‘The Filipino is worth fighting for’

A calm but obviously emotional President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday vowed to keep his promises amid a barrage of criticisms being hurled against his administration in his last remaining years in office. In his fifth State of the Nation … Read more »

President’s address disappoints FOI backers

Some called it the President’s best State of the Nation Address (SONA), but to others, it was disappointing because it made no mention of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. One of those who felt let down was Vice President … Read more »

Pnoy fights back tears, but Kris weeps in gallery

It was his fifth State of the Nation Address but it was the only time that President Benigno Aquino 3rd became teary-eyed while reporting to his “bosses.” Several times during his speech that lasted one-and-a half hours, the President’s voice … Read more »

Police push back rallyists with water cannons

PROTESTERS who attempted to march to the Batasan Pambansa where President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday were met with water canNons and a phalanx of policemen. As Aquino was delivering his speech, … Read more »

Ramos: Bangsamoro bill won’t make it into law

The Bangsamoro Basic law, which will create a Bangsamoro Region for the ex-separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will not be passed into law before President Benigno Aquino 3rd steps down in 2016, former President Fidel Ramos predicted on … Read more »

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OFWs in Libya: Once again, in harm’s way

The spiralling violence in Libya has forced the Philippine embassy in Tripoli to close. Its staff has been relocated to Tunisia, leaving behind members of the Rapid Response Team that was deployed by the Department of Foreign Affairs to help in repatriating the Filipinos who want to leave. The DFA has raised alert level 4 for Libya, which calls... Read more »

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Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


Blazers halt Red Lions’ winning run

The College of Saint Benilde Blazers pulled off a surprise 83-76 victory against four-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions on Monday in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena. The triumph, the … Read more »


Power lack blunts growth – Belmonte

Noting that uncertainty in power supply is putting the country’s growth momentum at risk, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday said bills seeking to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) will be among the priority measures in … Read more »

Govt peace panel chief vows ‘good draft BBL’

Amid an apparent delay, the chief government negotiator in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday assured Congress that her group will submit a “good” draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of legislation aimed … Read more »

Binay, UK ambassador hail end of Eid al-Fitr

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday joined the international community in greeting “our Muslims brothers and sisters” in celebrating the end of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr), and recognized the role of the Mindanao peace process in proving that different religions and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


SC decision documents senators acts and their incentives

Regardless of the Senate moro-moro last Thursday, the case to make Butch Abad and senators accountable for senatorial bribery is alive and kicking. Abad, Drilon, Trillanes, et al. have nothing to celebrate. They may be in a deeper hole than they imagine. When Budget Secretary Butch Abad emerged from his foxhole last week to testify at the Senate, accompanied by a retinue of Cabinet secretaries, he did not demolish the people’s case against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and... Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

PNoy’s fixation with DAP is hurting the economy

Like a sore loser, PNoy has taken every chance he gets to excoriate the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. That or he’s justifying the use of the DAP as having boosted the … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Impeachment cases are first laughed at. Then, they topple presidents

The draft of the impeachment case filed against Mr. Marcos on August 13, 1985 was written by two opposition MPs in a small restaurant in Quezon City barely a month before the August filing. MPs Homobono Adaza of Misamis Oriental … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia


Third of four parts Under the 2013 Budget Message, The Executive asked for P2.006-trillion National Budget, consisting of P1.251 trillion for Programmed New Appropriations and P117.5 billion for the Unprogrammed Fund. This proposed Budget was 10.5 percent higher than 2012’s … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Corruption in agri sector and poverty

President Aquino’s campaign battle cry and promise has a simple logic: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Going by that logic, if there are still a lot of poor people in the Philippines, or if poverty has not been significantly reduced … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

An economy gone adrift

Jaded Cassandra though I may be, even I was struck by the resemblance of the front page of Saturday’s edition of our business section to a wet blanket. Contrary to popular belief, we do not actually look for bad news … Read more »


Protecting trees from typhoons

Often overlooked in disaster preparations, especially for tropical storms, are protection for the trees and plants that are planted in home gardens and in public areas around the metropolis. Typhoon Glenda showed us that a typhoon with strong, unrelenting winds … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Minimum wage for regional workers

Dear PAO, What is the proper minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila)? Are all workers entitled to receive the minimum wage? JCM Dear JCM, The minimum wage given to employees shall differ on the kind … Read more »