Six months after the Mamasapano incident on January 25, the nation and the families of the fallen SAF 44 still have to find closure in the tragedy. No cases have been filed against the perpetrators of the murder and officials … Read more »

The kettles are calling the Binays black. With the violent confrontation between supporters of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and the officials and police enforcing the Ombudsman’s new suspension order against him, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima lambasted the Binay family … Read more »

‘Fight ain’t over yet’

No TRO as Binay steps down

An expected long-drawn standoff at the Makati City Hall was abruptly cut short on Wednesday after Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. decided to step down and leave the seat of the nation’s financial district. Read more »

VP roughed me up – Col. Jamias

Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by the police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt in Makati City. The fracas broke out after police tried to serve an order from the Office … Read more »

Aquino mum on aircraft shopping anomalies

CLARK AIR BASE, Pampanga: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday once again bragged about improved governance under his “daang matuwid (straight path)” mantra as the reason why the nation’s air force has more force than air, but was silent about … Read more »

Smartmatic bags P7.8-B PCOS project

Smartmatic Corp.–the controversial elections technology firm–has again emerged victorious in the bidding for the P7.8-billion lease contract for over 70,000 voting machines that will be used in next year’s elections. The Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) of the Commission … Read more »

5 former lawmakers face raps over ‘pork’

The Office of the Ombudsman has found ground to charge five former lawmakers before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan in connection with the multimillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. The anti-graft body found probable cause to indict … Read more »

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Support the push for electric vehicles

THE Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has again made a pitch to replace the country’s aging, unsafe, and environmentally unfriendly fleet of jeepneys and tricycles with electric vehicles. It is a call that is long overdue for committed action on the part of the government and transport groups. EVAP estimates there are... Read more »


Alaska takes Game 1

Alaska pulled off a big turn around in the second half en route to a 97-91 Game One victory against the Purefoods Star in the best-of-five semifinals of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on … Read more »

Life & Times

Extend summer in Hong Kong

The rainy season is about to begin in the Philippines but summer is just starting in nearby tourist destination, Hong Kong. For extended fun under the sun, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is inviting all Filipinos to join its … Read more »


Philhealth admits hike in fraudulent claims

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) on Wednesday admitted that the number of suspicious claims for benefits is growing. Philhealth President Alex Padilla told members of Senate Blue Ribbon committee that they are looking into these suspicious claims filed by … Read more »

Erap skips UNA party launching

A pillar of the United Nationalist Alliance, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, did not show up at UNA’s launching as a political party in Makati City (Metro Manila) on Wednesday. Estrada’s absence during the launch of … Read more »

Farmers welcome SC ruling on coco fund

THE Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the claimants movement Coco Levy Fund Ibalik sa Amin (Claim) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision stopping the government from “plundering” the P73 billion coco levy funds. “While the high court’s order … Read more »

Palace ‘abandons’ sacked Purisima

Malacañang has finally given up on resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima. “Make no mistake, the rule of law applies to everyone, friend or foe. We expect the Ombudsman order to be carried out as directed,” said Presidential … Read more »

S Korea donates landing craft utility

THE South Korean government has donated a landing craft utility (LCU) to the Philippines which officials said will boost the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR). But according to the … Read more »

DA eyes promoting coconut water-based drink

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is prepared to support the production of a coconut water-based drink that could be suitable for athletes. The DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project, in a statement, said the agency is ready to support the production … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Jim Parsons shines as ‘The Almighty’ in Broadway’s ‘An Act of God’

Eight times a week (at least from May 28 to August 2), for 90 minutes, Jim Parsons a.k.a. Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory holds an audience of 1,000 in the palm of his hands … Read more »

The end of Ex-Im Bank: Bad news for the Philippines

THE Export-Import Bank is a relatively obscure agency of the US government, one that has traditionally had a few critics but has never really been controversial until now. That all changed on June 30 (just the other day), when, after … Read more »

The state of AWA

THE Artist Welfare Protection and Information Act of 2015, which I tend to call the Artist Welfare Act for the more apt acronym AWA, has become the grand project of obviously-presidential-candidate-but-still-denying-it Senator Grace Poe. I’ve written about AWA before in … Read more »

Immediate action to address flooding

WITH an average of 20 typhoons a year, the 100 million people of the Philippines are vulnerable to natural calamities. In order to avoid catastrophic aftermaths, everyone should be equipped with the right information on how to plan and prepare … Read more »

Poe, the first majority President?

IF we are to believe a recent Bloomberg survey among analysts and bankers, first–time Sen. Grace Poe emerged as the choice to lead the country as President of the Republic come 2016. From among the 23 surveyed, 12 voted for … Read more »

Dolor, Nilda and PPA

Last month, I wrote about Manang Dolor, the Sinulog dancer at the Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu City who lived in a kariton, with a dog as her only family. The tides of life brought her deeper to poverty … Read more »

An interesting division

The decision loss of our very own John Riel Casimero in the hands of Amnat Ruenroeng on June 27 this year made me look at the state of the flyweight division a second time. And I found out how interesting … Read more »


HERE is a letter signed by one Immanuel Balingit, who identified himself as president of Call Center Philippines, a community organization on a social networking site. Mr. Balingit, together with Alvin Felipe D. Gutiano and Karly Anthony Marquez, his co-founders … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Usurpation of authority a criminal act

Dear PAO, I am a businessman operating a boutique in a commercial strip. Similar establishments in the area reported a man who identifies himself as an inspector officer of the fire department of our city and often inspects the establishments … Read more »