I have a five-year-old grandson in kindergarten. Like Vice President JejomarBinay, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and possibly Sen. Grace Poe, he wants to become president. He has a friend at school who is slightly older, the grandson of a Forbes magazine-listed magnate, whom he wants to run as his vice president. I am not sure the other fellow knows about it. But the five-year-old seems to be more advanced in his planning than any self-proclaimed presidential candidate… Read more »

Aquino in Bilibid, 2012 smiling as he looks at the lethal-injection bed. He should have inspected the suites, instead. Inset: Justice de Lima making sure moneyed inmate Colangco counts the money right.

You got to give it to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s chutzpa —or maybe her acting talent—to have expressed shock and anger over what the raid discovered at the country’s biggest prison, the New Bilibid, among these: luxury cells with … Read more »

Lacson to quit Cabinet

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he may leave the Cabinet early next year when he shall have relinquished his functions to a permanent disaster mitigation agency. “I will slowly fade away from the … Read more »

Time to review VFA – Drilon

THE Senate leadership is convinced that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States (US) should be reviewed with the aim of revising the criminal jurisdiction provision of the pact. Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday said he fully … Read more »

Binay: 2014 landmark year in anti-human trafficking

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) assisted 1,588 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2014, a year when the Philippines secured the highest number of convictions of human traffickers. Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said his office extended assistance … Read more »

Is de Lima protecting Bilibid inmate?

THE hut of a gang leader who is allegedly a friend of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was spared in a recent raid on the maximum security compound of the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP)in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) by the … Read more »

US, Cuba end 50 years of hostility

WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility on Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a … Read more »

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A victory for Kim Jong-Un

LAST month, hackers attacked and paralyzed computers at Sony Entertainment. They stole data about upcoming films and film workers’ — some of these famous stars’ — personal life, including income, and leaked these online. Last week, the North Korean government denied accusations its men had been the ones who hacked into Sony’s... Read more »


US-Cuba thaw likely to shake up Major Leagues

LOS ANGELES: A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America’s “national pastime” is a passion. Major League Baseball made a … 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 »

Illegal dismissal raps vs musicians’ group canned

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down illegal dismissal charges filed by a ranking staff of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Inc. (Filscap) against its officers led by singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon. In a 20-page decision penned … Read more »

Pope urged to help PH political detainees

HAILING Pope Francis’ role in prompting the US government to release from prison the three remaining members of the “Cuban 5,” the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Friday called on the leader of the Catholic Church to also intercede … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Jose A. Carillo

The nitty-gritty of the usage of the English modals (2)

LAST week, we took up the modals “will” and “would” and “shall” and “should” as well as analyzed the modal usage of three sentences presented by a government officer, Mr. Edwin Bellen. Let’s go back where we left off and … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

From P300 to P2.71T in 40 years!

SOMETIMES, a disclosure may not be as informative as you expect it to be. Instead, you find one that may be amusing and which you cannot ignore. To the Philippine Stock Exchange and its team of managers, every information posted … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Sidewalks to walk on needed

THE traffic situation as the holiday season approaches has reached critical levels of dysfunction. With the large number of vehicles, commuters and infrastructure defects that are part and parcel of Metro Manila, it comes as no surprise. And it will … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The naked truth in UP and Quiapo

ONE cannot praise nonagenarian F. Sionil Jose (FSJ) enough. I am a fan. But, I cannot see why every chance he gets he would bash Cory. He again, in the Star, last Sunday, characterized her as “unable to understand [Edsa … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Canceling mortgage annotation through memo on land title

Dear Pao My husband and I mortgaged our lot. The mortgagee, however, told us that he will cause our mortgage agreement to be annotated on the title of our land. Is this necessary for the validity of the mortgage? Can … Read more »