It’s not apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion) or treachery (betrayal of one’s country or cause); it’s probably just a change in strategy and tactics. But I distrust crusaders and activists who blithely change the names and banners of the cause … Read more »

We recognize the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often … Read more »

No need to review VFA–Goldberg

Reviewing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in the middle of a case involving a US serviceman makes no sense, US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg said on Friday.

In a roundtable with select media, Goldberg suggested that the two issues–the October 11 death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude… Read more »

Palace parries calls for Petilla to resign

Malacañang on Friday shrugged off a growing clamor for Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla to resign for allegedly fabricating a power crisis scenario next summer. Several groups, including the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-led Nagkaisa, accused Petilla of painting … Read more »

Trillanes blasted for anti-poor slur

NETIZENS fired broadsides at pro-administration  for his remarks maligning the poor on Thursday. Trillanes was interviewed by reporters after he and members of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee inspected a sprawling property in Rosario, Batangas, which he insists belongs to … Read more »

Misunderstanding looms over Bangsa pact implementation

A monitoring group sees a cloud of misunderstanding looming over implementation of a peace agreement signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) because it has not been fully explained to the people that it would affect. … Read more »

Metro traffic woes far from over – Aquino

The traffic problem in Metro Manila is far from over despite government efforts to ease the gridlock particularly around the Port of Manila, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said on Friday. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 40th Philippine Business … Read more »

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God bless our Indonesian cousins and President Joko Widodo

President Joko Widodo formally took office as president of the Republic of Indonesia on Monday. His humble background reminds us of our late President Ramon Magsaysay, whose image as a man of the masses the CIA created. The late lamented “RM” was really of the well-established Magsaysay clan that belongs to the upper class, educated and... Read more »


Senator urges leniency with bogus operators

A lawmaker has called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to give leeway to private vehicle owners who are offering alternative transport service to commuters despite having no legitimate franchises. Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th made the … Read more »

Foreigners must have passports re-stamped

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged all foreigners to have their passports re-stamped by the agency to ensure authenticity of the documents. Under the law, the Immigration spokesperson, lawyer Elaine Tan, said the foreigners and their dependents staying in … Read more »

Roxas wants more policemen in NCR

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd  on Friday said he wants more policemen in Metro Manila in a bid to bring down the number of crimes that had been surging for the past months. Roxas, according to  a … Read more »

Former cop allowed to attend mother’s wake

THE Sandiganbayan on Friday gave former Philippine National Police (PNP) comptroller Eliseo dela Paz a 24-hour furlough to allow him to attend his mother’s wake at  The Heritage in Taguig City. Dela Paz has been detained at the PNP custodial … Read more »

BOC seizes erectile dysfunction drugs

THE Bureau of Customs on Friday seized a package from the United States containing 268 tablets used for treating erectile dysfunction. The package addressed to a certain Angelica Amor Vasquez of 171 Gomez Street, Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan City … Read more »

8 women rescued from prostitution den

EIGHT women, including two minors, were rescued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation from a prostitution den fronting as a resto-videoke bar in Santa Ana, Manila on Friday. The owner of the bar, a certain Richard, and his … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Pres. B. S. Aquino 3rd really hopeless

It is bad enough for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd to continue blaming his predecessor even while overseas, but what is worse is making foolish statements at home. Last Wednesday, the pathetic president made another puerile statement during a forum … Read more »


Saudis introduced Islam

Second of three parts But before we get ahead of the story a historical perspective is necessary. While Mindanao has been the scene of sporadic clashes between bandits and the armed forces, the clashes only assumed critical proportions after the … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Baffled by officious and bureaucratic ‘regards’ phrases

My attention was called recently by a member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum to this multiple-choice test sentence: “I spoke to him regarding (as regards, in regard to, with regard to) his future.” Baklis—that’s his username—said he found the alternatives … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Eminence front

As my colleague Mike Wootton explained earlier this week, we business columnists would prefer not to delve too deeply into the realm of pure politics, but there are times it is impossible to avoid. The last few weeks have been … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Who is really the boss here? At LTFRB, they are the boss

LAST June, my sister Flora Jacobe and I took a jeepney ride (Pasig-Quiapo) from Shaw Boulevard near Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong to Sta. Mesa, Manila.  The driver was discourteous, recklessly driving, smoking while driving, did unsafe practices and was generally … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Western powers

The San Antonio Spurs are  still the team to beat out in the West. The defending champions return for a shot at a back-to-back crown, something that has eluded Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich in their 18-year journey.  With … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Prescription of lender’s right to collect from debtor varies

Dear PAO, My brother-in-law borrowed P80,000.00 from me in January 2006. We agreed that he will return the money without interest after two months or on March 30, 2006. Unfortunately, he has not paid his indebtedness to me up to … Read more »