I met Liberal Party presidential nominee Mar Roxas and his wife Korina at the wake of the late PDI columnist Neal Cruz at the Shrine of our Lady at Mount Carmel in Quezon City on Friday evening, and wished him luck on his nomination. Although I am no Roxas fan or supporter, I was pleased to see the ruling party free itself from the clutches of the propaganda fraudsters by declaring Roxas as its candidate despite his reputedly poor “survey” ratings.

It was a relief to see Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares fall off her perch… Read more »


There are at least three explanations why President Benigno Aquino 3rd anointed his sidekick Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as his and the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate next year despite his unpopularity, which he hasn’t been able to correct after five years on the job and with all government resources at his command.

One explanation is that… Read more »

‘One Asean stand may stop China’

10-nation bloc urged to protest land reclamation THERE is a chance that China will stop its island-building spree in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and other areas if all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) … Read more »

Palace vows faster aid for ‘Yolanda’ victims

MALACANANG on Sunday vowed to pour more funds to complete the rehabilitation of areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda after a United Nations report indicated that victims remain “vulnerable” two years after the calamity. In an interview over state-run Radyo … Read more »

‘We’re at the govt’s mercy’

THE United Nations report that the Philippine government failed to improve living conditions of victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda is the grim reality that skeptics must see for themselves, according to a survivor who lost his parents at the height … Read more »

‘Binay to belie Aquino’s claims in VP’s SONA today’

VICE President Jejomar Binay will turn the tables on the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in his “true” State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he will deliver today in Cavite province, where he will respond “point by point” … Read more »

Recto: Ending classroom shortage big challenge

THE administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd will have to build 254 classrooms a day to be able to finish its target of 43,000 classrooms next year, according to Senate President pro-tempore Ralph Recto. Recto however said work on 41,728 … Read more »

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The Aquino Administration gets some international criticism it deserves

LAST Friday, in a move that was possibly in violation of election laws and was certainly lacking in sensitivity or any obvious awareness of the concerns or even the existence of the Filipino public, President BS Aquino 3rd and his Liberal Party in a tearfully joyous (and expensive) celebration at Club Filipino “anointed” Interior Secretary Mar... Read more »


President is officials’accomplice – Osmeña

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd’s efforts to cover up for the corruption of his Cabinet members and other officials of his administration make him their accomplice, according to Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd. Although Aquino has a good side, Osmeña on Sunday … Read more »

Review of investment laws sought to stop get-rich scams

SENATOR Grace Poe wants a review of implementation of securities and investment laws amid a proliferation of get-rich quick schemes or networking scams in the country. Poe, in recently filing Senate Resolution 1454, said a review of these laws is … Read more »

Reyes salons ‘not complying’ with laws

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)-Nagkaisa and Pinoy Plus HIV on Sunday called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to conduct a thorough inspection and assessment of all Ricky Reyes-owned beauty salons, citing alleged non-compliance with laws … Read more »

Oil firms to cut pump prices

ANOTHER round of price rollbacks is expected to be carried out by oil firms by Tuesday next week. Sources from the oil industry on Sunday said diesel prices are expected to be lowered by 90 centavos to P1.05 per liter. … Read more »

BBL debates to resume after ‘counter-SONA’

Plenary discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will continue on Tuesday. Congress adjourned sine die last June 11 before President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) without passing the proposal. “The House … Read more »

Bidding for PCOS repair again declared a failure

For the second time, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the bidding for the refurbishment of 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines a failure because the lone bidder was disqualified. The poll body’s Special Bids and Awards Committee 2 … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Zobel brothers in charge

DON’T get excited over the huge retained earnings reported in financial disclosures of listed companies. Because the amounts are based on consolidated financials, as public investors should have learned, not all are declarable as dividends either in cash or in … Read more »

CHED’s unmentionable accomplishments

MUCH has already been said about President Aquino’s SONA (State of the Nation Address). From the viewpoint of education in the Philippines, there was much praise for Bro. Armin Luistro, Department of Education (DepEd) secretary, for presiding over the K-to-12 … Read more »

A larger foreign policy vision and role for PH

AS we await the outcome of the Philippines’ case before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), we should think about our long-term foreign policy vision. What do we hope to achieve through our foreign policy, in … Read more »

Pride in the Filipino language

PHILIPPINE schools line up activities to celebrate August as “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.” This year, the theme that the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) set for the celebration is Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran. It was only in 1997, through … Read more »

Bocaue restaurant turns into ‘sabong’ betting joint

What’s this I heard about a restaurant in Bocaue, Bulacan, that has turned itself into a big betting station for cockfighting aficionados? The restaurant, owned by a gambling lord known as “Don Ompong,” was reportedly given a business permit by … Read more »

Quality circles: Squeezing water from a dry towel

A FARMER is being recruited to join a local communist group. He appeared before the leader to answer questions about his worthiness. “If you have two cats, will you give one of them away?” The farmer replies: “Yes, I will.” … Read more »

American judge on harsh sentencing in the Philippines

FREDERICK C. NORTON, Esq., attorney and retired judge in New Jersey, like many in the United Sates has been following the practice of law in the Philippines through social-media. Philippine Law is largely based on North American law since the … Read more »

The burgis as bastos

SINCE 2011 I have not found the energy to make patol Jim Paredes at length. One can ignore him, I realized. Even when he screams from the top of his lungs via social media, even when he goes out on … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Two ways to remove inept, corrupt government officials

Dear PAO, Reports of corruption and misconduct against our municipal mayor have been piling up. We are planning to file a case against him to remove him from office. May we know the legal remedies for removing an elected official … Read more »