Could the Bangsamoro be haven for ISIS in the future?

Filipinos were first? Left,  from a 15-minute video posted in 2012 showing one of seven hostages beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf.  Right, a video ISIS fighter decapitating a captured Syrian soldier last month.

I realize I could be labeled an alarmist by that question, but for the sake of our nation’s future we have to confront it, and answer it as objectively as possible. If Congress, because of its P21 billion pork barrel … Read more »


Is Aquino shopping for foreign political support?

While President B. S. Aquino 3rd is traveling abroad, a self-imposed moratorium on criticisms of the presidency might do us some good. A kind of unilateral truce. It is one of the more decent rules of engagement in our trade. … Read more »

EU backs Manila on sea row

Calls on China to respect international laws THE European Union (EU) has backed the Philippines’ position on territorial disputes over several islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as it called on China and other claimant … Read more »

Senators to Palace: Don’t rush us

CONGRESS is not likely to pass a joint resolution giving President Benigno Aquino 3rd special powers anytime soon because senators want to thoroughly study the matter first. Sen. Sergio Osmena 3rd, who heads the Senate Committee on Energy, on Tuesday … Read more »

PNP chief Purisima snubs Senate hearing

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima did not show up at a  hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that was called by Sen. Grace Poe to discuss various issues hounding the police force. The … Read more »

‘Aquino failed to stop corruption’

An outspoken businessman on Tuesday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd failed to address the needs of Filipinos because of corruption. George Chua, president and CEO of the BAIC) group in the Philippines, described  Aquino’s straight-path mantra as a big lie … Read more »

PCG probes ferry sinking

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday created a fact-finding team that will look into the sinking of MV Maharlika 2 off Southern Leyte last week. PCG Commander Armand Balilo said the panel will call witnesses, crew and the captain … Read more »

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Napolcom vice chair’s idea dangerous but okay

This is something we missed and we must thank Raissa Robles for making us take note of it. On Sept. 9, per her blog article, Ms. Robles “heard National Police Commission vice chairman Eduardo Escueta ask netizens to please snap photos of ongoing crimes or suspicious activities and post these on the Internet.” This was after that famous... Read more »


UE downs UST, forces Final Four playoff

UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) posted  a crucial 78-73 win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) to force a playoff for the last Final Four slot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on … Read more »


San Joaquin terminal to increase number of ferry customers — mmda

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday is optimistic  that more people will avail of the Pasig River Ferry Service with the opening of the San Joaquin station in Pasig City. Tolentino said at least five ferry boats … Read more »

Actor Crawford pleads not guilty of malicious mischief

TELEVISION host and singer Billy Crawford on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the malicious mischief and two counts of disobedience to a person or agent in authority charges in connection with the police station brawl more than a week ago. … Read more »

Makati opens day care center

MAKATI City has opened two day care centers to provide supplemental parental care for young children of working parents who are unable to hire a nanny to look after them while they are at work. Established through the Day Care … Read more »

army to hold medical mission in Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the Brotherhood Operation Surgical Services (BOSS) will conduct free cataract and cleft lip and palate operation in Mindanao. Bel Yenko, president of the Alpha Phi Omega, Southern Zamboanga Alumni Association and … Read more »

Iloilo City prepares relocation of informal settlers

ILOIO CITY: The city government here is preparing a 1.2 hectare site in Barangay Sambag in Jaro district as permanent homes to informal settlers. Wilredo Jurilla, chief of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office, said  each family is allotted … Read more »

QC to honor outstanding villages

VILLAGES in Quezon City will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the city’s social, political, cultural and     economic growth during the “Husay Balangay” awards ceremony on September 21 at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The 10 categories to be contested … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ernesto F. Herrera

Cheaper, cleaner, greener energy could provide more investments and jobs

What should the government do to solve power shortages? Forget emergency powers for the President. Forget about buying or renting generator sets. Think long term. Shortages in electricity that have triggered rotating brownouts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao cannot be … Read more »

Efren Danao

BS Aquino loves to listen– to himself

There was something absolutely wrong when President BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, conducted last week in Malacanang what was billed as an “agenda-setting dialogue” with his allies. No, it was not the absence of Vice President Jejomar … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Is the president hallucinating or on medication?

A day before leaving for Europe, President Aquino gathered his Cabinet and members of the Liberal Party in Malacañang and hinted once more that he is open for another term in office after 2016. Mr. Aquino first toyed with the … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Time for PCGG to review legal strategies vs sequestered companies

GOING AFTER ROMUALDEZ. Former Ambassador Benjamin Trinidad “Kokoy” Romualdez” owned Palm Avenue Holdings Co. Inc. and Palm Avenue Realty and Development Corp. He was also identified as a crony – a much abused word during the administration of the late … Read more »

Mike Wootton

Should ISIS operate the toll roads?

Well here we go again, having loaded P2,000 into the e-pass last Wednesday and having incurred toll fees of P1,320, I see now that according to the RFID machine my balance is minus P163. It happens continually and is virtually … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

A good idea from Cayetano and a depressing one from DPWH

Although he has spent many of his recent working hours peacocking in what is almost certain to be a completely irrelevant hearing about a municipal building in one city, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano remembered that he is, in … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Protecting rights, interests of working children in mass media

Dear PAO, Lately, I noticed the rise of popularity and exposure of children and teenagers in mass media. I believe these young people are happy with their work and their rights and interests are protected. But I am curious about … Read more »