With national problems coming to a head, with government officials and politicians more brazen in looting the national treasury, and with Pope Francis discreetly making suggestions from the sidelines, the national election in 2016 is shaping into what historians and … Read more »

TOKYO: With Japan’s GDP contracting in the third quarter of 2014, the world’s third largest economy is in the midst of a recession. Its lethargic economy has caused the yen to slide to its lowest level against the major international … Read more »

Senate orders Binay’s arrest

But Drilon steps in, defers detention of Makati mayor THE Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday cited Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others for contempt and ordered their arrest for continuously refusing to attend the Senate … Read more »

Makati mayor vows to fight senators’ abuses

MAKATI City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. on Monday vowed to stand against what he described as abuse of authority of some senators. He said he will allow himself to be detained at the Senate. “Masakit man para sa akin … Read more »

49 police commandos killed in Maguindanao bloodbath

AT least 49 police commandos have been confirmed killed in the bloodbath that occurred on Sunday in Maguindanao province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. An 11-hour gun battle broke out after police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, … Read more »

CBCP to Comelec: Rescind P300-M Smartmatic deal

PUBLIC opposition continues to mount against alleged midnight deals at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after the poll body’s unilateral move to grant controversial firm Smartmatic an exclusive contract to repair 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the … Read more »

Congress suspends BBL hearings

THE House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Monday suspended discussions on the proposed measure in reaction to two violent incidents in Mindanao over the weekend where 42 people were killed and 36 others were wounded. … Read more »

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MILF killing of PNP commandos an omen

IT’S happening again. Aquino administration officials, including those involved in the campaign to give the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a substate or autonomous region to be called the Bangsamoro (the Moro country or the Moro state or the Moro nation), and their brownnosing followers in the military, are blaming the at least 49 Philippine... Read more »


Calm down, Australia advises sea claimants

Australian Ambassador to Manila Bill Tweddell called on China and claimant countries, including the Philippines, to exercise restraint, take steps to ease tensions and refrain from provocative actions that could escalate conflicts in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). … Read more »

Jinggoy lawyers block bank report in bail hearing

Prosecutors were unable to present a report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in Monday’s hearing on Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s bail petition before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division because his camp had filed a request to exclude the … Read more »

Relocation set for 13 monuments in Manila

At least 13 monuments along TM Kalaw and Ocampo streets in Manila’s Ermita district are set to be relocated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) because they hamper redevelopment of Roxas Boulevard. Joy Bacual, an engineer and … Read more »

Aquino names 24 new judges

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed 24 new judges in Capiz, Leyte, Samar, Guimaras, Mountain Province, Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental. The names of the appointees were sent to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. … Read more »

Probe oil officials for graft, govt urged

A former ranking official of PNOC Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC), the oil and gas arm of state-owned Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC), has urged the government to investigate the firm’s current officials for alleged graft and corrupt practices. Crismel Verano, former … Read more »

QC warns taxpayers vs manual receipts

Sensing money will change hands during the local tax payment period, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista warned local taxpayers not to accept manually prepared receipts as proof of payment for business and property taxes. In a memorandum issued obtained by … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

The ones that won’t go away

From the time we witnessed a bumbling, nervous, and completely lacking in etiquette President B.S. Aquino 3rd welcoming Pope Francis to the Philippines, I think most reasonable people resigned themselves to the inevitability that such a huge event in the … Read more »


Pressing need for renewable energy despite low oil prices

RESEARCHERS at the Societe Generale SA, Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. all see the US benchmark crude price hitting below $40 a barrel. Oil prices have plummeted by more than half since hitting a high of … Read more »


A wounded city cries ‘No te vayas de Zamboanga’

ZAMBOANGA CITY: It has been a while since I visited this city once known for its beautiful girls and bountiful harvests from the sea, especially the famous coconut crab, Curacha. On Sunday, after a long drive which took us from … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The US economy’s Achilles’ heel

PRESIDENT Obama has declared the economic crisis over — and for the United States, maybe it seems that way. But for most other countries, not so much. Their recoveries are faltering. The obvious question is whether the global weakness will … Read more »


Compassionate, innovative leadership

We, Filipinos, love to eat! I love to eat and I look forward to going home every weekend to my hometown, Naga City, to be with family and friends, to bond over food, and to choose which particular restaurant we … Read more »


‘Multiply like rabbits’

“I was always getting sick when I was working in the city,” says Kat Ballesteros, an accountant by education and experience. Now 30 years old, she agreed to join her husband Clifford, 37, to move to Amadeo, Cavite. Ironically, the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Claims of nullity of marriage shouldn’t be taken at face value

Dear PAO, I found out that my wife was already married to another guy before she married me. I threatened to press criminal charges for bigamy but she brushed it aside, claiming that her first marriage and our second marriage … Read more »