Except perhaps for the conscript press, which has its own permanent concerns, the world media seem focused on Ebola, which has stricken West Africa. In quick succession, the virus has drowned out stories about climate change, about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, about the so-called “seismic change” in Church teaching on sexuality and marriage. It seems the only thing they want to talk about.

The current issue of The Economist narrates how the… Read more »

THE YELLOW RIBBON COMMITTEE
Yellow Ribbon Committee at work? You decide: “Blue Ribbon” means independence and expertise; “Yellow Ribbon” is Aquino’s insignia.
“Okay. Anyway, I won’t argue with you. Let the public judge.”
-- Senator Alan Cayetano after a lengthy question-and-answer episode in the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing Oct 22, when lawyer Martin Subido tried to explain to him that as a lawyer, he has to rely on documents, and not on claims made in a TV reporter’s interview with somebody.

Equalling only President Benigno Aquino’s misdeed, in depth of turpitude, of using and bribing the Senate in 2012 to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona, has been the president’s debasement of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, … Read more »

‘No need to review VFA’

US envoy: Accord, Laude case are two separate issues Reviewing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in the middle of a case involving a US serviceman makes no sense, US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg said on Friday. In a roundtable … Read more »


Palace parries calls for Petilla to resign

Malacañang on Friday shrugged off a growing clamor for Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla to resign for allegedly fabricating a power crisis scenario next summer. Several groups, including the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-led Nagkaisa, accused Petilla of painting … Read more »

Trillanes blasted for anti-poor slur

NETIZENS fired broadsides at pro-administration Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th for his remarks maligning the poor on Thursday. Trillanes was interviewed by reporters after he and members of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee inspected a sprawling property in Rosario, Batangas, which … Read more »

Misunderstanding looms over Bangsa pact implementation

A monitoring group sees a cloud of misunderstanding looming over implementation of a peace agreement signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) because it has not been fully explained to the people that it would affect. … Read more »

Metro traffic woes far from over – Aquino

The traffic problem in Metro Manila is far from over despite government efforts to ease the gridlock particularly around the Port of Manila, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said on Friday. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 40th Philippine Business … Read more »

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Editorial

Pemberton, VFA, EDCA and PH-US relations

THE murder of transgender, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City and the arrest of the suspected murderer, US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, has again provoked different reactions. One of these provides challenges to our leaders while evoking sentiments about America that many Filipinos share. It was sent to us for... Read more »


Sports

PH awaits tennis superstars

International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Chief Operating  Officer Eric Gottschalk said that the upcoming IPTL tournament on November 28 to 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City featuring tennis superstars Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and … Read more »

Nation

Senator urges leniency with bogus operators

A lawmaker has called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to give leeway to private vehicle owners who are offering alternative transport service to commuters despite having no legitimate franchises. Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th made the … Read more »

Foreigners must have passports re-stamped

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged all foreigners to have their passports re-stamped by the agency to ensure authenticity of the documents. Under the law, the Immigration spokesperson, lawyer Elaine Tan, said the foreigners and their dependents staying in … Read more »

Roxas wants more policemen in NCR

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd  on Friday said he wants more policemen in Metro Manila in a bid to bring down the number of crimes that had been surging for the past months. Roxas, according to  a … Read more »

Former cop allowed to attend mother’s wake

THE Sandiganbayan on Friday gave former Philippine National Police (PNP) comptroller Eliseo dela Paz a 24-hour furlough to allow him to attend his mother’s wake at  The Heritage in Taguig City. Dela Paz has been detained at the PNP custodial … Read more »

BOC seizes erectile dysfunction drugs

THE Bureau of Customs on Friday seized a package from the United States containing 268 tablets used for treating erectile dysfunction. The package addressed to a certain Angelica Amor Vasquez of 171 Gomez Street, Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan City … Read more »

8 women rescued from prostitution den

EIGHT women, including two minors, were rescued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation from a prostitution den fronting as a resto-videoke bar in Santa Ana, Manila on Friday. The owner of the bar, a certain Richard, and his … Read more »

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Analysis & Commentary

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Who is really the boss here? At LTFRB, they are the boss

LAST June, my sister Flora Jacobe and I took a jeepney ride (Pasig-Quiapo) from Shaw Boulevard near Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong to Sta. Mesa, Manila.  The driver was discourteous, recklessly driving, smoking while driving, did unsafe practices and was generally … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Eminence front

As my colleague Mike Wootton explained earlier this week, we business columnists would prefer not to delve too deeply into the realm of pure politics, but there are times it is impossible to avoid. The last few weeks have been … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Western powers

The San Antonio Spurs are  still the team to beat out in the West. The defending champions return for a shot at a back-to-back crown, something that has eluded Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich in their 18-year journey.  With … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Dimaculangan and his vanishing 301,792 CAT shares

As of June 30, 2014, the four top stockholders of Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) were Jose Cojuangco & Sons Inc. with 7.8 million shares or 27.8 percent; Luisita Trust Fund Inc., 4.7 million shares or 16.7 percent; Tarlac Distillery … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

We are losing our jusi and piña heritage to China

There certainly is a trend among many private individuals, fashion designers, and business establishments engaged in clothes and fashion to look for and use native materials. This is particularly felicitous for our hand-woven industry which offers unique, varied and fine … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The PBA and the NCAA

Last Tuesday, I joined the Bedan family in installing the President Fidel V. Ramos Resource Center in Mendiola by so naming a facility after him. He’s 86 but he still jumped on stage as he did in Edsa’86. After the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Prescription of lender’s right to collect from debtor varies

Dear PAO, My brother-in-law borrowed P80,000.00 from me in January 2006. We agreed that he will return the money without interest after two months or on March 30, 2006. Unfortunately, he has not paid his indebtedness to me up to … Read more »