In the race for global dominance, the world is being drawn closer every day to the brink of war. The rivalry casts Russia and China on the one side, and the United States, Japan and the NATO members on the other. War could start in Europe or in Asia either by design or by mistake.

But wherever it starts, should it ever start, it could be an unlimited war. With nuclear weapons sufficient to kill the entire human race 20 times over, perhaps not even the denizens on the deepest ocean floor would survive… Read more »

Top: Pugad Island, which Marcos lost to the Vietnamese in 1975. Middle: Panatag Shoal, which Aquino lost to China in 2012. Bottom: Pag-Asa Island, which we will surely lose if we continue to have the mindset of Aquino or his clone as President.

Second of Three Parts on the Spratly Crisis

Well, he did a few things.

He thumped his chest, and declared that he “will defend Recto Bank as if it were Recto Avenue.” With the US and Southeast Asian nations at the back pushing the uto-uto, he had a case against China filed in an international arbitral court, which would cost us at least P1 billion, but the ruling of which the superpower would… Read more »

Purisima dismissed

Anomalous courier contract did resigned PNP chief in RESIGNED Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Alan Purisima was formally dismissed from the police service for his involvement in an anomalous courier service contract in 2011. Ten other police officials, including Chief … Read more »


PCOS repair bid declared a failure

With all bidders backing out of the project because of low budget allocation, the special bids and awards committee of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday declared a failure of bidding for the contract to refurbish 81,000 vote-counting machines … Read more »

Binay camp fomenting lawlessness – De Lima

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday said they would not tolerate the Binay camp’s “blatant disrespect” of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the police. “They are already fomenting lawlessness … Read more »

Alleged anomalies happened in dad’s time

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. said he could not be held liable for alleged anomalies in a school building project because it happened before 2010 when his father, now Vice President Jejomar Binay, was the city’s mayor. His … Read more »

Docu not meant to spite China

Malacañang on Tuesday brushed aside a Chinese Foreign Ministry official’s criticism of the airing of a Philippine government-produced documentary on a territorial dispute between the two countries. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the three-part documentary “Karapatan sa Dagat” is … Read more »

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Editorial

Doubts over targets justify CCT probe

We support calls for an investigation into the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and hope that this leads to a rigorous evaluation of its efficiency. The calls not only came from critics of the Aquino Administration, but also from its political allies. For instance, House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. was quoted... Read more »


Nation

AMLC told to explain bank report on Estradas

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to explain why it included the bank account of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s wife in its inquiry report on the senator’s alleged involvement in a multi-million peso plunder trial … Read more »

‘MRT budget may be LP’s poll kitty’

THE ruling Liberal Party (LP) is expecting to raise funds for the 2016 polls through a maintenance project for the Metro Rail System (MRT), Rico Quicho, a spokesman of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said. The Department of Transportation and Communication … Read more »

Marina’s Mejia candidate for IMO chief

One of the six candidates for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a Filipino: Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., currently the administrator of the country’s Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Philippines is … Read more »

Poultry dealer bags P36.2M lotto pot

A 45-year-old poultry dealer from Bulacan bagged the P36.2 million jackpot prize in the Mega Lottto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas said the lone bettor got … Read more »

Smartmatic has edge – Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted on Monday that technology provider Smartmatic Corp. has an edge over its competitors in today’s bidding for the P2.88 billion diagnostics, repair refurbishment and upgrading of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. Also up … Read more »

50 houses razed in Parañaque

At least 50 houses were destroyed by fire on Sunday night in Area B of the Airport Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Paranaque City. Paranaque City OIC Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Renato Capuz said about 200 families were affected and that property … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Help!

HERE is a letter signed by one Immanuel Balingit, who identified himself as president of Call Center Philippines, a community organization on a social networking site. Mr. Balingit, together with Alvin Felipe D. Gutiano and Karly Anthony Marquez, his co-founders … Read more »

A consolation to the ‘kulelats’ in the polls

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson , according to the papers, wants to run for higher office but the challenge of overcoming his low numbers in the presidential surveys is a hurdle as towering and daunting as Hemingway’s Kilimanjaro. The lowly depths … Read more »

Environment laws gone to seed

Filipinos generally take a bath every day and are very critical of those who don’t. Yet while they are very concerned about their personal hygiene, they see nothing wrong in degrading their environment. The clogged esteros, litter thrown willy-nilly, open … Read more »

Massive CCT loot boosts Liberal Party’s 2016 booty

One of the legacies of Gloria Arroyo’s reign of corruption that her Ateneo student Noynoy Aquino perpetrated in his identical presidency is the anomalous Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). So, it is no longer surprising … Read more »

A willingness to accept poor quality?

RECENTLY, I seem to be suffering from a spate of buying things which don’t work as they should or which just break down after a very short time. The challenge of either trying to get defective items replaced or enforce … Read more »

Too few fans, too many seats

It is quite disappointing that not too many watch football games even if the Azkals are playing one in Bulacan for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Well, for one, the sport, as are many others, is … Read more »

Stop worrying about the Fed

FOR most of this year and the latter part of last year, central bankers and financial markets in the “emerging economies” have been hypersensitive to the possibility—inevitability, really—of an upward move on interest rates by the US Federal Reserve. James … Read more »

Getting closure on closure

THE Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) to reopen its 117-kilometer Batangas-to-Manila fuel pipeline if a series of tests that will be supervised by the Department of Energy will ensure its safety. It’s about time. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Unjust dismissal entitled to benefits

Dear PAO, My former employer fired me capriciously and without any reason despite the fact that I am a regular employee. Luckily, I quickly got another job so I did not bother to file a complaint. Recently, my former employer … Read more »