Bangsa law only ‘80% done’

THERE are still “complications” and “unresolved issues” that may hamper the submission of the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress, both Malacanang and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) admitted on Friday. A highly placed MILF … Read more »

Jeepney ‘pope mobile’ planned for Francis’ visit
CA blocks NTC refund order to telcos
Fisherfolk registration reaches 1 million mark

Tatad in The Times

The Manila Times is pleased to announce that former senator Francisco S. Tatad, “Kit” to all his friends, will write a column for this paper beginning Monday. His First Things First will appear on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each … Read more »

Jeepney ‘pope mobile’ planned for Francis’ visit

Pope Francis could be riding around in a jeepney-inspired “pope mobile” when he visits the Philippines in January. Ambassador to the Holy See Henrietta De Villa said on Friday there are suggestions that the official vehicle for Francis be a … Read more »

LP to unify Cha-cha stand at meeting on Tuesday

The Liberal Party (LP) will meet on Tuesday next week to come up with a common position on Charter change or Cha-cha. The ruling party has been beset by divergent and often confusing viewpoints on the necessity to introduce amendments … Read more »

CA blocks NTC refund order to telcos

THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday stopped the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) from ordering telecommunications companies or telcos to reimburse subscribers for excessive text messages charges. In a resolution, the court’s Sixth Division issued a 60-day temporary restraining order … Read more »

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More about “Noynoying” on Islamic State (IS) presence

THE latest about this issue is that Malacañang has debunked the statements made by former president Fidel V. Ramos that, per his sources, some 100 Filipinos have joined the extreme jihadist Islamic State (IS) that has established a caliphate in Iraq. Mr. Ramos in a television interview said that men of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the... Read more »


The FMA-MMA connection

It’s always a pleasure to meet like-minded martial artists. As a practitioner and proponent of Filipino martial arts (FMA), I see the FMA as a perfect complement to any fighting art. It is my sincere belief that a martial artist … Read more »

From our Readers

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Cory appointed Binay as OIC of Makati with the blessings of her Elite compadres the Ayalas & Lopezes. he will still be under the clutches of the... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

What has been happening in the four years of BS Aquino administration is all of treachery or betrayal of public trust. His campaign promises mostly... Read more »

Delusion on ‘reforms’ of Aquino presidency

Our present government is like a ship with a Skipper on the bridge looking forward to the vast ocean ahead. Let us first describe the ship which is... Read more »

Binay: Stop pushing Aquino to extend term

Dapat pa bang paniwalaan ang mga panukala nitong mga Senador at Congressmen na tumanggap ng 50 million pesos additional funds na suhol galing sa... Read more »

Hyatt 10 oath: “Survive and survive together”

Why they are not charged of corruption, if what the author is saying is true…or is he or she just plain against Pres. Aquino’s administration.... Read more »


Comelec opens doors to ‘well-meaning’ observers

STRESSING that transparency in all their dealings is of their paramount consideration, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Saturday said they will invite observers who can give the best inputs as the poll body prepares and decides the most efficient … Read more »

Forego field trips if they are too risky – CHEd

RECOGNIZING that learning outside the classroom is an essential part of the learning process and personal development for students, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Friday still reminded higher education institutions (HEIs) to ensure the safety of their students … Read more »

Court okays Euro trip for Mike Arroyo

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has allowed Jose Miguel Arroyo, husband of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to travel to Europe for possible stem cell treatment. Mr. Arroyo, a lawyer, had to seek the permission of the anti-graft court since he has … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Philippines and the demographic dividend (2)

Second of two parts In my discussions with corporate CEOS in year 2000-03, I ventured the guess that after East Asia, China and India, the next Asian countries that would benefit from the demographic dividend and experience good economic growth could well be the Malay states of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. These countries are now developing rapidly – with Malaysia first in the line, followed by Indonesia, and now the Philippines, which surprisingly has become the fastest... Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

Who do you say that I am?

[21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, August 24, 2014 / Isa 22:19-23, Ps 138:1-2a, 2b-3, 6+8,  Rom 11:33-36, Matt 16:13-20] Its quiz time and Jesus is asking the questions to his disciples. He starts off doing an informal survey—“Who … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Sheer hypocrisy of President B. S. Aquino (3)

Last week, I wrote that the admission of President Benigno Aquino 3rd now being “open” to a second-term in office revealed the height of his hypocrisy and the depth of his mental dishonesty. PNoy must be delusional to think that … Read more »

Jaime S. Bautista

Original IPs’ rights to their ancestral domain in Bangsamoro

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (IP), August 9, was celebrated at the University of Asia and the Pacific with a roundtable discussion on “Empowering our Tribal Communities and Indigenous People in the Philippines.” I represented the Philippine … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Wrong or willfully violated mall parking signs in English

Sometime last April, right after I parked my car facing the wall in the basement of the then still unfinished extension of a shopping mall in Mandaluyong City, a guard tapped my side window and asked me to park the … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Baler could be another Maui if…

BALER is similar to Maui in many respects. They both have beautiful waterfalls, rock formation, board walks, mountains, beaches, surfing waves and maybe others. Maui has its centuries-old giant banyan tree while Maria Aurora has its huge balete tree. And that … Read more »

Becky Garcia

Sophia is now a lady

The coming-of-age party of talented Sophia Ricafort Climaco, granddaughter of Commissioner Nona Saldana and Benny Ricafort, on August 10 was celebrated at the very popular and plush Salon de Ning of The Peninsula Hotel in Makati City. A business management … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Property taxes should be paid on time

Dear PAO, I was informed by my parents that due to financial problems, my parents failed to pay the real property tax due for our properties.  Will there be interests to be paid if I will pay the said taxes … Read more »