On the official gazette and the government’s website, I finally found and read yesterday a full English translation of President BS Aquino’s sixth and final state of the nation address on July 27. I thought I owed it to His … Read more »

The last time Vice-President and then multiple-term Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay tangled on the hustings with Interior Secretary and then Senator Mar Roxas, tables were turned. Back in August 2009, six months before the May 2010 elections, Roxas topped vice-presidential … Read more »

VP hits ‘inept’ govt

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday delivered his version of the “true” State of the Nation Address (SONA), scoring the Aquino administration’s failure to address corruption, extreme poverty and social inequality.

During his true SONA held at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite, the Vice President said the economic growth presented during President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s SONA… Read more »

Look who’s talking

AS expected, Malacañang as well as administration allies on Monday scoffed at Vice President Jejomar Binay’s version of the state of the nation. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Binay was part of the government he is now criticizing. “Limang taon … Read more »

Roxas quits DILG post

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday night confirmed that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has officially submitted his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino 3rd but that the President asked Roxas to stay. “According to Executive Secretary [Paquito] Ochoa … Read more »

Is China preparing 2nd airstrip?

BEIJING: China could be preparing to build a second 3,000-metre airstrip on an artificial island in the disputed West Philippine (South China) Sea, a Washington-based think-tank said. China is already building a 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) runway on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) … Read more »

Aquino still wooing Grace

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings. President Benigno Aquino 3rd is still crossing his fingers that pre-election survey frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe would remain with the administration coalition and agree to team up with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” … Read more »

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Lies won’t work with the United Nations

IN his report on the state of the nation (SONA) last Monday, July 27, President BS Aquino 3rd discussed briefly the progress of disaster management in the country, and coping with disasters like super typhoon Yolanda. He said: “In the area of disaster management: Because of concern for one another, and because of the active cooperation of the... Read more »


Comelec eyes longer campaign period

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is amenable to moving the start of the campaign period for next year’s polls a month early. If implemented, candidates for national positions will have 120 days to campaign instead of the usual 90 days. … Read more »

Oil firms cut pump prices

For the seventh consecutive week, oil companies will slash pump prices effective Tuesday. In separate advisories, Pilipinas Shell, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will reduce diesel prices by 90 centavos per liter. They will also cut gasoline prices … Read more »

PNoy hits Arroyo anew

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday found another convenient venue to lash at his most favorite punching bag — former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. During the 111th anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Quezon … Read more »

Marcos office hit by bullet

A bullet hole found at the front glass panel of his office baffled Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. but he believes that it has nothing to do with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. The bullet hole was discovered by a security … Read more »

Alzona named new PSALM chief

STATE-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. has a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) — Lourdes Alzona. Alzona, who was appointed board member by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, acted as officer-in-charge when PSALM president and CEO … Read more »

Super typhoon to enter PH Wednesday

A NEW typhoon with the international name “Soudelor” will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday. The typhoon will be named “Hanna” once inside Philippine territory. Although it will not directly hit the country, it will induce monsoons … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Running for office, no longer easy

THE late comedian Dolphy’s witty rebuttal, when asked if he intended one day to run for any elective position, was: “Madaling tumakbo, eh paano kung manalo?!” (It’s easy to run but what if you win?!). This needs a qualifier nowadays. … Read more »

PNoy wants Mar of the same

PNoy’s anointment of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as his preferred successor only serves to undermine rather than boost the political stock of the Liberal Party (LP)’s standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections. By endorsing Mar, PNoy … Read more »

Are you looking for a saint?

A SECTION of the Yellow Brigade (YB), if not the whole group, launched quite early and too often, a word that they tried to shape 2016 into: bobotantes. These are voters who are dumb. Making further the argument that if … Read more »

Pass the FOI bill now!

Openness and transparency – these are two of the weapons the citizenry needs to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt— these are the very core of the freedom of information bill, the bill that would enable the implementation … Read more »

Kamag-anak Inc.: To hire or not to hire

“Okay lang. Basta huwag kamag-anak. (It’s fine, as long as the person is not a relative).” This was the statement of an acquaintance when he was considering options on where to source an employee for his small shop. I vividly … Read more »

Connecting farm to table

Indefatigable Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat has traveled to many farmlands looking for the very people who grow our food—and not just any kind of food, but Slow Food. And so many people ask him “what is slow food? Is it … Read more »

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 »

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Only court can change names in land titles

Dear PAO, I applied for a home loan from a bank. To secure my loan, I offered a piece of land given to me by my mother as collateral. At present, my application is currently on hold because of a … Read more »