Except perhaps for the conscript press, which has its own permanent concerns, the world media seem focused on Ebola, which has stricken West Africa. In quick succession, the virus has drowned out stories about climate change, about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, about the so-called “seismic change” in Church teaching on sexuality and marriage. It seems the only thing they want to talk about.

The current issue of The Economist narrates how the… Read more »

Yellow Ribbon Committee at work? You decide: “Blue Ribbon” means independence and expertise; “Yellow Ribbon” is Aquino’s insignia.
“Okay. Anyway, I won’t argue with you. Let the public judge.”
-- Senator Alan Cayetano after a lengthy question-and-answer episode in the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing Oct 22, when lawyer Martin Subido tried to explain to him that as a lawyer, he has to rely on documents, and not on claims made in a TV reporter’s interview with somebody.

Equalling only President Benigno Aquino’s misdeed, in depth of turpitude, of using and bribing the Senate in 2012 to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona, has been the president’s debasement of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, … Read more »

Revilla firm used in money laundering

A company owned by Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla, wife of detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., was used to launder money that may have come from the latter’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, an official of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said on Thursday.

AMLC Bank Officer II Leigh Vhon Santos, Read more »

US vows justice for Laude

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said the US will follow the rule of law and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in seeking justice for the death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. In an interview on the television … Read more »

UNA blasts Trillanes, Cayetano for peddling lies

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) took potshots at two pro-administration senators for allowing their resource person to peddle lies in the Senate to demolish Vice President Jejomar Binay. Lawyer JV Bautista, UNA interim secretary general, said Senators Alan Peter Cayetano … Read more »

VFA review under way – de Lima

The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was pushed into the spotlight after the killing of a Filipino transgender and the naming of a US Marine as a suspect, is under review by the executive department, according to Justice Secretary Leila … Read more »

Abuse of foreign maids in Emirates deplored

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch called on the UAE to … Read more »

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Pemberton, VFA, EDCA and PH-US relations

THE murder of transgender, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City and the arrest of the suspected murderer, US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, has again provoked different reactions. One of these provides challenges to our leaders while evoking sentiments about America that many Filipinos share. It was sent to us for... Read more »


PH awaits tennis superstars

International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Chief Operating  Officer Eric Gottschalk said that the upcoming IPTL tournament on November 28 to 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City featuring tennis superstars Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and … Read more »


Bulacan village chief arrested

A VILLAGE chief in San Del Monte City in Bulacan was arrested by narcotics agents on Wednesday during a buy-bust in front of the barangay hall. Region 3 police director Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta identified the suspect as  Roberto Manlapid … Read more »

BOC seizes erectile dysfunction drugs

THE Bureau of Customs on Friday seized a package from the United States containing 268 tablets used for treating erectile dysfunction. The package addressed to a certain Angelica Amor Vasquez of 171 Gomez Street, Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan City … Read more »

8 women rescued from prostitution den

EIGHT women, including two minors, were rescued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation from a prostitution den fronting as a resto-videoke bar in Santa Ana, Manila on Friday. The owner of the bar, a certain Richard, and his … Read more »

Singer Blakdyak arrested over illegal drugs

COMEDIAN-singer Joey Formaran Amoto, popularly known as Blakdyak, was caught sniffing shabu by operatives of the Mandaluyong Station Anti-Illegal Drugs during an operation in Sto. Rosario St., Barangay Plainview, Mandaluyong City. Four months ago, Amoto was arrested when he ran … Read more »

More time for rights victims to file claims

LAWMAKERS are expected to extend the period for filing of compensation claims by victims of human rights violations during the martial law regime of then-President Ferdinand Marcos. The House of Representatives indicated as much when it approved on second reading … Read more »

Aquino to lead prayer at Jesus Is Lord rites

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd will lead a prayer for national consecration during an anniversary program of the Jesus Is Lord (JIL) religious movement, organizers said on Thursday. A heavy traffic to be brought about by congestion of vehicles at Manila’s … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Who is really the boss here? At LTFRB, they are the boss

LAST June, my sister Flora Jacobe and I took a jeepney ride (Pasig-Quiapo) from Shaw Boulevard near Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong to Sta. Mesa, Manila.  The driver was discourteous, recklessly driving, smoking while driving, did unsafe practices and was generally … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Eminence front

As my colleague Mike Wootton explained earlier this week, we business columnists would prefer not to delve too deeply into the realm of pure politics, but there are times it is impossible to avoid. The last few weeks have been … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Western powers

The San Antonio Spurs are  still the team to beat out in the West. The defending champions return for a shot at a back-to-back crown, something that has eluded Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich in their 18-year journey.  With … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Dimaculangan and his vanishing 301,792 CAT shares

As of June 30, 2014, the four top stockholders of Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) were Jose Cojuangco & Sons Inc. with 7.8 million shares or 27.8 percent; Luisita Trust Fund Inc., 4.7 million shares or 16.7 percent; Tarlac Distillery … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

We are losing our jusi and piña heritage to China

There certainly is a trend among many private individuals, fashion designers, and business establishments engaged in clothes and fashion to look for and use native materials. This is particularly felicitous for our hand-woven industry which offers unique, varied and fine … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The PBA and the NCAA

Last Tuesday, I joined the Bedan family in installing the President Fidel V. Ramos Resource Center in Mendiola by so naming a facility after him. He’s 86 but he still jumped on stage as he did in Edsa’86. After the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Prescription of lender’s right to collect from debtor varies

Dear PAO, My brother-in-law borrowed P80,000.00 from me in January 2006. We agreed that he will return the money without interest after two months or on March 30, 2006. Unfortunately, he has not paid his indebtedness to me up to … Read more »