On Sunday evening, I sat briefly with the young Ferdinand Alexander (Sandro) Marcos during a small dinner with friends at the EDSA Shangrila hosted by Chita Romualdez Yap on the 86th birth anniversary of her famous former First Lady-sister Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Sandro is the eldest son of Sen. Bongbong and Liza Araneta Marcos. He recently charmed the campus crowd when he read his father’s speech on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at the… Read more »

Above, before-and-after photos of Taiwan’s Taiping Island in the Spratlys, showing massive infrastructure work. Below, our Pag-asa Island in 2008, and at present, showing runway has been eroded. (Images from Google Earth.)

Fourth of a series on the Spratly crisis

My past three columns on the Spratly issue argued the following:
• We cannot rely on international law, much less on an “arbitration” case as pursued by President Aquino’s government… Read more »

‘Joey wanted P189.5-M cut’

Chopper contractor turns tables on whistle-blower THE American owners of the aircraft company that was awarded a contract to supply 21 Huey helicopters to the Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday turned the tables on whistle-blower Rhodora Alvarez, saying … Read more »

Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

WASHINGTON: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Monday was stripped by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago. Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the … Read more »

PNoy recovers from slump

President Benigno Aquino 3rd scored high marks in foreign relations to catapult his ratings in the second quarter of the year, a Malacañang official said on Tuesday. According to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in June, the Aquino … Read more »

‘Egay’ out, ‘Falcon’ in

Tropical storm Egay (international name: Linfa) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as another weather disturbance was expected to enter the country last night and bring in more rains today and in the next few days. According to … Read more »

Manila rejects China talk offer

The Philippines has again rejected China’s latest bid to resolve a maritime dispute between the two countries through bilateral negotiations. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday, however, said that Manila’s position on the dispute should not affect relations with … Read more »

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PH arbitration case is the people’s fight

LET’S get our perspectives straight on the country’s arbitration case against China as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague in the Netherlands holds hearings on the case this week from Tuesday night. It is a hearing not on the merits of the Philippine complaint but on whether the arbitration court has jurisdiction over the... Read more »


DND projects did not undergo public bidding

NINETY-EIGHT percent of projects of the Department of National Defense (DND) in the last two years did not undergo public bidding, Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd said on Tuesday during the resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing. According to … Read more »

37 officials face raps for campaign overspending

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is poised to file charges against 37 national and local officials who ran and won in the elections in 2010 for campaign overspending. Under the Omnibus Election Code, campaign overspending is punishable with one to … Read more »

More than 1B people out of poverty – UN

More than one billion people worldwide have been extricated from poverty since countries all over the world committed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 15 years ago, according to the United Nations (UN). In a report, UN Secretary-General Ban … Read more »

Smuggled rice from China confiscated

About 500 sacks of rice smuggled to the country from China were seized on Tuesday by the combined elements of the Bureau of Customs and the National Food Authority (NFA) in Binondo, Manila. The NFA said that it has not … Read more »

QC creates Human Rights Action Center

Mayor Herbert Bautista has approved an ordinance filed last February that will create the Quezon City Human Rights Action Center. The center is expected to provide legal and paralegal assistance to victims of human rights violations and urge the participation … Read more »

Aquino wants P3T budget for 2016

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd approved a budget of P3.002 trillion for 2016 during a meeting with his Cabinet on Monday, a Palace official said. The proposed national budget for next year is 15 percent higher than this year’s P2.6 trillion, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ayala’s P112B retained earnings

Ayala Corp. (AC), the listed holding company of the Zobel family, raised the regular cash dividend for holders of common shares by 20 percent to P2.88 per share from P2.40 previously. The total dividend payment would amount to P1.8 billion … Read more »

God spare the queen

IT is all too obvious in the surveys. The war of attrition sponsored by top Aquino people against Mr. Binay is hurting Mr. Binay slightly and hurting the chosen presidential candidate of Mr. Aquino’s coalition – Mar Roxas – even … Read more »


THE debate is on. Will it be PATaS or PCOS for 2016? TransparentElection.org.ph, a group of IT professionals who had designed, managed and run Namfrel’s automated operation quick count prior to the 2010 elections, is proposing the Precinct Automated Tallying … Read more »

The hell with ‘human rights’ of heinous criminals

Appalled by reports on the arrest of a British national for child exploitation and sexual abuse in the country, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian reiterated his call for the reimposition of capital punishment in such cases and other heinous crimes. … Read more »

A strangled cash economy

There is no question that you can learn a lot by trawling around the internet. My latest amazing discovery was in the area of how long it takes to pay off credit card debts. A UK site posed the question … Read more »

True colors

President Barack Obama probably would have had second thoughts if only he knew that the US national women’s football team that this week won the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Vancouver was all-white. Whether he was even remotely aware of … Read more »

An ‘excuse slip’ government

THE announcement of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) two weeks ago that it would start issuing “excuse slips” to commuters if they are late for work due to the breakdown of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) illustrates the … Read more »

China’s peaceful rise?

ACCORDING to the late Deng Xiaoping, “one country, two systems” means there is only one China and under this premise, the mainland adheres to the socialist system while Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan retain their capitalist systems over time. This … Read more »

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Mothers should have custody of illegitimate child

Dear PAO, I am currently in a relationship with another woman although I once had a boyfriend with whom I had a son with. I was not married with my ex-boyfriend who since then left for abroad. Our son now … Read more »