Marcos declares VP bid

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday declared his intention to run for vice president in next year’s elections. He however, dismissed earlier reports of him running in tandem with either Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte … Read more »

Pacquiao to run for Senate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said Monday he plans to run for a post in the influential Philippine Senate despite a lackluster stint as a congressman. “Yes, I’m going to run for (a) Senate post this coming 2016 election. … Read more »

It’s final: Leni is Mar’s VP

SHE has said yes. Camarines Sur. Rep. Leni Robredo has formally agreed to run as the Liberal Party’s (LP) vice presidential bet in next year’s elections and the group will officially announce its full slate in Club Filipino today. According … Read more »

Pope defends marriage as he opens family synod

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday defended marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest. During a mass to mark the three-week meeting of Roman … Read more »

El Niño to leave 1M agri workers jobless

AT least one million workers in the agricultural sector stand to lose their jobs in the coming months as an intense El Niño threatens to lay waste large tracts of agricultural lands in several provinces, the Trade Union Congress of … Read more »

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The real reason the LP stag party offends us

WE have exercised circumspection in offering our views on the now-infamous “stag party” put on by Liberal Party officials in Laguna last week, because everyone—except, naturally, the parties involved —has reacted to the story just as they should have reacted, with horrified outrage. There is, of course, no justification for employing... Read more »


SBP says Gilas Pilipinas surpassed people’s expectation

Gilas Pilipinas manager Butch Antonio said on Monday that the national team under coach Tab Baldwin has exceeded the people’s expectation on their campaign in the 28th FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China. Antonio, also the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas … Read more »


Only 16,000 houses built so far

IT’S been almost two years since Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated entire communities in Eastern Visayas but the government has only managed to build 16,000 houses of the targeted 205,128 homes for the typhoon victims, the Senate learned on Monday. National … Read more »

‘Oxford Economics study biased ‘

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said the latest study of Oxford Economics (OE) on tobacco illicit trade is biased. Henares also branded inaccurate the study made by the London-based think tank that the government lost more than P22 billion in … Read more »

Diesel prices down but kerosene up

Oil companies will reduce the prices of diesel prices but will increase the cost of gasoline and kerosene on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Seaoil said it will lower diesel prices by 10 centavos per liter while Eastern Petroleum said it … Read more »

VP victim of black propaganda – Estrada

Vice President Jejomar Binay found an ally in Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada who said the former is a victim of black propaganda. “It was a one-year non-stop black propaganda, unrelenting. However, although his survey went down, he is still … Read more »

Roxas failed to implement disaster reduction programs – Binay camp

The camp of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Monday slammed former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd for his failure to fully implement disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) projects despite the availability of funds. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman … Read more »

Lower power rates seen this month

The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor, said power rates may go down this month. Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga attributed the looming price reduction to low generation charges. “While we are still waiting for the complete and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Universiade: A once in a lifetime experience

The 2015 Summer World Universiade held in Gwangju, South Korea in July has drawn the largest numbers of athletes, coaches and officials making it the world’s the biggest sporting event for college student-athletes. A total of 13,000 athletes and officials … Read more »

Can we also grow tea?

IT’S 900 meters above sea level, just like many of the places I have visited in Brazil but rather than just coffee, they grow tea as well. I found myself touring an organic tea plantation in Chiang Dao about 50 … Read more »

Gatchalians still way behind the Lopezes

CERTAIN politicians have been talking about running in next year’s national elections, and one can only imagine how much they will be spending next year in hopping from island to island to make sure their campaign covers a significant area … Read more »

Catholic education and the poor

The Annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is probably the most impressive of educators’ conferences in the Philippines, and arguably among the most impressive in the world. This year’s 3,357 delegates representing some 1,400 Catholic … Read more »

The dangers of ‘Heneral Luna’

A friend of mine, another historian, and I the other day were discussing what it is we think underpins people’s broad, laudatory acclaim for the movie “Heneral Luna.” Leaving aside my baseline satisfaction with and gratitude for anything that stimulates … Read more »

True and false in visa applications

THE truth will set you free. False. At least not all the time. Or the more appropriate answer is, “It depends” especially in migration or visa applications. Maricar’s fiancée or K-1 visa application at the US Embassy in Manila is … Read more »

Reject those twerking jerks

It was a disgusting show, to say the least. Liberal Party (LP) leaders should not have wasted time “investigating” those jerks who gyrated with scantily clad women dancers after a mass oath-taking ceremony in Laguna. If those men just took … Read more »

Will Leni do the twerk?

All the more Camarines Sur Rep. Leny Robredo would have a difficult time acceding to the demand of the Liberal Party to be 2016 standard-bearer Mar Roxas’ running mate in the wake of the “LP sex dance scandal.” Self-righteous Noynoy … Read more »

Legal Advice

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No middle name for illegitimate children

Dear PAO, I am an illegitimate child. I am using the surname of my mother, and have no middle name in my birth certificate. I am applying for work abroad, and I was advised by my recruitment agency to put … Read more »