The Philippines is much too rich a country to be left in the hands of Filipinos. Our foreign friends in the West know this, so they try to free us from the odious task of running our own affairs. They try to run our economy, our politics, our moral and religious code, our basic rights and liberties, even our right to choose our type of elections. They cannot stand it when we say with our Constitution: “The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.”… Read more »

What has he done now? Images before and after the PH filing of its UNCLOS suit. Above Hugh Reef, below Cuarteron.

Third of a series on the Spratly crisis

I’m starting to think that the Chinese Communist Party has a secret agent at the highest levels of our government, the very highest in fact: President Benigno Cojuangco Aquino 3rd.

The only other explanation… Read more »

Abaya should be charged – senators

LAWMAKERS were puzzled by the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to exclude Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya as respondent in charges filed against several officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Metro Rail Transit 3 … Read more »

Toll from ferry disaster hits 61

The death toll from a ferry that capsized in Ormoc City has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded. Whether the ferry was carrying too many people will be part of an investigation … Read more »

‘Egay’ unleashes floods, submerges La Union towns

TROPICAL storm Egay dumped torrential rain on Northern Luzon over the weekend, triggering floods and rendering some provincial roads impassable to vehicles. The storm weakened after crossing the region on Sunday but at least 17 areas were placed under storm … Read more »

SolGen, US lawyer brace for legal battle

WHEN the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, The Netherlands, tackles a complaint filed by the Philippines against China on July 7, American lawyers will assist the Philippines’ Solicitor General Florin Hilbay in defending the country’s territorial rights in … Read more »

Pinoy teen recovers after life-saving heart surgery

KHARTOUM: A dressing covers the scar where surgeons cut open Reynaldo Nilo’s chest for life-saving heart surgery, but the Philippine teenager feels stronger than he has for years after his operation in Sudan. The 17-year-old arrived in Khartoum last month … Read more »

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The shame of a seafaring nation

TWICE in a single day, on Thursday, we were again reminded how embarrassing the state of the Philippines’ maritime industry is with the tragic sinking of a local ferry near the port of Ormoc, and the loss of a cargo barge off Antique. The capsizing of the ferry—which is properly referred to as a “motor banca”—resulted in the deaths of... Read more »


Probe ‘synthetic rice,’ super body urged

THE government should immediately convene the Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board (FSRCB) to be able to map out plans on how to combat the entry not only of “synthetic rice” but also of other unsafe food into the market, a … Read more »

Hybrid polls in ‘harmony’ with automated system

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) would not be violating Republic Act 9669 or the automated election system (AES) law if it decided to conduct the 2016 elections using the proposed hybrid polling system, according to a lawmaker. While the hybrid … Read more »

Shell demobilizing Pandacan oil depot

OIL giant Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. has given up its fight to retain its oil facilities in Pandacan, Manila. Pilipinas Shell country president Ed Chua over the weekend said the company has started demobilization of its Pandacan depot. Chua added … Read more »

Group seeks full enforcement of mobility law for disabled

Members of Call Center Philippines (CCP) have called on the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) for full implementation of a law making easier for disabled commuters to travel to their respective Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) offices. According to CCP … Read more »

Belmonte rules out Binay impeachment

There is no brewing impeachment move against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said on Saturday. Belmonte issued the statement amid claims by the Binay camp that an impeachment complaint will be filed against the vice president before … Read more »

UNA blasts de Lima

A STALWART of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) criticized Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for being too involved in the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay who was recently suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Co family’s P2-B paper loss in Da Vinci

If you happen to be a neophyte investor in stocks listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), you may find it difficult to decipher the ownership of the companies in which you place your money. The difficulty lies in perusing … Read more »

Our common home?

I cannot say that I have completed my study of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, “On Care for our Common Home” (LS). But sharing some preliminary reflections on this remarkable document may already be worthwhile, if only to invite my … Read more »

Defanging the Comelec

The 2009 Supreme Court (SC) ruling that practically obliterated “premature campaigning” from the statute books ought to be revisited. It has made the political playing field uneven between rich and poor candidates. In a resolution dated November 25, 2009 on … Read more »

The case for restoring bilateral talks with China

The Philippines’ branding of China as a bully and attempt to maneuver the US into backing our claims has only inflamed China. The US will neither seize nor defend the Spratlys for us, and its position on the interpretation of … Read more »

Selective justice, indeed!

President Noynoy’s moro-moro ensemble is staging one show after the other to whitewash or cover up this regime’s crimes against the people. A recent example is the trumpeted dismissal of police scalawag Alan LM Purisima. “PURISIMA DISMISSED” looked good at … Read more »

Motion economy: The customer is watching you

ANTHONY, Barbie, Cathy (not their real names) and me carried out a simultaneous experiment on a company called “King of Something” or KOS, which has a red-and-white logo. The whole process was conducted for a whole day during which we … Read more »

Slavery is still with us

Slavery saturates society. It is present in the clothes and food we buy which are made with slave-like labor. These products are soaked with the sweat and suffering of their victims. They are for sale in the high street shops, … Read more »

The state of AWA 2

The last column discussed the travesty of the Artists Welfare Protection and Information Act, as sponsored by Senator Grace Poe in the Senate, and as pushed by the Artist Welfare Project Inc. (AWPI). We began with letter (a) of its … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Judicial declaration of nullity of marriage necessary

Dear PAO, My sister married my brother-in-law in 2002. Their marriage was pretty much simple and peaceful until my sister learned that my brother-in-law was already married in Catanduanes, and that marriage is subsisting up to now. My sister demanded … Read more »