When I was growing up on the faraway Pacific island of Catanduanes, I used to spend moonlit evenings at the town plaza listening to campaign speeches. There was nothing else to listen to or watch, and the “orators,” as they were called, were uniformly good. From them, I first heard quotes from Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero and Demosthenes. One of them particularly stood out. He seemed quite ordinary, but his entire personality changed the minute he spoke. And he told the most astonishing stories. The crowd loved… Read more »


“I’ve taken the righteous path.”
–Abu Hattab, 13-year old boy explaining why he joined ISIS and why
Americans should be beheaded, as reported in a BBC news clip.

President Aquino’s Daang Matuwid will go down in our history as the most wacko and hypocritical slogan—and… Read more »

Binay confident he’ll KO Roxas in 2016

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is confident that he would win in a two-way fight between him and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, whose anointment as the administration party’s standard-bearer for next year’s elections is set for Friday.

Malacañang on Thursday night confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd… Read more »

Mar seeks strength from late grandpa

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd reportedly went to the Manila North Cemetery on Wednesday night to visit the gravesite of his grandfather and namesake, President Manuel Roxas, “to pray for guidance,” a friend of the presumptive standard-bearer of the … Read more »

Aquino no-show as drill fires away

Metro Manila was “rocked” by a powerful earthquake. All hands were on deck to make sure everyone’s safe and casualties were attended to right away. But after participants in Thursday’s earthquake drill went through the “drop, cover and hold” routine … Read more »

‘Anointment’ may harm Roxas, LP

TODAY’S scheduled “anointment” of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer in the 2016 elections may do him more harm than good because such may constitute violations of election laws, according to … Read more »

Chinese to reclaim Scarborough – Carpio

Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has warned that China may soon start reclaiming land on Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal to house a military base that would be made to oversee the Bashi Channel, a waterway off Batanes which is … Read more »

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Transparency is less than an afterthought for BS Aquino 3rd

ONE of the criticisms leveled against President BS Aquino 3rd almost as soon as he finally closed his mouth after his painfully-long State of the Nation Address on Monday was that he omitted any mention of the Freedom of Information bill, two versions of which are currently languishing in the Legislature. The Freedom of Information law, we... Read more »


Smartmatic faces raps for electoral sabotage

Bad news followed good on Thursday for Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). The company bagged the deal to provide the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 23,000 optical mark readers (OMRs) to be used in next year’s polls but it was also slapped … Read more »

I will not deceive public – Poe

SENATOR Grace Poe on Thursday said she can parry criticisms regarding her eligibility to run for higher office as she gave assurances that she has no plans to deceive the public. “I can assure our countrymen that I have been … Read more »

Ex-generals slam govt funding of ‘state enemies’

WHILE the government is giving funds to “former enemies of the state,” it continues to neglect the retired military officers and soldiers who fought to defend the state, retired generals lamented on Thursday. In a meeting with Senator Ferdinand Marcos … Read more »

CA asked to charge school with contempt

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Wednesday was asked to order the contempt and arrest of school authorities for defying the appellate court’s order to release the Certificate of Good Moral Character to one of its graduates. In a Very … Read more »

Aquino OPENS Davao City Go Negosyo Center

Sen. Paolo Benigno “BAM” Aquino 4th led the opening of Negosyo Center in Magsaysay Park Complex, Davao City with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region XI OIC-Director Maria Belinda Ambi and Assistant Regional Director Dorecita T. Delima, Negosyo Center … Read more »

UNA slams Aquino’s ‘gutter’ language in SONA

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for using “gutter language” in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA). “Maybe he [Aquino] can do that when campaigning to project himself as a “populace … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Will Zobel brothers take Ayala’s education unit public?

‘Bless the rich and their children’ appeared in this space as a Due Diligencer piece on June 16, 2015. As aptly titled, it was about the compensation of the two Zobel brothers who took over the management of Ayala Corp. … Read more »

US electoral issues

ARRIVED in the US this week and found familiar echoes of a coming election. Like us there at home, there is a presidential election in the offing here (November 2016 to our May) that is taking precedence in the public … Read more »

Grades and grading

JUSTICE Florenz D. Regalado, 87, is gone. He set the bar exam record grade of 96.7, followed by classmate Bobby de la Fuente, with 95.95, in 1954. Flor’s record may stand till the end of time There was supposed to … Read more »

DepEd’s Special Foreign Language Program (SFLP): In French

THE previous columns on the Department of Education’s Special Foreign Language Program (SFLP) highlighted the main features of the languages program in Spanish, Japanese and German. We described the concrete efforts, which the respective foreign embassies and their cultural institutes … Read more »

‘Hot’ immigration official preys on Tsinay aide

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is still staggering from the Wang Bo bribery scandal but is beset again by two more disgusting allegations. One of the cases is the alleged sexual harassment complaint filed against one ranking BI official who … Read more »

Magsayo’s earthquake drill

The hammer-like punches featherweight prospect “Magni¬fico” Mark Magsayo unloaded on Mexican Rafael “Guerrerito” Reyes during the recent edition of the po¬pu¬lar TV boxing shows “Pinoy Pride” arguably registered on the Richter scale. When Magsayo uncorked that devastating left uppercut in … Read more »

Navigating ‘the worst line in fandom’

San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H has been called “the worst line” by online publication The Verge because of what fans have to endure to get a seat in the venue. It’s tough enough to get a badge to the … Read more »

The Fallen 44 and other SONA unmentionables

Columnists and commentators have been having a field day exposing fallacies and untruths in President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s last State of the Nation Address. We don’t have much to add, except one subtle note: If the administration boosted revenues without … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Hospitals not allowed to detain patients

Dear PAO, My mother-in-law has been in the hospital for three weeks and the doctor already gave a go signal that she can go home. However, we are unable to pay the hospital bill in full and the hospital won’t … Read more »