With a lot of fervor, the entire country is preparing to receive Pope Francis in January. This is not hard to digest. We could be the last truly Catholic country in the world after the Vatican, and most of us … Read more »

Source: DBM. 2014 as “Bottom Up Budgeting” Projects 2015 as “Grassroots Participatory Budgeting” Projects. Name in bold font are members of House Justice Committee, in charge of impeachment complaints.

It’s so sad for our country that our high officials, the leaders of the legislature, either are taking us for fools, think we’re all stupid, or are treating us like kids who don’t deserve any explanation. Reacting to the escalating … Read more »

Economy slows on underspending

Coloma: Govt to step up spending to reach 2014 growth target The economy lost significant momentum in the third quarter of the year in what the Cabinet of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd quickly acknowledged as a challenge to the … Read more »


Mercado in US on ‘fabrication mission’

Vice President Jejomar Binay is bracing for more attacks that he believes will continue well into the campaign period for the 2016 presidential elections. On Thursday, the Vice President said his camp received information that the real purpose of former … Read more »

Neptali Gonzales 2nd charged with plunder

Reform advocates on Thursday filed a complaint for plunder and graft at the Office of the Ombudsman against House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd, alleging he misused P315 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). The Sentinels of … Read more »

Military admits Pope’s visit fraught with security risks

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has admitted that the visit of Pope Francis in January will be fraught with security concerns and that an assassination attempt is always a possibility. “We cannot ignore that somebody might be interested … Read more »

DOJ drops case against 59 MNLF in Zambo siege

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday dismissed criminal charges against 59 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) accused of taking part in the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013. In a 63-page resolution, the DOJ ruled … Read more »

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Editorial

Welcome Pres. Joko Widodo’s new maritime doctrine

INDONESIA as a state and Indonesians as a people have been the Philippines’ and the Filipinos’ best friends among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Through all the ups and downs in Indonesian and Philippine development in the decades after the Second World War, our two republics, our presidents and leading... Read more »


Sports

Alaska beat NLEX behind Hontiveros’ 21 points

ALASKA routed Northern Luzon Expressway, 90-84, on Friday for its eighth win in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Veteran Dondon Hontiveros finished with 21 points and Calvin Abueva 16 for the Aces. NLEX record dropped … Read more »

Nation

Miriam: EDCA may leave Aquino impeachable

THERE are acts connected with the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States that may be grounds for impeaching President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Thursday. The President signing EDCA, an … Read more »

Plaint vs poll bidding baseless – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday took a swipe at a petition for certiorari filed by former Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza, describing as baseless the complaint to stop bidding for the Automated Election System (AES) to be … Read more »

P8B disbursed by govt for Tacloban rebuilding

The national government has poured P8.09 billion for  rehabilitation of Tacloban City (Leyte), which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, according to rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson. In a statement on Thursday, Lacson said the amount translates to half … Read more »

2015 budget Malacañang campaign kitty – senator

SEN. Miriam Santiago is convinced that the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015 recently passed on final reading by the Senate and House of Representatives is an election budget aimed at helping boost the chances of the allies of President Benigno … Read more »

Orphans, youth to welcome Pope Francis

At least two orphans and 1, 200 young people from Parañaque City (Metro Manila) are going to welcome Pope Francis when he arrives in the Philippines on January 15 next year at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City (Metro Manila). … Read more »

13th month pay for SSS pensioners

THE Social Security System (SSS) will release P6 billion to cover the 13th month pay of nearly 1.9 million pensioners in December. The giving of the bonus is part of the SSS year-end tradition that began in 1988. The SSS … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Consumers shoulder business expenses, including taxes

IF you are among the more informed consumers who try to decipher the prices you pay for your purchases from department stores and grocery stores, you could end up suspecting that the business establishments that you patronize don’t spend anything … Read more »

Ma. Isabel Ongpin

Vicente Paterno

WE said our farewells to Vicente “Ting” Paterno this week. He went off at the age of 89 to his just reward, a destination that we are all on our way to in our own time to find our just … Read more »

Rene Saguisag

The hurt business and religion

MY pal, Quinito Henson asks: “No KO but who cares?” I do. The context is the hurt business, the manly art of modified murder, boxing, and Manny Pacquiao. His camp had bragged, KO in one. But, no KO in twelve … Read more »

FAREED ZAKARIA

Land of immigrants

NEW YORK: Opponents of President Obama’s recent action on immigration—as well as of any kind of legalization policy for undocumented workers — often argue that these initiatives are not fair to America’s legal immigrants. These people, it is said, played … Read more »

GEORGE F. WILL

A case for self-restraint

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  — Newton’s Third Law of Motion   WASHINGTON, DC: America’s Newtonian Constitution might again function according to Madisonian expectations if a provoked Congress regains its spine and self-respect, thereby returning … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Arroyo copycats want pork

The gluttonous slobs have such an insatiable craving for the staple congressional pork barrel that they’re already impatiently demanding for second helpings. Even before the Senate can comply with its constitutional mandate “to propose or concur with amendments” to the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Illegitimate child has choice on surname to adopt

Dear PAO, I have a baby with my ex-boyfriend. He recognizes the baby as his son. In fact, he executed an affidavit recognizing my baby and allowing him to use his surname. However, I want my baby to use my … Read more »