Where did P140M go? – Vitangcol

A still unknown powerful individual was paid some P140 million by Inekon officials ostensibly in exchange for bagging the contract for the supply and maintenance of the controversial MRT3. This was contained in one of the two documents – one … Read more »


Aquino’s economic legacy hits slippery slope

Strong growth threatened by typhoons, ‘pork’ scandals, global slowdown First of three parts Editor’s note: The major growth metrics are all still pointing upward, despite a slight hiccup in domestic production in the first quarter. Undeniably, the Philippines has achieved … Read more »

We need to bite the bullet of reform

Only a stronger state can carry out a measure of redistributive justice Most urgently, we need to bite the bullet of civil-service reform. And it should start with the President’s giving up his power to appoint civil servants down to … Read more »

SC justices uncowed by Pnoy ‘threats’

Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) will continue to protect “government funds” and the “interest of the Filipino people” even under “threat” from President Benigno Aquino 3rd to possibly remove them through impeachment in retaliation for their failure to defend … Read more »

INC makes history

BOCAUE, Bulacan: As many as two million people gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of a powerful homegrown church, showcasing the conservative group’s discipline and influence. Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring rain to attend the centennial … Read more »

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Editorial

Making airline travel safer

The past two weeks have been very bad for air travel, beginning with the shooting down by Russia-armed ethnic Russian rebels in Ukraine of Malaysian Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 that claimed 298 lives, and the crash of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 from bad weather that resulted in 48 deaths, and an Air Algerie aircraft crash, also perhaps from bad... 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 »

DAP and DAR

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 »

Nation

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

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

Aquino and Abad used DAP funds for 2013 elections

DAP-MONEY20140728It’s really not surprising that senators heartily licked Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s boots in last Friday’s hearing on the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), of which the Liberal Party leader was architect and executor. Three of those senators—sadly the three youngest males, but the most obsequious to Abad – most probably wouldn’t even be in that Senate hall if not for the DAP. And they know this. They’ve given life to that old Filipino quip for... Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

With more debacles ahead, will Aquino last?

Last September, after the biggest rally under President Benigno Aquino 3rd—the August 27 anti-pork barrel demonstration at Rizal Park—a three-part article in this space argued that he will serve out his term despite rising unrest. Having gone through the turbulent … Read more »

Tita Valderama

Will education get priority over debt payments?

When I embraced teaching as a career two years ago, all I had in mind was to have the opportunity to share my basic knowledge and years of experience as a journalist to those aspiring to enter the journalism field. … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Live or leave

Has the migration fever gone down with the Aquino government? Why do Filipinos leave the Philippines instead of living here? In the early ‘70s when the Marcos government launched the manpower export program —and the government agency in charge was … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Questionable tax payment of steel manufacturer

A steel company based in Pampanga reportedly paid only a few hundred thousand pesos in taxes in 2012 based on its corporate tax return filed at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) district office in Pampanga. In its 2012 return, … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Hacienda Luisita got P471.5M from DAP for shares of stock it sold to farmers

There would be more questions raised against the use of funds allocated under the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) on uneconomical activity that did not in fact generate employment opportunities. Will the government, for instance, go after the Cojuangco-owned HLI to … Read more »

Reylito A.H. Elbo

Recency effect: Single incident, rational decision

SPEAK when you’re angry, and you’ll deliver the best speech you’ll ever regret. Decide when you’re emotional, and you’ll make a wrongful judgment. It’s like a road rage, except that you’re doing it in the workplace. This happens a lot … Read more »

Legal Advice

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The crime of concubinage

Dear PAO, My husband is working in Metro Manila and comes home with us in Davao once a month. There’s a rumor that my husband is cohabiting with another woman while he is away for work so I investigated the … Read more »