Questionable timing

Ombudsman orders Mayor Binay’s dismissal days before election season starts The Binay camp questioned the Ombudsman’s decision dismissing Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay , saying the timing was suspicious since the filing of certificates of candidacy starts next … Read more »

GMA detention violates int’l law

The United Nations Working Group on Human Rights ruled that the detention of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is arbitrary under each and all of the three categories of arbitrariness. “Mrs. Arroyo was denied bail on grounds that are not compatible … Read more »

VP Binay announces: Go ‘Bin-Go’

Gregorio Honasan is yet to announce his acceptance of an offer to be the running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay but the opposition standard-bearer on Friday jumped the gun by announcing their team-up for next year’s elections. “Lalong lumalakas, … Read more »

Arroyo to seek reelection

Former president and now Pampanga Second District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will seek reelection in next year’s polls, a spokesman for the Lakas-CMD party said on Friday. Lakas-CMD spokesman Raul Lambino said he is personally overseeing Arroyo’s nomination. The 68-year-old Arroyo … Read more »

US deploying warships in West PH Sea

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday confirmed a plan by the United States to deploy warships near the artificial islands “illegally” built by China off the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). “We are aware of the reports … Read more »

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If only PNoy and Mar had cared …

YOU hear this often enough, whenever there’s bad news about the Haiyan/Yolanda victims in Tacloban. “If only PNoy, Mar, et al. had cared, this would not have happened.” The latest bad news is “Mom who had lost her baby to Yolanda loses another due to poor bunkhouse condition.” This is from People Surge the Tacloban-based “broad... Read more »


Letran returns to Final Four

Letran College secured a Final Four slot and the second twice-to-beat bonus after beating University of Perpetual Help System DALTA 93-64 on Friday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San … Read more »


Commission notes sharp rise in rights violations

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday said there is a sharp increase in cases of human rights violations in the country and, although the number of incidents is not as big compared to that during the martial law … Read more »

Poverty remains unsolved – Binay

The Aquino administration has failed to address the problem of poverty, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay. “Nais nilang ipagpatuloy ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon na laganap pa rin ang kahirapan. Marami ang nagugutom. At milyun-milyon ang naghahanap ng trabaho [They want … Read more »

Taiwan marks 104th National Day in PH

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) celebrated ties between Taiwan and the Philippines as it held Taiwan’s 104th National Day at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City (Metro Manila) on Thursday. The 104th anniversary celebration of Taiwan was … Read more »

US Embassy closed on Columbus Day, Oct. 12

The US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day, an American holiday. The embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Tuesday, October 13.

Police has leads on abductors of Italian businessman

POLICE authorities said they have already identified at least two suspects behind the abduction of an Italian businessman Rolando del Torchio on Wednesday evening in Dipolog City in Zamboanga Del Norte. Chief Insp. Ryan Hernandez, Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police … Read more »

Mike Arroyo seeks permission to travel abroad for family reunion

Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo is asking the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division to let him travel to Japan and Hong Kong to attend a family reunion. The defense said in a Motion for Leave to Travel filed last week … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Budgeting by people who don’t know how to shop

IT just so happened that the very first piece of news I read yesterday morning when I woke up was a brief report that President BS Aquino 3rd, upon the request of “the House leadership” had certified next year’s P3-trillion … Read more »

Joker, the quintessential lawmaker

HAS anybody read a Palace statement on the death of the much admired former Sen. Joker Arroyo? There was a report of President BS Aquino The Last’s going to Mindanao to attend the wake of policeman who had served as … Read more »

Outcomes of reducing subordinate clauses into adjective phrases (3)

MY two preceding columns answered tough grammar questions sent to my personal messages box in Jose Carillo’s English Forum by member ESL-GUY. The first was, “Does a post-noun modifier in an active-voice sentence have to be in the active voice, … Read more »

The case of the Filipino who fell from the sky

THE memorial tribute of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. for the recently deceased former Ambassador Eusebio Abaquin brought back memories of our pleasant and eventful collaboration when he was the Ambassador to Indonesia and I was under his supervision as … Read more »

A second chance

Forward Anthony Bennett made history when he became the first Canadian to be the No. 1 draft pick back in 2013. However, Bennett had a disappointing start to his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers playing in only 57 games … Read more »

A grand toast to Jennifer Weigel’s 50th birthdayth birthday

Jennifer Helen Weigel, a pride of Cebu not only for her elegance and style but also for her philanthropic work, celebrated her 50th birthday on September 25. Considered one of the loveliest personalities of the Queen City of the South, … Read more »

Goodbye ‘unreasonable’ Joker ­— and TYTYTYTYTY

WHY are seven Supreme Court (SC) Justices abroad? (Manila Bulletin, Oct. 6, 2015, p. 8, col. 4.) They should be here to decide cases. I cannot imagine this phenomenon happening during, say, the Concepcion court, the last one before martial … Read more »

Relax even if elections are coming

IT is nine months before the election. The political pot is boiling here. It is to be noted that the same political pot is a-boiling in the US, a nation we are in close observation of. Both countries seem to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Legal consequences of animal cruelty

Dear PAO, My neighbor and I have been long-time rivals. Ever since our elementary and high school days, we have always been competing for grades, for attention and for recognition. Up to this day that we have our own families … Read more »