(Part 2) We are devoting today’s Sunday Read space to the Jabidah privileged speech of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. because numerous reader have requested us to accelerate our printing in full of this speech that he delivered … Read more »

MAYOR Rody Duterte’s recent radio and television interview where he once again repeated the statement that he is too old and that he is not interested to be President has sent shock waves to the millions who have been asking … Read more »

‘Battered but not yet out’

“Battered but not yet out!” This was the statement made by Mohaqer Iqbal, chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Friday night in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident that killed 67 people, including 44 policemen from … Read more »


Farewell to Singapore’s founding father

SINGAPORE: More than 330,000 people, equivalent to 10 percent of Singapore’s citizen population, have visited parliament to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew ahead of his cremation, officials said Saturday. The surge of mourners … Read more »

Palace defends peace summit

Malacañang has defended the organization of a National Peace Summit, announced by President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd on Friday, arguing that it is not intended to override the work of Congress in crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In a … Read more »

Holy Week exodus starts

President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd has instructed concerned government agencies to ensure public safety and comfort in view of the annual exodus of people who will spend Holy Week in the provinces, his spokesman in Malacañang said over the weekend. … Read more »

‘Aquino not liable for SAF deaths’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is responsible, but not liable, for the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, according to Dasmariñas Rep. Elpidio Barzaga. The vice chairman of the House Good Government and Public Accountability panel … Read more »

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Editorial

Smartmatic wins again…God help us!

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has virtually awarded to the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM the P2.503-billion contract to lease to the Comelec 23,000 units of precinct-based optical mark reader (OMR), which the Comelec will use in the 2016 presidential election to augment its 82,000 units of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines also... Read more »


Nation

NBI clearance goes online April 1

Starting April 1 this year, the National Bureau of Inveatigation (NBI) will fully implement the online registration and electronic payment, including the appointment system clearance. “Almost all of us are using internet, we better make use of them in transacting … Read more »

AFP probes soldiers’ cowing of rights lawyer

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is investigating allegations of harassment and intimidation by soldiers of a human rights lawyer. At the same time, the AFP instructed all of its subordinate units to “ensure the … Read more »

Big Business to continue supporting peace process

The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Friday reaffirmed its continuing and unwavering support for the Mindanao peace process on the eve of the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). “We renew our call … Read more »

House yet to settle 2013 cash advances

State auditors have reminded the House of Representatives to settle cash advances that it was granted in 2013 even as they praised the chamber for fully liquidating such advances of its officials and members in 2012 and prior years. In … Read more »

CA junks charges vs ex-special prosecutor

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down an Ombudsman order finding former Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-ignacio guilty of administrative charges hurled against him that led to his dismissal from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. In a decision penned … Read more »

Ambulance driver wins P9-million lotto jackpot

A 35-year-old ambulance driver from Manila has bagged the P9-million jackpot prize in Mega Lotto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The PCSO acting chairman, lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, on Friday said the lone jackpot prize … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

The rise of new, non-violent dictatorships. Are we in one?

VOX EU, a platform for scholars from multiple fields, had a very interesting article on the rise of modern authoritarianism. These are not, the article made it very clear, the usual Stalin/Hitler/Pinochet/Pol Pot type that employed mass violence and mass … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

The love that can change the world

Holy Week 2015. What brought about the shameful torture, humiliation and excruciating execution, as a criminal on a Roman cross is what we need to ask and answer everyday not just during Holy Week. Hundreds of thousands of true Christians … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Prevarications of PNoy never end

Last of two parts THE justification of the Chief Executive for excluding Deputy Director-General Espina, who is the Acting PNP Director, from the January 9 meeting is sadly saddled with psychotic mental dishonesty. Mr. Aquino stressed that the suspended PNP … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

Humble daily conversion

[Palm Sunday, Year B, March 29, 2015 / Procession: Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 Isa 50:4-7 / Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 / Phil 2:6-11 / Mark 14:1 – 15:47] TODAY we celebrate Palm Sunday and intensify our efforts to … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Prevarications of PNoy never end (1)

First of two parts THE front page headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) last Tuesday, March 24, was an intriguing “PNoy seeks understanding” over the Mamasapano Massacre. Below it was a subhead: “He won’t Apologize, say Palace sources.” Amazing … Read more »

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

Lee the legend is gone

A LEGEND of contemporary political history has passed away. We refer to the founding father of Singapore. LKY as Lee Kuan Yew is often referred to is credited with having transformed a sleepy colonial backwater to a thriving commercial hub … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Fees can be waived in correcting errors in indigent’s birth certificate

I just found out that there are erroneous details in my 5-year-old son’s birth certificate. His name was incorrectly spelled and his gender should have been male instead of female. I inquired from our City Hall and I was told … Read more »