More NGOs targeted

Ombudsman probes scam patterned after Napoles More non-government organi-zations (NGOs) suspected to have been used by lawmakers and their cohorts in siphoning off millions of pesos in government funds into their pockets are in the Ombudsman’s cross hairs. Some of … Read more »

LP survey made Binay’s day

A survey commissioned by the Liberal Party (LP) purportedly showing its standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, on top gave Vice President Jejomar Binay a boost–and a comic relief. “He [Roxas] made by day. Nagpapalakas-loob na lang iyon [He’s just … Read more »

‘Give HPG a chance’

Malacañang on Thursday encouraged the public to take a positive view of the move of the government to field armed Highway Patrol troops to manage traffic along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). ”It would be better that we give positive … Read more »

Manila Water defers service interruption

RESIDENTS in areas served by Manila Water Co. can now heave a sigh of relief after the utility concessionaire announced on Thursday that the planned water service interruption scheduled next week has been deferred. Manila Water spokesman Dittie Galang said … Read more »

Lina finally says ‘sorry’ to migrant pinoys

“I apologize if we have hurt anyone.” Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina on Thursday apologized to migrant Filipinos for the anxiety and confusion brought about by the purported plan to subject all balikbayan (care) boxes to inspection. Appearing before the Senate … Read more »

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Is our Congress in the pocket of big business?

IN the case of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, unfortunately, the answer to that question seems to be a resounding “yes.” Umali, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy, casually announced on Wednesday that he had “disintegrated” plans to consider amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, or Epira... Read more »


Gilas Pilipinas bows to mighty Iran

Gilas Pilipinas succumbed to powerhouse Iran, 65-74, on Thursday for its second loss in the 2015 William Jones Cup being held at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The Philippines thus dropped to fourth place with a 3-2 … Read more »


Congress to rush passage of Bangsamoro measure

The House of Representatives and the Senate will hold sessions five days a week in a last ditch effort to pass the proposed law for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said from … Read more »

Escudero should join budget deliberations – lawmaker

Abono party-list Rep. Francisco Emmanuel Ortega 3rd called on government to give priority to the agriculture sector especially at this time when the country is facing the threat of an intense El Niño phenomenon. Ortega also called for the judicious … Read more »

WB eyes $250M loan for PH resettlement plan

The World Bank is eyeing for $200million to $250million funding for the first phase of a resettlement program of the Philippines, Country Director for Philippines Motoo Konishi said. Konishi, at the sidelines of Asia Pacific Housing Forum, said the loan … Read more »

2.7M Pinoy kids skip one meal a day

THE Philippines can solve the problem of child malnutrition if every child gets nutritious food within 1,000 days from conception, an international non-government organization said on Thursday. Neil Olney, country director of Save the Children, said the Philippines is in … Read more »

New USAid mission chief reaffirms support to PH

The incoming United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) mission director to Manila reaffirmed the agency’s strong commitment to the Philippines. In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. met with incoming Usaid Mission … Read more »

CA approves abuse case vs mayor-boyfriend of former TV personality

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a Department of Justice (DOJ) resolution finding probable cause against Pulupandan, Negros Occidental Mayor Magdaleno Peña for allegedly violating provisions of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act. The … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Foreigners dump P39-B stocks in 1 week

The numbers presented here may be confusing. That can’t be avoided because the numbers are necessary for raising the questions that may not be answered here but by the investing public. The answer lies with those who invest their hard-earned … Read more »

Not ampaw or chickenhouse government

JASON DAY has again won big (and small). All the foreign reports identify him as an Aussie. Period. Some local bladders hyphenate and call him a Fil-Aussie. I do not think it comes from him. It would be nice if … Read more »

Laotian Magsaysay awardee

ONE of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees should find her equivalent in the Philippines, preferably in Mindanao. Madame Kommaly Chanthavong, originally a descendant of traditional weavers of Laos, (her grandmother and her mother), has amid the Vietnam war and its … Read more »

Comprehensive Examinations: The When, Who, What, and Why

LET’S discuss the when, who, what and why of comprehensive examinations. For purposes of our topic on comprehensive examinations, and to provide the context of our discussion, we begin by broadly defining a curriculum of degree programs as a systematic … Read more »

Mison must give BI crooks, AWOLs the boot

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison reassigned some rank and file personnel to new stations as part of the Bureau of Immigration’s continuing reshuffle to boost professionalism and curb corruption. I believe Mison, being an agent of a person in authority that … Read more »

Momoa, Portacio, pop culture luminaries to visit Manila

IN two weeks, the city of Manila will host the first leg of the Asia Pop Comic Con happening from September 17 to 20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Its succeeding dates in Abu Dhabi and Korea … Read more »

The Duterte phenomenon

“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you give your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn out tools.” — … Read more »

Bitcoin, the Esperanto of currencies

IF Bitcoin adherents were to be believed, the decentralized, all-digital currency would have, apart from answering all the world’s other thorny economic questions, prevented the wild volatility now being experienced by normal, boring old fiat currencies around the globe. Obviously, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Parent who refuses to share custody of children can be charged

Dear PAO, My husband and I have been separated for five months now. My husband urged me to allow him to take our child because he earns more than I do. Now that my child is already with my husband, … Read more »