Encouraged by the success of the first open assembly convened in Lipa City, Batangas by the National Transformation Council on August 27, A.D. 2014 / DHU al-Qa’da 2 A.H. 1453, we who broadly represent the citizenry, under the leadership of delegates from the visayas and mindanao, have gathered in Cebu city on October 1, A.D. 2014 / DHU al-Hijjah 7 A.H. 1453 to proclaim our support for the Lipa Declaration and to propose concrete and immediate steps to translate the desired objective of national transformation into a viable program of action.

We noted with great pain that while the moral and spiritual crisis and its political and economic effects continued to deepen, the… Read more »

They like nice cars: Above, Aquino with his Porsche Carrera in 2011 which he bought and sold at P4.5 million. Below, his PNP Chief Purisima, with the Prado he said he bought for P1.5 million.

Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima’s statement in the Senate hearing the other day, recorded by network news, that he had bought his brand-new Toyota Land Cruiser “Prado” for P1.5 million, could land him in jail – if we had a real rule of law, that is.

He claimed the car dealer from San Fernando, Pampanga gave him a huge discount, that he paid only that much. But that kind of… Read more »

An ‘alternative government’?

The heat is on. From Lipa, Batangas on August 27 to Cebu City on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the assembly convened by the National Transformation Council has pursued its call on President B. S. Aquino 3rd to step down.

Not only has he sinned and continues to sin against the Constitution, there is also a growing… Read more »

6 of 10 Pinoys reject 2nd term for Aquino

SIX of 10 Filipinos do not want President Benigno Aquino 3rd to run for a second term if the Constitution is amended, a survey by Pulse Asia revealed. The pollster’s Ulat ng Bayan survey conducted from September 8 to 15 … Read more »

More than half oppose changes to Constitution

MORE than half of Filipinos are against any move to amend the 1987 Constitution, according to the latest survey of Pulse Asia that also showed 70 percent of the people are opposed to limiting the powers of the judiciary. Despite … Read more »

HK authorities urge protesters to disperse

HONG KONG: Tensions in Hong Kong soared on Thursday after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets close to the city’s besieged government headquarters as authorities urged pro-democracy demonstrators to disperse “as soon as possible.” Protesters … Read more »

Ex-DA chief, Nograles probed for ‘pork’ misuse

Former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, former Speaker Prospero Nograles and former lawmakers Candido Pancrudo Jr. and Thomas Dumpit Jr. face preliminary investigation at the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork … Read more »

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Don’t abuse the Pope in selfies

RADIO Veritas President Fr. Anton Pascual appealed last week for restraint in the use of the Holy Father Francis’ life-size cardboard figure when taking selfies. Indeed, people should remember that Pope Francis deserves respect because he is a priest, a bishop and the Vicar of Christ. We wholeheartedly agree. We actually don’t quite like... Read more »


Aquino denounces ‘KBL,’ warns vs anti-reform foes

Every politician and his uncle must probably be doing it but count out President Benigno Aquino 3rd in helping you mark milestones in your life. Before local officials on Thursday, the President told his perceived critics and political enemies whom … Read more »

Navymen accused in ensign’s 1995 killing plead ‘not guilty’

Eight Navy officers accused in the 1995 killing of Ensign Philip Pestaño entred a “not guilty” plea before a Manila court on Thursday. The Navy officers are Commander Reynaldo Lopez, Commander Luidegar Casis, Commander Alfrederick Alba, Lt. Commander Joselito Colico, … Read more »

Makati awards P100,000 to city’s 18th centenarian

The Makati City government recently awarded P100,000 cash gift to a World War II veteran tracked as the city’s 18th centenarian. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay personally handed the cash gift to100-year-old Narciso  Cayetano of Barangay Pembo during a simple … Read more »

Ex-PMA cadet seeks court relief

THE Supreme Court was asked by the camp of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to immediately resolve his case and allow him to graduate. In his Motion for Early Resolution before the High Court, … Read more »

Peacekeepers given Army awards

A day after they were honored by President Benigno Aquino 3rd,   members of the  7th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights received another heroes’ welcome and due recognition by their mother unit, the Philippine Army. Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA … Read more »

100,000 students to join National Letter Writing Day

The Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) is expecting 100,000 students from all over the country to join the National Letter Writing Day that will mark the celebration of World Post Day on October 9, 2014. Postmaster General Josefina dela Cruz on … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

FEU’s 20% stock dividend equals P3.2B

BUSINESSMAN Henry Sy Sr. and his family and the Montinolas, along with the rest of the stockholders of Far Eastern University (FEU), received P700.3 million in cash dividends over the last two years. Based on some 13.7 million outstanding common … Read more »

Robert Samuelson

The Lehman Brothers mystery

WASHINGTON, DC: The New York Times had a fascinating story the other day, which again raises a crucial historical question about the financial crisis: Did Lehman Brothers have to go bankrupt in September 2008? Lehman’s failure turned what had been … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

Greg Ong, et al., entitled to due process

PILLA Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc of the Daily Inquirer wrote in last Sunday’s Inquirer about the supposed three wives of Shy Torpe Harmless Me. I get joshed all over. Not true of course. Two intrepid journalists had enterprisingly asserted they were Mrs. … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

PNP chief has more explaining to do

Senator Serge Osmeña on Thursday said Police Chief Allan Purisima still has a lot of explaining to do before the Senate when it resumes its session this month. Osmeña wondered why Gen. Purisima failed to include in his statement of … Read more »

Ej Lopez

The politics of friendship

The current political jockeying going on in the country is a signal that the quest for electoral posts is starting to take shape, especially now that we are in the last quarter of the year with barely 20 months to … Read more »

Karen Kunawicz

‘Rape shirt’ and ‘girl-on-leash’ not the same for me

Last week, I posted a photograph on Facebook of a graphic t-shirt I found at SM. The text on shirt read: “It’s not rape, it’s a snuggle with a struggle.” It got 4,976 shares and made the news—from Time to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Parties’ meeting of minds crucial to amending perfected contract

Dear PAO, My mother wants to question certain stipulations in a contract she entered into with my cousin. She thought that she cleared everything with my cousin insofar as how she wants their contract to prosper, but there seems to … Read more »