Bare your assets, Poe dares Duterte

Senator Grace Poe has challenged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to reveal all his assets if he really has nothing to hide. Poe said Duterte should squarely face allegations that he has hidden wealth, the same way that she confronted … Read more »

Will Davao City mayor open bank account?

WHO between Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is telling the truth? The answer will be known today if the mayor’s supposed multi-million peso bank account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas … Read more »

Their vows for the labor sector:

Binay: 2M jobs a year Vice President Jejomar Binay promised to create two million jobs a year or 12 million jobs for the duration of his term if he wins on May 9. The standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance … Read more »

Abu Sayyaf frees Indonesian sailors

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf terrorists on Sunday freed 10 Indonesian sailors held hostage for more than a month in southern Philippines, officials said. The hostages–Peter Tonsen Barahama, Julian Philip, Alfian Elvis, Repi Mahmud, Suriansyah Surianto, Wawan Saputka, Rilandi Bayu, Octaviayanto … Read more »

Poe likely to sustain reforms–think tank

Sen. Grace Poe has the highest possibility of sustaining the Aquino administration’s economic reforms while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will expose the economy to various risk scenarios, according to a Fitch-owned think tank. “After some potential near-term volatility, Poe … Read more »

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Fair questions about labor reform

IT is unfortunate that the Labor Day holiday – a traditional day for the “progressive” elements in society to rally in favor of various labor and social causes – was largely muted by the volume of public noise over the election campaign, which is reaching a fever pitch with just eight days remaining before the vote. It is unfortunate... Read more »


Urban poor groups rally behind Grace

Around 9,000 representatives of various urban poor organizations from all over Metro Manila on Saturday gathered at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City where they expressed their strong support to the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe. During the gathering, … Read more »

‘More workers have jobs under Aquino’

MORE workers were employed while job-hunting was made easier during the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to a Malacañang official on Labor Day. In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. … Read more »

Wage hikes under Aquino smallest since 1990s

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has no moral authority to describe himself as pro-worker since the wage increases that happened under his administration were the smallest since the 1990s. According to independent research group Ibon Foundation, the Aquino administration hiked the … Read more »

Marcos endorsed by big labor blocs

Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday got the endorsement of two big labor groups, namely the Philippine Trade Group Workers Organization (PTGWO) and the Federation of Free Workers (FFW). Marcos, since Day 1 of the campaign … Read more »

Praise, but no raise, for workers

President Benigno Aquino 3rd lauded Filipino workers on the eve of Labor Day but made no announcements on a wage hike or non-monetary benefits. In his message, Aquino praised the Filipino workers for their hard work. “Saludo ang ating sambayanan … Read more »

Dragon boat rower missing after accident

One person is missing and feared dead after rowing practice by an amateur Dragon Boat team went awry in Manila, the coast guard said. The 22 members of the Alab Sagwan Pilipinas rowing team were practicing in Manila Bay before … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Change is coming – we’ll be short-changed!

WHAT had taken entrepreneurial daring and caring in 1995 to build the nation’s call center industry – expected to rake in total revenue of $25 billion this year – may ground to a dead halt by June 2016, such death … Read more »

Is your money safe in a bank?

If you see in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) an efficient banking industry regulator, there may be syndicates of unscrupulous operators out to sabotage your bank accounts to embarrass BSP officials. Here is an advisory: Be vigilant over your … Read more »

Change is coming, for sure

Whoever wins in next Monday’s balloting will definitely mean change for our future. The question is: will that change be for better or worse. It will all depend on how a bigger number of us will decide the future of … Read more »

Is going abroad the only way?

DO the 6,000-plus Filipinos leaving the country daily have no other choice but to go abroad? In 2014, the POEA reported 487,176 newly hired contract workers deployed. Of this number, Household Service Workers (Domestic Helpers) top the list at 183,101 … Read more »

Are robots coming for your job?

If you go to this page on the BBC website— – you will find a tool that will allow you to check if your job is at risk of automation. On that page, you will be asked to type out … Read more »

What else are you missing out on Chowking’s halo-halo?

I’VE loved halo-halo at Chowking ever since Digman went out of circulation at the “food court” of many shopping malls. When my spouse and I were newly wed, we were so stingy with our hard-earned salary that we’d settle for … Read more »

The president God wants

Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not … Read more »

The cross Binay bears

Today is Labor Day. It is the day workers the world over glorify their tradition of revolutionary struggle while being themselves glorified as the one single impetus for achieving qualitative social change. Qualitative, because change from oppression and exploitation to … Read more »

Editor's Pick

How long must we put up with Grace Poe’s lies?

The last debate The third and final presidential debate came through at the Phinma University in Dagupan, Pangasinan last Sunday, with no major hits or misses on the part of any of the candidates. There were no wild missiles as … Read more »

Duterte’s barbarism and Poe‘s dishonesty are brother and sister

Rodrigo Duterte’s sadistic comment on rape matches in mischief and gravity the serial dishonesty of Grace Poe. One seems more scandalous than the other. In fact, they have the same effect of corroding the moral fiber (strength of character) of … Read more »

The worst of Aquino’s crimes: His lynch mob vs. Corona in 2012

Today marks the anniversary of the day of one of our Republic’s greatest infamies. That few people realize it is another demonstration that indeed, we Filipinos have very short political memories, one of the biggest reasons why we have failed in nation building.

On May 29, 2012 the Senate removed the Chief Justice of the… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Unleashed dogs can be impounded

Dear PAO, I recently found out that my pet dog was impounded by our city’s health department. I usually let my dog roam freely along our street in our neighborhood since he is friendly and also since the people in … Read more »