The papal mandate A group of people were gathered at the bank of a river. Suddenly, they saw a baby being carried by the current. They dove to save it. Not long afterwards, another baby was floating in the raging … Read more »

[3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B, January 25, 2014, Jon 3:1-5, 10 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 / 1 Cor 7:29-31 / Mark 1:14-20] JESUS is walking along the shore of Lake Galilee. He saw two brothers casting a … Read more »

‘We did not get Enrile’s pork’

Mayors deny receiving projects funded by senator’s PDAF Mayors of municipalities that have been listed as beneficiaries of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel have denied receiving any funding for projects that supposedly aimed … Read more »

New Saudi King calls for unity

RIYADH: Dgnitaries and leaders from around the world were arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to offer their condolences to its new King Salman, a day after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince … Read more »

Priest slams ‘lying’ Aquino

DAYS after a bishop lambasted President Benigno Aquino 3rd for criticizing the Church in front of Pope Francis, a priest slammed the president for being rude and for lying during the pontiff’s visit. Redemptorist ‘biking priest’ Fr. Amado Picardal said … Read more »

Palace vows to fight BBL ‘misinformation’

Malacañang has vowed to fight misinformation on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) to ensure its passage by March this year. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement as the House Ad Hoc panel on the Bangsamoro wrapped up … Read more »

Megawide to build ITS terminal

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded the P2.5-billion contract to build the Integrated Transport System (ITS)-Southwest Terminal Project to MWM Terminals, a consortium of Megawide Corp. “We have awarded the ITS Southwest PPP project to MWM Terminals, which … Read more »

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Even supporters of BBL insist on particular concerns—like Sabah

NOT only the Catholic Bishops are insisting that particular concerns be satisfactorily managed by the dispensation, most likely to ne controlled by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), that will govern the proposed Bangsamoro autonomous region or substate. The substate will be created by the Bangsamoro Basic Law now pending in Congress and by... Read more »


Sumpit: The Filipino blowgun

The Filipino word for blowgun is sumpit or sumpitan. Used by  the natives for both hunting and warfare, the blowgun is among the Philippine weapons described in details by Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of Ferdinand Magellan. “Those people of Polaoan … Read more »

Life & Times

Friends of Ben Farrales stage grand tribute to the Dean of PH Fashion

(Photos from Farrales’ Spring-Summer 2014 runway show at the Philippine Fashion Week) A grand fashion show featuring from 70 to 90 of the works of the Dean of Philippine Fashion Ben Farrales will be held at the Rizal Ballroom of … Read more »


Comelec chief pushes Lim as replacement

Commission on Elections  (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. wants Commissioner Christian Robert Lim to be his successor if Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will not be named to his post when he retires next month. Brillantes said Lim is qualified … Read more »

Palace offers loan, job to Kristel’s mother

The government has offered to help find a job for the mother of the volunteer who died in an accident during Pope Francis’ visit in Tacloban City. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the mother of Kristel Padasas, Judy, can … Read more »

Registration for next school year starts

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has started a month-long early registration for public elementary and secondary schools nationwide. The DepEd said this will ensure that all school-aged children are enrolled for school year 2015-2016. The early registration started on January … Read more »

PH to press protest vs China sea moves

MALACAñANG on Friday said reported reclamation activities by China in contested islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are a “serious concern” so that Manila will press on with its diplomatic protest filed with the International … Read more »

Beijing projects on Asean agenda in Sabah retreat

Security concerns in Southeast Asia supposedly caused by China’s reclamation projects in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) will be a “major topic” during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, next … Read more »

CBCP to Pinoys after Pope visit: ‘Keep the fire aglow’

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday urged Filipinos to remember that Pope Francis “gave us his best” during his recent visit to the Philippines. To pay the Pope back, Socrates Villegas, also Lingayen-Dagupan … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

President Aquino had earplugs during the papal visit

THE dominant themes of Pope Francis homilies and statements during his visit here were in sync with his previous statements on social and economic justice for the poor and the vulnerable. Called “ communist” by American right-wring zealots for his … Read more »


Back to normal #PostPopeFrancis

THE short stretch of time that Pope Francis was here was expectedly like a freeze frame. While we knew of the larger more important issues that affect us, it was difficult not to get caught up in Francis Fever. It … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Hypocrisy & hubris at its worst? Road to perfidy & infamy

FOR the past week, the speech of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd in Malacañang has been the talk of the town. President Aquino has been excoriated in both mainstream and social media for his speech last Friday that criticized the … Read more »


Where was the first Mass in the Philippines held?

THE visit of Pope Francis will inevitably resurrect a controversial and unresolved issue on the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines – just where was the first Holy Mass celebrated? On his arrival, the Pope noted that the Church in … Read more »

US-China rivalry

Last of three parts THE South China Sea is now regarded by China as one of its “core national interest,” making it at par with Taiwan and Tibet. In view of this, China will never consent to a multilateral approach, … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

The workings of the 7 other types of English pronouns

IN the preceding two columns we showed how nouns in English don’t inflect or change form at all in the nominative or subjective and objective cases, in contrast to the personal pronouns, which typically make marked inflections for case depending … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Due diligence needed for court to declare missing spouse dead

Dear PAO, My husband and I haven’t seen each other for years already. I have heard that he may have been living with his siblings in their province and decided not to contact me anymore. I have been working and … Read more »