Marcos throws hat in VP derby

Political difference with Binay led to tandem talks’ collapse Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has finally crossed the Rubicon on Monday as he declared his bid for the vice presidency in next year’s elections. In a statement Monday night, the 58-year-old … Read more »

Extreme poverty to fall below 10% – World Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Extreme poverty this year will fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still “great concern” for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said on Sunday. “This is … Read more »

If UNA wants me to be VP, so be it – Gringo

SENATOR Gregorio Honasan 2nd doesn’t anymore see his nomination as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate as a bad joke. The EDSA hero turned rebel turned senator told reporters on Monday he is now open to such possibility. Honasan said … Read more »

It’s official, Leni is Mar’s running mate

After a long and winding courtship, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, finally said yes to an offer for her to become the running mate of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd. With her daughters — Aika, Tricia and Jillian … Read more »

Tolentino no-show in LP event

Francis Tolentino, the embattled chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who is aspiring to run for senator under the Liberal Party (LP), was a no-show in Leni Robredo’s coming out party on Monday. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, an … Read more »

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Self-dealing of senators must be checked

WE join Buhay Party List Rep. Lito Atienza in calling attention to the anomalous situation, where a sitting senator can repeatedly run for election to a higher office, and yet return to the Senate once he or she is beaten in a free and fair balloting. We have seen this phenomenon several times over the past decade. And we will see it repeated... Read more »


Only 16,000 houses built so far

IT’S been almost two years since Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated entire communities in Eastern Visayas but the government has only managed to build 16,000 houses of the targeted 205,128 homes for the typhoon victims, the Senate learned on Monday. National … Read more »

‘Oxford Economics study biased ‘

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said the latest study of Oxford Economics (OE) on tobacco illicit trade is biased. Henares also branded inaccurate the study made by the London-based think tank that the government lost more than P22 billion in … Read more »

Diesel prices down but kerosene up

Oil companies will reduce the prices of diesel prices but will increase the cost of gasoline and kerosene on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Seaoil said it will lower diesel prices by 10 centavos per liter while Eastern Petroleum said it … Read more »

VP victim of black propaganda – Estrada

Vice President Jejomar Binay found an ally in Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada who said the former is a victim of black propaganda. “It was a one-year non-stop black propaganda, unrelenting. However, although his survey went down, he is still … Read more »

Roxas failed to implement disaster reduction programs – Binay camp

The camp of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Monday slammed former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd for his failure to fully implement disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) projects despite the availability of funds. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman … Read more »

Lower power rates seen this month

The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor, said power rates may go down this month. Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga attributed the looming price reduction to low generation charges. “While we are still waiting for the complete and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Bitcoin binned in Australia

Today’s ICYMI, because it’s one of my favorite topics: Bitcoin, the ultimate cynical expression of contempt for the concept of money, has apparently worn out its welcome in Australia, which at one time was considered a trailblazing market for the … Read more »

Promoting Filipino culture through music

LAST week, while expressing my thoughts about the film “Heneral Luna” in this column, I wrote of how powerful a medium film is, with its ability to inspire, entertain, challenge and inform audiences. Movies shape the way we see and … Read more »

The art of putting foot in mouth

SOME people should just shut up. Take Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. After President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s handpicked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales kept him out of the OMB’s probe into the illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program, Abad put him back in. “We … Read more »

Customized tandems

2016 is truly messy and very unorthodox. The cynics would say, why should one even bother to vote with the options shaping up. The very system bails out for all in a leveraged competition set up to secure the most … Read more »

Whom are we for in Syria?

NEW YORK CITY: Vladimir Putin has been able to act forcefully in Syria not because he’s bolder or more decisive than Barack Obama but because he has a clearer strategy. Putin has an ally, the Assad government. He has enemies, … Read more »

Shaping, not changing, the values of the local workforce

It is a constant challenge for me as an entrepreneur who hires from the local community to resolve the disparity in values between management and our employees. Every weekend, I help my parents run their sustainable heritage destination in San … Read more »

Universiade: A once in a lifetime experience

The 2015 Summer World Universiade held in Gwangju, South Korea in July has drawn the largest numbers of athletes, coaches and officials making it the world’s the biggest sporting event for college student-athletes. A total of 13,000 athletes and officials … Read more »

Can we also grow tea?

IT’S 900 meters above sea level, just like many of the places I have visited in Brazil but rather than just coffee, they grow tea as well. I found myself touring an organic tea plantation in Chiang Dao about 50 … Read more »

Legal Advice

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No middle name for illegitimate children

Dear PAO, I am an illegitimate child. I am using the surname of my mother, and have no middle name in my birth certificate. I am applying for work abroad, and I was advised by my recruitment agency to put … Read more »