Last week, I essayed the analysis that the nation’s ethical infrastructure, like our physical and political infrastructure, is sagging and crumbling, and that it urgently needs rebuilding (“Our new social cancer is ethical,” September 18). Today, I turn my focus … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

First of two parts If there’s one painful lesson the nation should learn from past changes in national leadership, they never stopped corruption. Corazon Aquino took over from Ferdinand Marcos, then had her Kamag-anak Inc. Joseph Estrada had his predecessor … Read more »

‘I had wanted revenge vs Marcos’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday admitted that he had wanted to exact revenge against then-strongman President Ferdinand Marcos and his “ilk” after the assassination of his father, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., more than 31 years ago.

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Sandiganbayan Justice Ong resigns

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong has submitted his resignation letter to the Supreme Court (SC) en banc, asking that he be allowed to retire early from the anti-graft court. Ong apparently decided to sever his ties with the Sandiganbayan after … Read more »

Plunder, graft, bribery raps against Purisima

A few days after Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd ordered a lifestyle check on all personnel of the Philippine National Police, a consumers’ group on Monday filed plunder, graft and indirect bribery charges against PNP chief Alan Purisima before the … Read more »

Binay accuser faces disbarment for bigamy

RENATO Bondal, one of those who accused Vice President Jejomar Binay of building an overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, is facing a disbarment complaint for allegedly committing bigamy. In a two-page complaint filed at the Supreme Court dated August … Read more »

Philippines assured of a bronze in wushu

INCHEON, South Korea: Francisco Solis made it to the semifinals of the men’s sanda -56-kg. in wushu on Monday, assuring the Philippines of its first medal in the 2014 Asian Games. The veteran Solis posted a 2-0 win over Ting … Read more »

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Climate change: Time is running out

Climate change is real, it is here and it threatens all of us. That is the inconvenient truth (to borrow the title from the award-winning 2006 documentary featuring the environmental crusader Al Gore) confronting 125 world leaders, including President Benigno Aquino 3rd, attending the UN Climate Change summit in New York today. There is a grim... Read more »


Top Rank says DONAIRE-WALTERS is on

Top Rank Promotion has announced that Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will fight Jamaican Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters on October 18 to determine who will be the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) world featherweight champion. The 12-round fight … Read more »


Filipinos must leave Syria immediately – DFA

Some 2,300 Filipinos in Syria are urged to immediately avail of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program there amid the start of US air strikes against a Syrian extremist group. Charles Jose, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), … Read more »

House leader: Budget can’t be hostaged by DAP list

Deliberations on the proposed P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 should not be held hostage by moves to stop them over the allegedly incomplete list of lawmakers whose proposed projects were funded by the outlawed Dis-bursement Acceleration Program (DAP). House Majority Leader … Read more »

Plane suffers landing gear problem

A PAL Express flight bound for Davao was forced to return to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after it suffered a nose landing gear problem, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Tuesday. CAAP said Flight 2P … Read more »

7 policemen accused of extortion

SEVEN Manila policemen assigned at the anti-car theft unit were ordered arrested by District Director Rolando Asuncion on Tuesday. Facing extortion charges were Senior Insp. Rommel Geneblazo, head of the Anti-Carnapping and Hijacking Unit, and his subordinates SPO1 Michael Dingding, … Read more »

POEA lifts deployment ban to Venezuela, Israel, West bank

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday lifted the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Venezuela, while it also allowed to resume the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Israel and Westbank. Labor and Employment Secretary … Read more »

One killed, 21 hurt in Pampanga road accident

A PASSENGER bus crashed into a truck on Monday along the national highway in a remote village in Pampanga, killing one and wounding 21 others. Reports at Camp Crame identified the fatality as Benedict Dipan, the conductor of the Victory … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Corporate communications with a nasty bite

On the heels of the flooding and general misery caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Mario last Friday, a new affront to Filipino self-assurance appeared over the weekend in the form of a video, a short infomercial produced by … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Just DON’T do it

Former Manila Mayor and now Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay mentioned one good reason, or probably the best reason, not to change the Constitution through Congress, even if supposedly it would be limited to economic provisions alone. Atienza said … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Malacañang’s P10-billion cover up

The list of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) projects released by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad is one big cover-up to belatedly legitimize the Aquino administration’s illegal and unconstitutional juggling of public funds. This is the first … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Binay redux

Jejomar Binay, vice president of the Philippines, delivered a prepared speech for a total of 21 minutes with all the trappings of the higher office save the seal. He was focused on the bigger audience and contrasted himself with those … Read more »


Rizal: Social entrepreneur

It occurred to me during a conversation over lunch with a colleague Lito Casaje (who is with the Literature Department of DLSU) that our national hero, Jose Rizal, was actually a social entrepreneur. Lito and I are both fans of … Read more »


The new wave of coffee

I do not want to declare the “third wave coffee” trend as the new wave. At least not in the Philippines. Because in many parts of the country we still are drinking coffee cooked in calderos (soup pots) or drinking … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Dealing with assets left by missing dad

Dear PAO, For two years now, we tried our best to find my father, but we still don’t know where he is or what happened to him. Now, another problem cropped up. I received a notice from the local government … Read more »