Reacting to the US Supreme Court legalization of “same-sex marriage” throughout the United States, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the Filipino bishops and clergy will continue to teach what the Church has always taught about marriage. Namely, that it is the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman for the propagation of the species.

The natural institution of marriage, blessed by God, cannot be reduced by deconstructionists like Jacques Derrida… Read more »

The Ombudsman lying at the 2012 impeachment trial to politically assassinate Aquino’s no. 1 enemy at that time. Below: The succeeding targets. Inset: The current target?

It is astonishing that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales still found the gall to berate the press the other day in an unexpected palengkera language: “Nabubuwisit na ako. Wala nang ginawang tama ang Ombudsman! Palagi niyo nang kinukwestiyon. If you feel that I am impeachable if I have done wrong, I welcome it. I will give my position on a silver platter,” she shouted… Read more »

Ferry capsizes, 38 killed

Cebu-bound boat tips over after leaving port of Ormoc At least 38 people were killed after a passenger ferry with 173 passengers and 16 crew on board capsized in rough waters off Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, past noon of Thursday, … Read more »


China ‘feels’ int’l pressure over maritime row

STRONG world opinion against China’s occupation and reclamation of areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) may have softened Beijing’s hardline stance on its maritime and territorial disputes with neighboring countries, including the Philippines. “The most glaring reality … Read more »

Palace admits: Erap still potent for 2016

Deposed President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada remains a potent political force to reckon with in 2016, a Malacanang official said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters a day after Estrada skipped the launch of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance … Read more »

Huey whistler now under state protection

THE government employee who blew the whistle on the allegedly anomalous acquisition of second-hand Huey helicopters for the Philippine Air Force is now under government protection, according to an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ). “I cannot give further … Read more »

Last female Huk commander dies

Simeona Punsalan-Tapang, the last female commander of the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap), died on Tuesday at 92. “Lola Mameng’s life had exemplified not only love for country in her wartime military service against the Japanese but also … Read more »

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Editorial

Missing government, missing opposition

VICE President and now UNA Chairman Jejomar Binay would have a more credible case against the allegedly “missing government” of President Benigno BS Aquino 3rd if he’d also offer a truthful accounting of “the missing Opposition” in national politics. And even more so with a truthful confession that in all those five years of President... Read more »


Sports

Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova eye Wimbledon last 16

LONDON: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova target Wimbledon last-16 places on Friday, hoping to avoid the underdog trap that claimed two-time winner Rafael Nadal. Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out by German qualifier Dustin Brown … Read more »

Nation

Governor in graft raps over P211-M minerals

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the filing of graft and usurpation charges against Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane of Zambales over theft of minerals worth P211 million. In a 32-page resolution, the Ombudsman ruled that Ebdane–a former secretary of the Department of … Read more »

2 policemen arrested for ‘kidnapping’ tricycle driver

Two police officers are now detained at the Manila Police District (MPD) integrated jail after a tricycle driver charged them with kidnapping. The case against PO1 Edwin Soriano, 43, married, assigned at MPD Santa Ana Police Station, and PO2 Manuel … Read more »

Lakas-CMD members back Binay

KEY members of the Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) have pledged their support to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016 even if the party has yet to decide who to support in … Read more »

Customs chief, 2 others charged with plunder

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, former Customs Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. and former Customs Deputy Commissioner Primo Aguas were charged with plunder and graft in connection with the cancellation of the P650-million integrated customs processing system. In a 30-page complaint filed … Read more »

Senate to look into smuggling of fake rice

Senator Cynthia Villar on Thursday said the Senate Committee on Agriculture will investigate the reported proliferation of fake rice from China. Villar said she will invite Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Reynan Dalisay, officials of Bureau … Read more »

File 3rd batch of pork raps, Ombudsman prodded

Anakpawis party-list on Thursday urged the Office of the Ombudsman to speed up the filing of charges against the third batch of lawmakers allegedly involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. “It is good to know that even … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Seeing a better future

It was day of celebration for budding optometrists when Essilor, a leader in ophthalmic lenses, launched the Philippines’ first Sight Center in the Philippines at the Manila Central University (MCU). Featuring the most advanced technology in optical studies and vision … Read more »

Tantocos’ P1-B profit from sale of 168.5M SSI shares

THE Tantoco-owned SSI Group Inc. has successfully raised P5.2 billion from the sale of 695.7 million SSI shares at P7.50 per share. For the Tantocos, who own the Rustan’s chain of department stores, the share offering proved even more profitable … Read more »

My take on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, ‘Laudato Si’

HE decries the abuse of the world’s environment that has caused the quality of life to deteriorate, especially for those he calls “the excluded.” They are those who despite living in a modern world where technology has made life more … Read more »

Love that dared not speak its name

TREATED like a leper, we still hear. When I was in the Senate, I was advised by a constituent not to be unkind, again to lepers. I considered myself told. Lesson learned, on being considerate. A leper was our exquisite … Read more »

Noynoy’s political vendetta continues

True to its audacity in twisting words and covering up its own transgressions, Malacañang hailed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s voluntary departure as a triumph of the rule of law. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda was quoted as saying, “Indeed, today is … Read more »

Jim Parsons shines as ‘The Almighty’ in Broadway’s ‘An Act of God’

Eight times a week (at least from May 28 to August 2), for 90 minutes, Jim Parsons a.k.a. Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory holds an audience of 1,000 in the palm of his hands … Read more »

The end of Ex-Im Bank: Bad news for the Philippines

THE Export-Import Bank is a relatively obscure agency of the US government, one that has traditionally had a few critics but has never really been controversial until now. That all changed on June 30 (just the other day), when, after … Read more »

The state of AWA

THE Artist Welfare Protection and Information Act of 2015, which I tend to call the Artist Welfare Act for the more apt acronym AWA, has become the grand project of obviously-presidential-candidate-but-still-denying-it Senator Grace Poe. I’ve written about AWA before in … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Borrower liable for loss of bike he lends to 3rd party

Dear PAO, I borrowed my friend’s motorbike for a week. Three days later, his bike was forcibly taken by two armed men while being driven by my neighbor who had borrowed the bike from me. Can I be held liable … Read more »