Duterte faces coup threats, plunder raps

Rodrigo Duterte’s rollicking ride to presidential favorite has triggered warnings of a coup should he win next week’s elections, with opponents branding him as a dictator in the making. On Thursday, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th filed charges of plunder and … Read more »


Binay confident of victory

THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) warned other presidential candidates against celebrating this early as it expressed confidence that its standard-bearer, Vice President Jejomar Binay, will be the winner in the presidential derby. “History will indeed repeat itself. [These elections] will … Read more »

‘Race between Poe, Duterte’

Results of the latest Laylo presidential survey show that the presidential race will be between Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, according to Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian. Gatchalian on Thursday said it will be … Read more »

‘Surveys manipulated to favor admin bets’

University of the Philippines professor Prospero “Popoy” de Vera on Thursday questioned two Pulse Asia surveys conducted only two days apart that showed different results, saying these may have been manipulated to project the rise of a candidate. “What happened … Read more »

Jail no barrier to political career in PH

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Walking off stage after a rock star-like performance and rapturous crowd reaction, Sajid Ampatuan oozes confidence that he will be elected mayor of a southern Philippine town despite facing charges of mass murder. Ampatuan, 33, is among … Read more »

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Editorial

Consequences of a careless climate pledge

ON Wednesday, a letter written by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Chairman George Barcelon to Climate Change Commissioner Emmanuel de Guzman was made public. It revealed some of the deep concerns the business community has over the pledge to cut the Philippines’ greenhouse gas emissions 70 percent by 2030 that President Aquino... Read more »


Nation

Southeast Asia’s sea security ‘challenging’

The commanding officer of a French escort vessel on Thursday said successive arrivals in the Philippines of ships from the United States, Japan and Australia for so-called goodwill visits are “absolutely a coincidence.” Having observed the waters of Southeast Asia, … Read more »

MILITARY: REDS START HARASSING VOTERS

FOUR days before the local and  national elections, communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Samar province in the Visayas have started harassing people and threatening to harm them if they will not vote for a presidential and a senatorial … Read more »

Media outfits told: Report candidates’ ad expenses

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is requiring all media outfits to immediately submit reports of national and local elections candidates’ commercials and advertisements expenses. “In line with the bureau’s efforts to effectively monitor and determine compliance by political candidates … Read more »

Baldoz clarifies pay rules for May 9 polls

President Benigo Aquino 3rd has declared May 9 as a special non-working holiday so that voters could exercise their political right on that date to select the country’s  leaders from President down to town councilor. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on … Read more »

DSWD’s P842-M for El Niño not for polls — Abad

ILOILO City: Just five days before the May 9 elections, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad announced that P842.5 million for El Niño mitigation programs implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has been released. It, however, raised questions … Read more »

Binay sees ‘Solid North’ support

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay on Wednesday said he sees a big win in the “Solid North” and vowed to lead a healing and unifying administration once elected President. Binay said in Cauayan, Isabela, that … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Tao of Grace Poe

Just one of those slew of writing assignments that pays P5 a word, three-minute script in which a second eats up two words; I had the narrative down to two minutes and 50 seconds flat, leanest choice of words—the terse … Read more »

Moment of truth; Georgetown lesson for BBM

Monday is the moment of truth. I have not made up my mind as to the presidency. But, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, my fellow Bedan, who shot a fellow student in 1972, is definitely out. The victim (Octavio Goco), for whom … Read more »

Will Comelec manage credible elections?

Elections are three days away. And so far, we have not heard much about how the election returns will be announced to the public so that they will be believable and reflect a credible election. The way it was done … Read more »

The research report: The research process and literature review

WHEN we assign our students to do research as a capstone of their degree program, we expect them to have informed understanding of what research is and what the research process entails. We hope that earlier, the curriculum provided them … Read more »

‘It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America’

WASHINGTON, DC: My neighborhood of Chevy Chase is a leafy and peaceful slice of Northwest Washington. But this week, the news here is of a woman assaulted outside the local Starbucks by a Donald Trump supporter, she says, for the … Read more »

Shifts in the media sector

Never before in the history of Philippine elections have we seen any media so extensively used and abused to shape the minds of the voting public as the social media that we know now. And why? Because in the 2010 … Read more »

True intentions

I have always thought that traffic congestion along EDSA is the most frequent topic of conversation among Filipinos. In recent months, my country proved me wrong. Seeing the way the 2016 election campaign period unfolded, I can say now that … Read more »

Sy Sr. is family’s ‘poorest billionaire’

“AS of December 31, 2015,” SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) said in a filing, “the group had about 94,516 direct employees.” Of the total workforce, it said in the same posting, “the parent company had 355 regular employees as of the … Read more »

Editors' Picks

How long must we put up with Grace Poe’s lies?

The last debate The third and final presidential debate came through at the Phinma University in Dagupan, Pangasinan last Sunday, with no major hits or misses on the part of any of the candidates. There were no wild missiles as … Read more »

Duterte’s barbarism and Poe‘s dishonesty are brother and sister

Rodrigo Duterte’s sadistic comment on rape matches in mischief and gravity the serial dishonesty of Grace Poe. One seems more scandalous than the other. In fact, they have the same effect of corroding the moral fiber (strength of character) of … Read more »

The worst of Aquino’s crimes: His lynch mob vs. Corona in 2012

Today marks the anniversary of the day of one of our Republic’s greatest infamies. That few people realize it is another demonstration that indeed, we Filipinos have very short political memories, one of the biggest reasons why we have failed in nation building.

On May 29, 2012 the Senate removed the Chief Justice of the… Read more »

Legal Advice

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‘Barangay’ officials duty-bound to help those in distress

Dear PAO, My sister is being physically abused by her husband. On one occasion, I personally saw that she was beaten by her husband because the latter accused her of having an affair with a certain male neighbor. I immediately … Read more »