Before the ship of state drowns in all the trust and confidence being heaped by President BS Aquino on his non-performing and erring Cabinet members and agency chiefs, the country, for its own survival, should conduct a trust accounting on … Read more »

Is President Benigno Aquino 3rd finally cracking down on sleaze in his government? Now being probed for allegedly excessive wealth is Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima, Aquino’s former bodyguard during his mother’s presidency. Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio … Read more »

ISIS recruiters target Mindanao schools

SUPPORTERS of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have made schools and a university in Mindanao their hunting ground as they continue to recruit new members, according to an imam or high priest in a Cotabato mosque who was “invited” to join the jihadist group.

The imam told The Manila Times … Read more »

Binay still leads in Pulse Asia survey

Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the top presidential candidate for 2016 despite the 10 percent drop in his rating, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed. Binay’s voter preference rating dropped to 31 percent this month from 41 percent in June. … Read more »

HK protesters brace for fresh clashes

HONG KONG: The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralyzed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections. In the … Read more »

4 policemen in EDSA robbery Purisima’s ‘brothers’

FOUR of the eight police officers involved in the EDSA kidnap and robbery early this month are also members of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines that is at present led by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan … Read more »

Abad handed out public funds with ‘complete abandon’ – Joker

Was Budget Secretary Florencio Abad trying to legitimize the distribution of additional allocation to some lawmakers in 2012 by secretly including the name of then-senator Joker Arroyo as among the recipients of monies from Malacañang that later turned out to … Read more »

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Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy

HONG KONG is in the grip of people power. Thousands of protesters have taken over the streets in Hong Kong’s financial hub, not by force but by sheer number. Their objective: shut down the city’s business engine and force the Chinese central government in Beijing to loosen its political hold on the semi-autonomous region. Police fired tear... Read more »


SC justice wants Justice Ong ‘double dead’

DESPITE Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong’s dismissal from the service with forfeiture of all retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification from holding government office, a Supreme Court (SC) justice has shown no mercy and wants him “double dead.” Apparently not one who … Read more »

House Energy panel: Extra powers for Aquino in order

The House of Representatives would still grant emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to address the power shortage in summer 2015 even if it wants to probe first how much the shortage would be. Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental … Read more »

SC stops Bonifacio Property bidding

THE Supreme Court (SC) made permanent the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) it issued against the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), effectively stopping the agency from bidding out the controversial P13.3-billion Bonifacio South Pointe property. SM Land Inc. (SMLI), owned by … Read more »

150,000 stamps for Francis visit to be printed in Thailand

Anticipating high demand for papal merchandise, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) will print 150, 000 Pope Francis stamps to mark his visit to the Philippines early next year. But Postmaster General Ma. Josefina dela Cruz on Monday said the stamps … Read more »

Bishop: No to Palawan inclusion in Bangsamoro

An official of the Catholic Church disapproves of the government’s proposal to include Palawan in the Bangsamoro territory whose creation will be made possible by the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo on Monday said inclusion of Palawan … Read more »

Sandigan subpoenas banks with accounts of NGOs linked to Napoles

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has issued subpoenas to two banks handling accounts of non-government organizations (NGOs) that supposedly implemented projects with pork barrel funds of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The subpoenas were ordered issued to Metrobank’s legal department and … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy’s delusion of success

The “working visit” of PNoy to Europe and the United States lasting for almost two weeks turned out to be nothing more than a self-aggrandizing junket. And what better way to stretch the truth about his accomplishments – and enhance … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Sensible power options for the hinterland

Already in the hotseat, thanks to the fashionable controversy created about its Torre de Manila condominium project, the DMCI Holdings conglomerate has incurred public ire with another of its endeavors, in this case, a proposal to replace a DMCI-operated 15-megawatt … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Help! Police! – Police! Help!

A joke goes that before, Filipinos, when they needed help, called for a policeman. But now, when they see a policeman, they call for help. This joke ended up being true. Just look at the way a lot of crimes … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

No spin zone!

Brands are running out of juice,” that is according to Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in his book, “Love marks.” Roberts believes that love is what is needed to rescue brands. He asks, “What builds loyalty that goes … Read more »

Real Carpio So

Almost but not quite

IN recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on knowledge in organizations. This is evident in heightened interest in the cultivation of an organization’s capacity for information, competence, resources, capabilities, talent, learning, as well as the ability to mobilize … Read more »


Birthday musings

EVERY time my birthday comes, I tend to reflect on where I am now in what I do, in my advocacies, what else to aspire for, and what else to put in my bucket list. Business-wise, I love what we … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Exceptions to mother alone having custody of illegitimate child

Dear PAO, I had a baby with my girlfriend. I signed the birth certificate, but we have separated since then. We somehow share custody of the baby since I get her during weekdays and return her to her mother on … Read more »