You would think that given the public outrage over the discovery that certain inmates have converted the Muntinlupa penitentiary into a genteel vacation retreat, retribution for those accountable for the sorry state of affairs would be swift and sure. But … Read more »

Most homilies on the Incarnation Gospel reading for December 20 and 21 Masses intone with great solemnity the loving act of God’s Second Person becoming man in the Blessed Virgin’s immaculate womb, as His first step in redeeming the world. … Read more »

Robin: I saw shabu lab inside Bilibid

ACTOR Robin Padilla said on Friday he saw shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) being prepared inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City where he spent more than three years for illegal possession of firearms. Interviewed at the ANC’s Headstart program, Padilla … Read more »

Laude sister wanted to attack Pemberton

OLONGAPO CITY: The sister of Jennifer Laude said on Friday she wanted to attack the US Marine who is accused of murdering the transgender. Marilou Laude said she was trembling with rage as she saw Private First Class Joseph Pemberton … Read more »

Boss of OFW killed by pet lion is charged

The Philippine government has filed a case of criminal negligence resulting to homicide against the employer of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait who died after being attacked by her employer’s pet lion, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on … Read more »

Roxas-Poe tandem will stop Mar’s skid, says LP

The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is eyeing to field Interior and Local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as its candidate for President in the 2016 elections and Sen. Grace Poe as its bet for Vice President. Rep. Mel Senen … Read more »

TMTC-Caucasus University academic MOU finalized

The Memorandum of Understanding between The Manila Times College and the Caucasus University School of Journalism has been finalized with the signing of the document by University President Dr. Kakha Shengelia at CU’s campus in Tbilisi, Georgia. Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. … Read more »

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Cuba on the rebound

THE restoration of diplomatic relationships between the United States and Cuba has been hailed as a landmark for the administration of President Barack Obama. It ends the half-century of estrangement that at one point brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The mending of ties couldn’t have been possible without some religious (some... Read more »


Philippines finishes fifth in Asean University Games

THE Philippine team won its 10th gold medal in the last day of 17th Asean University Games in Palembang, Indonesia courtesy of Ateneo swimmer Hannah Dato. The Philippines finished fifth overall with 10 gold medals, 10 silvers and 18 bronzes … Read more »

Life & Times

Grown-up Christmas list

WHETHER they’ve been a little naughty or a whole lot nice, grown-ups deserve gifts as much as children do at Christmas. Though the song from which this article’s title is lifted asks for “no more lives torn apart,” no more … Read more »


Belmonte: House not rushing Charter Change

The House of Representatives is not rushing the amendment to the Constitution that lifts restrictions on foreign ownership of businesses and public utilities. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City made the announcement after the House adjourned for the Christmas … Read more »

Houses built for 223,000 low-income families through HUDCC

Part 3 As head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the government’s housing sector, the Vice President has directed all key shelter agencies to continue their efforts to address the housing backlog. As of October 2014, the … Read more »

Jinggoy furlough plea junked

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not given permission by the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to leave his place of detention and spend the holidays with his family at home. The anti-graft court denied for lack of merit his request for a … Read more »

PNP: Mark holidays without firing guns

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday warned gun holders not to fire their guns in celebrating Christmas and New Year. Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, issued a memorandum to all police personnel against illegal discharge and indiscriminate … Read more »

MMDA sends team to E.Samar

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday deployed 16 personnel to Sulat town in Eastern Samar to repair the remaining houses and public markets damaged by Typhoon Ruby. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the team will stay in Sulat … Read more »

PH set for Round 2 of MCC compact

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US foreign assistance agency fighting against global poverty, has selected the Philippines for a “second compact” or agreement to further support its poverty-reducing efforts. “Once designed, proposed and approved, this new compact would … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Tokenisms for E. Visayas and other tough-luck, weather-beaten regions

THE orthodox strategy to boost investments and generate jobs in Eastern Visayas and other poorly-performing regional economies is this: Make the wage rate as low as possible. The tripartite body that sets the regional wage for Eastern Visayas and the … Read more »


So who wants Dr. Ona’s post?

First of two parts WHAT has happened to one Dr. Enrique Ona, Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH)? And I say that not to criticize him. I say it with compassion and empathy for this DOH Secretary who has … Read more »

Fr. Shay Cullen

Peace and justice at Christmas

WITH Christmas coming, we see the shining stars and message of peace. So many need peace: peace of heart and mind, soul and spirit, in the family and in friendships, in community, and above all peace to end the violence … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

By Mary’s ‘yes’ God becomes man and we sharers in the divine nature

[4th Sunday of Advent, Year B, December 21, 2014 / 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27+29 / Rom 16:25-27 / Luke 1:26-38] CHRISTMAS is nearly here. Today’s Gospel is the Annunciation, the first Christmas in the … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Reforms long overdue at Bilibid Prison and BuCor

ONE year and six months ago on May 28, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd signed the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10575. The newly-minted BuCor modernization law finally replaced the “Jurassic” Prison Act of … Read more »

Recent natural disaster scenarios

[Part 3 of Ambassador Encomienda’s Marine and Fisheries Resources policy paper] RECENT natural disaster scenarios impacting on health and livelihood of coastal communities in the Philippines. 9. The following are recent natural disaster scenarios herein recalled to create greater awareness … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Naturalized US citizen can reacquire PH citizenship

Dear PAO, I am a former natural born Filipino citizen and now a naturalized US citizen. I understand that being a US passport holder, I will be treated as a tourist only if I go back to the Philippines. Is … Read more »