The Gospel demands it, say the bishops

President B. S. Aquino 3rd swiftly reacted to the August 27 Lipa Declaration calling for his immediate resignation by announcing that he will no longer push for a constitutional amendment to allow him to seek a second term. That is … Read more »


Aquino defies SC, renames pork

Aquino defies SC, renames pork

First of three parts President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd has defied the Supreme Court’s ruling that the pork barrel system is unconstitutional and has maintained the system in the 2014 budget, as well as in the 2015 proposed appropriations law. … Read more »

Palace laying ‘safety net’ to escape DAP raps – Joker

THE proposal to extend the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the continuing attacks on the Supreme Court and the measure seeking to virtually legalize the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) are all part of the “safety net” being crafted … Read more »

PH troops to continue peacekeeping mission

Despite the danger they faced when they came under attack from Syrian rebels, Filipino troops in Golan Heights will continue doing their peacekeeping work, Malacanang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Sunday. Malacañang said the Filipino … Read more »

US worried over ISIS ‘ties’ with Moro rebels

UNITED STATES OFFICIALS are closely monitoring reports that Islamic fundamentalists from the Middle East with possible ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have established links with local Muslim militants, according to Ambassador Philip Goldberg. ISIS is … Read more »

HK activists to occupy finance district

BEIJING: China insisted on Sunday that candidates for Hong Kong’s next leader must be screened in advance, triggering tears and fury in the former British colony where democracy advocates said they would occupy the financial district. The standing committee of … Read more »

Aquino misses deadline, fails to submit BBL to Congress

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is yet to submit to Congress the draft bill for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), after failing to meet his administration’s self-imposed August deadline. On Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed that the draft … Read more »

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Peace seems achieved in Gaza but not in eastern Ukraine

The cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas last week was very welcome development, and the people in the Gaza strip celebrating the long-term peace accord was more than expected. Egypt’s tireless role in brokering the peace negotiations between Israel and Hamas, and the United Nation’s persistence that there should be a cessation... Read more »


Pinoy rowers bag 11 medals in ICF World Championships

The national dragon boat team bagged a total of five golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Dragon Boat World Championships held in Poznan, Poland. The Filipino paddlers topped the 20-seater Seniors Men 200-meter … Read more »

From our Readers

Senate is not self-destructing

We write to shed light on certain issues raised by Rigoberto Tiglao in his August 25, 2014 article titled “Senate is self-destructing.” While we... Read more »

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Cory appointed Binay as OIC of Makati with the blessings of her Elite compadres the Ayalas & Lopezes. he will still be under the clutches of the... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

What has been happening in the four years of BS Aquino administration is all of treachery or betrayal of public trust. His campaign promises mostly... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

Our present government is like a ship with a Skipper on the bridge looking forward to the vast ocean ahead. Let us first describe the ship which is... Read more »

Binay: Stop pushing Aquino to extend term

Dapat pa bang paniwalaan ang mga panukala nitong mga Senador at Congressmen na tumanggap ng 50 million pesos additional funds na suhol galing sa... Read more »


MRT problems ‘biting hard’, Palace admits

DEPUTY presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte admitted on Saturday that the problems at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) are “biting hard.” She asked for patience from the public as she gave assurances that the government is doing everything to improve the … Read more »

P4.7-million smuggled garlic auctioned

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) generated a total of P 4.7- million after it auctioned off an estimated 676,350 kilos of smuggled garlic seized in June this year. Six bidders participated in the auction on Friday at the Manila International … Read more »

BOC holds competency exams

A total of 4,755 current employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and new applicants took the general ability and competency examinations of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in various areas yesterday. Current BOC employees took the examinations to apply … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Mindanao–coffee country

Not very many people realize that Mindanao produces about 70 percent of our coffee in the country. Many still think it is Batangas, or maybe Cavite, which now comes as a close second to our Southern mountain areas. We were … Read more »


Awesome arugula

People who feel that they are gardening-challenged should try planting arugula. It’s very easy to grow, requires very little care, and is overflowing with disease-fighting antioxidants. Your gardening confidence will be boosted in no time! Arugula (eruca sativa) is also … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Can Aquino fall?: Worries grow from a year ago

A mid the growing disenchantment with President Benigno Aquino 3rd, reaching a high point last week with the launch of the so-called National Transformation Council (NTC) grouping religious, civil society, political and other sectoral entities, it may be timely to … Read more »

Crispin R. Aranda

Migration is up down under

Australia allocates 190,000 permanent resident visas for skilled migrants, family-sponsored visa applicants as well as those in the special eligibility stream. For those seeking to migrate based on their occupation, talent, skills (OFWs mostly), Australia has created the SkillSelect program, … Read more »

Tita Valderama

MRT and the economy

SENATOR Grace Poe is one lucky MRT rider.  Although she waited in line for 40 minutes to buy a ticket and get a ride, she did not experience being pushed, shoved, squeezed, or mashed. She took the MRT ride when … Read more »


For my yaya and all our OFWs

Sitting in a hotel in Hong Kong, I wait to call my former yaya—the one who took care of me from the time I was born, and who moved with us across continents. For a generation, different members of her … Read more »

Legal Advice

Law allows use of pen names

Dear PAO, I would like to seek advice on the legal use of pen names. I am a children’s book writer and I have been using a pen name for the past couple of years. I have heard that there … Read more »