Given the events of the last three months, this question becomes particularly compelling for us Filipinos, who are mostly Catholic Christians, as Holy Week begins. In mid-January, six million of us gathered at Manila’s Rizal Park to show Pope Francis our deepest affection as he poured himself out in a great apostolic act of mercy, compassion and hope for the poor. Sin and crime appeared to… Read more »

What “Jabidah” marker? Left, photo on March 19 from the Philippine Daily Inquirer with a caption that says chief negotiator and Governor Hataman and other peace activists celebrate the new “Jabidah” marker. Right, actual marker authorized by the National Historical Commission, without the word “Jabidah,” only the words “mga ulat.”

Fourth of a five-part series

Unlike the gullible President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his “peace” negotiators, and despite intense pressures put on this government body, the… Read more »

PH offers Sabah to win KL support

Malaysian backing sought on UN case vs China The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a … Read more »

Bangsamoro changes inevitable– senators

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should be open to changes in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because the revisions that will be introduced by lawmakers will make the bill withstand legal scrutiny, senators said on Sunday. Sen. Francis … Read more »

Nietes, Donaire demolish foes

World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and returning Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. made the country proud when they demolished their respective foreign rivals on Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum. Nietes, 32, displayed his … Read more »

DND officials face criminal raps over chopper deal

OFFICIALS of the Department of National Defense (DND) may have broken the law, particularly Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, when they insisted on acquiring 21 refurbished UH-1D helicopters through negotiated contract despite repeated warnings by the … Read more »

Binay meets family of Pinay facing death in Indonesia

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday assured the parents of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) facing execution in Indonesia that the government will exhaust all “legal remedies and options” to spare the life of their child. Binay, the Presidential Adviser … Read more »

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Reality knocks

THE latest Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) conducted by the central bank reveals a heartening fact: more Filipino households are hopeful about the economy this quarter than the number of those who were optimistic in the last three months of last year. Yes, there was an improvement in the overall consumer Confidence Index (CI) to a minus 10... Read more »


No need to imitate any style to beat Mayweather – Roach

Veteran trainer Freddie Roach believes that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t need to imitate any fighter or emulate any boxing style to defeat the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their much-awaited bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, … Read more »


BBL not perfect, Ferrer admits

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the chairperson of the government peace panel negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday admitted that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not perfect thus, it is the responsibility of Congress to “clean … Read more »

Soldiers to get higher subsistence allowance

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a joint resolution passed by Congress increasing the subsistence allowance for all enlisted personnel, including policemen and soldiers. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the resolution that Aquino signed on Friday raises the allowances of … Read more »

Gas prices up by P1.10/liter

OIL companies will impose another hefty increase in pri- ces of petroleum products on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and SEAOIL said they will increase the price of gasoline by P1.10 per liter while the cost of diesel … Read more »

Stop terrorizing Congress, Aquino told

Malacañang should stop terrorizing legislators to force them to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday. Cayetano was put off by the call of President Benigno Aquino 3rd on lawmakers to pass the … Read more »

‘Be truthful and compassionate’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday urged Filipinos to be truthful and compassionate and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ this Lenten season. In his Holy Week message, the President said Filipinos should follow the example of Jesus … Read more »

Sandiganbayan junks Jinggoy’s appeal

The Sandiganbayan threw out Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s appeal on the order to seize his assets while the plunder complaint filed against him pends in court. The anti-graft court’s Fifth Division dismissed Estrada’s motion for reconsideration for lack of merit. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Farm to table

(Conclusion) And to wrap up our Women’s Month features, there is no better way than to pay tribute to the sustainable women, the “farm to table” advocates, the members. Farm to table, sometimes also referred to as “farm to … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Firm liquidated after 30 years of shareholder squabble

(Third of a three-part series) HERE is a company that ended up in liquidation because the stockholders could not agree on the composition of the management committee itself. For whatever this is worth, this piece is for business alliances that … Read more »


Don’t we need dreams outside capitalism?

AS someone currently employed as an academic (getting paid to read, think, and write about history), I’ve given some thought to the business and privilege of the “leisure” arts, and while shot through with issues of class and discourses of … Read more »


JABIDAH! ‘Special Forces of Evil?’

[THIS is the third part of the “Jabidah! Special Forces of Evil?” privileged speech of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. He delivered it on March 28, 1968 in the Senate session hall to expose what he called “a … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Black sheep

NO one becomes a saint by demonizing others. Well, it may be too ambitious to aspire to become a saint, but to put it simply, one does not look better by making another person look bad. If you spoke ill … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

The Future in Singapore

SINGAPORE’S Merlion represents the dual character of how Filipinos see the City State. To the 10 percent richest Filipinos owning over 70 percent of the country’s wealth, Singapore is the nearest Rodeo Drive-like shopping district. To the 10 million plus … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Buyer’s failure to pay voids contract to sell

Dear PAO, I sold my property last year. The buyer said he cannot pay the purchase price in full so he made a down payment and promised to pay the balance after six months. Following the advice of a friend, … Read more »