TODAY is the last Sunday of Advent, the season the Church has set for Christians to prepare themselves to welcome the Nativity, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus, on Christmas Day. For today’s Sunday Read article, I am going to … Read more »

Their extreme factionalism makes political power hard to harness in the national interest Two improbable democracies Insights into India by the Yale political science professor emeritus Robert A. Dahl deserve our consideration, since they apply to our own “improbable democracy.” … Read more »

CHED chief faces raps

Licuanan linked to anomalous computer deal PHILIPPINE Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Paascu) president Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ filed criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Dr. Patricia … Read more »

‘Ruby’ victims struggle to survive

Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of Samar, the ground zero for many of East Asia’s deadliest storms. Homes, boats, crops, livestock and jobs are all on the line each time … Read more »

LRT, MRT fares up in January

Fares for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2 and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT) will go up starting January 4, 2015. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has finally decided to raise the fares for the three … Read more »

Award-winning arts columnist joins STM

Award-winning cultural essayist, critic and book author Rosalinda L. Orosa begins her column Encore for The Sunday Times Magazine’s “Arts Awake” section today. A highly respected figure in the arts and culture scene, Orosa will write weekly reviews mostly on … Read more »

PNoy hedges on Ona replacement

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not decided on the replacement of resigned Health Secretary Enrique Ona. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the disclosure a day after the President accepted the resignation of Ona who is under probe of the National … Read more »

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Cuba on the rebound

THE restoration of diplomatic relationships between the United States and Cuba has been hailed as a landmark for the administration of President Barack Obama. It ends the half-century of estrangement that at one point brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The mending of ties couldn’t have been possible without some religious (some... Read more »


Belmonte: House not rushing Charter Change

The House of Representatives is not rushing the amendment to the Constitution that lifts restrictions on foreign ownership of businesses and public utilities. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City made the announcement after the House adjourned for the Christmas … Read more »

Houses built for 223,000 low-income families through HUDCC

Part 3 As head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the government’s housing sector, the Vice President has directed all key shelter agencies to continue their efforts to address the housing backlog. As of October 2014, the … Read more »

Jinggoy furlough plea junked

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not given permission by the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to leave his place of detention and spend the holidays with his family at home. The anti-graft court denied for lack of merit his request for a … Read more »

PNP: Mark holidays without firing guns

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday warned gun holders not to fire their guns in celebrating Christmas and New Year. Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, issued a memorandum to all police personnel against illegal discharge and indiscriminate … Read more »

MMDA sends team to E.Samar

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday deployed 16 personnel to Sulat town in Eastern Samar to repair the remaining houses and public markets damaged by Typhoon Ruby. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the team will stay in Sulat … Read more »

PH set for Round 2 of MCC compact

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US foreign assistance agency fighting against global poverty, has selected the Philippines for a “second compact” or agreement to further support its poverty-reducing efforts. “Once designed, proposed and approved, this new compact would … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Tokenisms for E. Visayas and other tough-luck, weather-beaten regions

THE orthodox strategy to boost investments and generate jobs in Eastern Visayas and other poorly-performing regional economies is this: Make the wage rate as low as possible. The tripartite body that sets the regional wage for Eastern Visayas and the … Read more »


So who wants Dr. Ona’s post?

First of two parts WHAT has happened to one Dr. Enrique Ona, Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH)? And I say that not to criticize him. I say it with compassion and empathy for this DOH Secretary who has … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Peace and justice at Christmas

WITH Christmas coming, we see the shining stars and message of peace. So many need peace: peace of heart and mind, soul and spirit, in the family and in friendships, in community, and above all peace to end the violence … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

By Mary’s ‘yes’ God becomes man and we sharers in the divine nature

[4th Sunday of Advent, Year B, December 21, 2014 / 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27+29 / Rom 16:25-27 / Luke 1:26-38] CHRISTMAS is nearly here. Today’s Gospel is the Annunciation, the first Christmas in the … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Reforms long overdue at Bilibid Prison and BuCor

ONE year and six months ago on May 28, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd signed the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10575. The newly-minted BuCor modernization law finally replaced the “Jurassic” Prison Act of … Read more »

Recent natural disaster scenarios

[Part 3 of Ambassador Encomienda’s Marine and Fisheries Resources policy paper] RECENT natural disaster scenarios impacting on health and livelihood of coastal communities in the Philippines. 9. The following are recent natural disaster scenarios herein recalled to create greater awareness … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Naturalized US citizen can reacquire PH citizenship

Dear PAO, I am a former natural born Filipino citizen and now a naturalized US citizen. I understand that being a US passport holder, I will be treated as a tourist only if I go back to the Philippines. Is … Read more »