Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has proposed a most interesting twist in the continuing debate on the Bangsamoro project of President Aquino and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In reply to Aquino’s statement that he wants to meet with senators … Read more »

“The sea belongs to nobody  – but interests clash over its uses.” At no other time in history do some Asean countries face several maritime challenges than during this second decade of the 21st. All because of the uses of … Read more »

Poe signs Binay rap sheet

‘Loyalty should be with the people not with friends’ A government official’s loyalty should be with the people, not with his friends. Sen. Mary Grace Poe on Friday made the statement as she confirmed having signed the draft report of … Read more »

5th petition against K-to-12 filed at SC

Close to a hundred petitioners, among them lawmakers, members of the academe, parents and students have filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the constitutionality of Republic Act 10533 or the K to 12 Law. The petitioners on … Read more »

China: No one tells us what to do

China’s foreign ministry on Friday hit back at US criticism of its reclamation works in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), saying, “No one has the right to instruct China on what to do.” Beijing’s statement … Read more »

Rody: I’ll run if Etta won’t shut up

DAVAO CITY: Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Friday said he will run for President in 2016 if his critics, particularly former Commission on Human Rights (CHR)  chairman Loretta Ann Rosales, will continue to campaign against him. “After hearing them make … Read more »

House OKs free Wi-Fi bill

Expect telcos to mount a massive lobby to torpedo this bill. The House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed on third and final reading a bill calling for the enactment of a law that would make it mandatory for public … Read more »

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Happy assembly for teachers, students, parents and the nation

YESTERDAY morning’s K-to-12 Summit at the PICC (the Philippine International Convention Center) was a rare, happy assembly for teachers, students, parents and the nation. The only unhappy people were the demonstrators who were blocked by police when they tried to reach the entrance to the PICC to demand that implementation of the K-to-12 basic... Read more »


House raises SSS by P2,000 a month

Pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) are one step closer to a P2,000 pension increase. They may have to thank the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privitization for approving House Bill 6748 or the Act Increasing Pensions and … Read more »

Quezon City Eye Center decries fraud allegations

The Quezon City Eye Center, a leading PhilHealth-accredited facility specializing in cataract surgery for the poor and senior citizens, has  decried insinuations that it was engaged in the filing of fraudulent claims in the cataract package of PhilHealth. Speaking for … Read more »

Fund raising drive for Duterte launched

COTABATO CITY: Tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte showed his soft side after learning that a fundraising campaign dubbed “Piso para sa Presidente” was launched to convince him to run for president next year. An Ulama presented Duterte a handwoven … Read more »

Asia-Pacific makes strides in curbing hunger – FAO

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goals’ hunger target of halving the proportion of undernourished people in 2015 but 490 million people in the region still suffer from chronic hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). … Read more »

Luistro to parents: Enrol kids early

EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro urged parents who were unable to enrol their children to show up early so that his agency will have ample time to fix their problems before classes start on June 1. “Please don’t surprise me. Tell … Read more »

Maynilad to hike rate in June

STARTING June 1, 2015, customers of Maynilad Water Services will pay more for their water consumption. Randy Estrellado, Maynilad’s chief financial officer, said the company will adjust tariff rate by 4.19 percent. The adjustment, approved by the Metropolitan Waterworks and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Lessons from Australia

DURING my 30-day sojourn Down Under, I once commented to a Filipino friend living there that Australia is a place where you can “get tired” of all the open space with trees and vegetation in its cities and suburbs. There … Read more »

China’s coming crash?

WASHINGTON, DC:  It’s time to worry about China. On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic … Read more »

PNoy, defend LBM aka BBL at the Senate!

IF President BS Aquino The Last is really serious about breaking protocol and talk with senators about the Law on the Bangsa Moro (LBM), also known as Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), then he should be willing to make the Senate … Read more »

Alas, the rogue phrase ‘result to’ is still very much alive and kicking!

THE other day, just when I thought I had seen the last of “resulting to” usurping the role of the phrasal verb “resulting in,” I received this note from a reader indicating that the rogue usage is still very much … Read more »

K-to-12 is vital to the Philippine economy

A couple of weeks ago, one of my colleagues phoned me from an event she was attending. My name had apparently come up in a conversation she had with an official of the Department of Education (DepEd). “DepEd is a … Read more »

UBP to pay 3 independent directors P1.7M each per year

ON May 21, Alfredo de Borja, an independent director of Ionics Inc., bought 1.6 million Ionics shares at P0.60 each. Before the acquisition, he already directly owned 14 million Ionics shares. De Borja bought Ionics shares two days after the … Read more »

No PCOS machines in Spain’s quick, fair, honest elections

JUST happened to be in Madrid for the nationwide Spanish elections for local government. There was one street with some electoral advertising as we came in from the airport. It consisted of small flags on electric posts saying vote PSOE, … Read more »

No public servants immune from suit

NO one in government is immune from suit. What is immune relates to acts. PNoy cannot say “You cannot sue me, I am President. So what if I rape or kill?” Neither is in a president’s job description. Immunity is … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Correcting erroneous entries in birth certificate

Dear PAO, I want to file a petition for correction of entry in my birth certificate to correct my misspelled first name with the Office of the Local Civil Registrar. Since I don’t have money to pay for the filing … Read more »