Duterte eyes Cha-cha through Con-Ass

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has changed his mind and now wants Charter change done quickly by Congress through a Constituent Assembly instead of a costly Constitutional Convention, his top congressional ally bared on Thursday. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte … Read more »


President denounces extrajudicial killings

EVEN AS he reiterated his vow to crush illegal drug syndicates, President Rodrigo Duterte denounced extrajudicial killings and said he would put it “under control.” “We cannot build a nation over the dead bodies of our own citizens. I’ll have … Read more »

‘Abide by ceasefire or we’ll fight’

LUCENA CITY, Quezon: President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to lift the unilateral ceasefire he had declared with communist rebels following a New People’s Army (NPA) attack against government militiamen. In a speech before soldiers at Camp Guillermo Nakar, the … Read more »

China, Russia hold war games in South China Sea

BEIJING: China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing’s defense ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area. The drills will be carried out … Read more »

BI warns vs human smuggling syndicate

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against a human trafficking syndicate recruiting Filipino jobseekers for work in China. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning on Thursday after Chinese immigration authorities deported a Filipina who fell victim … Read more »

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Editorial

UN PCA ruling helps disputants worldwide

ANALYSTS have criticized the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for doing China’s bidding, which was championed by Cambodia, China’s agent country in Asean, to disregard the UNCLOS Tribunal’s landmark ruling granting the Philippine petition against China’s takeover of the Philippine territories in the South China/West... Read more »


Sports

Chan, Lowhorn join forces to lead Rain or Shine to victory over Blackwater

The combined effort of Jeff Chan and import Dior Lowhorn led Rain or Shine to a 98-92 victory over Blackwater on Friday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. The … Read more »

Nation

Filipinos’ optimism at record high – SWS

DAYS BEFORE President Rodrigo Duterte took office, the number of Filipinos who expected their lives to get better within the first 12 months of his administration hit a record high, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). … Read more »

Court junks Jinggoy’s plea to drop graft raps

FOR LACK of merit, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division denied former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s plea to dismiss 11 counts of graft filed against him and subsume these under a separate plunder case in connection with the Priority Development … Read more »

Lacson calls for support to elderly parents

LOOKING after the elderly is one of the traits Filipinos are best known for, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson wants to make sure that such practice is not forgotten by making abandonment of parents a criminal act. Lacson, in filing Senate … Read more »

AFP still committed to truce with Reds

THE ambush of members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) by the New People’s Army (NPA) that left a militiaman dead and four others wounded in Davao del Norte would not dampen the resolve of the military to support peace … Read more »

Speaker denies opposition bloc controlled by majority

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte has dismissed fears that the opposition bloc is controlled by the “Super Majority” in the House of Representatives. Alvarez made the statement after scathing criticisms from the camp of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman … Read more »

No registration extension for barangay, youth polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters in connection with the coming barangay (village) and Sanggunianag Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Wednesday … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Misinforming the President … and the Filipino people

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was very clear in his first-ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) that his administration will not engage in finger-pointing. He unequivocally said, “I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or … Read more »

Ways to use credit cards to your advantage

Question: I just finished paying my credit card dues that had ballooned to P200,000 because I was paying only the minimum required amount each month. It took me almost a year to settle this debt. It was hard and I … Read more »

Notes on last Monday’s SONA; the oath

IS our State of the Nation Address a social vice that has become incurable? State-of-the-Union Addresses in the US are, as often delivered in person in the US Congress, as in mere long-distance messages in writing (for more than a … Read more »

Feed the children

HUNGER still stalks many of our countrymen. It is particularly destructive with our children who, because of poverty, do not get enough to eat, become vulnerable to disease and exploitation and end up unhealthy, uneducated and unhappy. Uneducated because the … Read more »

CEOs can make a difference

It was my first time to hear and see Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, live and in person, in Orlando Florida, delivering his closing speech at the global conference attended by thousands of employees from all around the globe. It was … Read more »

Watchful eye

The entire nation eagerly listened as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered hisfirst state of the nation address last Monday. Some of the keypoints he discussed include: declaration of unilateral ceasefire with communists, lowering of personal and corporate income tax rates, continuation … Read more »

Filinvest is more public than others

SOLID Group Inc. has 5 billion authorized capital stock with P1 par value of which 2.031 billion shares are subscribed and paid up. The company’s general information sheet as of June 30 listed Filipinos as owners of 2.019 billion shares, … Read more »

PDU30’s first SONA: Clash of two worlds

“And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.” — From Dover Beach by Mathew Arnold I THOUGHT he would still be in dark slacks but … 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 »

Legal Advice

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Priest who gives last rites can’t inherit from estate

Dear PAO, My unmarried and childless uncle died in his hospital bed after a long battle with cancer. He was able to make his last will just before his death. In fact, a priest already gave him his last rites … Read more »