At the National Transformation Council assembly in Lipa last Thursday, representatives of organized labor, farmers, fisherfolk, and urban poor called on President B. S. Aquino 3rd and his administration to step down. Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa reiterated his well-known position, and Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao reconfirmed the moral validity of the mounting call.
The same day, at a press conference hosted by Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) at Club… Read more »

MILF founder Salamat: Have they renounced his goal for an independent Islamic state?

The following is an article I wrote on an interview with Moro Islamic Liberation chairman Hashim Salamat published in the reputable magazine Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) on March 28, 1996, years before Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda gained notoriety after his 9/11 New York attack.
Salamat’s official title then, which current MILF Chairman Murad Ibrahim dare not… Read more »

VP’s case ‘too hot to handle’

A petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) with the Court of Appeals to inspect the bank accounts of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family has been found by CA justices as “too hot to handle.” According to … Read more »

Aquino has lost most Pinoys’ trust – Osmeña

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has clearly lost the trust of majority of Filipinos because of the Mamasapano incident that claimed the lives of 44 police commandos and, unless the President apologized, the distrust could be permanent, a lawmaker said on … Read more »

Aquino messed up Mamasapano

HAD President Benigno Aquino 3rd not compartmentalized and excluded the military from a police operation to get two terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, casualties in that tragic incident on January 25 could have been minimized, a former military commander in Mindanao … Read more »

‘Desperate’ OFWs languish in shelters in Saudi Arabia

A party-list lawmaker has revealed that thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia are living “desperately” in temporary shelters because the companies that hired them are facing financial difficulties brought about by falling oil prices on the world … Read more »

Meatless Mondays in Quezon City

Cut your meat intake and add years to your life. This is the message that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista wants to impart to three million residents as he threw his support behind a city council resolution urging restaurant owners … Read more »

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Peping must give earnest of sincerity and seriousness

IF Peping and Tingting Cojuangco are to be believed in their efforts to shoehorn themselves into the conversation about President Aquino’s departure from the presidency and any subsequent transition, Peping must first give an earnest sincerity and integrity of their motives. And Tingting for her part must show that her feet are firmly on the... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Filipino pride in Hong Kong Disneyland

“There is magic in you, you’ve got to share! Just hear it in my song, you’ll find your light there!” HONG KONG: There was an overwhelming sense of Filipino pride at the launch of Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest campaign, “Find … Read more »


DOLE told to return P82-M DAP funds

State auditors want the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to return to the national treasury all unused funds it received under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In a 2013 audit report on DOLE, the Commission on Audit (COA) said … Read more »

SSS sets 10-year prescriptive period for settled claims

The Social Security System (SSS) has set for 10 years the prescriptive period for re-adjudicating retirement, disability and death claims. Members seeking to have their settled retirement, death or disability claims with the SSS re-evaluated have up to 10 years … Read more »

Order of Malta head visits PH

Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (SOM) Fra’ Matthew Festing on Sunday started his seven-day official visit to the Philippines, according to Malacañang. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the visit affirms the two nations’ … Read more »

Pinoys born in Germany can now get dual citizenship

WITH a change in policy, the German government opened more ways for Filipinos to obtain dual citizenship, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA said that effective December 20, 2014, Filipino children born in Germany after January … Read more »

Valenzuela increases taxes in industrial estates

The Valenzuela City government is set to implement new and higher taxes exclusively for industrial real estate properties after more than two decades. “I believe it’s about time to increase the market values of industrial real properties, because it’s exactly … Read more »

Lawmaker wants auditing bodies for tuition increases

Increases on tuition fees should be audited, a lawmaker is suggesting. Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela is proposing the creation of auditing bodies attached to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which will monitor and evaluate whether a big portion … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

First Pacific takes over Roxas Holdings

The Indonesian-owned First Pacific Co. Ltd., which is based in Hong Kong, has finally taken over the majority ownership of Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) after a First Pacific unit acquired RHI’s 241.78 million treasury shares on Feb 27. First Pacific’s … Read more »


Why did capitalist imperial domination arise in Europe and not in Asia?

IN his history of capitalism, Fernand Braudel writes, “the Italians, Armenians, Jews, Portuguese, and Spaniards…pushed across the oceans and explored new areas until they encountered and adapted to, or else destroyed, the rival networks they found in Latin American the … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

The song of the TNTs

OFFICIAL and credible research organization reports put the number of illegal aliens in the US (TNT in Filipino lingo for “Tago ng Tago”) between 10 and 12 million. The Pew Research Organization narrows down the estimates to 11.2 million in … Read more »

Tita C. Valderama

Feeling the pinch of the economic ‘grinch’

MANY salaried workers could hardly feel the much-trumpeted economic growth brought about by reforms that the government has reportedly been instituting in the last four or five years, because prices of consumer goods and services keep going up without corresponding … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

PNR Boss’ wife, a DOTC contractor?

What’s this I have been hearing over there at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) that the wife Philippine National Railways (PNR) General manager Joseph Allan Dilay is one of the main contractors of the said department’s projects? Gina … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Exit strategy: Coasting also means going downhill

A CHAIN smoker devised a scheme to earn money, knowing that sooner or later, he may contract lung cancer or other tobacco-related illnesses. He bought several hundred packs of expensive cigars and had them insured against fire. After smoking them … Read more »

Legal Advice

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The law on co-ownership over an inherited estate

Dear PAO, Our parents left a house and lot in the province. My brother and I, the only heirs of our parents, wanted to remain as co-owners of this property as we are considering making this house as our ancestral … Read more »