Editors Pick

  • A corporate dispute like no other

    Today was supposed to be the day of the first hearing by the Commission on Appointments on the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. An interesting nominee who, on one hand, says what she does is what is right and she doesn’t care about being confirmed, and on the other has been doing media rounds and social media rounds and visiting legislators for purposes of... confirmation!

  • A day at the races

    I SPENT part of my Sunday afternoon in an off-track betting station, placing bets for horse races being run at Sta. Ana Park in Cavite.

    I have to admit I had no idea how to choose the horses. I had no grasp of the terms being bandied about nor of the codes attached to the names of the horses and the jockeys. I was simply making “bakas” - riding on the same bets being placed by Col. Pedro “Pete” Sacro Sr whom I accompanied on his usual Sunday afternoon “excursion”.

  • A most formidable foe

    I DIDN’T want to use the word “foe” anywhere in this piece because the word has a connotation that for me is too antagonistic.

    But thinking about the history between the mining industry and the DENR secretary-designate, maybe no word can be more appropriate.

  • Ancajas versus Sultan

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    MAY 27 is going to be a red-letter day for Philippine boxing as for the first time in many years two Filipino fighters will dispute a world title.

    Filipino Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, the International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion, will defend his title against mandatory challenger and compatriot Jonas “Zorro” Sultan in a fight set at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, on Sunday (Manila time).

  • Defending champ SMB looks to pad winning run

    SEEMINGLY found their footing after a rough start to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the defending champions San Miguel Beermen look to extend the winning run they are currently having when they collide with the Columbian Dyip in the 7 p.m. main game today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • FIBA 3×3 World Cup fires off at PHL Arena

    TOP streetball action takes front and center starting today as the FIBA 3×3 World Cup begins at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

    Forty teams, 20 each for the men’s and women’s division, take part in the tournament happening until June 12 for the right to be called world champions.

  • Getting personal

    By Jose Bayani Baylon

    May 19, 2017

    AS mentioned in my previous column, today’s generation of Filipinos who are in their 15s-to early 20s are no longer newspaper readers and instead, almost to a man, users of digital media which has become their main (if not sole) source of information.

  • Gilas strives to do better vs Boomers in 3rd window

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    ITS second game against Australia in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers does not come until after its match against Chinese Taipei on Friday but Gilas Pilipinas has its sights on the Boomers, vowing to give the latter a better showing when they next meet.

  • Happy and free

    By Jose Bayani Baylon

    June 14, 2017

    SO says the text on an Independence Day special edition mug issued by Bo’s Coffee for June 12. I smiled upon reading the text because I had some friends in mind who have chosen to remain free (and, they claim, happy) all their lives. (These are the ones who divide their friends by saying half are married and half are happy!) And then I started thinking about the country - and whether indeed Filipinos are happy and free. 


    A good intentioned President decides to appoint as Heath Secretary a staunch advocate for herbal medicine. Oh.... and the appointee isn't an MD -  she just holds a certificate in heath care given by a prestigious academic institution that previously required enrollees to have an undergraduate degree. 

    Of course the academic institution was funded in part by the family of the appointee.

  • Life in the Age of Terror

    By Jose Bayani Baylon

    June 05, 2017

    THE attack of a “lone wolf” at a concert in the British city of Manchester was still fresh in our consciousness when we in Manila were rocked by news of a gunman burning up Resorts World Manila a few midnights ago. And before we could even find

  • Must be obvious to the gods

    By: Jose Bayani Baylon

    As I flew out of Manila yesterday morning I noticed that it happened to be a clear day over most of the NCR, and what big clouds there were weren’t big enough to cover everything. So our PAL Airbus A330 flew around the giant clouds and in between them you could catch a glimpse of considerable sections of Metro Manila. My younger brother seated behind me pointed out UP Diliman - and I marveled at the way the campus was green as seen from the air and at how it was laid out. 

  • Not just another statistic

    By Jose Bayani Baylon
    August 21, 2017

    His death seems to have touched a different nerve.

    When 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos was shot dead by Caloocan City policemen during an anti-drug war operation, not one among the cops 

    involved could have figured how different this one death would be.

  • Obiena ready; Marestella to retire soon

    Jakarta—For Ernest John Obiena, the seven-month rehabilitation period and the intense training that came after, all come down to this — the Asian Games.

    Obiena, fully healed from a torn ACL injury he sustained prior to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, will be hoping to duplicate or surpass his 5.6 meters in the pole vault competitions of the Asian Games here today (Wednesday). 

  • On Common Good and Subsidiarity

    A PHRASE very often heard from anti-mining advocates is “Common Good”. You need more than your fingers on one hand to count how many times someone like the DENR secretary-designate mentions this term while making a one-hour PowerPoint presentation, and more than your fingers on your two hands if the presentation is even longer.

  • Once the Philippines works....

    By Jose Bayani Baylon

    THE other day I received an email from Makati Dog and Cat hospital. It was an alert actually, reminding me of the scheduled deworming for my nearly 9 year old Shih Tiu, Hayden.

  • Ravena meted 18-month suspension by FIBA after failing doping test

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    FEARS of Gilas Pilipinas player Kiefer Ravena failing a doping test by FIBA were confirmed last night as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made the formal announcement.

  • Ravena-less Road Warriors keep Elite without a win

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE NLEX Road Warriors played their first game in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup without prized rookie Kiefer Ravena on Wednesday night but still managed to book a win on a collective effort, defeating and keeping the Blackwater Elite winless, 93-89.

  • Role highlighted anew

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    AIMED at raising the current state of Philippine football, various stakeholders recently gathered to discuss and find ways to achieve the end goal of making “the beautiful game” better appreciated and further grown in the country.

  • ROS clinches no. 1 spot with win over Meralco

    THE Rain or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters are already assured of finishing at no. 1 at the end of the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup after securing their ninth win in 10 matches with a 106-99 overtime victory over the Meralco Bolts on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.