PNoy names new PSG chief

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III is appointing his senior military aide as the next commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG). Aquino will formally name Navy Captain Raul Ubando as the next PSG chief during the change of command ceremony to be held at the PSG Grandsand in Malacañang Park Friday afternoon. Ubando is […]

US to tolerate recreational marijuana in two states

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s administration ceded ground Thursday in the US war on drugs, saying it will not dispute the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Its decision was swiftly hailed by campaigners for the legalization of a substance that, under federal law, remains a Schedule One controlled substance on a […]

US hints it could act alone on Syria

WASHINGTON – The United States hinted Thursday it could act alone to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack, following hesitation by its closest ally Britain and a deadlock at the United Nations. The Obama administration also denied that public skepticism dating to an Iraq war intelligence debacle was complicating its effort to justify possible […]

UN powers deadlocked as Assad vows resistance

UNITED NATIONS – The United States made it clear Thursday that it was ready to act alone to launch a punitive strike against Syria’s chemical-armed regime, as top UN powers remained deadlocked. Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad vowed to resist any military intervention, and the governments of US allies Britain and France struggled to win domestic […]

Pork barrel dole-out comes from taxpayer money

“Medical; burial; pamasahe, pang-transportation pabalik ng probinsya;… educational; pang-livelihood,” enumerated congressional staffer Marieta Alfonso, listing down the types of dole-outs constituents seek from their congressmen. These kinds of assistance, though it may come from the bottom of the heart, comes not from the representative’s pocket, but from the allotted Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) – […]