Pope Francis

IN a speech Tuesday to the European Union Parliament and later in another speech to the Council of Europe, Pope Francis—the first non-European head of the Roman Catholic Church in 1,200 years—reminded some of the most powerful persons in our … Read more »

(Part 1) It is easy to celebrate the approval of the Freedom of Information Bill at the Committee Level in the House of Representatives. After all, they’ve got the Senate and Malacañang on their side. But of course that’s also … Read more »

SC asked to stop Comelec bidding

FORMER Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from bidding a contract for the acquisition of the Automated Election System (AES) to be used in the national elections in 2016.

He also asked the High Court to exclude Smartmatic-TIM … Read more »

Crackdown seen as antidote to bribery

Rampant bribery in the government is a sign that the daang matuwid (straight path) advocacy of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has failed, and only a “crackdown from the top” can solve the problem, a political analyst said on Wednesday. While … Read more »

Pork barrel ‘revival’ stirs unrest

VARIOUS groups are poised to hold a massive rally to denounce the Aquino administration’s revival of the so-called pork barrel funds in the national budget despite previous rulings by the Supreme Court (SC) that declared these allocations as unconstitutional. On … Read more »

Aquino wants law on coco levy fund

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday pushed for passage of a law outlining how farmers will benefit from the P71-billion coco levy fund. In his speech at the start of his dialogue with coconut farmers, Aquino said his administration will … Read more »

Tiangco firm: Binay has no assets in US

IF one of the purposes of former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado in going to the United States is to look for pieces of property of Vice President Jejomar Binay there, his search will be futile, United Nationalist Alliance … Read more »

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Australia rules out electronic voting

COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes has succeeded in brainwashing most people with the idea that going back to manual voting in precincts is something bad. He has even accused as chaos- and confusion-makers experts who urge the junking of the untransparent, unverifiable and flaws-ridden Smartmatic Automated Election System using the PCOS... Read more »


OFW on death row spared from beheading

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Saudi Arabia has been spared from beheading after his victim’s legal heirs forgave him for his crime, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Wednesday. To enable OFW Jonard La-ngamin to spend … Read more »

Competence, integrity must for poll posts

An election lawyer on Wednesday said those being considered to replace retirement-bound poll officials should be of “proven competence and integrity.” Romulo Macalintal, at the same time, added that he has no objection to the appointment of “insiders” to replace … Read more »

Former Makati mayor appeals arraignment, cites court petitions

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, Elenita, is asking the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Third Division to reverse its ruling that set reading of charges against her. Her arraignment in two cases, each consisting of one count of graft and malversation, did … Read more »

Former PCGG chief faces graft raps

Graft charges were filed against former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairman Camilo Sabio for allegedly attempting to influence his brother, the late Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Jose Sabio Jr., to help a litigant in a case … Read more »

Pagasa told to remit unspent P1.858 million

The Commission of Audit (COA) has directed the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) to remit its remaining unspent cash balances. Based on COA’s 2013 report on Pagasa’s accounts, the said agency has dormant cash balances amounting to … Read more »

House plenary set to tackle charter change, emergency powers

The emergency powers for President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Charter Change will be subjected to plenary debates next week. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City made the announcement ahead of his speaking engagement before the Joint Foreign Chambers and … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Say cheese, Philippines

Over the next few days a couple of weighty topics will occupy the business pages. Later today the government will release the third-quarter GDP figures, and the results of today’s much-anticipated meeting of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) … Read more »


Real men don’t

WHERE are the men? I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at … Read more »


Architecture and planning for wellness

Second of two parts Think about this: 12 bikes can fit in one parking space. That alone presents a lot of development opportunities and savings. Last week, I talked about how the Urban Land Institute (ULI), through its Building Healthy … Read more »

Roger Mitton

As Thailand and Vietnam tighten, Myanmar reforms

WHEN I’m feeling down, troubled and disoriented, I recall what my old physiology professor once counseled in such moments: “Context.” His advice echoes today amid the astringent criticism now raining upon Myanmar for the alleged stalling of its reforms. Context … Read more »

Conrad M. Cariño

When boxing analysts sound like promoters

(First of two parts) I would call it “the greatest train robbery” on boxing fans. That was on June 27, 1988 when Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in a heavyweight title unification bout in about 91 seconds, with Spinks … Read more »

Tessa Mauricio-Arriola

‘‘Tis the season . . . to be busy’ Part 2

Last week, I went slightly business-y and explained the rise in busy meters for the first to the quinary sectors of the economy (The T Zone, “‘Tis the season…to be busy,” November 20, 2014) come Christmastime. This being the one … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Recruitment firm can be sued for delayed deployment of worker

Dear PAO, I applied for overseas employment. When I was about to leave, the recruitment agency informed me that my flight would be delayed indefinitely due to some technicalities. Can I file a case against them on the ground that … Read more »