When I was growing up on the faraway Pacific island of Catanduanes, I used to spend moonlit evenings at the town plaza listening to campaign speeches. There was nothing else to listen to or watch, and the “orators,” as they were called, were uniformly good. From them, I first heard quotes from Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero and Demosthenes. One of them particularly stood out. He seemed quite ordinary, but his entire personality changed the minute he spoke. And he told the most astonishing stories. The crowd loved… Read more »


“I’ve taken the righteous path.”
–Abu Hattab, 13-year old boy explaining why he joined ISIS and why
Americans should be beheaded, as reported in a BBC news clip.

President Aquino’s Daang Matuwid will go down in our history as the most wacko and hypocritical slogan—and… Read more »

Binay confident he’ll KO Roxas in 2016

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is confident that he would win in a two-way fight between him and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, whose anointment as the administration party’s standard-bearer for next year’s elections is set for Friday.

Malacañang on Thursday night confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd… Read more »

Salmonella study gets DA support

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has thrown its full support behind a University of the Philippines-Diliman study on fast and cost-effective methods of detecting salmonella in raw meat and meat products. In a statement on Friday, the DA said the … Read more »

AFP thanks Japan for stance on sea row

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is hoping that a paper released by Japan’s Defense Ministry can generate “collective action” that will ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, … Read more »

Mar seeks strength from late grandpa

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd reportedly went to the Manila North Cemetery on Wednesday night to visit the gravesite of his grandfather and namesake, President Manuel Roxas, “to pray for guidance,” a friend of the presumptive standard-bearer of the … Read more »

Aquino no-show as drill fires away

Metro Manila was “rocked” by a powerful earthquake. All hands were on deck to make sure everyone’s safe and casualties were attended to right away. But after participants in Thursday’s earthquake drill went through the “drop, cover and hold” routine … Read more »

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Transparency is less than an afterthought for BS Aquino 3rd

ONE of the criticisms leveled against President BS Aquino 3rd almost as soon as he finally closed his mouth after his painfully-long State of the Nation Address on Monday was that he omitted any mention of the Freedom of Information bill, two versions of which are currently languishing in the Legislature. The Freedom of Information law, we... Read more »


Court stops govt’s John Hay takeover

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday halted government takeover of Camp John Hay in Baguio City pending payment of more than P1.4 billion to a private developer. In a ruling, the CA granted a petition for certiorari and prohibition  … Read more »

Slain lawmen’s kin to get new houses

FAMILIES of soldiers and policemen killed in action (KIA) might soon get new houses in recognition of their selfless sacrifice in the fulfilment of duty, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Friday. Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, chief … Read more »

Oman Sultan releases two Pinoy prisoners

Two convicted Filipinos in Oman received the royal pardon there in commemoration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. In a statement, the department added that the Sultanate of Oman  informed the Philippine … Read more »

State auditors to Quezon City: Return PDAF balance to treasury

Unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) totaling P42.9 million and remaining with the Quezon City government as of year-end 2014 should be returned to the treasury, according to state auditors. In a 2014 audit report on Quezon City, the Commission … Read more »

‘Blue moon’ spoiled by cloudy skies

A “blue moon,” or the second full moon of the month of July, will have occurred on Friday evening at 6:43 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa’s post early Friday said the lunar … Read more »

Smartmatic faces raps for electoral sabotage

Bad news followed good on Thursday for Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). The company bagged the deal to provide the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 23,000 optical mark readers (OMRs) to be used in next year’s polls but it was also slapped … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ambassador Philippe Lhuillier at 70

Like an evergreen, Filipino Ambassador to Portugal and Cebuana Lhuillier Chairman Philippe Jones Lhuillier showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated his 70th birthday on July 23 at The Axon in Green Sun Hotel, Makati City. Close family … Read more »

Will Zobel brothers take Ayala’s education unit public?

‘Bless the rich and their children’ appeared in this space as a Due Diligencer piece on June 16, 2015. As aptly titled, it was about the compensation of the two Zobel brothers who took over the management of Ayala Corp. … Read more »

US electoral issues

ARRIVED in the US this week and found familiar echoes of a coming election. Like us there at home, there is a presidential election in the offing here (November 2016 to our May) that is taking precedence in the public … Read more »

Grades and grading

JUSTICE Florenz D. Regalado, 87, is gone. He set the bar exam record grade of 96.7, followed by classmate Bobby de la Fuente, with 95.95, in 1954. Flor’s record may stand till the end of time There was supposed to … Read more »

DepEd’s Special Foreign Language Program (SFLP): In French

THE previous columns on the Department of Education’s Special Foreign Language Program (SFLP) highlighted the main features of the languages program in Spanish, Japanese and German. We described the concrete efforts, which the respective foreign embassies and their cultural institutes … Read more »

‘Hot’ immigration official preys on Tsinay aide

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is still staggering from the Wang Bo bribery scandal but is beset again by two more disgusting allegations. One of the cases is the alleged sexual harassment complaint filed against one ranking BI official who … Read more »

Magsayo’s earthquake drill

The hammer-like punches featherweight prospect “Magni¬fico” Mark Magsayo unloaded on Mexican Rafael “Guerrerito” Reyes during the recent edition of the po¬pu¬lar TV boxing shows “Pinoy Pride” arguably registered on the Richter scale. When Magsayo uncorked that devastating left uppercut in … Read more »

Navigating ‘the worst line in fandom’

San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H has been called “the worst line” by online publication The Verge because of what fans have to endure to get a seat in the venue. It’s tough enough to get a badge to the … Read more »

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30-day notice a must for resignation letter to be accepted by employer

Dear PAO, I work in a call center company and I am planning to resign because of personal matters. I already tried to submit my letter of resignation but my superior did not accept it as I was told to … Read more »