The last few days have brought me so many cheerful Christmas messages from friends, and also some troubled questions about our nation and the world. The questions are a mix of the political and the theological. They become more difficult … Read more »

GUANGDONG: When a newly-bought toy, electronic device or any inexpensive item malfunctions or is destroyed after using it a few times, we often hear people say right away that it must be from China. Some were quick to say that … Read more »

Big sea search for AirAsia plane

Airbus carrying 162 missing en route to Singapore JAKARTA: Rescuers scoured the Java Sea on Sunday for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing in bad weather en route from Indonesia to Singapore, in the third crisis for … Read more »

2 groups lock horns over PWU bankruptcy

The STI group on Sunday blamed the Benitez group for the bankruptcy of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), saying the family that put up the school mishandled funds. Monico Jacob, president of STI Holdings Inc., newly elected president and chief … Read more »

‘Bonifacio’ big winner in filmfest

THIS year’s highest-grossing movies failed to get the critics’ nod during the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night on Saturday at the Philippine International Convention Center. The MMFF festival opened on December 25. Festival Chairperson Francis Tolentino reported … Read more »

Higher tax exemption for workers approved

STARTING next month, millions of workers will enjoy bigger tax exemption after President Benigno Aquino 3rd ordered the Labor and Finance departments to expand the list of benefits that will not be taxed to include those under collective bargaining agreements … Read more »

Aquino had tough time parrying ‘pork’ brickbats

THE controversies surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the “selective justice” on the alleged misuse of lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the corruption issue involving suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and the traffic congestion at the … Read more »

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May Moody’s report knock sense into Aquino administration’s head

Just before Christmas Day, a Moody’s Investors Service analysis of the Philippine economy was released. It says that domestic growth is being hamstrung by the Aquino administration’s weak use of its budget. Moody’s says because the administration is not spending as much and as fast as it should, economic growth is constricted. And... Read more »


Impounded P300M victim of ‘politics’

SENATOR Nancy Binay sees politics behind the move of Malacañang to impound the additional P300 million funding allotted by Congress to the National Housing Authority (NHA) under the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and intended for the housing needs of … Read more »

Bangsamoro law divisive – MNLF

The Moro National Liberation Front has declared that it is not supporting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), citing the government’s supposed failure to fully implement a peace agreement that it signed with the MNLF on September 2, 1996. Besides, MNLF … Read more »

CA affirms life term for pyramiding queen

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a Makati court decision finding Rosario Baladjay, the brains behind the Multitel pyramiding scam, guilty of syndicated estafa. In a 43-page decision penned by Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier and concurred in by Associate … Read more »

Staggered train fare increases proposed

A lawmaker has sought a middle ground on the controversial fare adjustments by Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), Light Rail Transit 1 and LRT 2, saying the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) should consider gradual and staggered fare … Read more »

AFP plan to build base for US military use hit

A labor group has expressed misgivings to the plan by the Philippine military to let American troops stay at the Ulungan Bay Naval Base in Palawan and the naval facilities to be built in Oyster Bay, also in Palawan, in … Read more »

Pope asked to intercede for 2 detained youths

THE mothers of the two University of the Philippines (UP) students abducted in August want Pope Francis to “intercede in the quest for freedom” for their sons. The Pontiff will visit the Philippines in January. Marita Cadanao and Rowena Salonga … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Alvin’s betrayal

QUITE a number of stories have already been written about the P200,000-betrayal by a business partner of Alvin Patrimonio, one of the more popular players of Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, a member team of the Philippine Basketball Association Inc. Due Diligencer, … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

A day without Filipinos going overseas…and a year after that

It all started when the firecracker, gunshots and fireworks haze lifted about 6 a.m. the first day of January 2015. All NAIA and domestic airports were practically empty. No taxis, FXs or jeepneys. There were no Filipino workers and first … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Will DPWH finally crack down on ‘collusion,’ rigged bidding?

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials know that the taxpayers are becoming increasingly aware of how transactions are carried out and “how deals are closed” at the agency long-gripped by corruption but which President Aquino has praised to … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Motivation crowding: The problem with bonuses

SUPPOSE you’re an employee slaving for a private corporation. Every last quarter of the year, you hope and pray for the day when that extra money is given, aside from the legally-mandated 13th month pay. Hoping to look good to … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

The story of the Christmas lights

Hiking uphill through the hot tropical afternoon to the Aeta village of Baliwit, San Marcelino carrying our loaded backpacks was a challenge in itself. The happy thought of bringing some Christmas cheer into the lives of the very poor indigenous … Read more »


Holiday transport woes

It’s the time of year when people count the number of days they can go on leave from the office, count the number of parties they need to go to, the number of people to tick off a gift list. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Valid deceased partner’s will entitles ‘wife’ to inherit from him

Dear PAO, My live-in partner just died, leaving with me our three children. We lived together for twenty years and were able to buy property. I was unemployed then as I was busy tending to the needs of my children … Read more »