TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

COMMENTARY | 6 things we learned from Senate hearing on DAP 26-Jul-14, 1:45 PM | By Ernie Reyes and Chuchay Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

JESSICA ZAFRA | A glitch in my brain, Part 2 02-Jul-14, 3:58 PM | JESSICA ZAFRA

ANALYSIS | What MH17 means for Russia and Ukraine 19-Jul-14, 9:47 AM | Ian Bremmer, Reuters

FOCUS | Economy under the Aquino administration a case of worsening exclusivity 2:43 pm | IBON Foundation FOCUS | Economy under the Aquino administration a case of worsening exclusivityAfter four years of the Aquino administration, the most recent available data on various socioeconomic indicators affirm the exclusionary nature of the country's economic growth, in terms of jobs, prices and poverty.

'NO SHORTCUTS' | Lessons on nation-building, via sports, from a ball-kicking, bar-topping Blue Eagle 2:32 pm | Ignatius Michael D. Ingles \Former Blue Eagles varsity football player and 2012 Bar Topnotcher Ignatius Michael 'Mickey' Ingles was the guest speaker at the Ateneo de Manila High School Intramurals Opening earlier this month. We publish excerpts of his speech here, with his permission.

MARIE YUVIENCO | The Doctrine Will See You Now: The facts on operative fact 12:16 pm | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | The Doctrine Will See You Now: The facts on operative factUsually, when the SC declares a law unconstitutional, logic dictates that such a law confers no rights and imposes no obligations. This is fine in theory, but the reality is that until a law is declared invalid, it remains in effect and may have consequences that are retroactive in character.

REPENT OR RESIGN | UCCP bishops issue stinging rebuke on eve of SONA 11:33 pm | United Church of Christ in the Philippines REPENT OR RESIGN | UCCP bishops issue stinging rebuke on eve of SONAFour years after he won elections with a huge mandate and promised to use his goodwill with the people to pursue reforms, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is about to make his fifth SONA 'with his credibility gravely tarnished by the DAP,' Christian church leaders said late Sunday.

VP Binay's statement on Iglesia ni Cristo's centenary 8:06 am | InterAksyon.com VP Binay\Vice President issued the following statement on the 100th year celebration of the founding of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

MEL STA.MARIA | The President within Constitutional Bounds In Criticizing the Supreme Court 2:29 pm | Atty. Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA.MARIA | The President within Constitutional Bounds In Criticizing the Supreme CourtThe Integrated Bar of the Philippines is reported to be studying the possibility of filing a motion to declare the President in contempt for criticizing the Supreme Court in declaring some DAP acts and practices unconstitutional.

COMMENTARY | 6 things we learned from Senate hearing on DAP 1:45 pm | By Ernie Reyes and Chuchay Fernandez, InterAksyon.com COMMENTARY | 6 things we learned from Senate hearing on DAPBudget Secretary Abad, the main resource person, avoided journalists but got able support from practically the entire Cabinet and LP partymate Frank Drilon, the Senate President.

COCKTALES | Who's behind Binay plunder case? Don’t look at me, says Pancho Villaraza 12:10 am | COCKTALES | Who\Lawyer F. Arthur Villaraza very early yesterday was working on his text brigade to clarify that it was the breakaway group of The Firm that Vice President Jejomar Binay had darkly hinted to as the group of lawyers behind the veep's latest plunder complaint.

JESSICA ZAFRA | 10 things we know about Apolinario Mabini 12:51 pm | Jessica Zafra JESSICA ZAFRA | 10 things we know about Apolinario MabiniIf we know nothing about Apolinario Mabini, it's not from lack of material. It's from willful neglect. Here's a summing up of the little we do know.

MABINI'S 150TH B-DAY | Why did PH revolution vs Spain, US fail? First foreign minister lists reasons 12:05 pm | Amado M. Mendoza Jr., Special to InterAksyon.com MABINI\Historical accounts indicate Apolinario Mabini's birthday to be either July 22 or July 23. Popularly known as the Sublime Paralytic, little else is known about the man. For one, he was the country's first prime minister and foreign minister. And he was a true nationalist.

MEL STA.MARIA | Why scrutinizing the Judicial Development Fund is not necessarily bad 4:20 pm | ATTY. MEL STA. MARIA MEL STA.MARIA | Why scrutinizing the Judicial Development Fund is not necessarily badJustices of the Supreme Court are still public officials who must be held accountable for their actions. In the US, criticism and investigation of the Justices' official views/decisions and even their personal lives have been accepted as necessary.

BULONG NG KASAYSAYAN | Who was TM Kalaw? Spanish academic tells us he was a nation-builder 3:17 pm | Jorge Mojarro, Special to InterAksyon.com BULONG NG KASAYSAYAN | Who was TM Kalaw? Spanish academic tells us he was a nation-builderIt is said that those who do not know history are bound to repeat it. Spanish academic Jorge Mojarro here delves into the writings of Teodoro M. Kalaw and imagines his reaction to President Aquino's berating of the Supreme Court over its decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Local brokers, save for a few brave souls, escape Uncle Sam's tax-reporting embrace 5:09 am | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com Local brokers, save for a few brave souls, escape Uncle Sam\Majority of the local stock brokerages have remained outside the US-mandated reportorial compliance among foreign financial institutions, a worldwide campaign designed to flush out hidden overseas wealth and minimize tax abuse among Americans and green card holders through offshore accounts.