It was the least President B. S. Aquino 3rd could do, even if it seemed too little too late – to declare a day of national mourning for all the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the Maguindanao massacre in the hands of the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last weekend. It came one day after the National Transformation Council… Read more »

Images from an MILF video: (Clockwise from top left) A young recruit, pretending to be a war war correspondent of the “MILF 105th Base Command”; an MILF fighter smiles for the camera before getting coached on how to fire a rifle; a fighter shooting at the SAF force obviously at quite a distance. Last image, a SAF trooper shot at the back of his head.

For what was purportedly a fierce firefight, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters were enjoying themselves, rollicking, lounging at times, laughing at their jokes, and occasionally firing their rifles toward a distant rice field where the Philippine National Police Special … Read more »

Poor planning doomed police

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday admitted that there were lapses in coordination of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force (SAF) with the military during a deadly clash between government troops and separatist rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last Sunday. … Read more »


MILF still state ‘enemy’

THE 800-member Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO) on Wednesday condemned the killing of 49 policemen on January 25 in Maguindanao, describing the incident as a “heinous, barbaric massacre” that cannot be justified under an ongoing peace process with … Read more »

Return kickbacks, Mercado dared

TO prove himself as a credible witness against Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado should come out clean by declaring how much kickbacks he got from past onerous contracts and immediately return them to the … Read more »

Arrest order vs Mayor Binay upheld

THE Senate committee on rules on Wednesday upheld the arrest order for contempt issued by the Senate blue ribbon committee against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others. This effectively dismissed the question raised by Senate Minority … Read more »

Hold PCOS hacking demo, watchdog asks Congress

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) can use technology to undermine every Filipino’s right to vote with the aid of a hacked counting machine, and this is the surest way to kill democracy in the country. Under this rallying cry, the … Read more »

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Editorial

Reading between the numbers

ANALYSTS and economists are gung-ho over the GDP numbers of 2014, prompting a UP assistant professor of economics to quip: Of course, there is vested interest behind their optimism because the business they represent would benefit from such enthusiasm. If you talk to an economist who works for a bank, it’s easy to see the color of his or her... Read more »


Sports

Arum says Manny, Floyd meeting beneficial to negotiation

TOP Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said that the meeting of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Wednesday during the National Basketball Association game between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks is beneficial to the negotiation on the … Read more »

Life & Times

It’s possible to dream the impossible

The PH’s City of Dreams officially opens on Feb. 2 Macau, Las Vegas, Singapore, Monte Carlo, Atlantic City. The list above makes for the top five gaming and entertainment hubs in the world, each city located in—or city state itself—a … Read more »

Nation

Meralco rates to go up in Feb

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said on Wednesday that power rates will increase in February. Meralco President Oscar Reyes said there are already indications for an upward movement of power rates for next month. One of the indicators, Reyes said, is … Read more »

Saleslady claims P16M lotto jackpot prize

A 31-year-old sales lady from Makati City became an instant millionaire after she bagged the P16 million jackpot prize in the Super Lotto 6/49 draw. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) acting chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd handed … Read more »

No inedible Thai rice entered PH – NFA

The National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday assured the public that no substandard rice from Thailand entered the country as part of the government-to-government rice procurement deal last year. To recall, Manila has imported about 500,000 metric tons (MT) of … Read more »

Revolutionize education system, says UMak head

THE president of the city-run University of Makati (UMak) has urged educators across the country not to fear change, even radical change in the country’s educational system such as the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, saying this is needed … Read more »

North Luzon tollways integration pushed

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority is coordinating with Manila North Tollways Corp. to speed up the integration of the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway ahead of the February 12 deadline set by Senate President … Read more »

Comelec waits on DILG to unseat Javier

After the Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued a writ of execution to oust incumbent Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier from his post, it is now up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve it, said Comelec … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Mercado should spare SEC, PSE from his politicking

IT is very unfortunate that politicians are dragging the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission into their dirty game. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado accused Alphaland Corp. of bribing Vice President Jejomar Binay with P200 million. … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

The Papal visit

MY take on the Papal visit is that in this electronic age of instant communication, with images to boot, we could have encountered him without having to batter the Luneta Park, fight our way through traffic and get behind layers … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

‘All life is an experiment’

LAST Monday, I wrote to the Senate Committee on Local Government: “Thank you for the kind invitation. I had to leave early because of a pressing deadline on a case. I am sorry for not being able to observe certain … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Make it real

If it were Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan or Floyd May-weather, Jr. and Miguel Cotto striking a pose during the halftime break of a National Basketball Association game, the response of the crowd and the rest of the sporting community … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

The world’s most expensive audition

There are so many things that come in to your head when you catch “The Audition” a.k.a. the new ad for City of Dreams in Manila. 1. Whoa! Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro—together again. Whoa! With Leonardo Di Caprio. … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

No peace in our time

As I write this, I can almost picture my editor frowning over it and muttering to herself, “This isn’t really a business column.” No, it isn’t. But I wish it was, because that would mean the extraordinarily horrifying circumstances of … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Courts can compel father of illegitimate child to provide financial support

Dear PAO, I am a single mother with a four-year-old child who is now enrolled in school. I am really pressed for money. I want the father of my child to help defray school expenses. The child carries the father’s … Read more »