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 »

FVR tells Aquino: Stop blame game

SANTA ROSA CITY, Laguna: Former President Fidel Ramos on Thursday asked President Benigno Aquino 3rd to refrain from blaming anyone in the deadly clash that led to the massacre of at least 44 elite police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on … Read more »


SAF operation uncoordinated with military

THE massacre of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last Sunday could have been avoided had the covert operation been carefully planned and … Read more »

Bishops, religious convene for Aquino’s ouster

Some bishops and religious leaders met on Thursday to discuss the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in light of the death of 44 police commandos in the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on … Read more »

Aquino ‘no show’ in rites for commandos

A PALL of gloom descended on Villamor Air Base in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Thursday morning as the caskets of 42 members of the police Special Action Force (SAF) are brought down one after the other from C-130 transport … Read more »

Massacre dooms BBL – Marcos

THE killing of 44 elite police commandos by separatists from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on January 25 in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province will likely snag the approval of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress as … Read more »

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Editorial

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 »


Sports

Seahawks seek to topple Patriots dynasty in Super Bowl 49

PHOENIX: Tom Brady and the scandal-tainted New England Patriots will aim to strike a blow for the old order in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday as they face a formidable Seattle Seahawks team bidding to forge a dynasty. After a … Read more »

Nation

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 »

Mrs. Binay’s arraignment reset anew

The arraignment of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, former Makati mayor Elenita Binay, was canceled anew on Thursday. The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division moved the arraignment of Binay and six co-accused to February 26 because of pending motions related to the … Read more »

TUCP bats for P602 minimum wage in MM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa and the Trade Union Congress Party-list asked the wage board to add P136 more to the current P466 minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila at the start of the panel’s wage review … Read more »

Public warned against contaminated apples

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is implementing strict measures to prevent the entry of apples from the United States that were reportedly contaminated with Listerosis bacteria. In a statement, the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry said that it has alerted all … Read more »

Grand lotto jackpot reaches P140M

The jackpot prize in the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw on Saturday is now P140 million after nobody won in last Wednesday’s draw with a jackpot prize of P131 million. Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office vice chairman and … Read more »

Meralco rates to go up in Feb

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said on Wednesday that power rates will increase in February. Meralco President Oscar Reyes said there are already indications for an upward movement of power rates for next month. One of the indicators, Reyes said, is … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

The Papal visit

MY take on the Papal visit is that in this electronic age of instant communication, with images to boot, we could have encountered him without having to batter the Luneta Park, fight our way through traffic and get behind layers … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

‘All life is an experiment’

LAST Monday, I wrote to the Senate Committee on Local Government: “Thank you for the kind invitation. I had to leave early because of a pressing deadline on a case. I am sorry for not being able to observe certain … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Make it real

If it were Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan or Floyd May-weather, Jr. and Miguel Cotto striking a pose during the halftime break of a National Basketball Association game, the response of the crowd and the rest of the sporting community … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

The world’s most expensive audition

There are so many things that come in to your head when you catch “The Audition” a.k.a. the new ad for City of Dreams in Manila. 1. Whoa! Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro—together again. Whoa! With Leonardo Di Caprio. … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

No peace in our time

As I write this, I can almost picture my editor frowning over it and muttering to herself, “This isn’t really a business column.” No, it isn’t. But I wish it was, because that would mean the extraordinarily horrifying circumstances of … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Son may buy parents’ property at fair market value without the consent of his siblings

Dear PAO, My parents offered to sell me their property in Tagaytay City. I am willing to buy the property at its fair market value. They want to use the proceeds of the sale for their trip to Europe, and … Read more »