Passengers waiting forever to be processed at the country’s premiere airport. Chaos caused by flight delays and cancellations. Horrendous traffic on what are supposed to be the country’s highways and expressways. The tourism campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines” … Read more »

Since we are in the midst of the Yuletide holidays, we will digress from our usual commentary on politics and business. Instead, we will dwell on the favorite pastime of many folks during this time of the year – making … Read more »

Plane likely ‘at bottom of sea’

JAKARTA: Multinational search teams hunted on Monday for any sign of an AirAsia plane missing off Indonesia with 162 people on board, but one top official warned it was likely at the bottom of the sea.

Australia, Singapore and Malaysia deployed planes and ships to assist in the search as anguished relatives anxiously waited for news … Read more »

‘Is it a curse?’ Prayers for missing jet

KUALA LUMPUR: The disappearance of an AirAsia flight marks a tragic climax to a heartbreaking 2014 for Malaysians still grieving from the loss of two planes operated by their national carrier, and has some wondering whether their country is cursed. … Read more »

Benitezes not backing out of STI fight

The Benitez Group, the founder of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), on Monday said it will not back down from its fight with STI as it denied the latter’s claim that it mishandled the university’s funds. The Benitez family said … Read more »

‘The list of lies goes on’

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said “new” evidence to be presented when the Senate blue ribbon committee resumes hearings in January next year will be nothing but lies. Rep. Tobias Tiangco, interim president of the United … Read more »

Sea dispute with China tested Philippines’ resolve

The passing year put to test the resolve of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to pursue the government’s arbitration case against China while continuing to develop relations with Asia’s economic tiger, and at the same time assess its strategic … Read more »

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Band-aid solutions won’t work for Bilibid

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima gave a deadline for the inmates at the New Bilibid Prison to turn in their secret hoard of weapons, drugs, cellphones and other contraband by last Sunday. Drop boxes were placed at different places in the facility for the purpose. When the boxes were opened on Monday, they yielded an assortment of weaponry: a... Read more »


Bare recipients of P1-B fire trucks

A lawmaker has dared Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to bare the list of cities and municipalities that received the 117 new fire trucks under the modernization program of the Bureau of … Read more »

15 Makati establishments PWD-friendly

THE Makati City government and its private sector partners have acknowledged 15 business establishments for promoting the rights and welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWD). In the first awarding ceremony for the Search for PWD-Friendly Tourist Establishments held recently at … Read more »

Don’t buy ‘misleading Pope T-shirts’—CBCP

WHILE they make for good advertising and brisk sales, “Pope T-Shirts” being sold in the market are “misleading” and “erroneous,” according to the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). In a statement, CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas on … Read more »

Observance of flyers’ rights under scrutiny

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will check on compliance of Cebu Pacific with the Air Passenger Bill of Rights especially regarding overbooking, which was said to have caused chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last week. Joint … Read more »

2nd NBP raid yields guns, gadgets, drugs

More than 300 cellular phones, firearms, hundreds of deadly weapons and drug paraphernalia were surrendered by inmates from the Maximum Security Compound of the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) on Monday. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who returned to … Read more »

Teen killed by call center agent

A married call center agent killed her 19-year-old girlfriend by stabbing her several times inside a condominium on Sunday in Santa Mesa, Manila. Investigators identified the victim as Jackie Tajingco. She was declared dead-on-arrival by attending doctors of the University … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

The onerous and misanthropic fare hike

I fully concur with the opinions of this paper, Sen. Grace Poe, several minority Congressmen, a number of citizens’ groups, and several hundred thousand irritated commuters that the imminent fare hike to be imposed on riders of the capital’s light … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

Repairing the middle class in 2015

What is curious about the present understandable preoccupation with the middle class is the assumption—both explicit and implicit—that the system is “rigged” (to use Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s favorite term) against this vast constituency of Americans. In reality, just the opposite … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Year’s end

And I thought we will end 2014 quietly, but with sudden events such as Seniang becoming a tropical storm, with 9 provinces under signal no. 2 and 14 others under signal no. 1 and the missing Air Asia #QZ8501 with … Read more »


A wonton abuse of power

WASHINGTON, DC: Q:How are the mirthless leaders of China’s repressive, totalitarian communist regime exactly like readers of American newspapers? A: Both have an unhinged hatred of puns. You’ve probably seen the recent stories about how the Chinese government is banning … Read more »


Work menu for managers

Since I learned how to cook, I have become very particular about how my food is prepared, cooked and presented. It doesn’t help that we are now exposed to some great culinary shows on cable TV. For breakfast, I want … Read more »



SISTERS are always fun. They can get mad at you, get sore at you, but in the end it’s because they love you. I have three sisters who I will pay tribute to through this column. Chronologically, starting with the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Demanding commission for services rendered lawful

Dear PAO, When I was working abroad, I authorized my cousin to sell my car and instructed him to keep the money until I come home. Upon my arrival, I asked my cousin for my money. He agreed to return … Read more »