Poll machines put to the test

Mock elections to determine machines’ accuracy THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold mock polls nationwide Saturday to test the accuracy and reliability of the counting machines that will be used for the national and local elections in May. At … Read more »


Miriam, Bongbong bare 10 Senate bets

The tandem of Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday bared its 10 candidates for senator. They are former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) advocate Susan Ople, former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) … Read more »

Ballots rejected in mock polls

THE “election” was peaceful and orderly, but several glitches were reported prompting Malacañang to call on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately address these technical problems. The Comelec held mock polls in 20 areas nationwide Saturday to test the … Read more »

Marcos: Poe is not my biological sister

Dagupan City, Pangasinan: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on Saturday categorically dismissed speculations that Senator Grace Poe, who is running for president, is his biological sister. Marcos was forced to put a period to the controversy to stop speculations that he … Read more »

VACC founder Vizconde dies

LAURO VIZCONDE, the founding president of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), passed away Saturday after suffering a fourth cardiac arrest. He was 77. Members of the VACC had held a vigil for Vizconde, who was rushed to the … Read more »

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Editorial

Be a great Valentine–Give blood

TODAY is Valentine’s Day. We feel that, in keeping with Pope Francis’ call for this year to be a Year of Mercy and Compassion, it is right and just for us to endorse in this space the call of the Philippine Red Cross for blood donations. The Secretary-General of that wonderful humanitarian organization, Gwendolyn Pang, has written a lovely... Read more »


Nation

Binay to intensify fight vs criminality

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate Jejomar Binay vowed to intensify the fight against criminality if he wins in May. The Vice President, his running mate Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd and UNA’s senatorial slate campaigned in Rizal province Saturday … Read more »

‘Jesse is irreplaceable’

Tabaco City, Albay: Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, widow of former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, is not planning to look for a new love anytime soon. Mrs. Robredo, who has three children with Jesse—Aika, Tricia and … Read more »

OFWs who died in Iraq fire flown home

The remains of the 13 Filipino women workers who died in a hotel fire in Iraq have been flown home, Malacañang said on Saturday. In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said the remains of the victims … Read more »

Air pollution killing millions – research

WASHINGTON: Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people around the world each year, with over half of those deaths occurring in fast-growing China and India, researchers said Friday (Saturday in Manila). And the number of premature deaths will continue … Read more »

Aviation police detain American passenger

An American was detained overnight at the Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) office after he snarled and spit on two airline passenger service officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2. Michael Barry Tallent 2nd, 31, was irked after … Read more »

Labor execs, envoys brace for Mid-East OFWs displacement

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday strongly denied there is an ongoing massive retrenchment of foreign workers in the Middle East due to plunging oil prices. The denial was issued a day after the DOLE issued a … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

#Eleksyon2016: The Liberal Party spins tax reform

THE Liberal Party has been quick to discredit the proposals for tax reform, especially the proposal by Vice President Jejomar Binay to exempt low- to middle-income earners of P30,000 a month and below from paying income taxes. But LP should … Read more »

Tempted, for us and for our salvation

[1st Sunday of Lent, Year C, Feb 14, 2016 / Deut 26:4-10 / Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Rom 10:8-13 / Luke 4:1-13] JESUS went into the desert for us and for our salvation. Thank you Lord for suffering … Read more »

In a night of punch lines, VP Binay had one of his own to throw but didn’t

IF, as the late writer Nick Joaquin once wrote, character is the man plus his circumstances, the Binay proclamation rally the other night told much of it for a number of UNA senatorial candidates. Their catch calls, which in film … Read more »

Representative Roy Señeres: Moments with a friend

“I shot an arrow into the air, It felt to Earth, I know not where, For so swiftly it flew the sight, Could not follow in its flight. I breathe a song into the air, It felt to Earth I … Read more »

PH-SINO relations antedate PH-US ones

AS early as the reign of King Philip II, whose minions named the Spanish colony after him in the 16th century, Chinese traders had already found the archipelago exchanging silk and porcelain for the products of the sea and forests … Read more »

Public warned vs new virus!

EPIDEMIOLOGISTS have warned the public against the possible outbreak of disease caused by a newly discovered virus strain during the election campaign. The health experts discovered the virulent virus while undertaking researches on the “Zika” virus. The scientists called the … Read more »

The form and uses of the perfect gerund

LAST week we took up the perfect infinitive as a grammatical form that, in tandem with the main verb of a sentence, either refers to things that might have happened in the past, as in “The board seems to have … Read more »

What would be the Sanders Doctrine?

WASHINGTON, DC: Is Bernie Sanders a closet foreign policy “realist”? Reading his few pronouncements on foreign policy, you sense that he embraces the realists’ deep skepticism about American military intervention. But he has said so little about foreign policy that … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Abused wife can apply for protection order

Dear Pao, I have been married to my husband for 15 years now. I know that for the past three years he had used drugs, and that every time he asked money from me then, he used it to buy … Read more »