The real report this country needs is not a state of the nation address (SONA), but a state of the state report (SOS). This stands a better chance of saving our sad republic than a self-serving egotistical SONA. This format … Read more »

Due to the writer’s business, publishing and event commitments, this column took last week off, and would be somewhat shorter than usual this week. Still, the big issues would be given trenchant, if succinct attention. Today, we look at the … Read more »

Aquino blames City Hall

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd virtually cleared fire bureau officials of culpability in the May 13 footwear factory fire that killed 72 people and trained his guns on Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) officials for allowing the business to operate despite having … Read more »

Senator, PNoy allies in third batch of ‘pork’ cases

AN incumbent senator and several administration allies will be included in a revised letter-complaint being drafted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with the third batch of cases against lawmakers linked to the pork barrel scam, a … Read more »

Generally better than past years

BALUT ISLAND, Davao del Sur: Millions of public elementary and secondary students ended their vacation and went back to school as the Department of Education (DepEd) formally opened school year 2015-2016 on Monday. Education Secretary Armin Luistro noted that this … Read more »

10 senators sign Binay report, goes to plenary

A sub-committee report that recommended filing of plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay was officially adopted on Monday as a full report of the Senate blue ribbon committee after at least 10 senators affixed their signatures to the document. … Read more »

Australia will ignore China air defense zone

Australian military aircraft will continue to fly over disputed waters in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), even if Beijing imposes an air defense identification zone (ADIZ), a top defense official said on Monday. A day after demanding an … Read more »

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Smooth school opening day

THE opening of classes on Monday turned out to be generally smooth despite sporadic reports of some of the usual problems that crop up when 23 million children and teens resume their schooling. Education Secretary Armand Liustro said the Department of Education (DepEd) was much better prepared for this year’s school opening than last... Read more »


Bangsamoro passage gets dimmer

TIME is slowly running out for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd admitted that passage of the measure that will create a Bangsamoro region is getting dimmer. “The number is a cause for concern. … Read more »

64 Abu Sayyaf rebels killed this year

THE military has killed at least 64 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group during the first five months of 2015, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Col. Allan Arrojado, commander of the AFP’s Joint Task Group Sulu, … Read more »

MMDA scouting for rescue volunteers

IN preparation for the “Big One,” the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday started scouting for more rescue volunteers to be deployed when a strong quake hits Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR). MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said … Read more »

Only 7 MRT trains operational on school opening

Only seven of the usual 20 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 trains were operational to service the commuters, especially students, on the first day of school. This was disclosed by MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe noting that the problem was … Read more »

INC minister files libel raps over FB post

An Iglesia Ni Cristo minister filed an online libel charge against a former INC member for allegedly posting malicious and defamatory remarks in his Facebook account in April this year. Radel Cortez, INC Minister of the Gospel and a member … Read more »

Chinese trader shot dead in Binondo

A 25-year-old Chinese was shot dead over the weekend in Binondo, Manila. Weng Wen Yong, alias Leo, was attending to his store, Lamprea General Mechandize along Clavel Street, San Nicolas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday when an armed man fired at … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The unimpressive Aquino economy

ONE of the enduring debates concerning the performance of the regime of President B.S. Aq uino 3rd is whether or not his claims of being responsible for the Philippines’ healthy economic performance are at all justified. The President and his … Read more »

This is where your taxes go: Rain = Chaos

A SUDDEN downpour last Saturday night flooded so many streets in Metro Manila and caused monstrous traffic jams. We got caught in knee-deep water at the Buendia and South Superhighway Intersection but reports of flooded streets came from everywhere and … Read more »

PNR GM’s slow train to justice

BACK from our short trip abroad, we were welcomed by Metro Manila’s usual traffic jams. There are just too many vehicles on the streets that our road systems are bursting at the seams. Traffic congestion in the metropolis has gone … Read more »

Our hesitant talk on mobility

WASHINGTON,DC: For both parties, the emerging theme of economic mobility is often a reluctant, second choice. Deep down, many Democrats would prefer to focus on economic inequality. But while Americans have theoretical concerns about the income gap, they are consistently … Read more »

A bureaucratic drag

THE bureaucracy is said to be the institutional memory of any government. That is why transition work is serious work. Skipping it is the height of arrogance and sends a negative signal to the bureaucrats. Without transition, there is no … Read more »

Our kababayans in Sabah need help

They live and die without records. They do not get formal education. Neither do they get medical assistance. They live on their own—no government protects them. Like rats, they are always on the run to avoid imprisonment. But they are … Read more »

Feeding the world’s richest

At Chef Rob’s newest restaurant, the rich get to pick their vegetables and be part farmer and part consumer. Not just an ordinary “farm to table” restaurant, here he can make them change the way of the world. And he … Read more »

Revive COA audit of Malacañang, Congress

WHY is Malacañang’s temporary chief occupant, otherwise officially known as Office of the President, exempted from audit by the Commission on Audit? After all he, along with his appointees, is being paid with taxpayers’ money that government auditors are mandated … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Domestic helpers entitled to SSS coverage

Dear PAO, I have a household helper whom I want to apply for SSS contributions. My friend told me that I really have to apply for this because there is now a Kasambahay Law. If the salary of my helper … Read more »