‘Weak-man rule’ in our ‘premature’ democracy

Sturdy representative institutions result from years of practice. In the West, the vote alone was long limited by religious, race, ethnic, property, literacy and gender restrictions. Even Britain—the “Mother of Parliaments”—took 150 years to elect its first middle-class legislature. But … Read more »


Answer to Gatbonton’s ‘How are we to find the benevolent authoritarian?’

I must begin this article with a quotation from the essay above “Weak-man rule in our premature democracy” by J. T. Gatbonton: “So what are we to do? “For East Asia, the key attraction of authoritarian rule has been its … Read more »

Filipino peacekeepers, Syrian rebels trade fire

Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights exchanged fire with Syrian rebels on Saturday, Philippine military officials reported. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief information officer Lt. Colonel Ramon Zagala said the 75 Filipino troops engaged the Syrian rebels in a … Read more »

Sereno lied on fund request – Malacañang

MALACAÑANG on Saturday said it did not reject the judiciary’s request for funding for its e-court program as Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno claims because no such request was made. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Sereno could have made … Read more »

West jihadists’ next target – Saudi king

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will … Read more »

US issues travel warning to Mindanao amid kidnappings

DAVAO CITY: Citing threats of violence and kidnappings, the United States embassy in Manila has warned American nationals to avoid traveling to the Southern Philippines. The advisory came amid reports of the existence of a group of Muslim militants from … Read more »

Binay seeks aid for Pinoys on death row in Vietnam

VICE President Jejomar Binay on Sunday reiterated his warning to Filipinos, especially those going abroad, not to carry illegal drugs when travelling to other countries. “Lives are at stake here and no amount of money can compensate for a lost … Read more »

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Pass AIDS Prevention and Control Law

VERY serious is the increase of the number of AIDS-stricken OFWs. This calls for the passage of the proposed new AIDS Prevention and Control Law, or Senate Bill 186, which was introduced by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. The bill seeks to improve the living conditions of HIV-positive people through greater access to treatment, care and... Read more »

From our Readers

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 »

Binay: Stop pushing Aquino to extend term

Dapat pa bang paniwalaan ang mga panukala nitong mga Senador at Congressmen na tumanggap ng 50 million pesos additional funds na suhol galing sa... Read more »


MRT problems ‘biting hard’, Palace admits

DEPUTY presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte admitted on Saturday that the problems at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) are “biting hard.” She asked for patience from the public as she gave assurances that the government is doing everything to improve the … Read more »

P4.7-million smuggled garlic auctioned

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) generated a total of P 4.7- million after it auctioned off an estimated 676,350 kilos of smuggled garlic seized in June this year. Six bidders participated in the auction on Friday at the Manila International … Read more »

BOC holds competency exams

A total of 4,755 current employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and new applicants took the general ability and competency examinations of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in various areas yesterday. Current BOC employees took the examinations to apply … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Lean, anemic pork protest. Queues at the Marcos Museum in far Ilocos

On the day a million citizens were supposed to gather at Rizal Park to protest the pork barrel scam, less than 6,000 attended, to the great disappointment of the anti-pork leaders, mostly poseurs and hypocrites who have seized on the … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

‘What are you willing to die for?’

“What are you willing to die for?” It was a very challenging question that Pope Francis presented to the thousands of young people gathered for the beatification of the 130 martyrs in Korea last week. It is also challenging for … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

If you want to come after me, forget yourself, pick up your cross and follow me

(22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, Aug 31, 2014. / Jer 20:7-9, Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9, Rom 12:1-2, Matt 16:21-27) In last Sunday’s exam of religion Peter’s answer of: “You are the Son of the Living God” got … Read more »


Grace and the MRT challenge

There was a time I liked Senator Grace Poe. I thought she was smart and fair. She didn’t seem like a pushover, or a woman who would fall into the trap of Pinoy macho politics and politicking. She was far … Read more »

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

How to avoid ‘money mistakes’

WHEN you have lunch with a young and impressionable group of yuppies, you can expect to talk about everything and anything under the sun. The latest Hollywood break up or hook up, sports, the latest places to be, low budget … Read more »


What the ice bucket brouhaha tells us

The first few ones were entertaining, to say the least, but when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started showing up among Filipinos, that’s when it took on a very different socio-cultural context that was no longer amusing. I watched a … Read more »

Legal Advice

Law allows use of pen names

Dear PAO, I would like to seek advice on the legal use of pen names. I am a children’s book writer and I have been using a pen name for the past couple of years. I have heard that there … Read more »