Could the Bangsamoro be haven for ISIS in the future?

Filipinos were first? Left,  from a 15-minute video posted in 2012 showing one of seven hostages beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf.  Right, a video ISIS fighter decapitating a captured Syrian soldier last month.

I realize I could be labeled an alarmist by that question, but for the sake of our nation’s future we have to confront it, and answer it as objectively as possible. If Congress, because of its P21 billion pork barrel this year, doesn’t care that the planned Bangsamoro bill could dismember the country, I do hope… Read more »


Is Aquino shopping for foreign political support?

While President B. S. Aquino 3rd is traveling abroad, a self-imposed moratorium on criticisms of the presidency might do us some good. A kind of unilateral truce. It is one of the more decent rules of engagement in our trade. I call it observing the “three-mile limit.” That is to say, never attack your own government while speaking to a foreign audience beyond the old three-mile canon range from … Read more »

EU backs Manila on sea row

THE European Union (EU) has backed the Philippines’ position on territorial disputes over several islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as it called on China and other claimant countries to abide by internationally-recognized laws, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). In a joint news conference with President …. Read more »

Senators to Palace: Don’t rush us

CONGRESS is not likely to pass a joint resolution giving President Benigno Aquino 3rd special powers anytime soon because senators want to thoroughly study the matter first. Sen. Sergio Osmena 3rd, who heads the Senate Committee on Energy, on Tuesday … Read more »

PNP chief Purisima snubs Senate hearing

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima did not show up at a  hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that was called by Sen. Grace Poe to discuss various issues hounding the police force. The … Read more »

‘Aquino failed to stop corruption’

An outspoken businessman on Tuesday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd failed to address the needs of Filipinos because of corruption. George Chua, president and CEO of the BAIC) group in the Philippines, described  Aquino’s straight-path mantra as a big lie … Read more »

PCG probes ferry sinking

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday created a fact-finding team that will look into the sinking of MV Maharlika 2 off Southern Leyte last week. PCG Commander Armand Balilo said the panel will call witnesses, crew and the captain … Read more »

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Napolcom vice chair’s idea dangerous but okay

This is something we missed and we must thank Raissa Robles for making us take note of it. On Sept. 9, per her blog article, Ms. Robles “heard National Police Commission vice chairman Eduardo Escueta ask netizens to please snap photos of ongoing crimes or suspicious activities and post these on the Internet.” This was after that famous... Read more »


UE downs UST, forces Final Four playoff

UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) posted  a crucial 78-73 win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) to force a playoff for the last Final Four slot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on … Read more »


Missing teen found dead in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The body of an 18-year-old girl who was reported missing by her family in Zamboanga City was found on Monday near her house in Barangay Sinunuc—her hand chopped off. Police are still probing whether Marlyn Mariano was raped … Read more »

Grenade hurled at Daet councilor’s house

AUTHORITIES are investigating the motive behind the grenade which was hurdled after midnight on Tuesday at the house of a councilor from Daet in Camarines Norte. SPO1 Marvin Sabiñano  of the Quezon City Police District Explosives and Ordnance Division said … Read more »

Seven national roads affected by storm

SEVEN national roads in five regions remained  impassable due to flood waters and landslides brought by Typhoon Luis, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday. The affected roads are in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera … Read more »

P1.5 million lumber seized in Agusan del Sur

AUTHORITIES on Monday recovered more than 100 pieces of assorted forest products worth P1.5 million during an anti-illegal logging operations in Barangay Virginia, La Paz in Agusan del Sur. The two two trucks intercepted yielded 160 pieces of wood products … Read more »

Iloilo City acts on child prostitution trend

ILOILO CITY: The city’s Task Force on Moral and Values Formation is taking action following reports of an emerging prostitution trade among minors. Task force chief George Duron admitted they are aware of the growing prostitution trend in this city … Read more »

BIR officials face malversation raps

TWO Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials are facing malversation charges before the Regional Trial Court of Agusan del Sur for alleged failure to account and remit tax collections. Jocelyn Casido of Rosario town and Ronelito Caday of Lapaz town … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ernesto F. Herrera

Cheaper, cleaner, greener energy could provide more investments and jobs

What should the government do to solve power shortages? Forget emergency powers for the President. Forget about buying or renting generator sets. Think long term. Shortages in electricity that have triggered rotating brownouts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao cannot be … Read more »

Efren Danao

BS Aquino loves to listen– to himself

There was something absolutely wrong when President BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, conducted last week in Malacanang what was billed as an “agenda-setting dialogue” with his allies. No, it was not the absence of Vice President Jejomar … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Is the president hallucinating or on medication?

A day before leaving for Europe, President Aquino gathered his Cabinet and members of the Liberal Party in Malacañang and hinted once more that he is open for another term in office after 2016. Mr. Aquino first toyed with the … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Time for PCGG to review legal strategies vs sequestered companies

GOING AFTER ROMUALDEZ. Former Ambassador Benjamin Trinidad “Kokoy” Romualdez” owned Palm Avenue Holdings Co. Inc. and Palm Avenue Realty and Development Corp. He was also identified as a crony – a much abused word during the administration of the late … Read more »

Mike Wootton

Should ISIS operate the toll roads?

Well here we go again, having loaded P2,000 into the e-pass last Wednesday and having incurred toll fees of P1,320, I see now that according to the RFID machine my balance is minus P163. It happens continually and is virtually … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

A good idea from Cayetano and a depressing one from DPWH

Although he has spent many of his recent working hours peacocking in what is almost certain to be a completely irrelevant hearing about a municipal building in one city, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano remembered that he is, in … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Protecting rights, interests of working children in mass media

Dear PAO, Lately, I noticed the rise of popularity and exposure of children and teenagers in mass media. I believe these young people are happy with their work and their rights and interests are protected. But I am curious about … Read more »