THE exchange of insults between Malacañang and UNA can only intensify after Vice President Jejomar C. Binay’s “take-no-prisoners” speech in Indang, Cavite on Monday. Beyond scoffing at Binay for belatedly attacking what he had uncritically supported as Aquino’s Cabinet member for five years, Malacañang will now move for his ouster, some Palace insiders have revealed. They will press the presidential… Read more »

Long-lost relatives, by any chance? Left, Indonesia’s Widodo; right, Philippines’ Binay

President Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas as his political heir and the Liberal Party’s candidate for the 2016 elections would really be his biggest gift to the nation, for a reason that I don’t think he can ever understand\ or accept… Read more »

CA summons Trillanes

Senator told to prove bribe raps vs CA justices in open court

Senator Antonio Trilllanes 4th

Senator Antonio Trilllanes 4th has been given his day in court to defend his accusations that two members of the judiciary had accepted bribe money in exchange for favorable decisions in the case of Makati City Mayor… Read more »

Aquino jabs ‘abstract’ Binay

President Benigno Aquino 3rd led the administration’s counter-offensive against Vic e President Jejomar Binay as a pitch battle between the two political camps continued on Tuesday. The day after Binay delivered his version of the state of the nation, the … Read more »

Yolanda-like typhoon may scrape northern Luzon

With the possible entry of super Typhoon Soudelor into the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be placed on “blue alert” status starting Wednesday morning. The alert status would take effect at 8 a.m., NDRRMC … Read more »

Escudero will not run against me – Poe

Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday said his closest political ally Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero will not run as vice president if she decides to run for the same position in the 2016 elections. ”Senator Chiz told me from the start … Read more »

Power rate hike looms

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor, hinted that there could be an increase in electricity rates this month. Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga on Tuesday said the increase might stem from higher generation charge (gencharge) rate. He explained … Read more »

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Sensible ideas towards solving our chronic electricity woes

WE would like to make one thing very clear at this point: Any discussion of policy platforms or strategy on the part of presidential candidates, either actual or presumed, should not be construed as an endorsement. There will be a time for endorsements, but what we are looking for now instead are issues and ideas that are worthy of deeper... Read more »


Jinggoy hid bank deposits – AMLC

SENATOR Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s hidden bank deposits are 800 percent bigger than what he declared in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), according to a report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). The report compared Estrada’s declared … Read more »

‘Cabinet members planning to run in 2016 should quit’

Cabinet members who plan to run in next year’s election should resign so that they will not be accused of using their positions to advance their candidacy, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th said on Tuesday. Aquino made the appeal a … Read more »

Start Canada waste probe, Congress prodded

An alliance of progressive party-list groups on Tuesday strongly urged Congress to start its investigation on the entry of Canadian waste into the country. Obet de Castro, deputy secretary general of Koalisyong Makabayan, said the Senate and House of Representatives … Read more »

Villanueva 90% sure of seeking Senate seat

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) director general Joel Villanueva said on Tuesday he is “90 percent” certain of throwing his hat into the May 2016 senatorial derby. Villanueva, a close friend of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, said he … Read more »

DOJ Usec is new ERC chief

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar as the new chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), replacing Zenaida Ducut who finished her term on July 10. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Salazar will … Read more »

Palace justifies diplomats’ high salaries

Malacañang on Tuesday maintained that there is nothing wrong in giving huge salaries and bonuses to top diplomats as noted by a Commission on Audit (COA) report. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained that Philippine ambassadors receive salaries based … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

No retirement for Gokongwei?

As the family patriarch, businessman John Gokongwei Jr. is not about to “abandon” JG Summit Holdings Inc. (JGS) which he founded and began operating in 1957. Fifty-eight years after, at the age of 88, he remains a member of JGS’ … Read more »

Mr. Aquino’s place in history: Neither here nor there

No Philippine president looms large as a revered figure in the national memory. This is probably the reason we have no Mt. Rushmore, no memorial for a president on a grand, towering scale. The satraps of Mr. Marcos tried to … Read more »

A true Smartmatic PCOS rerun–not a déjà vu

Even without the use of statistical tools, Automated Elections System (AES) Watch already predicted weeks ago about the expected behavior of Smartmatic on the parallel bidding of the P3.1 billion refurbishment of the 82,000 Optical Mark Reader (OMR) or Precinct … Read more »

Can Mar’s word be trusted?

IF Secretary Mar Roxas can only be consistent, we can say that his pronouncements come from a principled stand. Otherwise, he’s just an ordinary politician going where the wind blows. As opposition senator, Roxas made a lot of proposals and … Read more »

Uncover irregularities in DepEd classroom projects

With 10 months remaining in his presidency, Noynoy Aquino has promised to build more than 84,000 classrooms needed to accommodate the public school students. Of course, Noynoy gets an additional one month as a sitting duck in Malacañang until the … Read more »

Gilas to run the gauntlet

Cramming won’t cut it for the Gilas team to the FIBA Asia Championships in China next month. While its rivals have been reported to be deep in training months before the qualifiers (September 23-October 3) in Changsha, the Philippine national … Read more »

Now, if there were valid benchmarks for construction costs . . .

I don’t want to promote any debate over whether the cost of extensions to Makati City Hall or its facilities, or for that matter the Iloilo Convention Center, is correct, reasonable or fair. But the cost of construction work around … Read more »

The exchange rate death zone

LAST Friday, the last day of July, the peso closed at 45.74 to $1, the lowest close in five years. Although the local currency appreciated by a modest 0.2 percent through the first five months of the year, through June … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Circumstantial evidence enough to prove adultery

Dear PAO, Can I file a case for adultery against my wife? I just learned that she is having an affair with our male tenant. I found a copy of their arrangement and I have it with me. I have … Read more »