In the spirit of Holy Week, I will turn my attention this week to the subject of how the nation and our government can surmount the tragic events in Mamasapano. I think what we face here is a national malaise, … Read more »

I am aware of this: that no words will suffice to explain the deaths of our brave policemen. A report or a speech can never reflect the entirety of what is felt by a parent who lost a good child. … Read more »

Holy Week ceasefire

Military halts large-scale offensive vs BIFF The Armed Forces high command on Monday ordered its ground troops in Maguindanao to stop its all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), claiming it has already achieved its objective of neutralizing … Read more »

Military badly needs more money – AFP chief

ARMED Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. wants at least one percent of next year’s national budget to be allocated for defense spending even as he admitted that the country’s military capabilities are no-match against the Chinese. … Read more »

Palace: No such Sabah offer

Malacañang on Monday dismissed a report that the Philippines has offered to ease its claim on Sabah in return for Malaysia’s support in Manila’s territorial dispute with China. “There is absolutely no basis to such report,” its spokesman Edwin Lacierda … Read more »

Binay scores in CA hearing

The 6th Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday said no to moves to suspend hearings on a petition filed by Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. against his preventive suspension. The CA division headed by Associate … Read more »

Pope Francis: Remember persecuted Christians

VATICAN: Pope Francis remembered the persecuted Christians in the world on Sunday—Palm Sunday—during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Following the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Mark, Pope Francis delivered a homily, in which he reflected on the plight … Read more »

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Our attempt to make you feel the Holy Week Spirit

MANY Filipinos are nominally Christian Protestants or Christian Catholics. They are just like the still sizeable number of Europeans and US and Canadian North Americans who identify themselves as believers of the Lord Jesus Christ and yet don’t really care to use the holidays (days off from work) occasioned by the Christian Holy Week to be... Read more »


BBL not perfect, Ferrer admits

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the chairperson of the government peace panel negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday admitted that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not perfect thus, it is the responsibility of Congress to “clean … Read more »

Soldiers to get higher subsistence allowance

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a joint resolution passed by Congress increasing the subsistence allowance for all enlisted personnel, including policemen and soldiers. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the resolution that Aquino signed on Friday raises the allowances of … Read more »

Gas prices up by P1.10/liter

OIL companies will impose another hefty increase in pri- ces of petroleum products on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and SEAOIL said they will increase the price of gasoline by P1.10 per liter while the cost of diesel … Read more »

Stop terrorizing Congress, Aquino told

Malacañang should stop terrorizing legislators to force them to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday. Cayetano was put off by the call of President Benigno Aquino 3rd on lawmakers to pass the … Read more »

‘Be truthful and compassionate’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday urged Filipinos to be truthful and compassionate and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ this Lenten season. In his Holy Week message, the President said Filipinos should follow the example of Jesus … Read more »

Sandiganbayan junks Jinggoy’s appeal

The Sandiganbayan threw out Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s appeal on the order to seize his assets while the plunder complaint filed against him pends in court. The anti-graft court’s Fifth Division dismissed Estrada’s motion for reconsideration for lack of merit. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Signs of hope in an embarrassing flop

LAST month, the Mars One project briefly captured the imagination of the Filipino people when it was revealed that two of their compatriots, Minerva Rañeses from Pasig City, and US resident Jaymee Orillosa del Rosario, had made the shortlist of … Read more »


Noynoying on traffic problem

THE trust and approval of Filipinos for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd dropped significantly in the March 2015 Ulat ng Bayan survey results of Pulse Asia. Critics have pointed to the disastrous Mamasapano operation as the main culprit for the … Read more »


JABIDAH! “Special Forces of Evil?”

[THIS is the fourth part of the “Jabidah! Special Forces of Evil?” privileged speech of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. He delivered it on March 28, 1968 in the Senate session hall to expose what he called “a … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Subway to a mall? Seriously?!!

IF it pushes through, the proposed P370-billion (or US$8-billion) Mass Transit System Loop (MTSL) project will go down in Philippine history as one of the most wasteful, idiotic and ill-conceived infrastructure project undertaken by the government, and particularly, by the … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia


IRONIES are “dissimulation, feigned ignorance”. In its broadest sense, irony is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears on the surface to be the case differs radically from what is actually the case. Irony may be … Read more »

Real Carpio So

For want of common sense

They were incidents of “colossal stupidity.” For a period of 10 years, over 70 of these incidents occurred. They were reported in 30 states all over the United States. These were discovered only after the first arrest was made in … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Buyer’s failure to pay voids contract to sell

Dear PAO, I sold my property last year. The buyer said he cannot pay the purchase price in full so he made a down payment and promised to pay the balance after six months. Following the advice of a friend, … Read more »