MILF commanders restive

Ground commanders of theMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are becoming more impatient and frustrated over the delay in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress that they believe will also delay the establishment of a Bangsamoro … Read more »


Rule of law ensures trade in key sea lane – EU expert

Catherine Ashton, head of foreign policy of the European Union (EU), on Tuesday highlighted the importance of the rule of law in ensuring the safe passage of goods in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The oceans and seas … Read more »

Aquino has not made dent on poverty – analyst

DESPITE the litany of achievements that he enumerated in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not been able to significantly lower the country’s poverty level, according to Ramon Casiple, a political analyst. … Read more »

Malacañang orders quick inventory of DAP projects

MALACAÑANG has ordered a quick inventory of all projects funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to determine how much supplemental budget it would ask from Congress. The directive to all government agencies that benefited from the DAP came … Read more »

President is no martyr – bishop

President Benigno Aquino 3rd was criticized for parroting his father, Benigno Aquino Jr., in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, when he said that the Filipino is worth dying for. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said Aquino should … Read more »

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Editorial

Miracles in Malacañang?

All the bad things that can be said about the State of the Nation Address and the President himself and his closest co-rulers of our country have, it seems, been said in the newspapers, the talk shows of non-coopted networks and in the social media. Youth and workers’ groups marched and demonstrated. The Congress’ Ladies in Peach walked out... Read more »


From our Readers

Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »

Sports

Bulldogs battle Falcons for solo lead

National University (NU) guns for solo lead when it tackles Adamson University today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament At the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Bulldogs-Soaring Falcons match is … Read more »

Nation

Palace on coup rumors: All quiet on AFP front

MalacaÑang on Wednesday downplayed reports of a plan to oust President Benigno Aquino 3rd through a coup d’etat. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda cited an earlier statement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dismissing as … Read more »

National Grid exempt from paying ERC permit fees

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has barred the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) from collecting permit fees from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for its projects. In a 16-page decision penned by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon and concurred … Read more »

10 civilian tipsters receive P5.8-M reward from PDEA

Ten civilian informants received P5.8 million in cash reward from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency under the PDEA Operation Private Eye. The Private Eye Rewards Committee, composed of members from academe, non-government organizations and law-enforcement, religious and business sectors, approved … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

Aquino damaged, prostituted our democratic institutions

Marcos and Aquino: Both hijacked our democratic institutions.STRIP Benigno S. Aquino 3rd of his daang-matuwid rhetoric, and he emerges as the worst president, along with the dictator Marcos. Both captured or tried to capture our democratic institutions. Both had rhetorical skills and catchy slogans: “This nation will be great again” for Marcos; “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” for Aquino. Marcos abolished or lorded over our democratic institutions when he imposed his one-man rule in 1972, when the Philippines was touted as the exemplar of... Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Camaraderie over brick oven pizzas

The friendships I’ve been tho–roughly blessed with all these years are intangibles I consider most valuable. For decades, my closest girl friends cum travel companions, Malyn and Monette, have been loyal friends. Every month, our trio plans regular dinners to … Read more »

FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO

My concerns with the state of our nation

I am concerned that the Department of Energy has admitted that our power reserves are thin, and one major breakdown will set off dreadful power outages. We have had rotating brown-outs already as far north as in Tuguegarao City and … Read more »

Efren Danao

PNoy in Never Never Land

Our congressmen and senators gave President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino 3rd (The Last?) a prolonged standing ovation even before he could start his State of the Nation Address (SONA). They saw nothing wrong in his hijacking of their inherent power … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Aquino’s last years: Reality check after the SONA

First the good news: In his penultimate State of the Nation Address, President Benigno Aquino 3rd wisely desisted from another lambasting of the Supreme Court’s unanimous and widely applauded decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional for misdeclaring savings, transferring … Read more »

GUS LAGMAN

Transparency

I really don’t get it! Despite all the compelling reasons why they should not, the Comelec still entertains the use of PCOS and other automated precinct-counting technologies. Let me enumerate just three of these compelling reasons. First, these technologies violate … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Gen. Valmoria should be replaced

It’s been almost a week now since the rampant illegal gambling operations in Metro Manila were exposed in this column, yet the chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) has not lifted a finger to shut it down. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Husband’s rights over house built by wife’s dad

Dear PAO, I have a problem with my wife and my children. I hurt my 17-year- old child because of his own fault. I was forced to leave our house and I am now staying with my sister. I feel … Read more »