Until now docile and forgiving Filipinos have tended to look the other way as President B. S. Aquino 3rd routinely abused the Constitution. His crimes have piled up, but none of them had affected the nation as much as his ignoble and wretched response to the January 24 Maguindanao massacre of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
He failed to show enough sympathy and respect for the martyred policemen… Read more »

Did the enormity of the debacle freeze him?  Aquino at the short January 28 press conference on the SAF massacre.

That was the claim of Police Director Getulio Napeñas, the recently-sacked head of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force, referring to his troops’ ill-fated operation to terminate Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir and his local cohort that led to the massacre of the 44 SAF troopers on January 25.
That was the report yesterday of Philippine Daily Inquirer’s… Read more »

‘US soldier among dead’

Human rights group claims body of American retrieved from clash site A “blue-eyed” Caucasian believed to be an American soldier was reportedly among those killed in the deadly gunbattle between elite policemen and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front … Read more »

Palace vows charges vs planners, SAF killers

Malacañang on Sunday vowed that charges will be filed against those who were responsible for the massacre of 44 elite police commandos in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province, including those who may have ordered the bungled operation. “Charges will be … Read more »

Authorities yet to confirm Marwan’s death

IT’S been a week since elite police commandos stormed Mamasapano town in Maguindanao to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman but authorities are yet to receive confirmation that Marwan was indeed killed in the … Read more »

Poll watchdogs file petition vs PCOS deal

ELECTION watchdogs will be giving a going away “present” to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and two commissioners who will be retiring today—a petition seeking to stop the implementation of the contract awarded to Smartmatic. Individual convenors … Read more »

Senate to make Purisima ‘sing’

THE Senate is determined to summon suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to its inquiry into the police operation in Maguindanao that killed 44 commandos. Sen. Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous … Read more »

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What Congress should do: Create a commission for Mamasapano inquiry

THERE is urgency and compelling necessity for Congress to create by law a national commission to investigate and report on the circumstances and facts surrounding the January 25 incident that led to the massacre of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. It is urgent... Read more »


SC slams Sereno over Jardeleza issue

The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has slammed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for questioning the nomination and appointment of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza to the tribunal. In a six-page resolution dated January 21, 2015, it junked a motion for … Read more »

Petron hikes LPG prices

Petron Corp. on Sunday increased prices of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products. In an advisory, Petron raised prices of Gasul and Fiesta by 70 centavos per kilogram. It also increased AutoLPG price by 40 centavos per liter. Petron, the … Read more »

Congress panel not keen on Comelec ‘pabaon’ issue

THE Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES) has no plans to include in its inquiry the allegations that money changed hands to ensure the P1.2-billion contract to refurbish the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will … Read more »

Pinays nabbed in Malaysia club raid

An undisclosed number of Filipino women were among those who were rounded up in a raid on a nightclub in Malaysia late on Saturday, a Malaysian news site said on Sunday. According to a report from the New Straits Times, … Read more »

Steady increase in anti-drug accomplishments in 2014

The country’s drug law enforcement continued to pick up right where it left off as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement agencies (OLEAs) posted a significant increase in anti-illegal drug accomplishments for operational year 2014. PDEA, … Read more »

4,580 Filipino nurses sought US jobs in 2014

A total of 4,580 Philippine-educated nurses took the US National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time in 2014 in the hopes of obtaining gainful employment in America, a lawmaker said on Sunday. House Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Gerald Anthony … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Where MVP goes, pay goes up

ROXAS Holdings Inc. (RHI) increased by 79.892 percent the compensation of its five top executives to P27.922 in million in 2014 from P16.339 million in 2013. The company’s calendar year starts in October and ends in September. In a posting … Read more »


Love in times of subjectivity

I SOMETIMES think about how religious people must look at atheists and have difficulty comprehending the basic foundations of how they interact with and read the world — the grounding, organizing premises of their universes being so mutually incomprehensible. Similarly, … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

The window to our soul

TOURISM and investment are crucial components of any country’s economic development plans. The development of the tourism sector can spark investment opportunities that could, in turn, provide jobs and income-generating activities. In developing the tourism sector and attracting investors, the … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Mumbo Gumbo

HOW are Filipino migrants – specifically seafarers – and Gumbo related? Until recently, Creole and Cajun cuisine was not a familiar taste to the Filipino palate. Filipino cuisine is mainly considered to have Chinese and Spanish influences, but not British … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Noynoy, MILF ‘inquiry’ to craft coverup

We can forget about President Noynoy’s absence at the arrival honors given to the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) troopers at the Villamor Air Base on Thursday. True, he could have tried to catch up and showed moral support to … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Morton’s Fork: The folly of having two options

DECISION-MAKING is God’s gift to people. This is how we express rationality. That’s how we distinguish ourselves from animals. We decide whenever the situation demands for it. We decide because we have to, and we come to rely on our … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marriage voidable when either party is forced into it

Dear PAO, My brother was forced to marry his girlfriend when he got her pregnant because the father of his girlfriend physically threatened him and even sent him death threats. Now that the father of his girlfriend passed away, my … Read more »