No clean polls in 2016 – Comelec

No guarantee, but Bautista vows to avoid past mistakes DESPITE vast powers and logistics at its disposal, Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials on Thursday said they could not guarantee clean, honest and orderly elections next year. “How can you guarantee … Read more »

No necrological services for Joker

There will be no necrological services for late senator Joker Arroyo at the Senate. This was announced on Thursday by Senate President Franklin Drilon as he said that even as Arroyo’s passing was announced in the media, the family is … Read more »

‘Duterte to declare bid on Saturday’

SUPPORTERS of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are expecting him to announce that he is changing his mind and will heed the call for him to run for President. “All roads are leading to Davao this Saturday. We expect him … Read more »

Curtain call for Elizabeth Ramsey

Elizabeth Ramsey, known for her combined singing and comedic chops, passed away in “her sleep” on Thursday. She was 83. Her daughter Jaya, also a singer, confirmed her passing through her Facebook account. “Mama Beth is now with our Lord … Read more »

OFW champ, Señeres, running for President

A former diplomat who saved distressed domestic helper Sarah Balabagan from death row nearly 20 years ago announced on Thursday his plan to run for President in next year’s elections. “I’m running for President. I’m happy to inform you I … Read more »

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Plenary debates will complete Senate’s Mamasapano inquiry

WE laud Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile for calling for the opening of plenary debates on the tri-committee report on the Senate’s Mamasapano inquiry. This is something Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares did not bother to do, disappointing everyone except the people in Malacañang who want to squash any further public discussion on the matter.... Read more »


Messi to be tried on tax fraud charges

BARCELONA: Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday. In a court filing, the judge in charge … Read more »


‘China claiming 80% of PH sea territory’

The Philippines stand to lose 80 percent of its territory facing the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) if China will continue to expand its sprawling claim in the contested waters, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned. Carpio, … Read more »

Aquino certifies budget bill urgent

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has certified as urgent the measure that seeks a P3 trillion budget for 2016. Citing information from the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed that a presidential certification has been … Read more »

LTFRB official seeks Uber moratorium

LAND Transportation Franchi¬sing and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) director Ariel Inton has asked Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to immediately order a moratorium on Uber taxi applications, or Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). “We are flooded with applications that … Read more »

SSS officials warn of bankruptcy

GRANTING a P2,000 pension increase across the board will leave the Social Security System (SSS) bankrupt, officials of the agency warned on Thursday. Marissu Bugante, SSS Vice President for Public Affairs and Special Events Division and George Ongkeko Jr., SSS … Read more »

Grace bats for tax reforms – NPC

The spokesman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) on Thursday said Senator Grace Poe and her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, elevated the level of discussion by drawing the public’s attention to pressing issues like tax reforms and inclusive … Read more »

Workers tap social media to promote labor rights

If traditional politicians use social media as a tool to promote their candidacies, why can’t workers do the same in advancing their rights? Believing in the power of social media, two workers groups have created a site where they can … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Unification Day of Deutschland

WE interrupt our conversation on second order change to dwell on Germany’s Unification Day, which also is my day. And celebrated last week. Every time there would be holidays while in my studies in London, I would bring my backpack … Read more »

Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ is uplifting

Ridley Scott’s big releases so far have been epic (Exodus: Gods and Kings), fabulously cast (The Counselor), promising (Prometheus) but somehow not quite reaching the heights of his fan favorites: Alien, Bladerunner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and even Thelma and … Read more »

BFP cowed by ‘General Pulpol’

WE have in the past days been following up on our report on the fire incident at an illegal fuel depot owned by Margarito “Gary” So that killed two workers in Valenzuela City on September 23. As in countless fire … Read more »

400% stock dividend!

BERJAYA Philippines Inc. is increasing its authorized capital stock (ACS) to 6 billion shares from 2 billion to accommodate the declaration of a 400 percent stock dividend, equivalent to 3.473 billion. Its capital stock has a par value of P1 … Read more »

Presidentiables briefing: The war on hunger

Sixth in a series on national concerns Quick: What’s the biggest issue facing Filipinos now? If you answered Grace Poe’s citizenship or Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential plans, you probably don’t belong to the one in every eight families who suffered hunger … Read more »

The trouble with low-hanging fruit

THE French overseas territory of New Caledonia is, by all accounts, a tropical paradise, and is in general, considered rather well off compared with other equally beautiful Pacific island states and territories. That relative affluence, however, appears to be coming … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Lessors can demand advanced payment of rent

Dear PAO, Is there a law which allows a lessor of a residential apartment to compel his lessee to give a deposit and advance payment of rent? May the lessee recover these upon the termination of the lease agreement? AJ … Read more »