Duterte can join 2016 race

Former Comelec chairman sees no legal obstacle in Davao mayor’s possible bid Former elections commission chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday said he sees no legal stumbling block should Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte proceed with his decision to join … Read more »

Health risk of loneliness has physiological basis – study

Loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by 14 percent in older adults, according to a study published on Monday that posits a physiological basis for the phenomenon. The dangers of social isolation have long been known but their … Read more »

PH ready for Round 2

The Philippine delegation is prepared for the second round of proceedings in an arbitration case it filed against China with a United Nations tribunal in The Hague in The Netherlands. Manila had lodged the case against Beijing with the Permanent … Read more »

Poe ruling likely to stay

RADIO commentator Rizalito David should not expect much from the Senate Electoral Tribunal. According to Sen. Cynthia Villar, she and other members of the tribunal who decided to favor Sen. Grace Poe in a disqualification case filed by David are … Read more »

Ivler found guilty of murder

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday found Jason Ivler guilty of murdering the son of a former Malacañang official during a traffic altercation along Santolan Road in Quezon City in November 2009. Ivler, 28, is the nephew … Read more »

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The only thing being sensationalized is Aquino’s self-image

AFTER more than five years of laboring under a government led by a man who somehow manages to display diffidence and arrogance at the same, one would think we, in the media, would have had time to become inured to his outrageously offensive complaints of “sensationalism” nearly every time he perceives the press to be reporting bad news only to... Read more »


TNT batters Blackwater for fourth win

Talk ‘N Text through a solid second half game beat Blackwater 109-98 on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Season 41 at the Araneta Coliseum.  The Tropang Texters improved their win-loss record to 4-2 while the Elite’s dropped … Read more »


Hilbay, Caguioa vie for High Court post

JUSTICE Secretary Benjamin Caguioa and Solicitor General Florin Hilbay are among the 16 nominees for the Supreme Court post that will be left vacant by Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. The two officials were in the list of 16 applicants … Read more »

US issues global travel alert

WASHINGTON: The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks. A massive manhunt is underway in France and Belgium for Belgian-born Salah … Read more »

‘CIC system to spawn poll fraud’

TWO officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are vehemently opposing the plan to revive the Commissioner-in-Charge (CIC) system in the 2016 synchronized elections, saying it may lead to widespread electoral fraud. The CIC system was implemented during the time … Read more »

Court junks EDCA plea of ex-US senator

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday junked the petition of a former United States (US) senator seeking the nullity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) forged between the Philippines and the United States. During en banc deliberations, the high … Read more »

New policy on driver’s license stopped

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has stopped the implementation of an Administrative Order requiring professional drivers to secure clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and police before renewing their drivers’ licenses. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, … Read more »

Grab taxi unit suspended

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday suspended for 30 days the operation of a Teresita taxi with plate number UVG 290 after its driver allegedly threatened a passenger with a metal pipe. A social media post … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global … Read more »

Andrew Tan’s liquor empire

FOR the information of the readers of The Manila Times who also find time to include Due Diligencer in their reading habit, I could not categorically define for them the 10-percent minimum public ownership required of listed companies under the … Read more »

Smartmatic running circles around COMELEC Commissioners

A LEADING daily reported last week that Comelec has leased another 3,540 vote-counting machines (VCM) for P133,466,600 for the May 2016 local and national polls. (No, the VCM is not a new machine; it’s the same despicable PCOS that, because … Read more »

Culiat in QC could have been a Molenbeek. But it is not

THE bloody attacks on Paris have led investigators and European intelligence agencies into a former factory district near the heart of Belgium, now an immigrant enclave (40 percent Muslims) called Molenbeek. It is barely 25 minutes by foot from the … Read more »

The fear of the Other Europe

REFUGEES are a natural byproduct of revolution. Stripped of status and security in the throes of political change, the masses will tend to sacrifice a life of familiar faces, customs and places and flock to foreign lands in search of … Read more »

BIR must check Cubelo’s ITR

“Jose Cubelo,” an illegal contractor, lords it over at the Department of Public Works and Highways, particularly in the DPWH Region 3 office. DPWH insiders confirmed that Jose Cubelo cornered one project after another through questionable bidding in collusion with … Read more »

To each his own distortion

Somebody must have noticed that “Glowing Goldies” was too limp-wristed a description of members of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) basketball team. It was, with the name reminding one of a bakeshop, a goldfish and a fairy-tale character. And … Read more »

Paying double – privatization

Quite some big numbers (in one case P10 billion) have been thrown around regarding the damage to the economy brought about by holding the APEC talking shop (sorry, conference) in Manila last week. The problems continue, I see, with the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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First, second spouses can file case of bigamy

Dear PAO, I got married several months ago. While eating in a restaurant, a girl approached me and said that my husband is already married to her. My husband denied it when I confronted him, but I found out that … Read more »