Duterte eyes Cha-cha through Con-Ass

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has changed his mind and now wants Charter change done quickly by Congress through a Constituent Assembly instead of a costly Constitutional Convention, his top congressional ally bared on Thursday. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte … Read more »


President denounces extrajudicial killings

EVEN AS he reiterated his vow to crush illegal drug syndicates, President Rodrigo Duterte denounced extrajudicial killings and said he would put it “under control.” “We cannot build a nation over the dead bodies of our own citizens. I’ll have … Read more »

‘Abide by ceasefire or we’ll fight’

LUCENA CITY, Quezon: President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to lift the unilateral ceasefire he had declared with communist rebels following a New People’s Army (NPA) attack against government militiamen. In a speech before soldiers at Camp Guillermo Nakar, the … Read more »

China, Russia hold war games in South China Sea

BEIJING: China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing’s defense ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area. The drills will be carried out … Read more »

BI warns vs human smuggling syndicate

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against a human trafficking syndicate recruiting Filipino jobseekers for work in China. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning on Thursday after Chinese immigration authorities deported a Filipina who fell victim … Read more »

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Editorial

UN PCA ruling helps disputants worldwide

ANALYSTS have criticized the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for doing China’s bidding, which was championed by Cambodia, China’s agent country in Asean, to disregard the UNCLOS Tribunal’s landmark ruling granting the Philippine petition against China’s takeover of the Philippine territories in the South China/West... Read more »


Nation

AFP still committed to truce with Reds

THE ambush of members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) by the New People’s Army (NPA) that left a militiaman dead and four others wounded in Davao del Norte would not dampen the resolve of the military to support peace … Read more »

Speaker denies opposition bloc controlled by majority

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte has dismissed fears that the opposition bloc is controlled by the “Super Majority” in the House of Representatives. Alvarez made the statement after scathing criticisms from the camp of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman … Read more »

No registration extension for barangay, youth polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters in connection with the coming barangay (village) and Sanggunianag Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Wednesday … Read more »

Tesda to expand programs for poor

THE newly appointed director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has committed to expansion of skills training programs of the government as he unveiled on Wednesday the agency’s long-term plans for curbing poverty by increasing the … Read more »

DFA vows help for Pinoys convicted in Malaysia

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said the government will continue to extend “all appropriate legal and consular assistance” to nine Filipinos sentenced by a Malaysian court to life in prison. The troubled Filipinos were involved in an … Read more »

Military ‘guarded’ on peace negotiations

THE military is treating the ceasefire and peace talks with communist rebels with “guarded optimism” and hoping that there shall be fruitful negotiations between the two parties, a military official said on Wednesday. At the same time, Brig. Gen. Restituto … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Notes on last Monday’s SONA; the oath

IS our State of the Nation Address a social vice that has become incurable? State-of-the-Union Addresses in the US are, as often delivered in person in the US Congress, as in mere long-distance messages in writing (for more than a … Read more »

Feed the children

HUNGER still stalks many of our countrymen. It is particularly destructive with our children who, because of poverty, do not get enough to eat, become vulnerable to disease and exploitation and end up unhealthy, uneducated and unhappy. Uneducated because the … Read more »

CEOs can make a difference

It was my first time to hear and see Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, live and in person, in Orlando Florida, delivering his closing speech at the global conference attended by thousands of employees from all around the globe. It was … Read more »

Watchful eye

The entire nation eagerly listened as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered hisfirst state of the nation address last Monday. Some of the keypoints he discussed include: declaration of unilateral ceasefire with communists, lowering of personal and corporate income tax rates, continuation … Read more »

PDU30’s first SONA: Clash of two worlds

“And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.” — From Dover Beach by Mathew Arnold I THOUGHT he would still be in dark slacks but … Read more »

Conspiracies and wishes

AS a rule, I do not pay much attention to “blind item” news, following the principle that the credibility of information correlates to the credibility of its source. Most stories that begin with “there is word going around that…” tend … Read more »

Perspective

EVER since the President won on a platform of ridding this country of drugs and crime, we have heard it said: this is not a war on drugs; it is a war on the poor. This is a violation of … Read more »

Ilocos Norte’s tourism master plan

ILOCOS is close to my heart—I am one of her sons. There is so much more to tourism in Ilocos Norte than its scenic views and geographic landscapes. Behind the province’s seemingly never-ending coastline is a way of life adopted … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

Legal Advice

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It’s the employer who pays for applicant helpers’ clearances

Dear PAO, I have been hiring house helpers for several years now. I had bad experiences with some of them because of the shady background that some of them had, like having a criminal record or even being wanted for … Read more »