• Analysis and Commentary

    FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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    FIRST THINGS FIRST

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    The first question is one of ethics. Ethics, for beginners, refers to the rightness or wrongness of a human act. Human act is one performed with the aid of will and reason, as distinguished from the involuntary act of man, like talking in one’s sleep or sleepwalking. Now, is it…

    Today's Headlines

    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is not yet done with Sen. Leila de Lima. De Lima, a former Justice secretary, and former undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd are among the highest public officials in a “matrix” of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Tuesday. In a news conference in Malacañang, Duterte said he will release the drug matrix in the coming days. “I will show to you maybe this week the matrix. It is being validated, the matrix of the Muntinlupa connection. De Lima is actually there in the matrix,”…

    SC stops Marcos burial

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    THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday halted for a 20-day period the planned burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, handing an initial victory to critics of the late strongman and human rights victims. Magistrates issued a status quo ante order sought by petitioners to stop…

    The Philippines and the United Nations

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    Let’s get our perspectives straight, lest President Duterte’s strident outburst against the United Nations on Sunday August 21, drives our country out of the world body and reduces us to an island of isolation in the middle of the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Our membership in the…

    Napolcom to indict 2 ‘narco’ generals

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    The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has found probable cause to indict former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District Director Edgardo Tinio. Lawyer Johnson Reyes, service director of the Napolcom’s Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS), on Tuesday said formal charges against the…

    Govt picks 5 schemes to decongest MM

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    Railways, roads, bridges and ports part of the plan The Duterte administration is set to launch five infrastructure projects ex-pected to decongest Metro Manila road traffic. The projects are: The North-South Railway Project (NSRP)-South Line; the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-EDSA project; Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas link bridge; common…

    Cardinals bank on strong 4th to cut down Pirates

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    Mapua Institute of Techno-logy banked on a strong fourth quarter to post a 90-75 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday for its seventh win in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. Allwell Oraeme scored a career-high…

    Lakers sign Chinese Olympian Yi

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    LOS ANGELES: Yi Jianlian, who is fresh off an appearance with the Chinese national team at the Rio Olympics, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Yi, of Guangdong Province, averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games…

    US of A: 121; Ryan Lochte, 0

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    The Ugly American just got uglier. Thanks to Ryan Lochte, a bemedalled American Olympic swimmer, who last week vandalized a toilet in Rio after coming intoxicated from a party, then urinated on a wall and later said he had been robbed at gunpoint by locals. He was found to be…

    UFC 20 years ago and beyond

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    About 20 years ago, a friend of mine who was into the martial arts training lent me a videotape of the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC) 4 that was staged in December 16, 1994. At the time, the Internet was virtually non-existent (at least in the Philippines) and very few households…

    2 police ‘pushers’ killed in drug bust

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    SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan: Two police officers in active service and tagged as high-profile drug traders were killed in a shootout with their colleagues in a da-ring buy-bust on Monday night here. The slain officers were identified as Senior Police Officer 4 Marlon Nicolas and Police 0fficer 3 Jenny Agbayani of…

    North Korea test-fires missile close to Japan

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    SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometers (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions. The flight distance, which was tracked by South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff, far exceeded any previous SLBM…

    More on Aga Muhlach’s TV comeback

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    After The Manila Times Entertainment columnist Eric John Salut first broke the news in “Ripples” that the Philippines’ original heartthrob and ultimate leading man Aga Muhlach is making his big return to television after six years, showbiz has been buzzing about the actor’s long overdue decision. Two weeks ago, Muhlach…

    10th Generation Civic hatchback sails for the US

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    The first mass-production 10th-generation Honda Civics have now set sail for the United States. Due to arrive in dealers across North America by September, the US version Civic is made by Honda’s United Kingdom manufacturing base in Swindon. The story comes after last year’s announcement that Honda of the UK…

    Cleopatra’s beauty secrets uncovered

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    There is no other female figure in the ancient world who is passionately discussed to this day when it comes to beauty than Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. The daughter of King Ptolemy 12th, Cleopatra 7th Thea Philopator rose to great power at age 18 when she began her rule along…

    More on Aga Muhlach’s TV comeback

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    After The Manila Times Entertainment columnist Eric John Salut first broke the news in “Ripples” that the Philippines’ original heartthrob and ultimate leading man Aga Muhlach is making his big return to television after six years, showbiz has been buzzing about the actor’s long overdue decision. Two weeks ago, Muhlach…

    Eduardo Castrillo’s movement in metal

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    The celebrated sculptor elicits sentiments through his monumental works Definitely the most visible piece of art by renowned sculptor Eduardo Castrillo is the People Power Monument erected at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City, where millions of motorists and commuters see it every day. It…