New ‘pork’ scam links 20 lawmakers

P500M allegedly misused in Napoles-like transactions The former lawyer of “pork barrel” scam whistleblower Benhur Luy on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against 20 incumbent and former lawmakers for malversation through falsification of public documents. … Read more »

‘Give HPG a chance’

Malacañang on Thursday encouraged the public to take a positive view of the move of the government to field armed Highway Patrol troops to manage traffic along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). ”It would be better that we give positive … Read more »

Manila Water defers service interruption

RESIDENTS in areas served by Manila Water Co. can now heave a sigh of relief after the utility concessionaire announced on Thursday that the planned water service interruption scheduled next week has been deferred. Manila Water spokesman Dittie Galang said … Read more »

Lina finally says ‘sorry’ to migrant pinoys

“I apologize if we have hurt anyone.” Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina on Thursday apologized to migrant Filipinos for the anxiety and confusion brought about by the purported plan to subject all balikbayan (care) boxes to inspection. Appearing before the Senate … Read more »

Australia warns vs ‘militarization’

NEW DELHI: Severely critical of Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea, Australia on Wednesday warned against “intimidation and aggression” in the disputed waters and maintained that India’s role was crucial to stability in the Indian Ocean region. Visiting … Read more »

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Erap does good attending China’s WWII memorial parade

MANILA Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada should be commended for attending today’s military parade marking Japan’s defeat in World War II. He is right that since Manila is a sister city of Beijing, and he was invited to Beijing and grace the event, he should be there. Just as the apology he made on behalf of the Filipinos to Hong Kong and China... Read more »


Gilas Pilipinas bows to mighty Iran

Gilas Pilipinas succumbed to powerhouse Iran, 65-74, on Thursday for its second loss in the 2015 William Jones Cup being held at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The Philippines thus dropped to fourth place with a 3-2 … Read more »


New USAid mission chief reaffirms support to PH

The incoming United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) mission director to Manila reaffirmed the agency’s strong commitment to the Philippines. In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. met with incoming Usaid Mission … Read more »

CA approves abuse case vs mayor-boyfriend of former TV personality

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a Department of Justice (DOJ) resolution finding probable cause against Pulupandan, Negros Occidental Mayor Magdaleno Peña for allegedly violating provisions of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act. The … Read more »

‘Please conserve water’

AS the country is expected to feel the impact of a fierce El Niño starting this month, Malacañang appealed to the public to support water conservation efforts to help mitigate the impact of the drought that may be felt until … Read more »

Roxas edges out Binay in LP-funded survey

FOR once, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd edged out Vice President Jejomar Binay in a survey. However, the poll, which was commissioned by the Liberal Party, did not include Senator Grace Poe, who has yet to declare if she … Read more »

Fil-Korean joint venture willing to face probe

THE joint venture of BUSAN-EDC on Wednesday said it is willing to face any investigation in connection with its participation in the bidding for the maintenance contract for Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) to prove that it did not … Read more »

Villar scolds NTC officials

SENATOR Cynthia Villar gave officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) a tongue-lashing on Wednesday for their failure to stop text scams. Villar vented her anger during a hearing held by the Senate Public Services Committee into the proliferation of … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Momoa, Portacio, pop culture luminaries to visit Manila

IN two weeks, the city of Manila will host the first leg of the Asia Pop Comic Con happening from September 17 to 20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Its succeeding dates in Abu Dhabi and Korea … Read more »

The Duterte phenomenon

“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you give your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn out tools.” — … Read more »

Bitcoin, the Esperanto of currencies

IF Bitcoin adherents were to be believed, the decentralized, all-digital currency would have, apart from answering all the world’s other thorny economic questions, prevented the wild volatility now being experienced by normal, boring old fiat currencies around the globe. Obviously, … Read more »

China blames new bogeyman for each economic stumble

I’VE given American politicians a hard time for using China as a scapegoat for all that ails the US economy. But, hey, at least they’re consistent. Chinese officials, who have made a series of increasingly irresponsible economic policy decisions, seem … Read more »

INC transparency

I WATCHED In awe as the members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) came out in droves insisting that we care about what was going on with its church. It’s the first time – at least if memory serves – that … Read more »

Postcards from the future: Envisioning the Philippines

TAKING off from my previous article on my vision of the Philippines, I would like to emphasize that in my observation of progressive nations, I conclude that their success can be attributed to five factors: visionary leadership, political will, good … Read more »

Gorillas, guerillas and other unsung heroes

The country commemorated National Heroes Day on Monday. There was not much fanfare from the government other than preparing moves to pacify members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who took to the streets last week. During my not so long … Read more »

Who bought 482,680 CAT shares sold by Cat Resources?

WITH CAT Resources and Asset Holdings Inc. (Crahi) entrusting its holdings in Central Azucarera de Tarlac Inc. (CAT) to PCD Nominee Corp., it would be easier for it to sell some, if not all, the CAT shares that it owns. … Read more »

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Parent who refuses to share custody of children can be charged

Dear PAO, My husband and I have been separated for five months now. My husband urged me to allow him to take our child because he earns more than I do. Now that my child is already with my husband, … Read more »