CHANGSA, China: I am filing this column from the city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, which is the second leg of my journey to China (with a 16-member Filipino delegation comprised of journalists, academics, NGO representatives and some … Read more »

“Ever since the illness of my daughter, I have lost fervor in praying to God.” So shared a mother of three recently about her diminished piety amid the life-threatening affliction of her eldest. She still goes to Sunday Mass and … Read more »

Binay: Trillanes made my day

For Vice President Jejomar Binay, the declaration of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that he may join the 2016 presidential derby confirmed what Binay has been suspecting all along: Trillanes’ efforts to vilify him is politically motivated. “Mr. Trillanes has just … Read more »

Bidding for PCOS repair deal gets more support

Another former election official has joined the call for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to bid out the contract for the repair of 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that will be recycled for the 2016 elections. Former Comelec … Read more »

Budget pork-less but still vulnerable

SENATE Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano believes the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015 contains no legislative pork, but the absence of the law allowing public access to government transaction makes it susceptible to manipulation. Cayetano said that even if Congress … Read more »

Country can produce a tennis star, says Murray

Grand Slam winner Andy Murray believes that if the Philippines can produce world boxing champions like Manny Pacquiao, it can also come up with world-ranked tennis players. It just needs commitment and hard work, Murray, who is playing for the … Read more »

Anti-dynasty law compromise seen

A congressman said on Friday he is confident the Anti-Political Dynasty bill will be approved, even if it means making some compromises. “We are working on a compromise. If we cannot get 100 percent, we’ll settle for 50 percent,” Caloocan … Read more »

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Heed Mindanao Lumads’ cry for peace–and food

WE ask our readers to support the indigenous Filipinos (our Lumad tribals) who are always victimized by bandits and other lawless elements, including Muslim bands and even the activists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, as well as the national government civilian and military units. Many officials of the latter are paid supporters of... Read more »


Pacquiao to sell mansion after rich neighbors complain

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said on Thursday that he would sell his mansion in Forbes Park, one of the Philippine capital’s swankiest areas after his neighbors complained of his visitors wearing shabby clothing. Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse that as … Read more »


Miriam: EDCA may leave Aquino impeachable

THERE are acts connected with the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States that may be grounds for impeaching President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Thursday. The President signing EDCA, an … Read more »

Plaint vs poll bidding baseless – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday took a swipe at a petition for certiorari filed by former Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza, describing as baseless the complaint to stop bidding for the Automated Election System (AES) to be … Read more »

P8B disbursed by govt for Tacloban rebuilding

The national government has poured P8.09 billion for  rehabilitation of Tacloban City (Leyte), which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, according to rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson. In a statement on Thursday, Lacson said the amount translates to half … Read more »

2015 budget Malacañang campaign kitty – senator

SEN. Miriam Santiago is convinced that the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015 recently passed on final reading by the Senate and House of Representatives is an election budget aimed at helping boost the chances of the allies of President Benigno … Read more »

Orphans, youth to welcome Pope Francis

At least two orphans and 1, 200 young people from Parañaque City (Metro Manila) are going to welcome Pope Francis when he arrives in the Philippines on January 15 next year at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City (Metro Manila). … Read more »

13th month pay for SSS pensioners

THE Social Security System (SSS) will release P6 billion to cover the 13th month pay of nearly 1.9 million pensioners in December. The giving of the bonus is part of the SSS year-end tradition that began in 1988. The SSS … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Train wreck

The economy is probably in bigger trouble than this week’s surprisingly bad news about third-quarter GDP growth indicated. To call the 5.3 percent GDP turnout “unexpected” is an understatement; nobody was even close to guessing the Philippines’ economic expansion in … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Fernando Zobel de Ayala not keen to honor McMicking

SEVEN months ago on April 12, 2014, I wrote a column entitled “Honoring J. R. McMicking – Visionary Builder of Makati.” The advocacy of the article was to duly honor Joseph R. “Joe” McMicking, the acknowledged Brains of Ayala Corporation … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

How an absolute phrase with a passive perfect participle works

I WAS asked this seemingly simple grammar question last week by a member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum who goes by the username Baklis: “While reading your book English Plain and Simple, I came across one of the forms of … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

No recourse for ordinary citizens

I have a neighbor who is a very kind and nice guy, although once he drives his jeepney, he becomes king of the road—‘Give way to the King!’ He drives like he owns the road, no quarter taken, no quarter … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Birth pains

Contrary to initial expectations, the powerhouse Cleveland Cavaliers are starting slow and only have a 7-7 record early in the season. With the return of prodigal son LeBron James and stat stuffer Kevin Love, the Cavs were expected to run … Read more »

Becky Garcia

Club Bulakeño goes Latin

Notable society figures, business tycoons, philanthropists, and politicians filled the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La to celebrate Club Bulakeño’s 26th year on November 14. The whole venue was transformed into an elegant Latin setting. Incumbent presidents Atty. Jonas Cabochan and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Illegitimate child has choice on surname to adopt

Dear PAO, I have a baby with my ex-boyfriend. He recognizes the baby as his son. In fact, he executed an affidavit recognizing my baby and allowing him to use his surname. However, I want my baby to use my … Read more »