News and Features


As in-house reporter, I cover everything under the sun (though I mostly write about politics).

YEAR 2014


28 |  Aquino says SC too meddlesomeAquino remains open to term extension: I’ll listen to my ‘bosses’ | Aquino belittles impeachment complaints as ‘personal attacks’ | Aquino on ice bucket challenge: I have a cold | What’s the first thing Aquino will do if he steps down in 2016? | What’s the first thing Aquino will do if he steps down in 2016?Who’s next after Palparan?FOI not urgent but gov’t transparent anyway—Aquino | Aquino backs anti-dynasty bill | Bernas tells Aquino to retire, give Santiago a chance


Philippine Daily Inquirer, frontpage, lower flap, August 28, 2014

27 |  UP Professor Florin Hilbay named acting SolGen | Palace to ‘Cha-cha’ critics: Give the issue a restWhy Palace can’t defend Binay |  Aquino has not committed impeachable offense–Palace‘SC issue on SALN shouldn’t be cause of conflict with Malacañang’

26 | Aquino won’t sack Abad, De los Reyes — PalacePalace appeals for fairness in tackling impeachment raps vs AquinoAquino still enjoys people’s support—Palace‘Silent majority’ not so silent anymore, thanks to social media – PalacePalace prepared for any outcome of impeachmentAquino studying Bangsamoro draft as deadline nearsAquino enjoys Akbayan support despite Bello pleaPalace to House: Aquino not keen on Cha-cha, but go ahead

25 | (National Heroes Day coverage) Aquino leads Heroes Day ritesAquino slams naysayers in Heroes Day speechPork with no name given to solons – BrionesGov’t to check Duterte’s claims on Filipino recruits of ISISWill Aquino sign people’s plea vs pork? No way, says Palace

24 | House bill: Aspiring Defense chief should serve as civilian for 3 yearsMRT operations back to normal | Armed woman caught by PSG not part of political scheme | Videos and photos of Chiz-Heart engagement surface onlinePalace plotting ‘no-el,’ warns UNA

21 | (Ninoy Aquino Day coverage) Palace calls on youth to revisit life of Ninoy Aquino | Aquino attends mass for father NinoyPalace chaplain offers prayer for Aquino’s ‘infinite’ termDrilon calls for LP meeting on Charter change, Aquino 2nd term | Draft of Bangsamoro law submitted to Aquino (tagline) | MRT monitored daily for speedy response – Palace


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YEAR 2013


30 | Palace releases list of holidays for 2014** | Palace says DAP suspended with PDAF, insists it’s not pork
29 | Piston rolls out protest caravan against ‘holdap,’ pork barrelDrilon: Yes I received P100M, but I used it for Iloilo*

27 | Abad’s wife denies political ties spare her from scrutinyPagcor recycles casino tools for schoolsDe Lima designates NBI OIC
26 | Janet Napoles, husband face tax evasion rapsDe Lima brings whistleblowers to Senate against her ‘better judgment’ER Ejercito disqualified by Comelec for poll overspending*
25 | Inquirer starts ‘Conversations’ on pork barrelEscudero disagrees with Ombudsman, wants Napoles to testify in SenateNUJP questions Zamboanga prosecutor summoning of media | Gonzales disputes Estrada’s bombshell
24 | Senate panel OKs P90.5M budget for GOCC commissionDoE aids indebted electric coopsSenate committee defers DOE budget approval
23 |  PNR suspends operations due to floods7 families evacuated from Baseco compoundWater levels rise in 7 Luzon dams | Subic isolated by floods, 6 dead in landslideBIFF releases 4 teachers, 11 farmersMore than 200 families evacuated in QCLabor group supports 14th month pay proposalFlights canceled anew due to bad weather in Hong Kong
22 | Rainy weather persists in Luzon due to ‘habagat’Zamboanga evacuees to receive cash for work, SSS assistanceYellow rain alert up; parts of Metro floodedYellow rainfall warning up in Metro Manila, nearby provincesAquino leaves Zamboanga, says gov’t to regain conflict areas slowly but surely

20 | 6 MNLF fighters surrender – militaryMNLF commander Malik alive, says Misuari spokespersonArrest warrants out for 13 cops in Atimonan ‘rubout’
19 | Gov’t gears up for Zamboanga City rehabilitationNew law seeks to stop bullying in schoolsZamboanga City receives first commercial flight amid conflictCoast Guard sends ship with relief goods, health personnel to ZamboangaComelec asks voters: yes or no to creation of Davao OccidentalCebu journo bags Globe’s ‘Reporter of the Year’ awardAquino: We will talk only to those who want peace
18 | Gov’t workers get free MRT, LRT ride on Sept. 19Funds enough for 82,000 Zamboanga evacuees—DSWD |
17 | Over 100 MNLF hostages rescued–authoritiesGov’t troops ‘tighten cord’ on MNLF in Zambo conflict areas–RoxasMilitant solon, others arrested at Hacienda LuisitaSantiago to deal with pork scam before going to The Hague | MNLF: Zambo top cop now ‘prisoner of war’
16 | Drilon welcomes “cleansing process,” vows to recover public trustDe Lima, pork scam whistleblowers hear mass; priest asks people to stop being blindWhistleblowers’ lawyer: We have a strong caseNBI reveals stacks of evidence against Revilla, Enrile, Estrada | De Lima: More cases to pursue after filing of first batch of plunder rapsNapoles, 37 others face plunder, graft raps** | Estrada accuses critics of “mind conditioning the public”Enrile in hospital due to high blood pressure, says Estrada*
15 | Manila Muslim group urges Aquino, Misuari dialogueHouse to integrate PDAF under agencies as plenary debates start

13 | MNLF in ‘small portion’ of Zamboanga surrounded, says RoxasForced evacuation ordered in 5 Zamboanga villagesBasilan attacked anew – HatamanAnti-pork concert targets youth
12 | NFA: Rice prices going downOne killed, 5 wounded as Moro gunmen attack BasilanZambo evacuees sleeping in small boats – Minda groupMWSS denies hike plea, orders lower water rates for next 5 years
11 | People from all walks of life gather at EDSA prayer vigilHundreds join novena at EDSA prayer vigilGroups at EDSA Tayo continue Million People March petition signingEdsa Shrine priest calls for vigilance | Monsod cancels ‘Edsa Tayo’ lecturePork today 115 times larger than in 1989 – Monsod | More anti-pork vigils urged as ‘EDSA Tayo’ sends hopes soaring
10 | Zamboanga Archdiocese asks MNLF to spare civiliansMisuari spokesman: Standoff will only be resolved by discussing MNLF peace pact
9 | Bill prohibits media from mentioning religious affiliation of criminal suspectsPressure politics may be behind delay in new water rates – groupMNLF holding up to 30 hostagesMNLF: We’re in control of 7 Zambo City villages* | Senator blames Zambo clash on non-inclusive peace consultation
8 | Solon calls to fast-track airport completion for tourists, businessesCoast Guard mulls halting search for Cebu ferry victims |

6 | PGH employees want ‘pork’ abolished, funds given to hospitalsAquino accepts NBI chief resignation ‘with deep regret’Adamson students walk out over ‘no permit, no exam’ policy
5 | Henares unyielding on calls to scrap rule on rate posting in clinics, law officesLawmaker to verify allegations linking him to questionable NGO |
4 | Immigration reshuffles officials anewIt’s no-pork diet for ‘pork’ scam suspect NapolesRoxas P5-M ‘pork’ given to questionable NGO – COA reportRoxas P5-M ‘pork’ given to dubious NGO – COA report
3 | Aquino signs law against compulsory licensure exam reviewsPalace says PhilForest-Acuzar deal canceled since 2011; Lozada bitter
2 | Solon wants gov’t retirement age lowered from 65 to 55
1 | Farmers seek probe on ‘artificial’ palay shortageSenior citizens, PWDs get accessible voting precinctsDBM eyes CCT expansion to lower high school dropout rate | Taguig asks court to reconsider Fort Bonifacio decision


30 | AMLC allowed to probe Napoles bank accountsDrilon says no state witness deal with NapolesCourt hears Napoles’ plea for transfer to ‘safer’ jail
29 | COA presents 8 dubious NGOs linked to NapolesCOA chief also baffled why previous audits failed to unearth anomalies |
28 | Yacht club, Kapunan deny Napoles yachtsAquino: P10M reward for Napoles arrest* | Sandigan orders arrest of ex-PNP chief, 32 others over P358M scamKapunan urges Inquirer to uncover real brains of ‘pork’ racket |
27 | Lozada: I don’t believe Aquino will abolish ‘pork’ | Lagman: Only Congress can abolish ‘pork’ | poll reveals 96.2 % of readers want abolition of pork barrel | Students protest budget cuts inside Congress
26 | Artists first to set-up at Luneta for ‘Million People March’ | ‘Scrap pork barrel, buy pork chicharon,’ vendors say | Anti-pork protesters growing in number | Anti-pork barrel marchers: ‘We have found our voice’ | Luneta litter-free after ‘Million People March’, says park exec * | Hundreds of thousands join people’s march against pork barrel*

25 | Benguet dams kept open | Solon seeks to criminalize spitting in public | LPA develops into tropical depression ‘Nando’ | Traffic rerouting around Luneta in place for ‘Million People | Netizens, groups rev up for ‘Million People March’

23 | Customs revamp halted pending DOF approval / ‘Maring’ leaves P97M in damage to crops, infrastructure– NDRRMC / Flooded terminal forces TigerAir to cancel flights / Aquino urged to abolish all lump sum funds, not just pork / Aquino: No more conduit NGOs for gov’t funds /  Aquino: It’s time to abolish pork barrel**
22 | Fish, vegetable supply most affected by floods–Agriculture exec / Green group urges gov’t to use pork for ‘climate-proofing’ / SLEX flash flood ‘extraordinary’ – toll board / Flooded terminal forces TigerAir to cancel flights
21 | SCTEx repair to last for weeks, says official / Malabon officials’ plea: Don’t steal sandbags / Grim weather grounds 200 flights / 5 provinces, key cities, other areas under state of calamity—NDRRMC* / List of class suspensions for Thursday and Friday*
20 | All LRT 1 stations flooded but operations continue–authorities / 600,000 people affected by ‘Maring’ / Macabebe under state of calamity / BPO workers to employers: Be considerate* / Farmers storm Times St. to protest coco levy plans
19 | 3 reported dead due to ‘Maring’* / SLEx, SCTEx experience floods, mudslides* / Airlines waive rebooking fees of storm-affected passengers / 8-ft high floods in Cavite caused by rains, high tide*
18 | Air search on for Cebu sea mishap survivors

16 | De Lima, NBI chief warned of plot to kill them / Napoles camp questions arrest orders, undue haste of court / Immigration on lookout for fugitive Napoles, brother / Is Luis Abalos in the House? COA bares P20M ‘pork barrel’ to non-legislator / 74 solons exceeded PDAF by ‘hundreds of millions’*
15 | NBI teams out to arrest Napoles, brother, says De Lima / Napoles lawyer on ‘missing’ client: Lacson did hide, too
14 | Morale at Pagasa soars as workers finally get hazard, longevity pay
13 | Transport operators to Estrada: OK more bus stops, lessen fees / Baguio greets day after ‘Labuyo’ with sigh of relief
12 | Power outages hit Aurora, Baguio due to ‘Labuyo’ / Kennon Road closed due to landslides
11 | Signal no. 3 now up in 9 Eastern Luzon areas / Cavite oil spill a repeat of Guimaras disaster – environmental group / 2 flights canceled in Naga due to ‘Labuyo’

9 | Expect rains: LPA develops into tropical depression ‘Labuyo’ / Muslims pray for unity, peace as Ramadan ends / New al-Qaeda-inspired group eyed in Mindanao blasts—terror expert / Bus firms’ counsel raps Park N Ride head over fees
8 | Estrada, Moreno arrive at Welcome Rotonda to implement bus scheme / Aquino: Feel full might of State’s response
7 | Aquino eyes passage of 2014 national budget ‘in record time’ / Court of Appeals receives bomb threat–report / Court of Appeals receives false bomb threat — report / North Cotabato blast witness saw two men in the area
6 | Hardworking Pagasa employees to receive windfall / DENR releases new ecotourism rules for protected areas
5 | Doctors’ group grows impatient over slow probe of CDO blast


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