The murder of a “transgender,” Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, in Olongapo City, for which US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has been accused and arrested, has revived calls for a review of the 1998 Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Some … Read more »

Déjà vu, or same old modus operandi? Similar numbers even?

I’ll make a bet with Social Weather Stations president Mahar Mangahas with my year’s fee as a columnist that more than 79 percent will answer, “I agree,” to that question above. More than 70 percent will also say ‘agree’ to … Read more »

Yolanda rehab hangs

PALO, Leyte: Rehabilitation of areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda almost a year later has not lifted off in the absence of a master plan for recovery due to a lack of qualified structural engineers and bureaucratic red tape in regulatory

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, headed by Panfilo Lacson, submitted in August this year Read more »

Palawan voted world’s top island

Palawan, whose underground river continues to draw tourists, was voted as the top island in the world by an international travel magazine, edging out other world-famous islands such as Bali in Indonesia and Maui in Hawaii. Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s … Read more »

ASG bandits elude soldiers

GOVERNMENT forces hunting down members of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) returned empty-handed after four days of relentless scouring of the hinterlands of Sulu province in search of the bandits. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Lt. … Read more »

September hottest month since 1880

WASHINGTON: Last month was the hottest September since record-keeping began in 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces combined for the month was … Read more »

No delays in Yolanda rehab – Palace

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday clarified that there were no delays in implementation of rehabilitation projects in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda despite an admission by President Benigno Aquino 3rd that certain “procedures” have prolonged the signing of the rehabilitation master … Read more »

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MRT-3 must be improved

From the time it was completed during the Ramos Administration up until the middle of the Aquino Administration, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) that traverses EDSA never suffered a major breakdown or accident, because it was maintained quite properly. The fact that the MRT-3 operated smoothly during the entire nine years of the Arroyo... Read more »


SBC draws first blood in NCAA finals

POWERHOUSE San Beda College Red Lions took advantage of their vast championship experience to beat the Arellano University Chiefs, 74-66, on Monday in game one of the best-of-three titular series of the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament … Read more »


Quarantine doctors lack defense against viruses

Despite their readiness, Bureau of Quarantine doctors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday admitted that they lack personal protective equipment against deadly viruses. “The complete suit, [as a defense against such viruses, for example], is so expensive. … Read more »

Research institute prepared to battle Ebola virus—DOH

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s National Reference Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, is now more prepared to respond to threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. “Having … Read more »

SC affirms ouster of Justice Ong

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stuck to its previous ruling in sacking Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong in view of his links to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged architect of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. During their deliberations, majority of … Read more »

Manila’s most wanted nabbed

AUTHORITIES on Monday arrested Manila’s No. 10 most wanted in his home in Tondo. Emerson Rodriguez, 23, of 1973 Daang Bakal, Dagupan Street did not resist when he was arrested by police with two warrants of arrest. Rodriguez was facing … Read more »

CA stops payment of ‘text’ refund

AN order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for telecommunication firms to refund their subscribers some P7 billion for allegedly excessive short message service (SMS) or text charges has again been stopped by the Court of Appeals (CA). In a … Read more »

Future ‘Times’ college in Europe takes first step

THE Manila Times College and The Manila Times College of Subic signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mission Driven International last October 12 in Rome, Italy, as a first step in establishing The Manila Times College in Europe or … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Globe insiders’ advantage over the public

IN FAIRNESS to Globe Telecommunications Inc., it is not the only company to have issued preferred shares priced differently and sold at much lower prices to insiders. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) adopted a similar strategy to comply with … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Any middling president can post 6 to 7% GDP growth

The business pages of Oct. 16 carried two stories – seemingly routine – but nonetheless retold the grandest stories of this generation. The first said that the OFW remittances for an eight-month period ending August totaled $15.5 billion. The second … Read more »


Ignoring the hard question

During the September 18, 2014 meeting of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) on the Automated Election System, I handed over a letter from Transparent to Atty.Himerio Garcia, who is the JCOC-AES Committee Secretary at the Senate. The letter … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

PNoy a lucky man but a failed leader

Bgc security…arrogant and stupid. The next time you visit the Bonifacio Global City, either for shopping or recreation, watch out for those roving security guards in the area. You may just be the next victim of their arrogance and stupidity. … Read more »

Mike Wootton

Who cares in the Philippines?

Well, I normally avoid filling this column with politics. There are more than enough people writing about that, and in the Philippines it is a never-ending source of political backstabbing, corruption and accusation, and only very occasionally some positive comment … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Is it time to panic yet?

Two comments made over the weekend by leaders of important global organizations should give the rest of us reasons to be gravely concerned about the ongoing Ebola epidemic. Late Friday, Jim Yong Kim, the current head of the World Bank, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Joint wills prohibited by law

Dear PAO, My wife and I are already of old age and in preparation for our eventual demise, we deem it proper to address this inevitable event by preparing our last will and testament. Because of this, my wife and … Read more »