‘Surrender in 48 hours or die’

THE NEW chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday rolled out the anti-crime campaign of the Duterte administration with an ultimatum to policemen involved in illegal drugs: Surrender in 48 hours or fight a “war” against the government. … Read more »

‘I will not tolerate abuses’ – Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned erring policemen and soldiers, including members of other law enforcement agencies such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), that he would not tolerate abuses, saying he would personally track their records during his … Read more »

‘Resolve differences or remove trouble-maker at Comelec’

SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd on Friday called on those planning to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte to instead train their guns at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which is being rocked by infighting over supposed irregularities during the May polls. … Read more »

China’s Xi hopes ties with PH grow under Duterte

CHINESE President Xi Jinping is hopeful the Philippines and China will resume a rich history of friendship under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing said late Thursday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei quoted Xi as saying in his … Read more »

Duterte, Robredo meet

Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte greeted each other in what she described as a “cordial” meeting at the military turnover ceremonies on Friday, finally breaking the ice that formed during a bitter election campaign. After receiving full … Read more »

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May more govt offices be like Lilia de Lima’s PEZA

NEWS we published that Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Lilia de Lima announced her retirement Wednesday, a day before President Benigno Aquino 3rd stepped down and President Rody Duterte assumed office, saddened many who know that Ms. De Lima is a rare and true model of what a government official, agency manager and technocrat... Read more »


Leave, corrupt Cabinet men told

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Friday separately vowed to weed out corrupt officials in their departments. Bello said his move will be effected through a performance audit, “especially [of] those exercising quasi-judicial functions.” Aguirre, … Read more »

NBI chief warns drug lords, govt grafters

The new director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday formed a task force that will go after drug lords and corrupt government officials. Director Dante Gierran, former NBI Davao regional head, announced the appointment of Roel Bolivar … Read more »

Philippines cited in US trafficking report

The US Embassy in Manila recently announced that the Philippine ranking was upgraded to Tier 1 as a direct result of efforts by the Philippine government to eliminate human trafficking. On June 30, the embassy said, US Secretary of State … Read more »

Another activist makes it to Duterte Cabinet

A long-time activist and former lawmaker has been named to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet. Former Gabriela party-list representative Liza Maza is the new lead convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), the Presidential Communications Operations Office announced in a statement … Read more »

Duterte will steer PH toward ‘real change’

President Rodrigo Duterte will be a game changer especially for the poor. The sentiment was voiced on Friday by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who wished Duterte well in his journey as the new leader of the Philippines. “On behalf … Read more »

Bongbong, Imee enter Palace after 30 years

At the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos set foot again  at Malacañan  Palace,  which used to be their home for 20 years during … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The treacherous and stormy waters of national governance

“A President must be deedless in words and wordless in deeds.” — President Carlos P. Garcia PRESIDENT Carlos P. Garcia was known as the Balak Beauty in the South—Visayas and Mindanao. Balak in Cebuano means poem. He was master of … Read more »

Choosing between full infinitives, bare infinitives, and gerunds

Part I FOR the test statement below, English teacher Farhad H. in Iran recently sent me an email asking which answer choice is correct and why: “Peter, you have been working so hard this year. I am sure you must … Read more »

Money and relatives

“The love of family and admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt One thing I love about being Filipino is that we value family more than anything else. This is why it is … Read more »

Cleaning up Aquino’s mining mess

THE alarm with which the mineral sector has received the news of the appointment of the apoplectically anti-mining Gina Lopez as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was quantified in a report released this week by … Read more »

Hardline policy doomed to fail? Metamorphose or metastasize?

Condolences—RC and Dudi Constantino, and Karina and Randy David, for the loss of Mom Letizia, widow of Ka Tato, an accomplished woman of many parts, including being an excellent ballroom dancer. Einstein warned that repeating the same mistake again and … Read more »

Brexit cometh

BREXIT, as the world knows by today, hit like a high intensity earthquake last week. The world, particularly Europe, is now assessing how to navigate the uncharted waters they find themselves in. On the face of it, it has impacted … Read more »

A pre-wifi experience: Learning contracts for CPD

LEARNING contracts provide a commitment for adults to learn, guiding learners to keep track of their choice of learning goals. With reference to continuing professional development (CPD) of the academics themselves, a learning contract may be defined as “a written … Read more »

Era of change begins

The peaceful transfer of power yesterday from former President Benigno Aquino 3rd to new President Rodrigo Duterte was a showcase to the global audience that democracy is working in the Philippines. Simple yet elegant, the ceremonies left a good impression … Read more »

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Closet billionaires . . . or corporate dummies?

Third of a Series

The Salim conglomerate in the Philippines, aka the “MVP” group, has five executives who are the Indonesian billionaire Anthoni Salim’s Filipino partners, their identities heretofore kept hidden from the public eye.

With the enormous income and share prices of the conglomerate’s… Read more »

First the Church, now the media: Will Duterte make it?

MANY Filipinos genuinely want to see President-elect Rodrigo Duterte succeed, if only for the nation’s sake. But they are deeply and genuinely saddened. Many others are mortally afraid. The question they are asking is this: What’s happening to the person of our incoming President? Is he going to self-destruct even before he takes off? They aren’t even talking of his “program of government” yet… Read more »

Two-way election fraud: electronic and manual

CHEATING in the May 9 elections was massive and nearly unstoppable; it involved two major operations: one electronic (the rigging of the automated Comelec vote count); and the other manual (the outright doctoring by hand of the ballots and the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Wedding ceremony requisite of valid marriage

Dear PAO, My wife and I were supposed to be married in a mass wedding to be officiated by our mayor in 2010. We have already obtained a marriage license and all were set. We, however, failed to appear on … Read more »