If Sen. Francis Escudero thinks that his resignation as Senate Finance committee chairman will defuse the controversy over senators’ insertions in the 2015 budget, he should rethink his position and strategy. His political ploy answers nothing – because it falls … Read more »

Last of two parts The military and the police Violation of human rights continues unabated–whether it is in the Davaos or in Bukidnon or in places where there exist strong insurgency groups or strong, armed local executives. No effective prosecution … Read more »

‘Roxas gets PNoy’s nod’

Poe throws in the towel, says she no longer expects to be chosen

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd by Friday will no longer be referred to as the “presumptive standard-bearer” of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s elections.

Ranking officials of the administration-backed party revealed on Wednesday that President Benigno Aquino 3rd… Read more »

All set for 10:30 a.m. drill

At exactly 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, television and radio programs in Metro Manila will be abruptly interrupted to give way to a pre-recorded message announcing the start of an earthquake drill. The message–voiced over by Chairman Francis Tolentino of the … Read more »

‘Improved’ BBL worth the wait– Marcos

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the cooperation being shown by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in giving the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) more time to be studied and improved shows how serious the former rebel organization … Read more »

Malacañang on FOI: It’s now or never

MALACAÑANG is putting its best foot forward in having the Freedom of Information (FOI) measure passed by asking congressional leaders to immediately act on it, noting that the bill’s future is bleak unless it gets approved before President Benigno Aquino … Read more »

‘Political evil must be corrected’

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday described political dynasties as “evil,” saying no political family should be allowed to frolic in power “forever.” Defending President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s call on Congress to pass an anti-political dynasty law, its spokesman Edwin Lacierda noted the … Read more »

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A hint of a good idea?

AFTER President BS Aquino 3rd’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA), the overwhelming volume of conversation about the 2 hour and 15 minute speech – one of the longest on record – was not about its contents, per se, but about how those contents were so little changed from any of the previous five SONA speeches. Indeed, any... Read more »


UNA slams Aquino’s ‘gutter’ language in SONA

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for using “gutter language” in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA). “Maybe he [Aquino] can do that when campaigning to project himself as a “populace … Read more »

Search for Binay running mate continues

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will choose Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate in 2016 from the five candidates who made it in the party’s shortlist. UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista said the party is not looking at the … Read more »

PCSO gives P1.5M for liver transplants

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is providing P1.5 million subsidy to patients needing liver transplant to ease the financial burden on their families. PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the amount will be of big help because … Read more »

PH-Japan military exercises legal – AFP

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to defend its defense agreement with Japan, whose legality was recently challenged at the Supreme Court (SC). The High Court ordered the government on Tuesday to answer the petition filed by … Read more »

Public safety prevails over campus concerns

Malacañang on Wednesday urged the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to put public safety above its concerns over a flood control project proposed by the government. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the proposed flood catchment project that will be constructed … Read more »

Grace to declare bid after LP bares bet

SENATOR Grace Poe will declare her intention to seek the presidency once President Benigno Aquino 3rd has announced the administration party’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections. In fact, an informant from Poe’s camp claimed that the resignation of Sen. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The Fallen 44 and other SONA unmentionables

Columnists and commentators have been having a field day exposing fallacies and untruths in President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s last State of the Nation Address. We don’t have much to add, except one subtle note: If the administration boosted revenues without … Read more »

You thanked your hairdresser for that?

I have it on good authority, Mr. President, that taking care of a streamlined hair layout is not really too difficult. You sit down in the chair, you tell the man to throw a number one at you (or a … Read more »

SONAsan ang respeto para sa mga guro?

I DIDN’T expect much from the President’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), knowing full well how this annual report to the nation is always filled with numbers and self-praise, with questionable connections made between the powers-that-be and the … Read more »

The battle for anti-dynasty measure

Finally, someone in government is pushing for the enactment of the anti-political dynasty bill. The fact that Pres. Aquino got the most resounding ovation on his endorsement of the measure only shows that there is a clamour for its enactment. … Read more »

‘Juniors’ and ‘supers’

What is the difference between the junior lightweight and super featherweight divisions in boxing? Technically none. Junior lightweight is the division below lightweight (135 pounds) and super featherweight is the division above featherweight (126 pounds). So the weight limit for … Read more »

‘Political contributions of corporations are illegal’

Who cares if it is illegal for corporations to financially support political candidates? For politicians who are into politics only for the money, whether they lose or win, every million-peso contribution counts. By declaring that political donations by companies are … Read more »


PATAS and TAPAT are two alternative voting systems demonstrated at recent mock election exercises witnessed by some Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials and found to be viable alternatives to the PCOS machines. But the same officials are quick to state … Read more »

In Uber’s tracks

Uber just ran over the mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio wanted to limit the company’s expansion, citing traffic and complaints from the taxi industry, which is, as the saying goes, on the wrong side of history. Uber marshaled … Read more »

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Mother must have custody of children

Dear PAO, My husband died last year leaving with me our five minor children. However, immediately after his burial, his parents took custody of our children because they said that I cannot raise the children on my own. I tried … Read more »