The 42nd anniversary of martial law, which President Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed on Sept. 21, 1972 and lifted on January 17, 1981, came and went last Sunday without any unusual public demonstrations, except for some of the barbed remarks about “Marcos and his evil regime.” These were completely expected, given the sustained effort to proclaim B. S. Aquino 3rd’s… Read more »


Every year in September, a fairy tale is told: A Dark Lord imposed his will upon a hapless people, but then a messiah sacrificed his life to embolden Filipinos to topple the evil regime in 1986.

It’s an old storyline reinforced over recent years by movies such as the Lord of the Rings and the Star Trek series. But reality… Read more »

SC sacks Sandigan justice

THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety, saying his links with Janet Lim-Napoles dragged the judiciary into the pork barrel controversy.

It was the first time in the 40-year history of the anti-graft court that a magistrate was stripped of his robes Read more »

Aquino not keen on finding brains in Ninoy’s slay – Palace

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is no longer itching to find out and get even with the alleged mastermind behind the 1983 killing of his father, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. According to Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda, the President neither … Read more »


MALACAÑANG on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong. “Sometimes there is justice in this world. Gregory Ong has been dismissed by the SC,” a ranking Palace official, who asked not to be identified, said. … Read more »

Gilas beats India, bags first win in Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea: Smart Gilas Pilipinas defeated India, 85-76, to bag its first win in the basketball competition at the 2014 Asian Games held at the Hwaseong Sports Gymnasium here. Naturalized player Marcus Douthit had a double-double 14 points and … Read more »

LP members biggest DAP recipients

NINE prominent members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) headed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd received the biggest allocations for their pet projects funded by the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), according to Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City (Metro … Read more »

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Great news about DAP

AT last we have good news about DAP! It’s not about Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s notoriously criminal Disbursement Acceleration Program. It’s about the Development Academy of the Philippines. This DAP is an honorable institution. It is headed by a respected senior government official, Antonio C. Kalaw, Jr. The good news is that,... Read more »


Filipinos must leave Syria immediately – DFA

Some 2,300 Filipinos in Syria are urged to immediately avail of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program there amid the start of US air strikes against a Syrian extremist group. Charles Jose, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), … Read more »

House leader: Budget can’t be hostaged by DAP list

Deliberations on the proposed P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 should not be held hostage by moves to stop them over the allegedly incomplete list of lawmakers whose proposed projects were funded by the outlawed Dis-bursement Acceleration Program (DAP). House Majority Leader … Read more »

Plane suffers landing gear problem

A PAL Express flight bound for Davao was forced to return to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after it suffered a nose landing gear problem, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Tuesday. CAAP said Flight 2P … Read more »

7 policemen accused of extortion

SEVEN Manila policemen assigned at the anti-car theft unit were ordered arrested by District Director Rolando Asuncion on Tuesday. Facing extortion charges were Senior Insp. Rommel Geneblazo, head of the Anti-Carnapping and Hijacking Unit, and his subordinates SPO1 Michael Dingding, … Read more »

POEA lifts deployment ban to Venezuela, Israel, West bank

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday lifted the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Venezuela, while it also allowed to resume the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Israel and Westbank. Labor and Employment Secretary … Read more »

One killed, 21 hurt in Pampanga road accident

A PASSENGER bus crashed into a truck on Monday along the national highway in a remote village in Pampanga, killing one and wounding 21 others. Reports at Camp Crame identified the fatality as Benedict Dipan, the conductor of the Victory … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

SMC could have raised P42B by selling 240-M Top Frontier shares

A READER of The Manila Times, who identified himself only as “investor guy,” reacted to a recent Due Diligencer piece titled “SMC shares at P88 disappoint investors.” He wrote: “ If you held SMC shares since November last year, you … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Can Mr. Binay, a legendary survivor, survive ‘Parkinggate’?

I will mention some names and see if you can remember them: Brigido “Jun” Simon Jr., Mario Raymundo, Dr. Tony Martinez, Rodolfo Valentino, Isidro Garcia, Mel Lopez, Ben Abalos and Ignacio “Toting” Bunye. Your answer will be this. The last … Read more »

Efren Danao

A Pied Piper at the House?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin played his flute and brought rats following him to their death at the River Weser. In the Philippines, the Pied Piper of the House played his “flute” and brought the truant congressmen back to the … Read more »


Smartmatic: P494 million for Transmission was not enough

The JCOC meeting on September 18, at the Senate gave Smartmatic a chance to explain why the mysterious 76 percent was the actual transmission rate of election returns in 2013. At the start of their explanation, Smartmatic relayed to JCOC … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Think before you open your mouth, Mr. President

ONCE again, the President has shown how irresponsible some of his statements are. They clearly manifest lack of proper thinking or, shall we say, common sense. In Brussels last week, PNoy was asked about human rights violation in our country. … Read more »

Mike Wootton

‘Things don’t happen as you would expect . . .’

I remember some years ago somebody saying that “things don’t always happens as you would expect in the Philippines.” At the time I just shrugged it off, but now I realize it was in fact a considerable understatement . . … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Dealing with assets left by missing dad

Dear PAO, For two years now, we tried our best to find my father, but we still don’t know where he is or what happened to him. Now, another problem cropped up. I received a notice from the local government … Read more »