YEN MAKABENTA

Why no supremacy clause in our Constitution?

When Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno last week told President Benigno Aquino 3rd, that “The Constitution is supreme,” everyone, this writer included, wholeheartedly agreed. But did you know that nowhere in the 21,000-word charter will you find a clause that proclaims … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

When social enterprise goes bad

The social ills of the Philippine economy—rampant unemployment, poverty, the income gap, and a high degree of extralegalism—are the focus of a great deal of well-meaning attention (at least from people not associated with the current Administration), and that’s good. … Read more »

‘Sereno’s Piatco fees excessive, illegal’

A court has ruled that the fees received by Chief Justice Lourdes Aranal-Sereno and other lawyers employed by the government in pressing its case against the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco), the builder of the Ninoy Aquino International … Read more »

‘Sereno’s Piatco fees excessive, illegal’
TMTC coach bags 3 medals in archery meet
Aquino launches massive immunization program

Peacekeepers’ commander must be probed – AFP chief

ARMED Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang wants the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) investigated for alleged indecisiveness that put the life of the Filipino peacekeepers in danger during the standoff with Syrian rebels. Catapang said … Read more »

Senate suspends Enrile

THE Senate on Monday implemented the 90-day preventive suspension order imposed by the Sandiganbayan on Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile who was charged with plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam. Senate President Franklin Drilon said … Read more »

GPB not another form of PDAF, Palace insists

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the proposed Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) that accounts for around P20 billion in funds for local government units (LGUs) is not a resurrection of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, which had been … Read more »

Mark Gil loses battle to cancer

Veteran actor Mark Gil lost his two-year battle against liver cancer on Monday morning. He was 52. The actor’s death was announced by his talent manager, June Torrejon-Rufino. “It is with much sorrow that we announce that he passed away … Read more »

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Editorial

Filipino ‘blue helmets’: Courage under fire

What played out in the Golan Heights last week would have made a great war movie. Seventy-five Filipino troops serving as United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan, the no-man’s land between Syria and Israel, were surrounded by Syrian rebel fighters, who demanded that they surrender. The Filipinos’ commander, an Indian general, must have... Read more »


From our Readers

DPWH Secretary corrects Ric Ramos

This refers to the article entitled “SONA 2014: The Last of PNoy?” by Mr. Rick Ramos published last August 2, 2014, wherem the followmg statement... Read more »

Senate is not self-destructing

We write to shed light on certain issues raised by Rigoberto Tiglao in his August 25, 2014 article titled “Senate is self-destructing.” While we... Read more »

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Cory appointed Binay as OIC of Makati with the blessings of her Elite compadres the Ayalas & Lopezes. he will still be under the clutches of the... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

What has been happening in the four years of BS Aquino administration is all of treachery or betrayal of public trust. His campaign promises mostly... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

Our present government is like a ship with a Skipper on the bridge looking forward to the vast ocean ahead. Let us first describe the ship which is... Read more »

Nation

Trillanes trips but still rules Makati building ordinary

PRO-ADMINISTRATION Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Monday proved that he did not know the difference between linoleum and vinyl but declared anyway that there is “nothing extraordinary” about the Makati City Hall Building 2 after he led an inspection of … Read more »

Ombudsman eyes P10M more in intelligence fund

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales is pushing an additional P10-million intelligence fund on top of her office’s P1.79 billion proposed budget for 2015 supposedly for successful prosecution of corruption cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman. Morales, a retired associate justice … Read more »

Comelec to use mixed poll technology in 2016

THE commission en banc of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has adopted a recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) to use a mixed automated election system (AES) in the 2016 polls. A reliable source from the Comelec said the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ernesto F. Herrera

Use it or lose it

I have written before about the need to review, expand and improve existing regulations on our pipeline systems to ensure their safety and reliability, and the need for Congress to pass an enabling law for this purpose. Well, it turns … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy and the ‘hubris syndrome’

Countless Filipinos are dismayed that PNoy continues to give mixed signals on his plans for 2016. Although PNoy claimed during the Bombo Radyo interview last week that he’s looking forward to regaining his freedom when he steps down from office, … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Convergence & 2016

“Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts,” the economist Henry Rosovsky once said. In a democracy, information is power, but you can never know whether it will make us better or worse off as narrated by Robert … Read more »

ROMMEL DEL ROSARIO

KaMundo’s baked goodness

Writing this article made me vividly remember a memory that I thought had long been gone. When I was a child, I loved to play many types of toys and I was not content with having just one set. This … Read more »

CHIT JUAN

Mindanao–coffee country

Not very many people realize that Mindanao produces about 70 percent of our coffee in the country. Many still think it is Batangas, or maybe Cavite, which now comes as a close second to our Southern mountain areas. We were … Read more »

GETSY TIGLAO

Awesome arugula

People who feel that they are gardening-challenged should try planting arugula. It’s very easy to grow, requires very little care, and is overflowing with disease-fighting antioxidants. Your gardening confidence will be boosted in no time! Arugula (eruca sativa) is also … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Widow can conditionally donate house, lot to niece

Dear PAO, I am already old, a widow and have no children. My niece is my only companion in life and the one who is taking care of me. Though still a minor at 16 years of age, I am … Read more »