But Dean la Vina believes: “Abad has done more for this country than any activist can do or imagine.”

And he’s Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, coming across the other day an angry bunch of UP students who threw crumpled paper balls and even placards at him as they shouted “thief!” “Hooligans!” Abad accused them . The students’ ire was … Read more »


It was my distinct impression that President B. S. Aquino 3rd would be capping his five-nation trans-Atlantic tour with a triumphant embrace with US President Barack Obama at the White House, and a speech at  the UN Summit on Climate … Read more »

La Mesa reaches spilling level, residents near QC river evacuated

La Mesa Dam, the reservoir for Metro Manila, overflowed on Friday morning and threatens residents near Tullahan River in Quezon City. Jeric Sevilla, spokesman for Manila Water, said the dam reached its spill level of 80.15 meters at 10:10 a.m. … Read more »

Binay confident charges will not stand in court

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said his detractors knew that their allegations against him and his family will not stand in court thus they opted to stage a circus at the Senate. “Wala sa ipinangangalandakan nilang testimonya ang tatayo … Read more »

Motor show features 16 car brands

Sixteen top automotive brands showcased their latest vehicles at the fifth edition of the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City (Metro Manila) that opened on Thursday. The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the … Read more »

Airbus to help develop PH as aircraft parts hub in Asia

THE Philippine government and aircraft company Airbus are working to promote the Philippines as a hub for aircraft parts in the region, Malacanang said on Thursday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd met with Airbus officials in Paris. The President also … Read more »

UP students ‘attack’ Abad

MALACAÑANG on Thursday denounced the humiliating attack on Budget Secretary Florencio Abad at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday night. Abad was mobbed by a group of angry students after attending a forum on … Read more »

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Second term a real possibility

WE must continue to be vigilant and be ready to work against any moves to allow President Benigno Aquino 3rd to have a second term as president. Section 4, Article VII of our Constitution limits the President to a single six-year term.  The Constitution was drafted and approved under the authority of President Aquino’s mother, the late... Read more »


Senate to PNP chief: We want your SALN

Senators on Thursday said they want Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima to personally submit to them his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), as well as explain the P25-million renovation of his “White House” inside Camp Crame, … Read more »

PH not sending troops in global fight vs ISIS

Unlike its decision to deploy troops to Iraq before the ouster of President Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Philippines will not be sending ground soldiers to the current United States-led international coalition to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and … Read more »

Economic Cha-cha’s approval by yearend seen

Constitutional amendments that would lift restrictions on foreign ownership of public utilities are expected to secure congressional approval by yearend. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) on Thursday announced such possibility in the aftermath of … Read more »

CA clears BIR official over ‘ill-gotten wealth’

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has exonerated an assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) who was fired  from her job  for alleged unexplained wealth. In a 25-page decision, penned by Associate Justice Leoncia Real-Dimagiba and concurred in … Read more »

Cache of firearms seized in Laguna

AUTHORITIES raided a farm estate in Laguna at dawn on Thursday and confiscated a cache of firearms and illegal drugs. Ricardo Rueda Jr., Pablo Ortiz Javier, Norito Garfel and Estrella Lina were arrested during the operation conducted at the farm … Read more »

P95M alloted for Zambo port dredging

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has allocated P95 million for a dredging project at the newly-expanded portion of a wharf here. PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana relayed the funding to first district Rep. Celso Lobregat, who is … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Norte the Movie

I sat through Lav Diaz’ , the 4-1/2 hour film that won critical acclaim in Cannes and other film festivals this year. It has fabulous photography—wide angle landscapes, the varied green colors of rural Philippines, a well-chosen cast of characters … Read more »

Rene Saguisag


Martial law made me well-known enough via name recall to be elected senator in 1987 without having to spend a single centavo of my own. A grateful people rewarded me for human rights lawyering. Candidate Cory Aquino had made me … Read more »

Ej Lopez

Truck ban, port congestion and holdups in Sampaloc

THE unparalleled traffic jam Metro Manila experienced over the past two weeks is no longer just a local or city concern. It has become an economic and political problem. Whereas people were earlier focused on blaming the Manila truck ban … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

How about listing PH and making it truly public?

THE question that should be asked each of us is how much we, as Filipinos, love the Philippines. Of course, we would not know. As a matter of fact, we can never quantify love of country unless we incorporate the … Read more »

Ed C. Tolentino

Mayweather Jr. has nowhere to go

“You can run,  but you can’t hide,” so goes the popular adage from former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis. For the last five years or so, American Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been playing cat and mouse … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

‘Penny Dreadful’ is plenty delightful

Showtime and Sky’s TV series Penny Dreadful got off to a cute start. It takes place in Victorian London 1891 and our flawed “heroes”—an explorer, his mysterious female companion, an exiled American gunslinger and young doctor who goes by the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Possible witnesses to execution of a last will and testament

Dear PAO, Can my daughter be a witness to my mother’s execution of her last will and testament? My mother is currently in the province and it is only my husband and daughter who are taking care of her. My … Read more »