entitled to refund despite non-payment of amortizations

Dear PAO, I bought a house and lot on installment. Will I get a refund from the developer if our contract is canceled because of my failure to pay amortizations? Jaypee Dear Jaypee, Rights of persons who buy realty in … Read more »