`Duterte does not respect rule of law’

As the elections draw nearer, the business community is on edge mainly because of the pronouncements of presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte that he will abolish Congress and establish a revolutionary government, threats that business leaders fear will drive away investors. … Read more »

Davao City mayor causing market jitters

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s vague economic plans and threats to kill thousands of criminals are spooking the financial markets, with one business leader warning on Tuesday that the trash-talking politician would bring anarchy. The key Philippine Stock Exchange index … Read more »

I have no money to buy votes – Poe

CARMONA, Cavite: Senator Grace Poe on Monday cried foul over allegations of a senatorial aspirant that she is involved in vote-buying activities. Poe, in an interview, said she will not allow herself to be involved in such illegal activities, noting … Read more »

UP graduate tops 2015 Bar exams

A graduate of the University of the Philippines topped the 2015 Bar examinations with a grade of 87.40 percent. Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, chairman of the 2015 Committee on the Bar Examinations, on Tuesday said 1,731 … Read more »

Japan to lease military aircraft

TOKYO: Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence. The agreement was made on Monday afternoon during telephone talks between Japan’s Defense … Read more »

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We must find our elusive unity

IN a few days, almost 50 million of us will head for the voting booth to choose our next President, Vice-President, Congressmen, half of the Senate, and thousands of officials at the local level. The May 9 election will not be the end of the dramatic struggle to install new leadership for the country, but only the beginning. Based on the... Read more »


‘Choose a good top diplomat’

FOREIGN policy experts on Tuesday urged Filipino voters to choose a presidential candidate who could be the Philippines’ “top diplomat” amid ongoing tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Unfortunately, Joaquin San Diego, a lawyer and dean of … Read more »

Makati’s yellow card program to be implemented nationwide

No one should die of sickness because of poverty, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Monday as he vowed to achieve universal health care coverage in the country. This can be done, according to Binay, … Read more »

Jinggoy asks court to allow him to vote in San Juan

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada asked the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to allow him to vote in San Juan City for the May 9 elections. In an urgent motion, Estrada argued that it is every citizen’s right and duty to vote, citing … Read more »

Gun ban violators near 4,000 mark

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said that the number of persons arrested for violating the election gun ban is nearing the 4000 mark with a week left before the synchronized election on May 9. Figures released by the … Read more »

Urban poor groups rally behind Grace

Around 9,000 representatives of various urban poor organizations from all over Metro Manila on Saturday gathered at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City where they expressed their strong support to the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe. During the gathering, … Read more »

‘More workers have jobs under Aquino’

MORE workers were employed while job-hunting was made easier during the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to a Malacañang official on Labor Day. In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Lambot sa imo?

Acknowledged grandmaster of qigong (literally, ‘working with life energy’) Li Ching-yuen at 71 joined the Chinese army and taught troops the finer points of unarmed combat. Records have it he lived to 256 years, married 23 times, and fathered over … Read more »

A misplaced political advisory for Catholics

Fr. Richard Varela of the Society of Don Bosco is the regular officiating priest of the 9:45 a.m. Holy Mass every Sunday at the Don Bosco Parish church. Last Sunday, I looked forward to listening to his homily but did … Read more »

Fearless forecasts did happen: Any contingency plans in place?

As serialized in this column about the “Fearless forecasts” that undoubtedly happened, the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) and even the Automated Election System (AES) Watch have never seen or heard any contingency plan (e.g., Plan B, C or X) … Read more »

The elite’s desperate push for the hopeless Mr. Roxas

The last failure of the economic elite–and their surrogates in the media and civil society– was the one involving Mrs. Arroyo. They wanted her out of power right after the 2004 elections through means fair or foul, and preferably via … Read more »

A master of squid tactics

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his advisers employed squid tactics in trying to deflect suspicions that he’s less than forthright on his “secret” bank deposits at the Bank of Philippine Islands. Instead of issuing a waiver to show that he … Read more »

Making your financial statements an effective communication tool

Going through audited financial statements nowadays is like reading through a long technical paper. It has become more difficult for management to prepare, more cumbersome for auditors to audit, and more complicated for users to understand for their management and … Read more »

Privatisation – the Myth

One of the main tenets of neo liberal politics is the mantra that government is inefficient at running business (in fact it’s pretty inefficient at most of the things it does!) the private sector can do it better and that … Read more »

BMI’s brave leap into PH election politics

BMI Research over the weekend released a startling and possibly unprecedented report, one that drew the unambiguous conclusion that a Grace Poe election victory would bode well for the country in terms of economic policy, and that a win by … 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 »

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Notarization invested with substantive public interest

Dear PAO, My sister used to own a parcel of land in Taguig City (Metro Manila). She has no heirs because she was single when she died. One year after her death, I found out that there was a man … Read more »