CHANGSA, China: I am filing this column from the city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, which is the second leg of my journey to China (with a 16-member Filipino delegation comprised of journalists, academics, NGO representatives and some … Read more »

“Ever since the illness of my daughter, I have lost fervor in praying to God.” So shared a mother of three recently about her diminished piety amid the life-threatening affliction of her eldest. She still goes to Sunday Mass and … Read more »

Binay: Trillanes made my day

For Vice President Jejomar Binay, the declaration of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that he may join the 2016 presidential derby confirmed what Binay has been suspecting all along: Trillanes’ efforts to vilify him is politically motivated. “Mr. Trillanes has just … Read more »

Bidding for PCOS repair deal gets more support

Another former election official has joined the call for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to bid out the contract for the repair of 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that will be recycled for the 2016 elections. Former Comelec … Read more »

Budget pork-less but still vulnerable

SENATE Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano believes the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015 contains no legislative pork, but the absence of the law allowing public access to government transaction makes it susceptible to manipulation. Cayetano said that even if Congress … Read more »

Country can produce a tennis star, says Murray

Grand Slam winner Andy Murray believes that if the Philippines can produce world boxing champions like Manny Pacquiao, it can also come up with world-ranked tennis players. It just needs commitment and hard work, Murray, who is playing for the … Read more »

Anti-dynasty law compromise seen

A congressman said on Friday he is confident the Anti-Political Dynasty bill will be approved, even if it means making some compromises. “We are working on a compromise. If we cannot get 100 percent, we’ll settle for 50 percent,” Caloocan … Read more »

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Heed Mindanao Lumads’ cry for peace–and food

WE ask our readers to support the indigenous Filipinos (our Lumad tribals) who are always victimized by bandits and other lawless elements, including Muslim bands and even the activists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, as well as the national government civilian and military units. Many officials of the latter are paid supporters of... Read more »


Ray Rice domestic violence suspension overturned

LOS ANGELES: Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this year for domestic violence, won his appeal Friday, meaning he could return to the National Football League. Rice — who was cut by the Ravens … Read more »


Palace: Only leave extension for Ona

Health Secretary Enrique Ona has not resigned but will extend his leave of absence, Malacañang said on Friday. In a news conference, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail denied reports that Ona, who faces allegations of anomalies in procurement of pneumonia vaccines … Read more »

SC updates IT system

THE Supreme Court (SC) has paved the way for the updated Enterprise Information System Plan (EISP), which has been developed for the judiciary’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) capability, including a modern data center and disaster recovery site. In a full … Read more »

Quezon City launches Justice Zone

Expect court proceedings to move 50 percent faster when the program fully materializes after Friday’s launching of the Justice Zone project in Quezon City. Led by the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC), the Justice Zone project was conceptualized to fuse … Read more »

Female Navy officer killed

A young female Navy officer has been shot dead inside her car in Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City (Metro Manila). Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo, Navy Public Affairs office chief, on Friday identified the slain Navy official as 1st Lt. … Read more »

Mrs. Binay’s move to stop Sandigan ruling fails

Prosecutors are blocking Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife Elenita’s appeal to reverse a Sandiganbayan Third Division’s ruling that had set reading of charges against her. Mrs. Binay’s arraignment in two cases, each consisting one count of graft and malversation, did … Read more »

Bonifacio Day traffic rerouting starts Sunday

The city government of Caloocan (Metro Manila) has issued an advisory to motorists that there will be traffic rerouting starting midnight tomorrow (Sunday) at the EDSA-Monumento area to give way to celebration of the 151st birth anniversary of revolutionary hero … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Train wreck

The economy is probably in bigger trouble than this week’s surprisingly bad news about third-quarter GDP growth indicated. To call the 5.3 percent GDP turnout “unexpected” is an understatement; nobody was even close to guessing the Philippines’ economic expansion in … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Fernando Zobel de Ayala not keen to honor McMicking

SEVEN months ago on April 12, 2014, I wrote a column entitled “Honoring J. R. McMicking – Visionary Builder of Makati.” The advocacy of the article was to duly honor Joseph R. “Joe” McMicking, the acknowledged Brains of Ayala Corporation … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

How an absolute phrase with a passive perfect participle works

I WAS asked this seemingly simple grammar question last week by a member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum who goes by the username Baklis: “While reading your book English Plain and Simple, I came across one of the forms of … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

No recourse for ordinary citizens

I have a neighbor who is a very kind and nice guy, although once he drives his jeepney, he becomes king of the road—‘Give way to the King!’ He drives like he owns the road, no quarter taken, no quarter … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Birth pains

Contrary to initial expectations, the powerhouse Cleveland Cavaliers are starting slow and only have a 7-7 record early in the season. With the return of prodigal son LeBron James and stat stuffer Kevin Love, the Cavs were expected to run … Read more »

Becky Garcia

Club Bulakeño goes Latin

Notable society figures, business tycoons, philanthropists, and politicians filled the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La to celebrate Club Bulakeño’s 26th year on November 14. The whole venue was transformed into an elegant Latin setting. Incumbent presidents Atty. Jonas Cabochan and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Two months of unpaid rent no reason to eject lessee

Dear PAO, I’d like to seek your advice regarding my residential unit that is being rented and occupied by my lessee. I have an agreement with the lessee that the lease period for my property is for one year only. … Read more »