Did America's policy on ransom contribute to James Foley's killing? 11:57 am | David Rohde, REUTERS Did America\Foley's execution is the clearest evidence yet of how vastly different responses to kidnappings by US and European governments save European hostages but can doom the Americans. Hostages and their families realize this fully -- even if the public does not.

Amending the Constitution 101: Politics is more than elections 9:50 am | Prof. Amado Mendoza Jr., InterAksyon.com Amending the Constitution 101: Politics is more than electionsThe Constitution may be amended according to the needs of changing times. It is not a sacred cow, but since the Constitution is the basic law of the land, amending it is not a trivial exercise. Care must be exercised not only in proposing amendments but also in the process of seeking the changes.

NINOY ANNIVERSARY HOMILY | In death, those we love become pillar of strength 2:02 pm | Msgr. Daniel Tansip, PSG Chaplain NINOY ANNIVERSARY HOMILY | In death, those we love become pillar of strengthAt the Holy Mass marking the 31st death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino, a homilist underscores the power of prayer - in communion with the saints and the dearly departed, who he said provide the best source of strength for those they left behind.

MARIE YUVIENCO | Not That Simple: Charter change to curb SC? Think again 4:56 pm | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | Not That Simple: Charter change to curb SC? Think againA constitutional amendment is not the simple solution to the impasse between Congress and Malacanang and the Supreme Court.

COCKTALES | Congressman's heirs ordered to pay P2M in Forbes power bill 12:38 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Congressman\The heirs of the late Cavite Rep. Renato Dragon have no choice but to pay over P2 million in disputed electric bills that the Dragon family home in South Forbes Park had racked up in four years.

MEL STA. MARIA | PNoy started a debate which is good for democracy 3:23 pm | MEL STA. MARIA MEL STA. MARIA | PNoy started a debate which is good for democracyPresident Benigno Aquino III just opened up a debate which is emotional and runs very deep into the sense of patriotism of many of our people. But opening up a debate is not inherently evil or arrogant, though words may be scathing at times. It is a necessary process in a robust democracy.

COCKTALES | LTFRB to summon local Uber over colorum charge 8:32 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | LTFRB to summon local Uber over colorum chargeUber Philippines will be summoned by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for its 'colorum' operations upon the complaint of the local taxi industry.

EDITORIAL | Cha-cha? 2nd Term? Cory Aquino has a message for Noynoy 7:27 am | InterAksyon.com EDITORIAL | Cha-cha? 2nd Term? Cory Aquino has a message for NoynoyPresident Aquino on Wednesday said he is finally open to amending the Constitution, acknowledging that he is open, too, to being convinced to seek a second term in office. His mother, the late and beloved former President Cory, has something to say about that.

JESSICA ZAFRA | Cinemalaya, YouTube, and the economics of Philippine indie filmmaking 1:06 am | JESSICA ZAFRA JESSICA ZAFRA | Cinemalaya, YouTube, and the economics of Philippine indie filmmakingIt goes without saying that indie filmmakers are not into it for the money, but it wouldn't kill them to take an interest in their financial rights. In the 21st century, a movie is 'content,' and there are ways to earn from it long after the public screening.

COCKTALES | Proposed NIA budget boosted 28x - and NCR gets bigger irrigation budget than C. Luzon! 12:25 pm | Vic Agustin COCKTALES | Proposed NIA budget boosted 28x - and NCR gets bigger irrigation budget than C. Luzon!Engineer Florencio Padernal was appointed administrator of the problematic National Irrigation Authority just last month but his office's P1-billion 2014 budget can already expect a whopping P28 billion budgetary boost from Malacanang by next year. Guess which region gets the lion's share?

OPINION | The less Muslims and Jews know each other, the more hatred grows 11:56 am | John Lloyd, Reuters OPINION | The less Muslims and Jews know each other, the more hatred growsThe memory of Jews has been rubbed out all over the Arab world. 'Death to the Jews!' the proud call of the imam in San Dona di Piave, is now heard on the streets of European cities. It is a call most easily pronounced by those who know nothing of those they wish to see dead.

COCKTALES | Ex-president returns, seeks copies of PAL memos issued by Ramon S. Ang 1:48 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Ex-president returns, seeks copies of PAL memos issued by Ramon S. Ang'Everybody now is walking on eggshells, careful not to offend either the Lucio Tan or the San Miguel group,' said an airline official who asked not to be identified by name.

MEL STA.MARIA | Cheapening the process of impeachment 1:32 pm | ATTY. MEL STA.MARIA MEL STA.MARIA | Cheapening the process of impeachmentThe weakness of a case is measured by its preposterousness. And this attempt at impeaching Chief Justice Sereno is the most preposterous of all. It emanates from wild imaginations. The case, if filed, would simply be a nuisance.