The BBL is now the baton in a weird track-and-field relay. First, President BS Aquino had an “aha moment” wherein he saw himself handing off the ugly offspring to a handpicked Citizens’ Peace Council composed of supporters and proven cronies, … Read more »

We hope that Congress and our people can overcome their prejudices. We cannot pursue peace on the basis of mutual fear and distrust. All of us must undertake an active search for justice, truth, respect, love and peace.         … Read more »

Pacquiao prize to pay for fines

Defeated boxer Manny Pacquiao may lose most if not all of his $120-million prize money if angry fans who sued him for damages would get a decision in their favor.

So far, two Nevada men filed a class-action lawsuit against Pacquiao on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), … Read more »

Court lifts arrest order vs Napoles daughter

The Third Division of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on Wednesday lifted the arrest order it earlier issued against Jeane Napoles, daughter of the suspected mastermind of the so-called pork barrel scam, for failing to show up in her … Read more »

Aquino off to Chicago, Canada

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday left for a working visit to Chicago in the United States, and a state visit to Canada from May 6 to 9. The President and his party left at 8:20 a.m. on board Philippine … Read more »

Where did P63B go?

Defense and military officials were told on Wednesday to account for the P63 billion budget allocated since 2002 for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “Money for the modernization program has been in the AFP’s hands … Read more »

Psycho test may imperil Bautista’s appointment

Newly appointed Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista will pass through the eye of a needle should results of his psychiatric tests be presented to the Commission on Appointments (CA). According to sources from the Judicial and Bar Council … Read more »

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Growth with job creation

NEWS about the slowest rate of inflation in 20 months has a worrisome angle, because of what it suggests about unemployment. There is an economic concept that shows a historical inverse relationship between inflation and unemployment – the Phillips Curve. Basically, it says that the higher the inflation rate, the lower the unemployment rate.... Read more »


May 8 party-list registration deadline

PARTY-LIST organizations, coalitions and new political parties have only until Friday to file their registration and manifestation of intent to participate in the 2016 national and local elections, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia … Read more »

PSALM president/CEO suspended for 90 days

The president and chief executive officer of state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has been suspended from his post. The suspension of Psalm President and CEO Emmanuel Ledesma was announced during deliberations of the Principals Board Meeting … Read more »

Online ticket sale racket uncovered

A new modus operandi was discovered by airport authorities after five departing passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Wednesday were found to possess airline tickets that did not bear their names. The Philippine National Police-Aviation Security … Read more »

UN to Aquino: Keep Pinoy journalists safe

THE United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has urged the Aquino administration to help ensure the safety of Filipino journalists and media workers. The UNDP, in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day (May 3), on Tuesday joined its partners in … Read more »

PNP to activate 300 CCTV systems in NCR

AROUND 300 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems in crime-prone areas of Metro Manila or National Capital Region (NCR) are expected to be activated soon in response to various crime incidents and maximize the police’s anti-crime programs. Philippine National Police (PNP) … Read more »

Flights at Clark limited to daytime operations

Flights at the Clark International Airport (CRK) have been limited to daytime operations after the airport’s navigational guidance system was damaged by lightning since Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Wednesday. As a result, four … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The trade finance crunch

FOR lack of access to credit, nearly $1 trillion worth of trade is missing from the world economy. That was the point made by a recent opinion piece written for the Inter Press Service news agency by Roberto Azevêdo, the … Read more »

Taking credit, timelines, injustice

AT around 2:00AM on April 29, I put up a status on Facebook about the news confirming that Mary Jane Veloso had not been executed. I had hashtagged that with #YouDoNotTakeCreditForThisPNoy. That was an effort at getting ahead of Malacañang’s … Read more »

Cities of the Future: Asia Pacific

Second of three parts LAST week, I shared with you an overview of the discussions from the 19th FIABCI Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat Summit. Speakers from all over the Asia Pacific region shared their insights on the best practices in … Read more »

The heart of a champion

IT was around the fifth round when the rains started pouring. For many superstitious, it was a good sign. The rains coming in during any occasion is welcomed as a blessing from the heavens. It was also what Manny “Pacman” … Read more »

A trade watershed?

WASHINGTON,DC: The trouble with our trade debates is that people assume that they’re only about economics. Since World War II, US trade policy has also been a pillar of US foreign policy. In the early postwar decades, America encouraged trade … Read more »

Political drama in Cebu

To see print after years of hiatus is like putting a tortoise back to the sea. I learned to love the pen before I learned to love the mic. My struggle for syntax came before my seemingly endless struggle to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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First cousin of barangay chief can’t be named barangay treasurer

Dear PAO, Our barangay chairman is about to replace our barangay treasurer. It is widely rumored that one of the persons she is considering to appoint as the new barangay treasurer is her first-degree cousin, also a licensed accountant. Someone … Read more »