High Court junks Adan’s case vs Poe

SC upholds Grace’s presidential candidacy Senator Grace Poe got a reprieve from the Supreme Court (SC) when it junked a petition seeking to boot her out of the presidential race in the May 2016 elections. The high tribunal, sitting en … Read more »

Incompatibility woes delay printing of ballots

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has, for the third time, postponed the printing of ballots for the May 2016 elections by another week because of incompatibility problems in the two computer programs supplied by election provider Smartmatic Corp. Comelec Chairman … Read more »

PMP can name substitute for Señeres

The family of the late OFW Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres has the option to name a substitute for the former ambassador or carry on his wishes to totally withdraw from the presidential race, according to the Commission on Elections … Read more »

Manning fairytale as Broncos stun Panthers

SANTA CLARA, California: Peyton Manning cemented his place in the pantheon of quarterback greats as the Denver Broncos produced a magnificent defensive display to stun the Carolina Panthers with an upset 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50 here on Sunday. … Read more »

Marcos kicks off campaign in Batac

BATAC, Ilocos Norte: The tandem of Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will kick off their campaigns for the 2016 elections on Tuesday here. Batac is the hometown of Marcos’ father–former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Santiago is running … Read more »

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A young electorate, an obsolete political culture

AS the campaign for the May elections officially opens today, the nation should pause to reflect on some new and old realities that permeate politics in this nation of over one hundred million. The biggest new reality is that young voters, aged 18 to 24 and age 25-29, now constitute the largest demographics in the Filipino electorate. New... Read more »


Robredo gets FVR’s nod

THE administration vice presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Leni Robredo, has been endorsed by former President Fidel V. Ramos a day after she warned voters against the return of martial law. Robredo, running under the ruling Liberal Party (LP), … Read more »

Don’t trust Duterte, warns peasant group

PRESIDENTIAL candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should not be trusted at all since he could change his stand on any issue in just one day, the leftist farmers’ organization KilusangMagbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) warned on Monday after Duterte … Read more »

PNP promises ample security for poll bets

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will ask political parties and candidates in the May 2016 elections to submit a list of places where they are planning to hold their political sorties. The campaign period officially kicks … Read more »

Gasoline to cost 70 centavos less

OIL companies are set to reduce prices of gasoline products by P0.70 per liter but will increase those of diesel products by an average of P0.95 per liter effective February 9 at 6 in the morning. The movement in world … Read more »

Misuari meets with 2,000 MNLF fighters

IN YET another show of force, some 2,000 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) joined a leadership assembly in Indanan, Sulu, in southern Mindanao presided by its elusive chairman Nur Misuari on Sunday. The whole-day assembly, according to … Read more »

Japan firm starts building 10 PCG vessels

JAPANESE shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corp. (JMU) has started assembling the first of the 10 new multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attended … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Revisiting the TPP

WITH the recent signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the possibility of the Philippines joining the 12 nations that are currently part of the pact has again become a mildly popular topic of conversation. Opinions are mixed – … Read more »

NTC fooled Filipinos to keep broadband standards low

If the Philippines is lagging behind our Asian neighbors when it comes to broadband speed connection, we only have the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to blame. Far from its mandate of promoting consumer welfare, the telecommunications agency has, in fact, … Read more »

Why do we vote?

THIS column would have talked about HOPE or honest, orderly, peaceful elections but that is trite and we know it ain’t, so what can we expect in the next 90 days? First and foremost, surveys will frame the timelines. Pulse … Read more »

The Philippine Madonna and child in London

THERE are no queues of devout crowds. No one is kneeling and praying before her. Walk too quickly along the hall and you’ll miss her. She is in the Sculpture Room of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A). She … Read more »

It’s Binay D-Day: How to tell the people there won’t be elections?

WHEN Vice President Jejomar C. Binay takes the stage in his proclamation rally tonight, he shall have been a battle-scarred warrior, worn and weary, wounded and bleeding, but fighting on, urging to win. Jojo will win, no doubt about it. … Read more »

Crisis environments: When you need values the most

IT is true—when they say that once you study crises and disasters, you’re never going to watch war and hazards films the same way again. Last week, I watched Thirteen Hours, the movie adaptation of the ambush killing of US … Read more »

Reading ownership disclosures

LISTED companies have three lists of stockholders posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). These are the top 100 stockholders, or top 100, public ownership report (POR) and general information sheet (GIS). The first two are filed … Read more »

When an honest mistake is unacceptable

SENATOR Grace Poe and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City both faced disqualification from the May 9 presidential race because of “honest mistakes.” But a few days ago, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) panel allowed Duterte to pursue his bid … Read more »

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Consented abduction: Girl, 14, leaves home for guy, 23

Dear PAO, My 14-year-old daughter left our home to be with her 23-year-old boyfriend. We have been very vocal to her that we are against their relationship, not only because of their age gap, but also because the guy does … Read more »