The August-September issue of the influential Foreign Affairs magazine (published bimonthly by the US Council on Foreign Relations) screams on its cover— WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: SOLVING THE COLD WAR’S COLD CASES: Iran 1953, Congo 1961, Pakistan 1971, Chile 1973. Before … Read more »

OUR Tuesday column, “Three things Aquino should do for accountability,” asked if his Cabinet members and other top officials implicated in anomalies would quit, then come back after their names are cleared. The question of resignation erupted again this week … Read more »

Aquino hits UN for ‘mission impossible’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday said the mission given by the United Nations to Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights in the Middle East was unclear and impossible to carry out.

Speaking at a ceremony at Malacañang honoring the peacekeepers, the President said their mission was to “separate … Read more »

‘Purisima must go’ if the PNP is to modernize

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima is jeopardizing the passage of a measure that aims to modernize the police institution because unless he steps down, Congress may not pass the legislation, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. In a television … Read more »

Stay indoors, Filipinos in Hong Kong advised

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to stay indoors and keep away from protest rallies there. “I urge and advise our OFWs in Hong Kong to be mindful about their … Read more »

Terrorists recruiting suicide bombers

FOREIGN terrorists who have been hiding in the Philippines and who have reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been trying to recruit local “suicide bombers” for the longest time but continue to fail, … Read more »

BMX rider gives Philippines first Incheon Games gold

INCHEON, South Korea: Daniel Caluag bagged the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games by ruling the BMX Moto Race cycling event. But with two days left in the Games here, the Philippines will be struggling to match … Read more »

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Do enemies of transparency control the House?

THE House of Representatives conducted an online survey about whether the Freedom of Information bill (which really seems to be ready for passage by the majority) should include a provision requiring media (newspapers as well as broadcast stations) to “give” people aggrieved by a report or any article the “right of reply or the ROR.” As... Read more »


Evardone to DBM: We hold power of the purse

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday was broadly warned by a lawmaker against encroaching into Congress’ turf. The veiled warning made by Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar stemmed from the 100-page long errata on the proposed … Read more »

US aid to go to PH law enforcement, court reforms

The United States is providing $17.68 million in assistance to help the Philippines enhance its law-enforcement capabilities and support justice-sector reforms. In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said the funding will also help Manila strengthen its … Read more »

No more excuses, FOI right now – media group

There is no more reason for the committee on public information of the House of Representatives to continue delaying the progress of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and entertaining the addle-minded attempts of some lawmakers to force the inclusion … Read more »

Govt can’t tell if Marcos paintings were stolen

THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) said it will enlist the help of international experts in assessing seized masters’ paintings from the possession of former First Lady Imelda Marcos and her family in San Juan City (Metro Manila). PCGG … Read more »

Britons arrested for assaulting security guards

SECURITY marshalls at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig arrested two Britons for allegedly assaulting two guards who stopped them from skateboarding in the commercial establishment on Saturday. Taguig City Police Chief Senior Supt. Arthur Asis said Britons Sam Reynolds … Read more »

Two arrested in Iloilo buy-bust

A SUSPECTED drug den owner and a minor were arrested by combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local police during a buy-bust operation that led to the discovery of a drug den in Iloilo on September … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

What’s happening to Globe and PLDT?

Both of the nation’s two major telecommunications companies, Globe Telecom and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), made news last week with competing offers of “free” internet services (under certain conditions, of course). But this week they are making … Read more »


Why War is Good

SOME of the most terrifying moments of my life have been in the midst of conflict: with American marines in Fallujah in 2004 and with armed bands in Sierra Leone in 1993. I stood next to mounds of dead Iranian … Read more »


Architecture, Urban Planning, and Engineering to address hazards before disasters

LAST week, I received a lot of positive response to my column topic addressing floods, and I would like to thank the readers for their inputs and seeing the big picture of the situation with me. In reality, my firm, … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Birds of the same feather

I HAVE high hopes that come 2016, when we elect a new president, a new brand of politics will also be ushered in. Vice President Jojo Binay is the frontrunner in this presidential race which started even before it began … Read more »

Peter Cariño

The sad saga of PH basketball

(Second of four parts) The low finish of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Games is not pleasant at all, because the country prides itself with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which is Asia’s first pay-for-play league. The PBA has … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

An afternoon at the opera

Most readers have probably heard about the staging of Noli Me Tangere: The Opera at the Newport Theater in the last few weeks. Noli Me Tangere, consi-dered as Jose Rizal’s most genius work, portrays the protracted struggle of Filipinos against … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Donation revocable if donee fails to meet terms set by donor

Dear PAO, I donated a land five years ago to a foundation, thinking that I will no longer have a family because I was already 55 years old then. As a condition, the foundation shall use the land and build … Read more »