Duterte revokes truce with Reds

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday revoked the unilateral ceasefire he announced in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25 after communist rebels failed to communicate with the government before the ultimatum set by the President. Duterte … Read more »

2 police officers face raps for drugs

CRIMINAL charges will be filed against two senior officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their involvement in illegal drugs, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said over the weekend. DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said authorities gathered … Read more »

Tanto charged with murder

Charges of murder and frustrated murder were filed by the police against Vhon Martin Tanto at the Department of Justice on Saturday, a day after his arrest in Masbate. The former Army reservist is now locked up at the Manila … Read more »

Intensified crime war packs decaying jails

Mario Dimaculangan shares a toilet with 130 other inmates in one of the Philippines’ most overcrowded jails, and conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime. Security forces have killed hundreds of people and detained thousands … Read more »

Pinoys will likely junk federalism – lawmakers

Some lawmakers on Saturday said the public will likely reject a revised Constitution because it only favors politicians. Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque and Sen. Risa Hontiveros said changing the Charter is not a priority among Filipinos. “Constitutional change is … Read more »

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Darkness as poverty

A REPORT we got from the Hindustan Times via the TNS (Tribune News Service) tells of economists at the University of Oxford having “developed a new and ‘largely accurate’ method to measure global poverty using satellite data that shows places in the world where people have no night-time access to lights.” “Researchers,” says the... Read more »


Mercado leads Gin Kings to win over Meralco

Solomon Mercado led Barangay Ginebra’s fourth quarter rally that resulted in a 107-93 win over Meralco on Saturday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City. Mercado finished with 19 points … Read more »


3,000 stranded in ports as ‘Carina’ hits Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Close to 3,000 passengers were stranded in various seaports of Bicol after the Philippine Coast Guard grounded seacraft and motorized bancas as tropical depression Carina hit the region on Saturday. Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense … Read more »

Asean communiqué did not weaken PH claim – Yasay

FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. on Saturday said a joint communiqué issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) during a meeting in Laos did not weaken the claim of the Philippines in the South China Sea (West Philippine … Read more »

Religious groups to assist drug dependents

PASIG City (Metro Manila): Mayor Robert Eusebio has sought the assistance of some religious groups in providing counseling and teaching moral values to hundreds of the city’s self-confessed drug pushers and users who had voluntarily surrendered to the police apparently … Read more »

Red Cross’ blood donors, oustanding partners

THE Philippine Red Cross has recognized the significant contribution of 1,876 blood donors and partner organizations who have been supporting the PRC for the past years during its blood donors’ recognition ceremony on Friday. A total of 14 award categories … Read more »

Filipinos’ optimism at record high – SWS

DAYS BEFORE President Rodrigo Duterte took office, the number of Filipinos who expected their lives to get better within the first 12 months of his administration hit a record high, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). … Read more »

Court junks Jinggoy’s plea to drop graft raps

FOR LACK of merit, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division denied former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s plea to dismiss 11 counts of graft filed against him and subsume these under a separate plunder case in connection with the Priority Development … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Duterte’s stand-up comedy act (SUCA)

BY way of an erratum, I begin this piece with a side discussion on what I’d call “mental cheat syndrome” among writers—or at least in me. It is this tendency of my fingers typing something else than what my mind … Read more »

The Left should inhabit the space offered by Mr. Duterte

MANY Central Luzon families, my family included, had gone Left at some point in their ordinary, humdrum lives. In a sense, that was a historical imperative. Agrarian unrest was the original driving force of the Movement, not labor and trade … Read more »

Miss Universe in a time of crisis

I HAD been against the idea of having the next Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines, since the first time it was mentioned by Pia Wurtzbach. A transnational pageant, in all its extravagance and decadence, has no place in a … Read more »

Women in power and out of it

THE RISE of women into to high public office has given a new dimension to the global political scene. In the United States, for the first time in history, a woman, Hilary Clinton, has been nominated to run for the … Read more »

Should I go to mass today?

MANY of us ask that every Sunday. And countless baptized but lapsed Catholics don’t even bother asking. One survey estimated that 70 million Filipino Catholics often miss mass or don’t attend at all. If one finds oneself asking that question, … Read more »

The rich fool

[18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 31 July 2016 / Eccl 1:2, 2:21-23    Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14+17 / Col 3:1-5, 9-11 / Luke 12:13-21] THREE men were discussing how they shared their wealth between themselves and others. The … Read more »

My toughest rally

(Part 3) “To Infinity and Beyond!” is my favorite cartoon character, Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear most memorable one-liners. This tagline was also very apt for our 1986 Hong Kong Beijing Rally debut that saw our MP Turbo team going beyond … Read more »

No mention of maritime industry in SONA

July 25, Malaysia. I am writing this article while attending a Port State Control Officers training in Klang, Malaysia, where this country’s major port is located. Immediately after the first day of the five-day training, I went to search for … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

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Lawyer who reacquires PH citizenship can practice here again

Dear PAO, My fiancé passed the Philippine Law Bar Examinations 14 years ago. He was only able to practice here for one year, because his aunt petitioned him to migrate to the US. He eventually became an American citizen but … Read more »