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 »

House justice panel junks impeach raps vs Aquino

The House Committee on Justice threw out the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday. The panel, through a 54-4 vote, found the complaints against Aquino insufficient in substance. Two of the three complaints stemmed from the … Read more »

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

‘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 »

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 »

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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 »


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 »

TUCP tells Aquino: Lead from the front

THE largest labor organization in the country, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to “lead from the front” and convene a “national summit for a jobs program” and a “national … Read more »

Pope’s visit to boost priestly vocations

AN official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) believes that the mere presence of Pope Francis in the country will help encourage young Filipinos to enter the priesthood. Sr. Mary Anthony Basa, CBCP’s executive secretary of the … Read more »

PAL’s two B747s head to bone yards

Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Monday said its two remaining Boeing B747-400s jumbo jets are scheduled to fly to “airplane bone yards” in dry deserts in Arizona. It added that the two B747s will be sold to a US company that … 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 »