LP should drop Grace – Drilon

SENATE President Franklin Drilon wants the Liberal Party (LP) to stop courting Senator Grace Poe to team up with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, saying all efforts to convince her to run for Vice President is useless because she … Read more »

‘Provinces not spared from gridlock’

Gridlocks are no longer confined to Metro Manila since most major cities are also hounded by traffic woes, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) said on Friday. The group, through its Transportation and Infrastructure Committee headed by Eduardo Yap, … Read more »

PEZA pay plan illegal – Miriam

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants the Senate to investigate the high salaries being given to officials and employees of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), saying the agency’s compensation plan is illegal. Santiago, in filing Resolution 1563, asked the concerned Senate … Read more »

New EDSA traffic tack imposed Monday

TO address worsening traffic gridlocks in Metro Manila, a new traffic scheme will be implemented along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) starting Monday. Under the new traffic scheme to be jointly implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) … Read more »

P7.5-B LRT penalties hit

A  militant group on Friday slammed the “unconscionable” payment by the government of P7.5 billion in penalties to the private consortium that won the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 extension contract last year, saying such a “sovereign guarantee” will be … Read more »

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Strategy to mitigate Philippine assassinations

WE call attention today to a proposed initiative, which sought the Times’ support for the launching of a strategy and program to stop the epidemic of assassinations that has plagued the Philippines for several years now. It seems that the proposal has been thoughtfully researched and professionally developed. It addresses an acute and urgent... Read more »


Gilas Pilipinas zaps New Zealand in Jones Cup

Sharp-shooter Dondon Hontiveros fired three triples in the extra period to power Gilas Pilipinas to a nerve-wracking 92-88 overtime win over Wellington Saints-New Zealand on Friday in the 2015 William Jones Cup being held at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New … Read more »


DOH: Dengue cases in PH rise by 5,400

Dengue cases for the first eight months of 2015 have risen by 9.15 percent from those recorded in the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. According to the DOH spokesman, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, … Read more »

Optional poll service for teachers ‘dangerous’

Making election service optional for public school teachers will put the elections at the mercy of politicians, an opposition lawmaker said on Friday. Rep. Joselito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list made the warning in connection with the proposed House … Read more »

Congress to rush passage of Bangsamoro measure

The House of Representatives and the Senate will hold sessions five days a week in a last ditch effort to pass the proposed law for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said from … Read more »

Escudero should join budget deliberations – lawmaker

Abono party-list Rep. Francisco Emmanuel Ortega 3rd called on government to give priority to the agriculture sector especially at this time when the country is facing the threat of an intense El Niño phenomenon. Ortega also called for the judicious … Read more »

WB eyes $250M loan for PH resettlement plan

The World Bank is eyeing for $200million to $250million funding for the first phase of a resettlement program of the Philippines, Country Director for Philippines Motoo Konishi said. Konishi, at the sidelines of Asia Pacific Housing Forum, said the loan … Read more »

2.7M Pinoy kids skip one meal a day

THE Philippines can solve the problem of child malnutrition if every child gets nutritious food within 1,000 days from conception, an international non-government organization said on Thursday. Neil Olney, country director of Save the Children, said the Philippines is in … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Vince Robles is alive and well!

IN my column yesterday, I killed MABINI’s Vince Robles, who called me, to say that my report on his demise was grossly exaggerated. A brother, not he, had passed on. When told of the departure last Tuesday, I remarked, “Kaya … Read more »

We will pay a price for moving people

ABOUT once every generation, some photographer will capture an image that instantly defines what the world really is. Earlier this week, the image was that of a small boy—his name, we are told was Aylan, and he was just three … Read more »

Netanyahu’s next step

WASHINGTON.D.C.: What does Israel do now that President Obama has won the congressional votes needed to implement an Iran nuclear agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “a stunning historic mistake”? This was always the danger of Netanyahu’s unyielding … Read more »

The use of the prepositions ‘in’ and ‘at’ in American English

AN English teacher in Iran, Farhad H., recently sent me e-mail asking this very interesting question about preposition usage: “I often have difficulty when it comes to the difference between the prepositions ‘in’ and ‘at.’ For example, which one of … Read more »

A close encounter with Derek Ramsey

At a recent media gathering on August 12 at the Makati Shangri-La Ballroom, I came face to face with Derek Ramsey—plus his toned arms, chiseled abs and almost perfect body. I discovered that the secret to this is not a … Read more »

Foreigners dump P39-B stocks in 1 week

The numbers presented here may be confusing. That can’t be avoided because the numbers are necessary for raising the questions that may not be answered here but by the investing public. The answer lies with those who invest their hard-earned … Read more »

Not ampaw or chickenhouse government

JASON DAY has again won big (and small). All the foreign reports identify him as an Aussie. Period. Some local bladders hyphenate and call him a Fil-Aussie. I do not think it comes from him. It would be nice if … Read more »

Laotian Magsaysay awardee

ONE of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees should find her equivalent in the Philippines, preferably in Mindanao. Madame Kommaly Chanthavong, originally a descendant of traditional weavers of Laos, (her grandmother and her mother), has amid the Vietnam war and its … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Dealing with a collecting agent crying credit-card fraud

Dear PAO, I am a credit-card holder. My credit card was issued by a bank here in the Philippines but I have not used it for more than a year now after I have fully settled my account. The bank … Read more »