It’s not apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion) or treachery (betrayal of one’s country or cause); it’s probably just a change in strategy and tactics. But I distrust crusaders and activists who blithely change the names and banners of the cause … Read more »

We recognize the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often … Read more »

No need to review VFA–Goldberg

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 with select media, Goldberg suggested that the two issues–the October 11 death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude… Read more »

DepEd employees seek pay hike

EMPLOYEES of the Department of Education (DepEd) urged the government to realign funds for counter-insurgency and use it to augment the department’s budget instead. Domingo Alidon, president of the Department of Education-National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU), said President Benigno Aquino 3rd … Read more »

Blue ribbon probe a waste of time – Atienza

BUHAY Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza criticized the manner with which the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has been conducting its investigation into the alleged wrongdoings of Vice President Jejomar Binay. “It is obvious that the Senate investigation being conducted against Vice … Read more »

BFP to acquire 469 new fire trucks

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is hoping to put an end to the nationwide shortage of fire trucks following the conduct of a bidding for the purchase of 469 fire atrucks amounting to more than P2 billion. In the … Read more »

House lax on absentees – Macalintal

ELECTION lawyer Romulo Macalintal has blamed the prevailing tradition and system in the House of Representatives of ignoring the repeated absences of its members as the primary reason for Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s failure to effectively perform his functions as … Read more »

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God bless our Indonesian cousins and President Joko Widodo

President Joko Widodo formally took office as president of the Republic of Indonesia on Monday. His humble background reminds us of our late President Ramon Magsaysay, whose image as a man of the masses the CIA created. The late lamented “RM” was really of the well-established Magsaysay clan that belongs to the upper class, educated and... Read more »


Aquino won’t apologize for Laude wake remarks

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not apologize for his remarks explaining why he was not attending the wake of slain transgender Jennifer Laude. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office made the announcement on Saturday, a day after … Read more »

AFP presses case against Suselbeck

THE Armed Forces (AFP) is bent on having Marc Suselbeck, the German fiancée of slain Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, deported for climbing over a fence in Camp Aguinaldo near where a US Marine suspected of killing Laude was being detained … Read more »

DENR airs appeal on clean air campaign

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje Jr. is appealing to local government units (LGUs) not to make money out of the campaign against air pollution. Paje told a news forum that while a number of LGUs are helping the … Read more »

Police on full alert for All Saint’s Day

THE 140,000 strong Philippine National Police (PNP) will go on full alert starting Thursday ahead of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day next weekend. When the PNP is on full alert, all leaves of police personnel are cancelled and … Read more »

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 »


Analysis & Commentary

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

Ride or die

These days, technologically apt kids and kids at heart have a different dictionary all together. Their vocabulary often consist of abbreviated terms such as BAE (before anyone else), or YOLO (you only live once). Another form are the typical English … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Pres. B. S. Aquino 3rd really hopeless

It is bad enough for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd to continue blaming his predecessor even while overseas, but what is worse is making foolish statements at home. Last Wednesday, the pathetic president made another puerile statement during a forum … Read more »


Saudis introduced Islam

Second of three parts But before we get ahead of the story a historical perspective is necessary. While Mindanao has been the scene of sporadic clashes between bandits and the armed forces, the clashes only assumed critical proportions after the … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Baffled by officious and bureaucratic ‘regards’ phrases

My attention was called recently by a member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum to this multiple-choice test sentence: “I spoke to him regarding (as regards, in regard to, with regard to) his future.” Baklis—that’s his username—said he found the alternatives … 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 »

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 »

Legal Advice

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Requirements for marrying a foreigner in the Philippines

Dear PAO, What are the requirements before my Australian boyfriend and I could get married here in the Philippines? Is it possible for us to get married in a place that is different from the city where our marriage license … Read more »