Undersecretary killed in crash

DepEd’s Francis Varela hailed for anti-corruption efforts A high-ranking official of the Department of Education was killed in a motorcycle crash in Tanay, Rizal on Saturday morning. Francis Varela, the agency’s undersecretary for finance, was rushed to the Antipolo District … Read more »

Officials urged: Stand up against Iglesia ‘tyranny’

A party-list congressman became the voice in the wilderness amid the ongoing crisis within the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) that has spilled into the streets in Metro Manila as he called on government officials to take … Read more »

Pope tells parents: Teach your children how to pray

Vatican City: Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered for the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, … Read more »

Pork-funded schools not SEC-registered

THEY ARE supposed to be top-rate technical vocational institutions (TVIs), which is why they bagged millions of pesos from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). Or actually, from the pork-barrel funds of some legislators that had been loaded … Read more »

Broadcaster’s coffee shop strafed

Two men raked a coffee shop in Quezon City (Metro Manila) owned by a popular radio and television commentator with gunfire at past 1 a.m. on Friday. No one was reported hurt in the incident, which happened hours after members … Read more »

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Commiserate with Chinese friends over Tianjin tragedy

WITHOUT publicizing their words, some Filipinos have been saying in private about the tragically lethal August 12 chemical explosion in the port city of Tianjin “Buti nga! (Serves them right!)” These Filipinos are among those whose sense of patriotism has been deeply wounded by the Chinese government’s determination to create man-made... Read more »


Bill seeks four-month paid maternity leave

All business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the country should allow at least four months of paid maternity leave to their employees who are working mothers, a lawmaker said on Sunday. Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay of Makati City’s Second District … Read more »

Oil firms slash pump prices

Oil firms on Sunday rolled back prices of petroleum products. In separate advisories, Shell Philippines, Petron Corp., Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, PTT Philippines and Seaoil slashed prices of gasoline by P1.45 per liter. They also lowered diesel prices by 70 centavos … Read more »

‘Pork whistleblowers should get paid’ – CA

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a decision of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) finding that businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles’ JLN Corp. illegally dismissed its employees. In a seven-page decision dated August 17, 2015, penned by Associate Justice Amy … Read more »

Criminalizing libel could help save lives

WHILE many believe that criminalizing libel is detrimental and contrary to the exercise of freedom, keeping it a criminal offense could, on the other hand, help save the lives of journalists amid the wave of media killings in the country, … Read more »

Poe to answer SET complaint

SENATOR Grace Poe will submit her citizenship papers and travel documents to the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) next week when she files her answer to a complaint filed against her by Rizalito David. The SET in a resolution directed the … Read more »

Erap lags in mayoral survey

IF the elections were held this month, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada will not be re¬elected as Manila mayor, according to the latest survey. The survey commissioned by a member of the Liberal Party (LP) who asked not to be … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Sorianos’ P6-B paper profit in Anscor

Comments on Due Diligencer’s “Buying SMCDC condo unit is not always fun” show that the non-issuance or delayed issuance of titles for fully paid condominium units is not a monopoly of SM Development Corp. A few wrote to say they … Read more »

Mismatch: Higher education and leadership

THE higher education leaders convened last week by Philippine Business for Education (PBED) recommend that a national development plan aimed at the mid-21st century be formulated to help guide educational policy. In fact a national development plan reflective of a … Read more »

UK: Ukay-okay?

YOU never cross the same river twice, okay? The second time you cross the same river, you would have been older. The river on the other hand may be deeper, shallower, wider or on the verge of drying. When Cynthia … Read more »

Voters deserve respect, not insults

POLITICIANS running for public office don’t seem to be courting our votes the right way. As we can see several months into next year’s elections, both the veterans and neophytes are insulting the electorate, treating them as dumb and stupid. … Read more »

Rampant corruption grips PCSO

Delivering public health services is one of the glaring failures of Noynoy Aquino’s administration and, with just months left in its agonizing term, the President’s cronies are working double time to fleece public funds supposedly intended to help the sick. … Read more »

Endowment effect: Junk and sentimental value mix well

A neighbor who is migrating to the States in three months offers you a 2010 Toyota Innova for P210,000, which is a good price by any standard in the used-car market. You know how your neighbor was religious in terms … Read more »

The regime’s full-throated march to idiocy

I HAVE yet to agree with a Marcos in 62 years , which is my age. But you have to appreciate the crafting of Senator Marcos’ response to the government’s war against Balikbayan boxes. The boxes, Mr. Marcos said, are … Read more »

Odd schemes and rally permits

IT is difficult to stay calm in the midst of worsening traffic, but it sure helps that this time around the President seems to understand how bad it actually is, not spinning it to talk about development and progress, not … Read more »

Legal Advice

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‘Gentleman’s agreement’ valid except those not transmissible by law, other requisites

Dear PAO, I would like to ask whether a “gentleman’s agreement” or word of honor is legally binding before the courts of justice? Anuj Dear Anuj, The general rule is agreements or contracts are perfected by mere consent. It is … Read more »