By trying to turn Congress into a tool for treason and the dismemberment of our Republic, the Bangsamoro project is paradoxically serving as an emergency call for congress to look at itself in the mirror and stanch its prolonged institutional … Read more »

I was never sold on Gawad Kalinga. I’ve always equated it with a specific kind of religiosity that to me reeked of conservatism. I also always thought that it became a convenient way to do Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for … Read more »

Cha-cha push passes 2nd read

Joint resolution allowing 100% foreign ownership of land, businesses breezes through with no objections They were expected to open the floor for debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but congressmen present in Wednesday’s session ended up voting on a … Read more »

Grace: Mar wants me as his VP

SEN. Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has already told her that he wants her to be his runningmate in the 2016 elections. But the greenhorn lawmaker, who is closing in on Vice President Jejomar … Read more »

JV doubts LTO plate supplier

THE chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee that is looking into the alleged anomalies in the P3.8-billion motor vehicle license plates standardization program of the Land Transportation Office admitted having doubts on the capability of the supplier chosen by … Read more »

West PH Sea critical to US security

The situation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is critical to the national security interest of the United States, the White House has said. “The President [Barack Obama] has often talked about how critically important the security situation … Read more »

EU chief slams China reclamations

BRUSSELS: European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday criticized “construction activities” in the South China Sea in reference to China’s land reclamations on submerged reefs, saying it would complicate the resolution of disputes. Speaking to reporters ahead of a Japan-EU … Read more »

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Show us the money

REPORTS of the sustained government underspending bolster the observation that the economy is growing despite President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd. On Monday, the Department of Finance released data showing that in the first quarter of 2015, public spending once again fell short. This is a concern because public spending is a major... Read more »


12 senators believe BBL unconstitutional

TWELVE of the 14 members of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes believe that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is unconstitutional and will not withstand scrutiny at the Supreme Court. Sen. Miriam Santiago said 11 … Read more »

Absentee lawmakers derail Bangsamoro vote

PLENARY debates at the House of Representatives on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) bill did not push through on Wednesday for lack of quorum. Only a few lawmakers showed up in plenary and some of them asked for more time … Read more »

Del Rosario richest Cabinet member

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario remains the richest member of the Cabinet. Based on the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) that he submitted last year, Del Rosario has a net worth of P838, 809,918.82, up from … Read more »

PH not dropping Sabah claim

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the Philippines is not dropping its claim on Sabah despite a warning from Kuala Lumpur. “There’s been a long-standing policy on Philippine claim to Sabah and it has not changed,” Charles … Read more »

Govt releases P270M to bring MET back to life

EFFORTS to revive the long-neglected Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET) are underway, beginning with the infusion of P270 million for repair works. Malacañang said the MET management will be transferred from the Government Insurance System (GSIS) to the National Commission for … Read more »

Visayan bloc to deliver BBL swing vote

The 42-strong Visayan bloc in the House of Representatives will have a united stand when the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is taken up in the plenary, a move that may determine the fate of the measure. Negros Occidental Rep. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Why Philippine agriculture fails

THE agricultural sector of the Philippines is a millstone around the country’s neck. Despite accounting for more than a third of the country’s workforce the sector contributes less than 15 percent of the total economic output. Poverty incidence among agricultural … Read more »

Blanching Hitler

“I REMEMBER waking up,” Adolf Hitler says. “I was lying on an area of undeveloped land, surrounded by terraces of houses.” The year is 2011, somewhere in Berlin, and Hitler, uniformed as he was when he committed suicide, cannot account … Read more »

Manila, a story of missed opportunities over the years

THE recently concluded MAYNILA Urban Design Week + Festival, which started last May 9, got me into reflecting about Manila and how its story progressed over the years. Part of our participation in the Festival is opening our doors to … Read more »

Why protect appellations of origin?

THE olive oil from the Baux de Provence valley is in a small territory which is only seven kilometers wide and twenty five kilometers long. It is located on the east side of the Rhone River. The rocky soil gives … Read more »

The ‘sanitization’ of boxing

Those who were crying for blood during the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megabout (?) in May 3 who ended up disappointed are in the dark on how boxing has already been “sanitized.” There are certain fights in boxing’s history that … Read more »

Traversing Baler on a tricycle

Aurora. A province named after the lady-love and wife of the late President Manuel Quezon. If anything, this story is just utterly romantic. One of its towns is Baler, considered to be one of the last frontiers of Central Luzon. … Read more »

Preferred shares: Ownership or debt?

SMALL investors have not asked – either they have forgotten, or are afraid to ask – the majority stockholders of public companies in which they may be heavily invested, for enlightenment on preferred shares: What are these shares for? What … Read more »

Senators Pacman, Dingdong, Isko and Bistek? We hope not.

SERIOUS legislation is for the grinds and the plodders. And for those who have accepted this paradox of good legislation – it often goes unnoticed and landmark laws are often passed without fanfare. Let us, for example, look at the … Read more »

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Raps can be filed vs seller of stolen property

Dear PAO, My brother’s high-end laptop was recently stolen in a restaurant where he was a regular customer. Although he reported it to the proper authorities who were able to secure a surveillance video of the thief in the act … Read more »