MILF commanders restive

Ground commanders of theMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are becoming more impatient and frustrated over the delay in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress that they believe will also delay the establishment of a Bangsamoro … Read more »

Rule of law ensures trade in key sea lane – EU expert

Catherine Ashton, head of foreign policy of the European Union (EU), on Tuesday highlighted the importance of the rule of law in ensuring the safe passage of goods in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The oceans and seas … Read more »

Aquino has not made dent on poverty – analyst

DESPITE the litany of achievements that he enumerated in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not been able to significantly lower the country’s poverty level, according to Ramon Casiple, a political analyst. … Read more »

Malacañang orders quick inventory of DAP projects

MALACAÑANG has ordered a quick inventory of all projects funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to determine how much supplemental budget it would ask from Congress. The directive to all government agencies that benefited from the DAP came … Read more »

President is no martyr – bishop

President Benigno Aquino 3rd was criticized for parroting his father, Benigno Aquino Jr., in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, when he said that the Filipino is worth dying for. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said Aquino should … Read more »

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OFWs in Libya: Once again, in harm’s way

The spiralling violence in Libya has forced the Philippine embassy in Tripoli to close. Its staff has been relocated to Tunisia, leaving behind members of the Rapid Response Team that was deployed by the Department of Foreign Affairs to help in repatriating the Filipinos who want to leave. The DFA has raised alert level 4 for Libya, which calls... Read more »

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Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


Blazers halt Red Lions’ winning run

The College of Saint Benilde Blazers pulled off a surprise 83-76 victory against four-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions on Monday in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena. The triumph, the … Read more »


Two rescued from prostitution

POLICE rescued two women from prostitution following an entrapment at a hotel in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday. Police identified the victims as Jorisa Jean Salazar, 26, of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan and Grace Yanza, 22, of Malabon City. Arrested … Read more »

MMDA questions LTFRB memo on provincial bus route

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday questioned a memorandun issued by the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) allowing provincial buses to travel along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) going to their terminals in the metropolis. MMDA … Read more »

Chinese held for bogus passport

A CHINESE was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Monday night while trying to travel to Hong Kong using a fake Philippine passport. Chen Gen, 29, who could not speak a single Filipino word, presented a … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


SC decision documents senators acts and their incentives

Regardless of the Senate moro-moro last Thursday, the case to make Butch Abad and senators accountable for senatorial bribery is alive and kicking. Abad, Drilon, Trillanes, et al. have nothing to celebrate. They may be in a deeper hole than they imagine. When Budget Secretary Butch Abad emerged from his foxhole last week to testify at the Senate, accompanied by a retinue of Cabinet secretaries, he did not demolish the people’s case against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and... Read more »

Mike Wootton

Lessons for the Philippines from South America

I GUESS not many people are too familiar with the name of Jose Mujica. He is the President of Uruguay, a small country in South America with a population of just over 3 million and a GDP per capita of … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy’s fixation with DAP is hurting the economy

Like a sore loser, PNoy has taken every chance he gets to excoriate the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. That or he’s justifying the use of the DAP as having boosted the … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Impeachment cases are first laughed at. Then, they topple presidents

The draft of the impeachment case filed against Mr. Marcos on August 13, 1985 was written by two opposition MPs in a small restaurant in Quezon City barely a month before the August filing. MPs Homobono Adaza of Misamis Oriental … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia


Third of four parts Under the 2013 Budget Message, The Executive asked for P2.006-trillion National Budget, consisting of P1.251 trillion for Programmed New Appropriations and P117.5 billion for the Unprogrammed Fund. This proposed Budget was 10.5 percent higher than 2012’s … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Corruption in agri sector and poverty

President Aquino’s campaign battle cry and promise has a simple logic: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Going by that logic, if there are still a lot of poor people in the Philippines, or if poverty has not been significantly reduced … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

An economy gone adrift

Jaded Cassandra though I may be, even I was struck by the resemblance of the front page of Saturday’s edition of our business section to a wet blanket. Contrary to popular belief, we do not actually look for bad news … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Minimum wage for regional workers

Dear PAO, What is the proper minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila)? Are all workers entitled to receive the minimum wage? JCM Dear JCM, The minimum wage given to employees shall differ on the kind … Read more »