Undocumented Filipinos in the United States as well as their relatives in the Philippines can only cheer President Barack Obama’s resolve to legalize the stay of five million undocumented immigrants in the US. They are, after all, going to benefit from it. But it is far from an accomplished fact. The Republican majority in Congress is questioning its constitutionality, and the Aquino administration may not be able to express a position on it, without… Read more »

The Nov. 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao. Inset, Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Jr., who allegedly ordered the killings.

I’m afraid the photos published the other day of the demonstration led by the National Press Club and the National Union of Journalists protesting the snail pace of justice for victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre do not quite remind the nation of how horrific that crime was… Read more »

2015 budget has ‘pork’ – Santiago

The 2015 proposed national budget is not only pork-laden, it is also unconstitutional because it allows the President to transfer an appropriation from one agency to another anytime of the year, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago disclosed on Monday. In a … Read more »


‘Cong Biazon’ code name for Jinggoy – Luy

SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not only called “Sexy” in the camp of Janet Lim-Napoles, he was also called “Cong. Biazon,” “Anak” and “Kuya,” according to pork barrel scam witness Benhur Luy. Luy, who testified in the bail hearing of … Read more »

Group files petition vs Smartmatic

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) on Monday formally asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to blacklist Smartmatic from participating in all election-related activities in the country. In a 33-page petition, the C3E asked the Comelec’s Bids and … Read more »

UCLA big step in Kobe Paras’s NBA quest

Kobe Paras admits it’s not going to be easy matching what his father has accomplished. “His accomplishment is just unbelievable,” said Kobe, referring to his Benjie Paras, who has the distinction of being named the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Rookie … Read more »

House panel OKs FOI bill

The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill finally moved forward in Congress when it was approved by the public information committee of the House of Representatives. The panel, through a 10-3 vote, approved the consolidated version of the 24 FOI bills … Read more »

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Editorial

UN’s North Korea resolution should concern PNoy

LAST Tuesday (November 18) the United Nations General Assembly decisively approved a groundbreaking resolution not just condemning the North Korean government for human rights abuses but also recommending the prosecution of its officials for crimes against humanity. The resolution passed by a 111-to-19 vote, with 55 abstentions. The Philippines... Read more »


Sports

Roach wants Floyd for Manny in 2015

Macau: Two days after his ward Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt, six-time Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year Freddie Roach called on American Floyd Mayweather Jr. to finally fight his prized pupil … Read more »

Nation

CBCP CHIDES AQUINO FOR SNUBBING FARMERS

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chided President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allegedly not meeting with some coconut farmers who marched 7,150 kilometers from Davao City to Manila to seek a dialogue with him on the coconut … Read more »

MAKATI NOW ISO 37120 CERTIFIED

MAKATI City (Metro Manila), together with the cities of London, Boston, Toronto, Dubai and Rotterdam, has obtained the highest level of certification under the first-ever set of ISO standards for world cities, ISO 37120. It made the Philippines’ financial center … Read more »

POPE’S PRIORITY CONCERN: OTHER PEOPLE’S SECURITY

Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. … Read more »

Chinese ‘poachers’ convicted despite Beijing’s warnings

PUERTO PRINCESA: A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each … Read more »

CBCP CHIDES AQUINO FOR SNUBBING FARMERS

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chided President Benigno Aquino 3rd for allegedly not meeting with some coconut farmers who marched 7,150 kilometers from Davao City to Manila to seek a dialogue with him on the coconut … Read more »

POPE’S PRIORITY CONCERN: OTHER PEOPLE’S SECURITY

Despite security threats to Pope Francis on his Philippine visit next year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday said the pope is more concerned about the safety and well-being of the people than about his own. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

CHIT JUAN

The age of transparency

Okay, I have downloaded the Uber App on my phone months ago but never found a chance to use it. On our latest adventure in Paris, my nieces and I went around the Paris metro system to run errands and … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Stockbrokers control PSE ownership, but not the board

Ownership profile Trading participants form the majority stockholders of the Philippine Stock Exchange given that they own 65.715 million PSE shares equivalent to 89.61 percent. This ownership profile has not changed a bit over the years since PSE went public … Read more »

MICHAEL GERSON

Obama: Leaving the harder path

WASHINGTON,DC: There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

OFW Song in Singapore

Kapalaran abroad, gusto bang subukan Sa Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, May diploma ka ba, o experience lamang? Huwag kang mag-alala, kaya kang tulungan, Dito lamang sa – Amerika, Atbp.! MARIVIC, Arnel and Sarath Menon are familiar with the lyrics … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Big money in culture and heritage

WHEN I go to a new place here or abroad, I try to find time to visit even just a few of its historical, cultural and natural heritage sites. Out of town trips are good opportunities not only for souvenir … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

No ‘quick fix’ at the BI

Remember how President Aquino, frustrated over what he said was poor performance and widespread graft and corrupt practices, resorted to censuring selected government agencies in his past State of the Nation Address (SONA)? I’ve come to think that PNoy’s SONA … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Negligent persons who cause harm liable for damages

Dear PAO, As I was passing by a salon last week, I was shocked to have been drenched in what seemed to me was foul-smelling water. One of the hairdressers of that salon was cleaning up and threw a bucket … Read more »