PNoy has stranglehold on P500B special funds

Palace: President has full control of 2015 SPF MALACAñANG on Thursday admitted that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have full control of the P501-billion special purpose funds (SPF) contained in the P2.26 trillion proposed national budget for next year, a … Read more »

Binay pays tribute to Cory as nation’s ‘beacon’

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday joined the Aquino family in remembering the late former President Corazon Aquino whom he described as the “shining beacon of Philippine democracy.” The former president succumbed to colon cancer on August 1, 2009. In … Read more »

Luy: Bong got bigger kickbacks than Napoles

Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. got at least P90 million in kickbacks from projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel and which were implemented by three government agencies, according to whistleblower Benhur Luy. Luy made the … Read more »

Filipina nurse abducted, gang-raped in Libya

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday confirmed that a Filipina was abducted and gang-raped in Tripoli. In a statement, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipina, who was working as a nurse in the Libyan capital, was … Read more »

Philippines posts highest rice yield in ASEAN

The Philippines has posted the highest rice yield for the last three to four years among countries composing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), according to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Deputy Director General Bruce Tolentino. ”The Philippines is … Read more »

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Why our farmers, farm workers and fishermen are poor

ONE of our front page stories on Thursday is about the worldwide shortage of farm workers. In our country this is mainly because of bad governance—wrong policies for the agriculture sector (which for some statistical quirk includes the fishery sector) and massive corruption in government agencies in charge of agriculture. Both of these result in... Read more »

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Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


Judge sacked by SC over ‘Ma’am Arlene’ issue

A judge who figured in the 2013 elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) that resulted in the “Ma’am Arlene” controversy has been ordered dismissed from the service by the Supreme Court (SC). Intrigues about “Ma’am Arlene,” the alleged fixer … Read more »

39,000 NBP inmates score jail-behavior amendments

Inmates of the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a writ of preliminary injunction barring Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd from enforcing the Implementing Rules and … Read more »

BI to field additional 160 officers at NAIA 3

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deploy an additional 160 immigration personnel as five major airlines are set to transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3. The Terminal  3 head, Mary Ann Velasco, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Another Aquino SONA, another lie

A description on a website of an Aquino accomplishment.I can’t believe how President Aquino has had the gall to lie, to give false data in each and every State of the Nation Address (SONA) he’s given. Other presidents would fudge the data or exaggerate their role. This one patently lies. In his 2011 address, he tried to shock us that a contract for the dredging of Laguna Lake made during the Arroyo years would cost P19 billion, but would involve only “playing around with the mud” (“para lang maglaro sa putik”). The Belgian... Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

The bad fairy no more

The fashion show at the opening of joint session of Congress whenever the Philippine president gives his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) is now institutionalized.  Come typhoon or earthquake, come fire or highwater, it is established, worked at … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Two presidential death anniversaries

There will be a Mass for Tita Cory at 6:15 this evening in Rockwell. Death anniversary. Henerala Margie Juico texted. This foot soldier in the Yellow Army—am I privileged to be one—plans to go. Last week, Ricky Avanceña approached me … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Preparing for Francis: Do’s and don’ts for Filipinos

What should the nation do to prepare for the January 15-19 visit of Pope Francis? Definitely not what Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos did for John Paul II’s first trip to the Philippines. The dictator officially lifted martial law nine months … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The future of think tanks

WASHINGTON,DC: Unless you’re a dedicated policy wonk, the name Stuart Butler probably doesn’t ring a bell. For 35 years, Butler has been a senior researcher at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. He was among the most visible figures—and possibly … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

UNA, LP merger? Why not?

Immediately after the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President, this is what Vice President Jejomar Binay had to say: “President Aquino spoke from the heart and I commend him for his candidness and sincerity.” On Wednesday, United … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Holcim Philippines is listed but not public

IT is time for the Securities and Exchange Commission to redefine the rule on minimum public ownership. To justify this suggestion, Due Diligencer did some computations of the ownership profile of Holcim Philippines Inc. (HPI) and came out with the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Debt incurred by wife: Does the husband pay?

Dear PAO, My wife and I have been separated for about 5 years now. We are still not in good terms but I do not neglect my obligation to support our children who are in her care. Since we are … Read more »