Parts of Bangsa draft law ‘unconstitutional’

The chief government negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday admitted that certain provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be unconstitutional and that is why members of the government and MILF panels are trying … Read more »

Pnoy: SC also transferred funds to executive

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd unleashed his latest tirades against the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday as he directly accused the tribunal of committing cross-border fund transfers two years ago similar to the transfer of funds under the Disbursement Acceleration Program … Read more »

Scrapped Gilas-NBA games enrage fans

What was billed as an exhibition series between the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team and a group of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars has turned into a fiasco that enraged fans, triggered a call for a congressional inquiry and embarrassed … Read more »

Emergency powers no solution to electricity problem

GRANTING emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd may not be the best solution to the country’s power problems because it will either lead to higher electricity rates or favor only power producers and people close to them, a lawmaker … Read more »

Aquino-Murad meet seen risky to peace process

DAVAO CITY: A former chief government negotiator on Wednesday expressed apprehension over a meeting between President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leader Murad Ibrahim. Jesus Dureza, former presidential adviser on the peace process during Gloria Arroyo’s … Read more »

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Nationalize not just Meralco but the entire power industry

WE fully endorse the call made by Columnist Rigoberto D. Tiglao in his piece yesterday “Nationalize Meralco.” Mr. Tiglao’s column summarizes the ills that private ownership of the Manila Electric Company or Meralco, which is a monopoly on the transmission segment of the power industry in Metro Manila and environs, has caused in our... Read more »

From our Readers

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


‘The National Treasury belongs to our citizens’

In a speech (President Aquino’s weird DAP speech) that consisted of 3070 words and took an hour to deliver, this is the only statement/sentence that is truthful and unassailable. It is perhaps the one point on which all Filipinos can agree— Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and his detractors included. It’s a measure of the speech’s impact that it has become almost as much discussed as the Supreme Court decision on the DAP that it criticized. Readers who want to check for... Read more »


Questions on Quezon

It is difficult to be happy that the weather isn’t so horribly hot and dry when we know that rains mean floods and destruction, and the displacement of thousands to school gyms and churches turned evacuation centers. Never mind that … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

2015 No longer a tariff game come AEC

Come AEC December 2015, it will no longer be a game of tariffs. After all, tariff barriers have long been eliminated. Since January 2010, the Asean-6 member states Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand have eliminated import duties on … Read more »


Building security through architecture, urban planning

The built environment can be designed and modified to reduce vulnerability in many ways: vulnerability from the effects of climate change, vulnerability from rapid urban growth, but most important of all, vulnerability from crime. In my 42 years of experience … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

For declaring PDAF illegal, Congress wants to get even with SC

After losing their annual pork barrel due to the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring it illegal last year, members of the House of Representatives now want the High Court’s Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) abolished too. Two House bills that seek to … Read more »

Peter Cariño

Little to gain from Algieri fight

I wonder whoever got the idea that Manny Pacquiao square off with new World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight champion Chris Algieri, because the Filipino has little to gain and a lot to lose from the fight. Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Emergency powers? What for?

Prodded to action by the unexpected damage to Luzon’s electrical grid caused by Typhoon Glenda last week, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, backed by at least two Senators, called on President B.S. Aquino 3rd to assume “emergency powers” to deal with … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Giving up on a condominium unit

Dear PAO, I am planning to buy a condominium unit in Pasig City. I am just awaiting approval of my loan because I intend to purchase that residential unit on installment basis. Assuming that I have already signed the agreement … Read more »