Reyes’ return may delay plunder raps

The return of Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, one of several personalities accused of plunder in connection with the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), could delay the filing of charges at the Sandiganbayan, lawmakers said on Saturday. Reyes, the … Read more »

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Reyes’ return may delay plunder raps
‘Heed the risen Lord’

Filipino nurse, 40 other plane passengers negative for MERS

THE FILIPINO nurse initially diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus was found negative for the virus after being tested twice, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the man, who was … Read more »

MILF claims Military violated truce

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the military violated the ceasefire agreement between the government and the rebel group when soldiers attacked MILF forces last week in Basilan that led to the death of three fighters. The … Read more »

‘Heed the risen Lord’

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on the Catholic faithful to “heed the Risen Lord” as the Christian world celebrates Easter. “I call on all Christians, especially the lay faithful to heed the Risen Lord who sends us to … Read more »

Obama to bolster US ‘rebalance’ to Asia

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will … Read more »

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Pro-Life thoughts on Resurrection Day

Happy Easter Dear Times Readers EASTER is the celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection. It is the feast of Life for all Christians, for whom the resurrection of Jesus is a promise that we too can have eternal life after our time-bound life on Earth. It’s a good time to reflect on the Pro-Life theme and the new Reproductive Health... Read more »

From our Readers

On ‘300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation’

When will we all get along with each other in this world, when Jesus comes back?? Everyone comes to America because our economy is better than their... Read more »

On ‘Camp sharing’

Translated by Publisher/Editor from Tagalog comment: Why are militant groups yakity-yaking when they are not doing anything to help our... Read more »

On “A costly national disgrace”

Time was in the island famous for it’s white beach, as soon as dusk came then hundreds of thousands of “kabogs” (giant flying foxes, fruit... Read more »

On ‘The best place to visit this Holy Week?’

When you have to visit your conscience, you must really be in deep trouble. Usually it’s your conscience that visits you. When you have not had... Read more »

On ‘SC ruling on RH law entrenches Catholic dogma’

“Mainstream” and “more” are not scientific terms. They do not convey scientific truthfulness. Truth does not bend to democracy. It is... Read more »

Inside News

Bodies found in submerged Korean ferry

JINDO, South Korea: The arrested captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board defended his decision to delay its evacuation, as divers on Saturday finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted bodies … Read more »

P6B fake goods seized in Q1

THE government seized a record P6.2 billion worth of fake goods in the first quarter of this year, according to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The amount is P1.6 billion shy of the P7.8 billion counterfeit products … Read more »

Pacquiao camp denies BIR’s claim of P2.65B tax debt

THE camp of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday denied the claim of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that he has accumulated tax debts amounting to P2.65 billion since 2008. A highly reliable source in the Pacquiao camp, who refused to … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

He is Risen!

AT the dawn of Easter, the scavengers in Smokey Mountain celebrate the Resurrection, sounding their collective hope for life everlasting through dance and ritual. I wrote about my experience of Easter celebrations in the garbage dump in Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril (Orbis Books, New York, 2012) The procession is called Salubong, the encounter between the Risen Christ and his Blessed Mother. It is likewise celebrated in Catholic parishes all over the... Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Our hifalutin’ leaders don’t (ever, ever) come down to earth

PEOPLE across a broad swath of Philippine society  became fans of Janet Yellen, the Fed Chair and said to be the most powerful  public official  in the world, when she used her first House appearance to talk about the plight … Read more »



SOMETIMES one can’t but ask the obvious: why is it that this President who’s got writers and media people as part of his communications office, why is it that he can’t deliver a Lenten message that does not ruffle our … Read more »

Chit Juan

A new beginning

Our lives go on cycles, and often we find ourselves beginning a new chapter. Whether it is because we reach a milestone like a birthday or something crucial happens in our lives, we sit down and reflect on what life … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

They murder promdi journalists, don’t they

If there is one thread that links the murders (again and again and again) of media workers in the country, this is it: the victims are from the provinces. The murdered media workers, this is the sad story, submitted work … Read more »

Efren Danao

Agony in the Holy Week – and beyond

There will be many flagellants during this Holy Week. How I wish some high Malacañang officials would be among them. Should this be so, I sure would want to be among the first to give them a good whipping. My … Read more »


Of fruits and trees

We like to say it, and we like to say it often: the fruit does not fall far from the tree. It is a phrase we throw around to intervene in the narrative of political dynasties that reigns in this … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Recognition of foreign judgment

Dear PAO, I am an overseas Filipino worker who was previously married to an African in his home country. We got a divorce there and he gave me the divorce papers since he said he wanted me out of his … Read more »


No employer-employee relationship for agents on commission

In 1989, a labor union filed a petition with a sewing machine company to be the sole and exclusive bargaining agent that represents the company’s collectors. The company refused to recognize the labor union, explaining that the union members were … Read more »