Abad: Congress must clearly define ‘savings’

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad on Friday said Congress needs a clear definition of the term “savings” in the proposed national budget to settle the controversy surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo, chairman … Read more »

If PH docs leave, Libya hospitals to collapse

Libya has warned of a “total collapse” of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the Filipino staff on whom its hospitals depend. Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli over … Read more »

DBM chief denies 2015 GAA an ‘election budget’

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Friday shot down claims that the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA) is an “election budget” meant to enhance the chances of administration candidates in 2016. Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said … Read more »

20 returning OFWs monitored for Ebola

Twenty Filipino workers who returned from Sierra Leone, where there is an epidemic of Ebola, are being monitored by the Department of Health (DOH). The workers arrived home between June 26 and July 15, the DOH said in its website … Read more »

DAP ruling pulls down ratings of top govt leaders

Approval and trust ratings of the country’s top five leaders fell after the Supreme Court decided that parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were unconstitutional. The survey that Pulse Asia conducted last June showed the ratings of President Benigno … Read more »

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Yes, Mr. Abad. It’s an election budget

OUR second biggest frontpage news is about DBM Secretary Florencio Abad’s reply to former National Treasurer (who is a Manila Times columnist), Professor Leonor Magtolis Briones’ description of the 2015 budget as “an election budget.” Expectedly, the DBM Secretary defended his and President Aquino’s proposed schedule of expenditures... Read more »

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Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »


Defending champions Red Lions rip Stags

FOUR-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions displayed their full might as they crushed the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 75-56, on Friday to regain solo leadership in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament elimination round at … Read more »


First-ever higher education summit slated in Taguig

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) on Friday announced that it will hold the first-ever Philippine Higher Education President’s Summit at the SMX Taguig Convention Center in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on August 15. Over 500 school presidents and administrators … Read more »

PNP probes Bediones sex video

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday launched an investigation on the alleged sex video of TV host Paolo Bediones following reports that he is allegedly being blackmailed for the scandal. The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) is taking the lead … Read more »

Judge sacked by SC over ‘Ma’am Arlene’ issue

A judge who figured in the 2013 elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) that resulted in the “Ma’am Arlene” controversy has been ordered dismissed from the service by the Supreme Court (SC). Intrigues about “Ma’am Arlene,” the alleged fixer … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


Some sobering truths about the SONA

Everyone has been writing, talking, raving about, and criticizing President Aquino’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), but before anyone out there bursts a blood vessel, I would have you know some sobering truths about the SONA that could help us come to our collective senses. 1. SONA is a needless spectacle The President is not required under the Constitution to deliver a SONA at the opening of the regular session of Congress. It is optional. The relevant provision in the... Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

SONA 2014: The Last of PNoy?

Unless President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd just wanted to gain public sympathy to improve his sagging public support, then his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday sounded like it would be his last. Toward the end of his … Read more »

Efren Danao

Deadly yellow fever in Congress

Medical experts have warned the populace of a new virulent strain of the dreaded yellow fever found in the House and the Senate. They said that unless an antidote is immediately found, the health of the country will be in … Read more »


On Maynila, Their Manila

The auditory landscape of a city is essential to its modality, Gary Devilles argued in June, before a small group of PhD students at Ateneo de Manila University. “An understanding of this sensorial dimension of the city is…crucial in not … Read more »

Jose V. Romero

Rebalancing PH external relations (3)

A region of peace and prosperity What was sadly lacking in the SONA, as pointed out by Former President Fidel V. Ramos was the West Philippine issue. This has left observers wondering if this country has a strategy with regard … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Our political economy is a two-legged tripod

President B.S. Aquino 3rd’s fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday afternoon (we know it was the fifth one, because for the second year running he helpfully remembered to begin the speech by telling us what number in the … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Agrotourism and ecotourism are more fun in the Philippines

I am here in Dipolog City and truly our country is beautiful in its natural state everywhere you go. And every province and city is aspiring to be the preferred tourist destination. According to the Department of Tourism, tourism is … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Avail of perks for the elderly without presenting senior citizen’s ID

Dear PAO, I am a senior citizen who recently encountered a problem in getting a senior citizen’s discount in a restaurant I visited. Upon paying the food I ordered, I told the cashier that I am a senior citizen and … Read more »