Bangsa law to face deeper scrutiny

After reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft bill “line by line,” President Benigno Aquino 3rd wants to introduce changes that could further delay the transmission of the measure to Congress. According to Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles, the … Read more »

Malacañang: What coup rumors?

Malacañang on Friday said it has not received reports of possible coup attempts triggered by controversies spawned by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “We have not heard of any coup rumors. Rumors will remain rumors until such time that there … Read more »

PALACE: SONA still ‘a work in progress’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd was still finishing up his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) he will deliver on Monday before the House of Representatives, where he is expected to lay out his plans for his final two years … Read more »

Sandigan suspends Enrile, sends Napoles to Camp Bagong Diwa

The Sandiganbayan on Friday ordered the suspension of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for 90 days in connection with a plunder case he faces. Enrile becomes the second senator to be suspended by the anti-graft court, after Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. In … Read more »

DAP defender Abad justifying technical malversation – JV

By insisting that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is legal, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad is justifying technical malversation, opposition Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said on Friday. Ejercito, who had filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the controversial … Read more »

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Delay of Bangsamoro Law passage

OUR banner story yesterday “Bangsa law may spark war” made some online comment writers say we were being alarmists. We were not spreading alarmist fears, we were merely telling the truth. While the government peace panel chief was assuring the public two days ago that there was no impasse in the peace process, we also had direct... Read more »

From our Readers

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »


MMDA sets 3-day truck ban for INC centennial

IN a move to ease traffic in connection with the centennial celebration of the influential religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a three-day truck ban. The INC … Read more »

Tesda to issue tamper-proof certificates to tech-voc grads

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director-General Joel Villanueva on Friday said the next batch of technical-vocational training graduates and skilled workers will receive ATM-sized plastic cards that would serve as their National Certificate (NC) and/or Certifi–cate of Competency … Read more »

Sectoral Sanlakas files 3rd impeachment case vs Aquino

Another impeachment case was filed against President Benigno Aquino 3rd by a sectoral group on Thursday. Sanlakas led by lawyer Aaron Pedrosa and other leaders of various peoples’ organizations submitted their 51-page impeachment complaint to the Office of the Secretary-General … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Aquino’s new title: ‘Thief Executive’

Thief executive, from AnakbayanActivists, the serious and real ones, never sleep. And they never run out of ideas. The youth activist group, Anakbayan (sons and daughters of the people), may have scored another homerun with its latest dig against the powers that be. After successfully inventing the wildly popular and entertaining neologism and protest tactic called “noynoying” back in 2012, Anakbayan has now come up with a witty and potent follow-up. They have given President Benigno Aquino 3rd a new title:... Read more »

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

Redefining Success

“Remember this, nothing happens to you but everything happens for you. When something takes place in your life that seems to work against you, think again. Maybe God is just working behind the scenes and planning something grand for you.”—Marianne … Read more »


Adobo: Like politics, a contentious issue

The matter of adobo is almost political. Many Filipinos have their own version or interpretation of the adobo, which they will always assert is the best one of all. Most of the time, it’s just a tweak on the acid … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Hubris & hypocrisy on despicable DAP (2)

In a short span of ten (10) days, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd attacked the Supreme Court three times on its decision on the Despicable Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which it ruled as “unconstitutional”. The first time was on national … Read more »

Efren Danao

The SONA we’d like to hear

The State of the Nation Address of the President should be what it purports to be – a narrative of how the Philippines truly is under his administration and a realistic vision of what lies ahead. We don’t want him … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

A crash course in politically correct English

Over dinner four nights ago, my 28-year-old son Ed hissed “Politically incorrect!” when on GMA News TV, “State of the Nation” reporter Bam Alegre used the term “illegal settlers” to describe scores of Metro Manila waterway dwellers recently put at … Read more »


The vacant presidency

WASHINGTON, DC: The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, … Read more »

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Under unregistered mortgage, creditor can still collect from borrower

Dear PAO, Will the creditor of my father succeed in taking over our house? It was not long ago when my father obtained a loan from an ac–quaintance secured by the title of our house and lot as collateral. In … Read more »