‘Bangsa law may spark war’

THE impasse over alleged “alterations” in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may trigger a fresh conflict that could leave the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the losing end if their differences are not immediately settled, … Read more »

SC says it rejected DAP offer

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday denied receiving any fund under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), noting that it turned down an offer from Malacañang to provide P100 million of pooled savings early this year. The tribunal issued a resolution … Read more »

Solons endorsed DAP projects – Abad

ADMINISTRATION and opposition lawmakers nominated projects that were funded through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad disclosed on Thursday. Speaking during a hearing conducted by the Senate finance committee, Abad explained that DAP was not offered … Read more »

Plane carrying 119 people vanishes in new air mystery

ALGIERS: Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. “Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from … Read more »

New spending mechanism outside DAP discovered

THE Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is not the only mechanism that the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd is using to fund government programs with multi-billion savings pooled by the government, the Senate finance committee discovered on Thursday. According to … Read more »

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Death of truth and morality

YESTERDAY’s Senate hearing on the Disbursement Acceleration Program marked the death of truth and morality in Philippine public office under the Aquino administration. Secretary Florencio Abad and the Cabinet members whom he asked to help him answer questions posed by senators all told lies and half-truths. And the senators—with the... Read more »

From our Readers

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 »


DAR made full page announcements in the leading dailies that notwithstanding the expiry of our Agrarian laws as of June 30, 2014. DAR still did not... Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

Months before President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced the 17th batch of National Artists, word already gone around on the conferment of one multi-awarded Filipino writer by the name Cirilo Bautista. Thus, when the official proclamation was made on June 20, … Read more »

Teaching children to create beautiful music

In a small music room in Tondo, Manila, violin music fills the air as kids, some not even three feet tall, go through their scales. Over the noise of students practicing, the familiar melody of Pink’s “Just Give Me a … Read more »

New handbook gets your ‘tax’ straight

Matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and ‘Tax Whiz’ Mon Abrea push for tax awareness WITH the country’s economy on the rise, more business opportunities are opening up for Filipino entrepreneurs nationwide. There are also long-standing establishments that continue to grow, now … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


A shameless Senate licks Abad’s boots

The only senators who had balls: Senators Nancy Binay and Grace PoeThe Senate hearing yesterday where Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was supposed to enlighten our people on what the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was all about turned out to be a bootlicking show. Since the time the DAP was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,  we  have been waiting for a proper explanation from the executive, alongside the appropriate “checking and balancing” by the Senate. Instead, Filipinos saw a scripted show that was obviously intended to... Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Freedom has to be gained with civility

We all sympathize with people who take a stand and struggle for their freedom and follow their dream of independence as a nation. Now that the modern world has current standards of civilized behavior and instant communication, the world’’s sympathy … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Blending, not separation, of powers

The Supreme Court (SC) continues to be secretive? A truthful assets statements cannot lead anyone to trouble. Yet, the SC has again denied a request of the BIR (no longer Bigay Ikaw Regalo under the leadership of Kim Henares, whose … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Aquino’s SONA: Winning back public support

Like his Apolinario Mabini memorial day speech in Tanauan, Batangas, President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s State of the Nation Address on Monday will almost surely be another aggressive discourse defending his Disbursement Acceleration Program and countering the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision … Read more »


The dystopia next door

WASHINGTON, DC: In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. “The Giver” created a blooming genre—the dystopian youth novel—and considerable controversy. Some parents wanted the book banned from schools, thus … Read more »

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Emergency powers

Amid the news of cases of impeachment being filed against President Aquino because of his acts in his Disbursement Acceleration Program and the destruction wrought by Typhoon Glenda, Department of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla announced that he has recommended that … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Lucio Tan and MVP are Victorias’ saviors

WHY are companies that are supposed to be public, being listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, very secretive about the individual compensation of their top executives? Is it because the Securities and Exchange Commission allows them to simply state the … Read more »

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Grounds for ejecting lessee of rented condo unit

Dear PAO, I am currently renting a condominium unit in Taguig City (Metro Manila) for P8,000 a month. The contract is to expire in one year. Six months after I started occupying the unit, the owner told me to vacate … Read more »