Last Saturday, July 4, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) blandly announced, without fanfare and bullhorn, that it has now in the voters registry some 50 million voters. The Comelec made the announcement during the launch of its stepped-up voter registration … Read more »

BY this time, public and private schools have started classes already. Not many will disagree that there are a lot of harried parents whose children are either in public or private schools because of the additional two senior high school … Read more »

More rains ahead

Govt reports zero casualties as Storm ‘Egay’ nears exit WEATHERMEN on Monday said an approaching storm would most likely enhance the southwest monsoon and extend the rainy days for the rest of the week as tropical storm Egay (international name: … Read more »

Aquino okays P3-trillion 2016 national budget

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday will ask Congress to appropriate P3 trillion to fund his administration’s final year, a Malacanang official said. The proposed national budget for 2016 is 15-percent higher than the P2.6-trillion budget for 2015, and comprises … Read more »

Be ready, OFWs in Greece told

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is studying possible implications of the debt crisis in Greece on over 60,000 Filipino workers there, with Philippine Embassy officials in Athens telling community leaders to help spread the word to better be prepared … Read more »

Roxas, Abaya equally liable for MRT mess

INTERIOR Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd should be made to answer for the problems now besetting the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3because it was during his time as Transportation secretary when negotiations for various procurement contracts were done. “[Now Transportation … Read more »

Sea row to continue despite UN case

Despite the presence of a high-level Philippine team at the hearing of the Philippines’ case against China before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) this week, the issue of who owns … Read more »

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Let no criminal group control 2016 elections

WE appeal to patriots who have a part in the operation of the most powerful multi-media corporations and organizations -- ABS-CBN, GMA, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Star -- to help save our electoral democracy and our Republic itself. We beg you, colleagues in media, to tell our people of the serious... Read more »


Aquino wants P3T budget for 2016

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd approved a budget of P3.002 trillion for 2016 during a meeting with his Cabinet on Monday, a Palace official said. The proposed national budget for next year is 15 percent higher than this year’s P2.6 trillion, … Read more »

Escudero sees flaws in license plate deal

OFFICIALS of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) face intense “grilling” from the Senate Finance Committee which will investigate controversies hounding the P3.85 billion Motor Vehicle License Plates Standardization Program (MVLPSP) next month. … Read more »

Marcos vows to scrutinize disaster management fund

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has vowed to scrutinize budget items on the proposed 2016 national budget that have something to do with disaster risk management to determine if the allotments will lessen the impact of calamities on the people. Marcos, … Read more »

‘PH can withstand Greece fallout’

THE Philippine economy is “strong” and can withstand the headwinds from a potential Greek debt default and eurozone exit, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. gave the assurances following a dominant win of the Greek government’s … Read more »

Quick response sTOPS UST fire from spreading

THE quick response by volunteer firefighters prevented the fire that struck a five-story building at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila from spreading and causing more damage. The Raha Volunteers Fire Department responded two minutes after receiving a … 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 »

Analysis & Commentary

An ‘excuse slip’ government

THE announcement of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) two weeks ago that it would start issuing “excuse slips” to commuters if they are late for work due to the breakdown of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) illustrates the … Read more »

China’s peaceful rise?

ACCORDING to the late Deng Xiaoping, “one country, two systems” means there is only one China and under this premise, the mainland adheres to the socialist system while Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan retain their capitalist systems over time. This … Read more »

Farmer John’s battles

This is a story about a farmer named John. No, this is not about the famous farmer John Peterson who introduced organic farming in the US and whose life was featured in the documentary film “The Real Dirt on Farmer … Read more »

Business education 2015 and beyond

In a few months, heads of nations will come together to decide on a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will govern local, regional, and global agendas for the next 15 years. Unlike the millennium development goals (MDGs) that … Read more »

Green fast food

IN the United States, many fast food restaurants are “greening” their menus already. Some are claiming the use of “natural” beef for their burgers while others are removing ingredients with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) (like corn, corn chips, bread made with … Read more »

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 »

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The 4 elements of bigamy

Dear PAO, My cousin married at the age of twenty one. His wife moved to Singapore to fulfill her professional dreams, and they eventually stopped communicating with one another. My cousin met another woman subsequently. He has been very open … Read more »