Tolentino quits MMDA

Embattled official opts out of LP senatorial ticket Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Wednesday resigned from his post and asked the Liberal Party (LP) to exclude him from its senatorial line-up for 2016. Tolentino–like other appointive … Read more »

Meralco cuts October power rates

Consumers can again expect lower electricity bills as the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Wednesday announced a 13-centavo per kilowatt hour (kWh) rate cut this October primarily because of lower generation cost. With the drop, the utility firm said, the … Read more »

FM’s legacy will help VP bid – Bongbong

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late president, on Wednesday said his father’s legacy would help rather than hamper his own bid for the vice presidency. He said his surname was the “greatest blessing,” his first … Read more »

My all-weather friend

Joker was a towering figure we idolized from afar when martial law came. He was up there. We were uhugin – may gatas pa sa labi – gofers of the veteran de campanas and Joker made us see that UP … Read more »

DOH fails to complete P909-M infra projects

The Department of Health (DOH) has failed to start, complete or use P909 million worth of infrastructure projects, thus depriving many Filipinos access to better health care, according to the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay. The Commission on Audit … Read more »

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Being VP is not a casual job

MANY commentators in the formal press and social media have already noted the somewhat dubious irony that for the first time in this country’s history – and as far as our own geopolitical and history experts know, in any country’s history – there are more candidates for vice president than there are candidates for president. While this... Read more »


Leni, PNoy clash on taxes

WHEN it comes to taxes, Liberal Party vice presidential bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo does not agree with President Benigno Aquino 3rd who has junked proposals to lower income taxes and adjust the value-added tax. Robredo said the … Read more »

No CBCP award for ‘AlDub’

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is not granting an award to the actors behind the famous “Aldub’ love team in the popular noontime TV show, Eat Bulaga. CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas made the clarification … Read more »

Spain turns over Paco Park plan

SPAIN’S Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Antonio Calvo Castaño on Wednesday turned over the original plan of Paco Park to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. at the historic cemetery in Manila where Dr. Jose Rizal was laid to rest after … Read more »

Villanueva declares senatorial bid

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva announced his bid for a Senate post during a gathering honoring scholars on Tuesday. His candidacy was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd. “May lakas po ako ng loob … Read more »

Devastation in PH bird paradise

BISLIG: Patches of tropical rainforest in the southern Philippines harbor some of the world’s rarest birds, but nature lovers toting long-lens cameras now share them with people wielding chainsaws, traps and torches. Hundreds of foreign and local tourists venture each … Read more »

DOJ panel to probe SAF ‘killers’

A panel of prosecutors will investigate the complaint filed against commanders and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other Muslim fighters who mowed down dozens of police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao early this year. The panel composed … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Presidentiables briefing: The war on hunger

Sixth in a series on national concerns Quick: What’s the biggest issue facing Filipinos now? If you answered Grace Poe’s citizenship or Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential plans, you probably don’t belong to the one in every eight families who suffered hunger … Read more »

The trouble with low-hanging fruit

THE French overseas territory of New Caledonia is, by all accounts, a tropical paradise, and is in general, considered rather well off compared with other equally beautiful Pacific island states and territories. That relative affluence, however, appears to be coming … Read more »

Not your usual travelogue

OF the many political books of Roland Simbulan this one, The World is a Classroom: Reflections of a Fellow Traveller, strikes us at a glance as a light book, a travelogue no less of the author’s visits to selected countries … Read more »

Ka-women-an in our minds

THE times are exciting for kawomenan, i.e., ka-Pinay-an, being Pinay, being woman in this country. Lest you’ve been living under a rock, we got a presidential candidate in Grace Poe, a vice-presidential candidate in Leni Robredo, both celebrated as women … Read more »

Planning and designing smarter cities

A 2000 Harvard study shows that Metro Manila is one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world at 60 persons per hour, due mainly to in-migration. Delhi, India’s largest city and one of the most populated in the world, … Read more »

MMA trumps boxing, again

Boxing got a terrible beating from mixed martial arts (MMA) over the weekend. Okay, let me tell you what I’m talking about – Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson gave fight fans a match that delivered more than its hype over … Read more »

Failed tender

TOSOH Corp. of Japan had wanted 100-percent ownership of Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. (MVC), but its tender to buy out the public who held 162.73 million MVC shares, or 25.777 percent, failed to attract sellers. In an acquisition report, the Japanese … Read more »


“Bayan o Sarili? The Nation or Myself?” is a question that every Filipino should ask this coming 2016 national and local elections (NLEs). The blockbuster movie Heneral Luna is not only reminding us of the patriotism and heroism of General … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Lessor can renew contract anytime

Dear PAO, I have been renting an apartment for three months now. We don’t have a contract of lease. We also don’t have an agreement as to the duration of the rent. I am religiously paying our monthly rent, and … Read more »