Duterte President, Robredo VP

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo were proclaimed as the duly elected President and Vice President after three days of vote canvassing–the fastest in Philippine history. Duterte, the country’s 16th President, however snubbed the high-profile … Read more »

Leni vows office big on advocacy

She has been proclaimed the country’s second highest official but Rep. Leni Robredo vowed to take on more meaningful work than the ceremonial tasks assigned to her office. “Wala naman iyan sa titulo, nasa ginagawa [It’s not about your title, … Read more »

Govt official tagged in vote-padding

3 ‘witnesses’ appear at Senate news conference A RANKING government official who is a member of the Liberal Party (LP) was reportedly behind the vote-shaving and vote-padding operations in Quezon province that allegedly benefited Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and … Read more »

Peace with Reds likely, says former lawmaker

LEFTISTS have no qualms about working with former military generals in the incoming Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte who, according to a former lawmaker who was reportedly being eyed for a top government position, seems serious in ending the decades-old … Read more »

PH-China talks seen easing sea tensions

INCOMING Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. believes that tensions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) can only be eased if the Philippines holds bilateral talks with China. In a chance interview shortly after his meeting with outgoing … Read more »

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On Mr. Duterte’s 3-child policy

PRESIDENT-elect Rody Duterte has counseled us, the media, not to believe him when he utters outrageous things. He says when he utters incredible things he means those statements to be treated as jokes. “Huwag ninyong patulan ‘yun,” he seems to have actually said or we imagined to have heard him say. We knew his words about jet skiing to... Read more »


Let’s talk first, Cabinet nominee tells Duterte

WILL Leonor Briones accept an offer of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Department of Education (DepEd)? She could not say just yet. Briones, a former national treasurer and University of the Philippines professor at present, on Monday told … Read more »

DOST launches its own weather channel

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday launched and officially started online broadcasts of DOSTv, touted as the “Filipino Weather Channel.” DOSTv will air over the Internet everyday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at http://www.dostv.ph. It can … Read more »

Diesel up by 40 centavos

Consumers will experience another round of oil price increases this week as oil companies adjust their pump prices per liter effective at 6 a.m. Tuesday: Diesel by 40 centavos per liter, gasoline by 35 centavos per liter and kerosene by … Read more »

Bilibid top concern for new DOJ chief

Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Monday vowed to follow the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte in curbing drugs in the country. Starting in the backyard of DOJ line agencies, Aguirre said the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) will be first … Read more »

Duterte to appoint 12 new SC justices

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to gain considerable clout at the Supreme Court in his six-year presidency that starts on June 30 with his appointment of 12 new SC justices. By 2022, the 12 new justices will have replaced … Read more »

‘It is a patriotic duty to serve the country’

A former governor of Tawi-Tawi province in southern Philippines will gladly accept an invitation from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to serve in the Cabinet of the country’s presumptive leader or in the Davao provinces. “Just to be invited by the President … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Improved PH internet unlikely to be seen soon

Second of two parts ON Monday, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) stunned the local market with the announcement that it had agreed to sell its telecommunications assets to established telecom giants PLDT and Globe. The deal, which marks an end to … Read more »

Pasay–SM reclamation deal: PEA-Amari, Part 2

WHAT is it with the top officials of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA)—formerly known as the Public Estates Authority (PEA)—and our rapidly dwindling and deteriorating Manila Bay? Despite the 2002 ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) in the PEA-Amari case … Read more »

Duterte’s criticism of the Church is good for women, their families, and the country

FIREBRAND President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s recent ferocious attacks against the Catholic Church, which he accused of being hypocritical and out of tune with the Filipino people, will benefit women and the country. He has not shied away from showing his contempt … Read more »


BY the time this comes out, Congress, acting as the National Board of Canvassers, has already proclaimed the winners of the May 2016 elections. If President-elect Rodrigo Duterte was a no-show, it ushered in a break from tradition and the … Read more »

An urgent call for change

(First of two parts) The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) community was moved by the call for change and transformation by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. The Philippine swimming community believes that now is the time for its voice to be heard. President-Elect … Read more »

What’s in a name?

Chief Executive Officer. Market Researcher. Engineer. A job title is a simplified way of describing a set of responsibilities of an employee. At the very least, it presumes that the employee has the knowledge, skills, abilities that are associated with … Read more »

Turkish fear loss of freedom of expression

FOR a few days sometime in 2008, I had the privilege of going to Turkey. As a reporter for BusinessMirror, I covered a delegation of Filipino businessmen to the Asia Pacific Bridge Conference held in Istanbul. As a Catholic, I … Read more »

Improved PH internet unlikely to be seen soon

First of two parts IN what was probably one of his last significant acts before leaving office, President BS Aquino 3rd on Monday signed into law Republic Act 10844 creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The long-awaited … Read more »

Editors' Picks

AES anomaly could be bigger than we realize

A friend from abroad, who regularly visits the Philippines and takes keen interest in political and business developments here, has written me a long note in reaction to my column (“The question Comelec must answer,” Manila Times, 17 May 2016), … Read more »

Who else but Bongbong Marcos?

I was in Cebu these last few days, and even there where the second presidential debate was held on March 20, the apparent consensus among those who watched the April 10 vice-presidential debate in Manila was that it was far … Read more »

Aquino the worst President ever: He damaged our institutions

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will go down in history as the country’s worst President ever.

One might accuse his predecessors, fairly or not, as having stolen from the state’s coffers. But this President damaged the very institutions of our Republic, and the effect of that would be to put the… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Husband and wife can’t legally donate property to each other

Dear PAO,      My Tito and Tita are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. In their celebration, my Tito donated a vacation house in the province to my Tita as a grand gesture of love, and as a gift to … Read more »