It was the least President B. S. Aquino 3rd could do, even if it seemed too little too late – to declare a day of national mourning for all the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the Maguindanao massacre in the hands of the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last weekend. It came one day after the National Transformation Council… Read more »

Images from an MILF video: (Clockwise from top left) A young recruit, pretending to be a war war correspondent of the “MILF 105th Base Command”; an MILF fighter smiles for the camera before getting coached on how to fire a rifle; a fighter shooting at the SAF force obviously at quite a distance. Last image, a SAF trooper shot at the back of his head.

For what was purportedly a fierce firefight, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters were enjoying themselves, rollicking, lounging at times, laughing at their jokes, and occasionally firing their rifles toward a distant rice field where the Philippine National Police Special … Read more »

‘Please, sir President, please help us’

SAF man’s widow begs Aquino for justice for husband, comrades “To our President, we seek your help to attain justice. Please, sir President. Please help us.” This was the tearful plea of Erica Pabalinas, wife of slain Senior Insp. Ryan … Read more »

Aquino vows: ‘We will get Usman’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday assured families of Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who died in a clash with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that the government will get justice for them and their loved ones. The fallen troops’ … Read more »

UNA leader slams ‘heartless President’

A LEADER of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Friday urged the people to unite and “rise up” to seek justice for the 44 fallen troops of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and show President Benigno Aquino 3rd … Read more »

Govt, MILF sign decommissioning pact

THE government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels on Friday signed the 10-page implementing guidelines for the decommissioning of weapons and fighters of the secessionist group, five days after these same firearms killed 44 elite police officers in … Read more »

Roxas Blvd. open to trucks

TO help address port congestion, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will temporarily allow cargo and delivery trucks to traverse Roxas Boulevard. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Friday said the trucks can use the boulevard starting Monday but for a … Read more »

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Reading between the numbers

ANALYSTS and economists are gung-ho over the GDP numbers of 2014, prompting a UP assistant professor of economics to quip: Of course, there is vested interest behind their optimism because the business they represent would benefit from such enthusiasm. If you talk to an economist who works for a bank, it’s easy to see the color of his or her... Read more »


Comelec confident to win SC case

The Commission on Elections  (Comelec) on Friday expressed confidence that the petition filed by the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) before the Supreme Court (SC) against the poll body will be dismissed. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said … Read more »

Overbooking ban for airlines proposed

A measure seeking to ban overbooking by airline companies has been filed at the House of Representatives. House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list filed House Bill 5361 or the Magna Carta of Airline Passengers Rights in … Read more »

Hot topics at Balitaan sa Rembrandt

“Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt” the other day tackled hot topics such as the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) massacre, political double cross, and a new Filipino world class product. Ferdie Pasion, chairman of Nat-Fil, reminded our leaders that no … Read more »

Youth joins nation in mourning SAF men

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon on Friday said the Filipino youth joins the nation in mourning the untimely death of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) officers in a gruesome encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers … Read more »

US statement on contaminated apple exports

Washington on Friday assured the Filipino consumers that apple shipments from the mainland United States are safe for human consumption, stressing that only a single packinghouse was involved in the recall due to possible contamination of Listerosis bacteria. “The recall … Read more »

Be prudent on deals, Comelec urged

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to be circumspect in making deals for the handling of the automated elections for 2016. “We urge the Comelec to be circumspect in respect … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

BS Aquino betrayed the policemen

PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last, I mean, The Third, and his drumbeaters see nothing wrong in ignoring the giving of honors to our fallen heroes when their bodies arrived at Villamor Air Base. Usec Abigail Valte said there was no … Read more »

Jaime S. Bautista

Bangsamoro is a sub-state that can be transformed into equitable autonomy

THE proposed Bangsamoro that is to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has received support on the basis of its goal of achieving equitable autonomy for its people. However, as its proposed parliament has legislative powers similar to … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Grammatical pitfalls when ‘everyone’ is the antecedent

I THOUGHT I was being presented with a red herring when I received an e-mail a few days ago from a Quezon City-based lawyer who made this observation: “In his recent State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Is this Commander-in-Chief ‘bakla’?

President Noynoy has passed on the blame to the commander of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) for the “lack of coordination” that had led to the death trap and massacre of 44 of his men. But Noynoy, who is … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Solving the public service cost crisis

It has been a bad month for Filipino consumers of basic services. In the first two weeks of the new year, the public was greeted with substantial increases in fares for Metro Manila’s three light rail lines, an increase in … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Mercado should spare SEC, PSE from his politicking

IT is very unfortunate that politicians are dragging the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission into their dirty game. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado accused Alphaland Corp. of bribing Vice President Jejomar Binay with P200 million. … Read more »

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Legal grounds to pre-terminate domestic employment

Dear PAO, My childhood friend from Bataan currently works as a household helper. She agreed with her employer that she will be with them until June of this year. Is there any way for her to end the contract earlier … Read more »