Duterte raises hopes of the poor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte sets the national agenda for the first time in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) today (Monday), confronted with the twin problems of poverty and unemployment despite record economic growth in the past few years. Duterte … Read more »

A different SONA

HOW will the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte be different from past SONAs? Known to ignore tradition, Duterte has expressed his desire to keep the event simple. Thus, there will be no parade of women in … Read more »

Media killings tackled in brief speech

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to hammer on the need to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) measure and stopping media killings when he addresses Congress and reports on the state of the nation today. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar … Read more »

Duterte FOI: ‘No request for information shall be denied’

ON THE eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang announced that the Chief Executive has finally signed an executive order (EO) mandating Freedom of Information (FOI), a constitutionally guaranteed right that had never been … Read more »

Asean deadlocked as sea split deepens

VIENTIANE, Laos: Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday over how to confront saber-rattling in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region’s most contentious security issue. The gathering in Vientiane is … Read more »

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NKorea justifies US, SKorea deployment of Thaad system

NORTH Korea on Tuesday (July 19) fired three ballistic missiles to show its displeasure over the plan of South Korea and the US to deploy an advanced missile defense system to protect SK from threats posed by the North’s ballistic missiles. North Korea’s firing of the missiles only served to prove SK’s and the US’ right to mount the... Read more »


USA romps past China in Rio warm-up

LOS ANGELES: USA, warming up for a run at their third straight Olympic men’s basketball gold, romped to a 106-57 friendly victory over China on Sunday (Monday in Manila). The game at Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles … Read more »


Some LGUs derailing drive vs drugs – Bato

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief on Monday said some local government units (LGUs) are not supporting their police force in the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs. “Generally, so far so good [the campaign has been]. [But there are … Read more »

Manila invokes ‘rules’ in resolving sea dispute

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. rallied foreign ministers participating in the 49th Asean Ministerial Meeting in Laos to support a rules-based international order in resolving the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) row. “The decision has provided a solid … Read more »


Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday brought his “Pasasalamat Tour” to Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) where he thanked City Hall officials led by Mayor Menchie Abalos, her husband and former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, father-in-law and former Commission … Read more »

Kerry to speak at Asean youth summit in Manila

US Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Sea and Earth Advocate Camp (SEA Camp) Summit on July 27 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila. The three-day SEA Camp Summit will highlight … Read more »

DENR warns local govts against garbage dumping

Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez has warned local government units (LGUs) against the continued use of open dumps, saying non-compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 will be met with a corresponding … Read more »

Aguilar declares zero-garbage zone roads

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar has declared Zapote-Alabang road and other major roads in the City as zero-garbage zones with the strict implementation of anti-littering ordinance imposing stiffer penalties on violators. City residents and business owners were advised to … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Graham: The heart and soul of FESSAP

(Second part) My last article regarding Graham Lim resulted in me receiving a number of calls as well as comments via emails and private messages from people. I would like to continue my article on Graham and tackle some issues … Read more »

The risk in being safe

It pains me to see public officials prefer to be safe and conservative in the way they think and express themselves, rather than be glowing with radioactive ideas that challenge the norm in a creative way. But that is what … Read more »

A race to the finish – arya na!

THE trumpet of war had been sounded. The base of the Republican Party had been given marching orders. America must purify itself, rid the country of immigrants: deport the millions already in the US and build a wall to prevent … Read more »

‘Kalyeserye’ and the face of poverty

AS the producer of Eat Bulaga aired on GMA7, Television and Productions Exponents Inc. (TAPE) may not know that the show’s Kalyeserye is sending us a political message. While loyal viewers are kept glued to TV sets to watch every … Read more »

Transforming the value chain

When the new administration presented its proposed 10-point socioeconomic agenda, the term “value chain development” caught my attention. The new administration recognizes that developing a good value chain can contribute to fostering inclusive growth. The concept of value chain was … Read more »

Be your own toughest critic

Why you should not be a dead wood in meetings; or even act like a wallflower, if you’re part of the gentle sex. But that’s subject to certain conditions and also assuming that you are working in a volunteer organization … Read more »

New shining stars in NCAA

With two weeks left in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 men’s basketball first round, new heroes are starting to emerge for the ten teams. Gone are the former big names like Scottie Thompson, Baser Amer, Mark Cruz, … Read more »

Kill (figuratively) the political turncoats

FILIPINO politicians change political affiliations as fast as they change the color of their jackets. The word “turncoat” may be too forgiving a word to describe this cancer of Philippine politics. Soldiers in the American Civil War reversed their military … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Claiming disability benefits under SSS Law or Labor Code

Dear PAO, Because of my injury caused by an accident at work, I could no longer perform my duties and responsibilities in the office. I am planning to file a claim for permanent total disability benefits with the SSS but … Read more »