Communism, defeated, may lie in the dust-heap of history; but equality still is the key issue of this century. Most everywhere, the privileged and the poor are separating—like Disraeli’s England of the 1840s—into two nations. Urban communities are unravelling, as … Read more »

[4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, Feb 1, 2015 / Deut 18:15-20 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7b, 7c-9 / 1 Cor 7:32-35 / Mark 1:21-28] In today’s gospel we find Jesus teaching in the synagogue. His teaching “made a deep … Read more »

Palace shields Purisima

Govt will not pressure suspended PNP chief to talk about Maguindanao mission President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not compel suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to speak up on his involvement in the operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that … Read more »

Kin of fallen SAF troops not eyeing hero’s burial

The families of the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who perished in Mamasapano, Maguindanao are not seeking to bury their loved ones at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office issued … Read more »

UN mourns slain SAF commandos

The United Nations team in the Philippines has joined the Filipino people in mourning the death of 44 elite commandos who were mowed down during an operation to arrest terrorists in Maguindanao last week. The UN on Saturday expressed its … Read more »

Give peace a chance – Ferrer, Iqbal

KUALA LUMPUR: Government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea on Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas. Both … Read more »

2 PAF pilots die in Batangas crash

Two Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots were killed when their plane crashed off Nasugbu, Batangas on Saturday morning. Officials identified the fatalities as 1st Lt. Nazer Jana and Capt. John Bayao. According to Nasugbu Police chief Pablo Aguda, the pilots … Read more »

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CBCP Public Affairs Chair Bishop Pabillo is right: BBL can wait

WE have no objection to the notion that the pursuit of lasting peace in Mindanao must not cease until it is achieved. But we reject the Malacañang campaign—supported by the Foreign Powers and the United Nations—that the so-called “peace process” has reached the penultimate step to achieving peace in Mindanao because the Bangsamoro Basic... Read more »


Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

LAS VEGAS: Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star’s promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said … Read more »


DepEd, US sign deal to boost PH education

THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a bilateral agreement for basic education programs that aim to increase access to quality education for vulnerable populations such as out-of-school youth and students in … Read more »

Comelec confident to win SC case

The Commission on Elections  (Comelec) on Friday expressed confidence that the petition filed by the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) before the Supreme Court (SC) against the poll body will be dismissed. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said … Read more »

Overbooking ban for airlines proposed

A measure seeking to ban overbooking by airline companies has been filed at the House of Representatives. House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list filed House Bill 5361 or the Magna Carta of Airline Passengers Rights in … Read more »

Hot topics at Balitaan sa Rembrandt

“Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt” the other day tackled hot topics such as the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) massacre, political double cross, and a new Filipino world class product. Ferdie Pasion, chairman of Nat-Fil, reminded our leaders that no … Read more »

Youth joins nation in mourning SAF men

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon on Friday said the Filipino youth joins the nation in mourning the untimely death of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) officers in a gruesome encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers … Read more »

US statement on contaminated apple exports

Washington on Friday assured the Filipino consumers that apple shipments from the mainland United States are safe for human consumption, stressing that only a single packinghouse was involved in the recall due to possible contamination of Listerosis bacteria. “The recall … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Alexis Tsipras, Syriza are as moderate as Bert Romulo, circa 1987

The slide of media to mediocrity is clearly taking place on a global scale. How else could you explain the mainstream press’s reportage on the Greek elections? After the victory of Syriza and the defeat of the political parties favored … Read more »


In mourning: The Fallen 44

I write this on the National Day Of Mourning for the 44 police commandos of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who died in action in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. I wish there were a way of registering my … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Does God allow human suffering?

The children were all gathered in the ‘center for street children’ near the Manila Cathedral when the Pope just finished a mass, during which he challenged bishops and priests to be true pastors and imitate Christ and serve the poor. … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

Double-Depping at the cinema

Back in the ‘90s I’d be running around in circles like a happy puppy if there were two Johnny Depp movies out in the cinema at the same time. I know he doesn’t really care about what anyone else says, … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

SAF Maguindanao massacre: Who gave the order for Oplan Wolverine?

LIKE the millions of our fellow Filipinos, I am very much affected by the deaths of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops who were involved in a covert police operation in Maguindanao to arrest two notorious terrorists involved in … Read more »


BS Aquino betrayed the policemen

PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last, I mean, The Third, and his drumbeaters see nothing wrong in ignoring the giving of honors to our fallen heroes when their bodies arrived at Villamor Air Base. Usec Abigail Valte said there was no … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Arrest warrant valid unless it is quashed

Dear PAO, Does a warrant of arrest expire? Kean Dear Kean, A warrant of arrest is issued by a competent authority directing the arrest of a person so that he/she may be bound to answer for the commission of an … Read more »