Conflict brews over Con-Ass

CONFLICT is brewing over how to overhaul the 1987 Constitution as President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed he would pursue Charter change through a Constituent Assembly instead of a costly Constitutional Convention, even threatening to abolish the party-list system. Differing views emerged … Read more »

Yasay hit for weakness vs China

TWO DIPLOMATS of the previous Aquino administration on Friday lashed out at Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. for his supposedly weak stance on China, saying Manila should have insisted on a stronger statement on the West Philippine Sea (South China … Read more »

Duterte issues new ultimatum to Reds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued another ultimatum to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), calling on the rebel group to reciprocate his unilateral ceasefire declaration or face renewed hostilities. Duterte was at the 60th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Davao … Read more »

Road rage killer nabbed in Masbate

THE INACTIVE ARMY reservist who is accused of killing a cyclist in a road altercation on July 25 in Quiapo, Manila was nabbed shortly before noon on Friday in Masbate province (south of Manila). Vhon Tanto was arrested at 11:40 … Read more »

‘Carina’ to make landfall in NLuzon

MANILA: Tropical Depression “Carina” is expected to make landfall in the northern part of Luzon this weekend, and could intensify into a typhoon, the state weather bureau said on Friday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said that … Read more »

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Peace talks won’t progress, not all NPA ground units want it

FOUR days after he declared a unilateral government ceasefire in the war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front’s New People’s Army, President Rody Duterte had to issue an ultimatum to the CPP-NDF NPA to reciprocate. He had to do it, or he could face a military mutiny after NPAs ambushed government troops in... Read more »


Chan, Lowhorn join forces to lead Rain or Shine to victory over Blackwater

The combined effort of Jeff Chan and import Dior Lowhorn led Rain or Shine to a 98-92 victory over Blackwater on Friday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. The … Read more »


Filipinos’ optimism at record high – SWS

DAYS BEFORE President Rodrigo Duterte took office, the number of Filipinos who expected their lives to get better within the first 12 months of his administration hit a record high, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). … Read more »

Court junks Jinggoy’s plea to drop graft raps

FOR LACK of merit, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division denied former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s plea to dismiss 11 counts of graft filed against him and subsume these under a separate plunder case in connection with the Priority Development … Read more »

Lacson calls for support to elderly parents

LOOKING after the elderly is one of the traits Filipinos are best known for, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson wants to make sure that such practice is not forgotten by making abandonment of parents a criminal act. Lacson, in filing Senate … Read more »

AFP still committed to truce with Reds

THE ambush of members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) by the New People’s Army (NPA) that left a militiaman dead and four others wounded in Davao del Norte would not dampen the resolve of the military to support peace … Read more »

Speaker denies opposition bloc controlled by majority

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte has dismissed fears that the opposition bloc is controlled by the “Super Majority” in the House of Representatives. Alvarez made the statement after scathing criticisms from the camp of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman … Read more »

No registration extension for barangay, youth polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not extend the registration and biometric validation of new and old voters in connection with the coming barangay (village) and Sanggunianag Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Wednesday … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The confrontation: A matter of national survival

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton AT this time it is best for all Filipinos to start thinking about our present condition. Frankly, it is all of the same from one regime to another—whether … Read more »

PH complied with UNCLOS to win arbitration

Now the country needs quiet negotiations in invoking rule of law THE Philippines won in almost all its submissions against China in the South China Sea award by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNLOS) Arbitration Tribunal, … Read more »

Hail PDP-Laban, the new KBL!

“TYRANNY of numbers” was a lament frequently heard from the opposition in the regular Batasan (1984 – 86) dominated by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL). Among the various opposition groups then, the PDP-Laban headed by MP Nene Pimentel was among … Read more »

Developing the confidence to match ‘confident’ with the right preposition

A FOLLOWER of mine on Facebook, Marianne Freya Gutib, recently asked me these very interesting grammar questions: 1. When do we use “confident in” and “confident of”? What is denoted by these words? 2. Which pronoun should be used in … Read more »

Misinforming the President … and the Filipino people

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was very clear in his first-ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) that his administration will not engage in finger-pointing. He unequivocally said, “I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or … Read more »

Ways to use credit cards to your advantage

Question: I just finished paying my credit card dues that had ballooned to P200,000 because I was paying only the minimum required amount each month. It took me almost a year to settle this debt. It was hard and I … Read more »

Notes on last Monday’s SONA; the oath

IS our State of the Nation Address a social vice that has become incurable? State-of-the-Union Addresses in the US are, as often delivered in person in the US Congress, as in mere long-distance messages in writing (for more than a … Read more »

Feed the children

HUNGER still stalks many of our countrymen. It is particularly destructive with our children who, because of poverty, do not get enough to eat, become vulnerable to disease and exploitation and end up unhealthy, uneducated and unhappy. Uneducated because the … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Priest who gives last rites can’t inherit from estate

Dear PAO, My unmarried and childless uncle died in his hospital bed after a long battle with cancer. He was able to make his last will just before his death. In fact, a priest already gave him his last rites … Read more »