More NGOs targeted

Ombudsman probes scam patterned after Napoles More non-government organi-zations (NGOs) suspected to have been used by lawmakers and their cohorts in siphoning off millions of pesos in government funds into their pockets are in the Ombudsman’s cross hairs. Some of … Read more »


PEZA pay plan illegal – Miriam

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants the Senate to investigate the high salaries being given to officials and employees of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), saying the agency’s compensation plan is illegal. Santiago, in filing Resolution 1563, asked the concerned Senate … Read more »

New EDSA traffic tack imposed Monday

TO address worsening traffic gridlocks in Metro Manila, a new traffic scheme will be implemented along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) starting Monday. Under the new traffic scheme to be jointly implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) … Read more »

P7.5-B LRT penalties hit

A  militant group on Friday slammed the “unconscionable” payment by the government of P7.5 billion in penalties to the private consortium that won the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 extension contract last year, saying such a “sovereign guarantee” will be … Read more »

Aquino names new Climate Change exec

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed disaster risk reduction expert Emmanuel de Guzman to the Commission on Climate Change (CCC). De Guzman was named the third CCC commissioner, replacing Naderev Saño, who resigned in April. An economist by profession, De … Read more »

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Editorial

Is our Congress in the pocket of big business?

IN the case of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, unfortunately, the answer to that question seems to be a resounding “yes.” Umali, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy, casually announced on Wednesday that he had “disintegrated” plans to consider amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, or Epira... Read more »


Sports

Gilas Pilipinas zaps New Zealand in Jones Cup

Sharp-shooter Dondon Hontiveros fired three triples in the extra period to power Gilas Pilipinas to a nerve-wracking 92-88 overtime win over Wellington Saints-New Zealand on Friday in the 2015 William Jones Cup being held at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New … Read more »

Nation

DOH: Dengue cases in PH rise by 5,400

Dengue cases for the first eight months of 2015 have risen by 9.15 percent from those recorded in the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. According to the DOH spokesman, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, … Read more »

Optional poll service for teachers ‘dangerous’

Making election service optional for public school teachers will put the elections at the mercy of politicians, an opposition lawmaker said on Friday. Rep. Joselito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list made the warning in connection with the proposed House … Read more »

Congress to rush passage of Bangsamoro measure

The House of Representatives and the Senate will hold sessions five days a week in a last ditch effort to pass the proposed law for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said from … Read more »

Escudero should join budget deliberations – lawmaker

Abono party-list Rep. Francisco Emmanuel Ortega 3rd called on government to give priority to the agriculture sector especially at this time when the country is facing the threat of an intense El Niño phenomenon. Ortega also called for the judicious … Read more »

WB eyes $250M loan for PH resettlement plan

The World Bank is eyeing for $200million to $250million funding for the first phase of a resettlement program of the Philippines, Country Director for Philippines Motoo Konishi said. Konishi, at the sidelines of Asia Pacific Housing Forum, said the loan … Read more »

2.7M Pinoy kids skip one meal a day

THE Philippines can solve the problem of child malnutrition if every child gets nutritious food within 1,000 days from conception, an international non-government organization said on Thursday. Neil Olney, country director of Save the Children, said the Philippines is in … Read more »



Analysis & Commentary

A close encounter with Derek Ramsey

At a recent media gathering on August 12 at the Makati Shangri-La Ballroom, I came face to face with Derek Ramsey—plus his toned arms, chiseled abs and almost perfect body. I discovered that the secret to this is not a … Read more »

Foreigners dump P39-B stocks in 1 week

The numbers presented here may be confusing. That can’t be avoided because the numbers are necessary for raising the questions that may not be answered here but by the investing public. The answer lies with those who invest their hard-earned … Read more »

Not ampaw or chickenhouse government

JASON DAY has again won big (and small). All the foreign reports identify him as an Aussie. Period. Some local bladders hyphenate and call him a Fil-Aussie. I do not think it comes from him. It would be nice if … Read more »

Laotian Magsaysay awardee

ONE of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees should find her equivalent in the Philippines, preferably in Mindanao. Madame Kommaly Chanthavong, originally a descendant of traditional weavers of Laos, (her grandmother and her mother), has amid the Vietnam war and its … Read more »

Comprehensive Examinations: The When, Who, What, and Why

LET’S discuss the when, who, what and why of comprehensive examinations. For purposes of our topic on comprehensive examinations, and to provide the context of our discussion, we begin by broadly defining a curriculum of degree programs as a systematic … Read more »

Mison must give BI crooks, AWOLs the boot

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison reassigned some rank and file personnel to new stations as part of the Bureau of Immigration’s continuing reshuffle to boost professionalism and curb corruption. I believe Mison, being an agent of a person in authority that … Read more »

Momoa, Portacio, pop culture luminaries to visit Manila

IN two weeks, the city of Manila will host the first leg of the Asia Pop Comic Con happening from September 17 to 20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Its succeeding dates in Abu Dhabi and Korea … Read more »

The Duterte phenomenon

“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you give your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn out tools.” — … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Dealing with a collecting agent crying credit-card fraud

Dear PAO, I am a credit-card holder. My credit card was issued by a bank here in the Philippines but I have not used it for more than a year now after I have fully settled my account. The bank … Read more »