The point of Halloween in the western world is to use “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death” – hence the ghoulish pranks and antics. The point of All Souls Day and All Saints Day in the Catholic … Read more »

When we read in Genesis the story of creation, we may imagine that God was a magician with a magic wand able to do all things. But it is not so. He created beings and allowed them to develop according … Read more »

‘Enough is enough’

Don’t drag my daughter into the fray, Binay tells Senate foes

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday blasted the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee for dragging his youngest daughter into their effort to malign his name.

“It’s lamentable. Why do they have to involve my youngest daughter in trying to disgrace me?” Binay said in an interview in Camarines Sur. Read more »

Cardinal Tagle reminds faithful of Halloween’s ‘religious roots’

More than an occasion for wearing scary costumes or going trick or treating, Halloween has deep religious roots that the Catholic faithful must not forget, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said on Friday. “Halloween also has religious roots. But … Read more »

Drilon’s allies open to Iloilo Center probe

SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said he has no objection to a call of detained Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for the Senate blue ribbon committee to investigate allegations that Senate President Franklin Drilon  had a hand in … Read more »

Actor in Imelda play has a shot at stardom in London

The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines’ Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship. Now, he is performing to sold-out crowds at one of … Read more »

Customs files charges against rice importers

A smuggling case was filed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) against officials of a trading company for allegedly importing rice without the necessary permit from the National Food Authority (NFA). Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla on Friday said charged … Read more »

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Lots of Filipinos mix up All Saints with All Souls

TODAY November 1 is All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic Church. Liturgically, it is formally called the Feast (or Solemnity) of All Saints. Tomorrow November 2 is All Souls Day. It is formally called “the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed.” This confusion is a sure sign that many Filipinos who are supposed to be Catholics... Read more »


Long weekend break eyed for 2015 APEC conference

Malacañang is considering declaring a long weekend when Manila hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the long weekend was considered following China’s plan to encourage its citizens to go on a … Read more »

Storm to linger until Wednesday

Storm “Paeng” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). ”It will leave the country on Wednesday morning, early Wednesday morning,” PAGASA weather forecaster Leni … Read more »

Palace won’t block AFP case vs Roque

Malacañang will not stop the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from initiating disbarment proceedings against Harry Roque, the lawyer of the family of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement a day after … Read more »

1,000 more jeeps for PNP

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) plans to buy more patrol jeeps to improve its mobility and enhance its anti-crime campaign. Documents from the PNP revealed that the police force is eyeing purchasing 1,021 patrol jeeps worth P918.9 million before the … Read more »

Court to let massacre suspects post bail

After 16 police officers implicated in the Maguindanao Massacre case were allowed to post bail a few weeks ago, 25 other accused would also be granted temporary liberty by a Quezon City court if each of them paid P200,000 for … Read more »

Have parking space first before buying cars – MMDA

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday threw its support behind a measure that seeks to require car buyers to show proof that they have  parking space before they can buy a car. Lawyer Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rick B. Ramos

Of cars and men; Toyota and Honda

I would like to take a break from politics and touch on of my special interest in automobiles, which is perhaps a “man’s thing.” These cars include Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs), vans (mini and regular), and even … Read more »

Efren Danao

Scary stories

Every All Souls Day, I recall this hair-raising anecdote involving a former sectoral representative of the House. Dear friend Bert de Guzman of Balita and I wanted to interview some House leaders after learning that Rep. Datu Joseph Sibug (Cultural … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Bedlam when the verb shows up very late in long sentences

It’s bound to happen sometime to any writer, whether professional or not, when he or she unwittingly strings together far too many words to form the subject of a sentence, and then doesn’t bother to check how excruciatingly tough to … Read more »


The Tripoli Agreement

The game changer as revealed above [in Part 2 of this series of columns about the Bangsamoro that had Part 1 on Oct. 18 and Part 2 on Oct. 25] was the turnaround of Misuari and his MNLF and their … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Confusion and clarity

ALTHOUGH I am generally impressed by the work the BSP does to maintain important components of the Philippine economy, there are times when I have to wonder if their heads are really in the game, so to speak, because of … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

School feeding program

There is no question that hunger stalks households in this country all the way from Metro Manila to Eastern and Western Visayas, the ARMM area, Bicol even Central and Northern Luzon. The impact of food insufficiency falls hardest on children, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Knowingly failing to return others’ property a crime

Dear PAO, I forgot my gadget at a canteen just outside our office building. One week later, I saw a waiter while he was apparently on a break holding a gadget that I know was the one that I forgot … Read more »