Court workers stage protest to keep JDF

Court employees in Metro Manila and in the provinces wore black and red shirts on Monday to protest against the “attacks” by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on the Supreme Court after it struck down the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for … Read more »

Binay on a roll, remains top poll pick for President

Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the top contender for the presidential elections in 2016, elbowing out other possible candidates including Sen. Grace Poe, a new survey by Pulse Asia showed. In the survey conducted from June 24 to July 2, … Read more »

Man born in slums looms as Indonesia’s next leader

JAKARTA: He was raised in a bamboo shack in a riverbank slum on Indonesia’s main island of Java. Now Joko Widodo stands a good chance of becoming the country’s next president, a remarkable rise for the down-to-earth outsider in a … Read more »

DAP worked just like PDAF

Part two Based on reports from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is a mixed basket of clear, concrete projects given relatively smaller funding that were bundled with vague, insubstantial activities and programs allotted … Read more »

Top NBA players arrive to test Gilas Pilipinas’ mettle

An A-list of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars are in Manila to play a couple of games against the Gilas Pilipinas national team, which is toughening up for the FIBA World Cup in Spain in August. The NBA finals Most … Read more »

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Ending the madness in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council has called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Gaza, where more than 500 Palestinians have died as Israel pressed its offensive against Hamas. There is a desperate ring to the appeal of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Israel to “exercise maximum restraint.” “Too many innocent people... Read more »

From our Readers

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

Cuts in electric power supply during storms

I have been In the Philippines now for over five years. I love the people and the country! What concerns me, however, is that every time we have a... Read more »

NAIA GM clarifies ‘50 workers report’

We refer to the July 3, 2014 article of Mr. Benjie Vergara regarding “50 NAIA workers” who fear losing their jobs as a result of the integration... Read more »

A wider cage in which to roam

Among the few things I applauded GMA for -0 a pure evil she wasn’t -- was her progressive libertarian Memo Circular No. 155 of Nov. 17, 2004,... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Does Aquino still remember his oath of office?

He staged a big funk about being sworn in by then Chief Justice Renato Corona (and substituted then associate justice Conchita Carpio-Morales for the ceremonial task), so we all presume that when Benigno Aquino 3rd finally took his oath as the 15th president of the Republic of the Philippines, he understood and meant every word he uttered and swore to on June 30, 2010. He intoned then in his baritone: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as... Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Working during the worst of times

THE typhoon season is here and it is essential for the government, together with employers and employees, to ensure that practical and reasonable work arrangements are in place when heavy rains and floods disrupt work in various workplaces. This would … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Other pressure on the SC

Malacañang has launched a major public relations salvo against the High Court for declaring the presidential pork barrel known as the Disbursement Acceleration Program illegal and unconstitutional. Although the Palace has publicly vowed to respect the Supreme Court (SC)’s final … Read more »


Saving the Executive

Second of two parts The first part of this article came out on Tuesday July 15. Other strategies used to save the Executive. Criticizing the Supreme Court Most of the negative reactions to the speech were focused on the President’s … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia


Second of four parts [The first part of “Trust” came out on Tuesday July 15.] Fiscal stimulus only works if it “uses idle resources that would not otherwise be used by the private sector. Using employees and equipment that would … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

NEDA on foreign aid: Right idea, wrong context

A few days before Typhoon Glenda flailed Luzon, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio Balisacan made some rather timely comments at a meeting of the UN-sponsored Development Cooperation Forum in New York. For the efficient use of foreign humanitarian … Read more »


Institutional memory: Good eGovernance

Taking off from what former Senator Joker Arroyo said days ago, “Sinira ng DAP ang ‘daang matuwid’ ni PNoy. (DAP destroyed the ‘straight path’ of President Aquino.) Because of this, you cannot explain ‘where did P147 billion to P250 billion … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Hospital’s refusal to accept patients a regulated practice

Dear PAO, My friend’s daughter was rushed to the hospital because her allergies worsened to the point that she had difficulty in breathing. The nurses initially refused to accept my friend’s daughter because they could not pay a deposit of … Read more »