Poe regains lead

Tops Pulse Asia survey Senator Grace Poe edged out other contenders for the presidency and emerged once again as the frontrunner in the presidential race based on the result of the latest Pulse Asia survey. The poll conducted from January … Read more »

14 Pinoys killed in Iraq fire

ARBIL, Iraq: A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Friday killed 19 people, 14 of them Filipinos. Dozens more were injured, officials said. The dead include three Iraqis, a Palestinian and another person … Read more »

First Zika-linked deaths reported

BOGOTA: The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials … Read more »

11 dead, hundreds injured in powerful Taiwan quake

TAIPEI: A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations in the early hours of Saturday, with at least 11 dead and more than 30 feared trapped. The … Read more »

BUB project completion dismal

Less than a quarter of projects under the government’s Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) program have been completed in the last two years, according to an independent report that assessed the Aquino administration’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership. The Independent Reporting Mechanism … Read more »

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It’s Lent again, starting on Wednesday

ASH Wednesday is on the 10th. That’s why our Sunday Read is Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2016. We know many, if not most, of the Times’ readers value the faith and the Church, it’s customs and traditions and the liturgical seasons. But many also need to be reminded of these important things. So we do the service of now and again... Read more »


‘Aquino reforms had little impact’

THE reforms implemented by the Aquino administration have not made much impact, the camp of Sen. Grace Poe said Saturday. Poe’s camp expressed this sentiment as a response to the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) Progress Report: 2013 to 2015 released … Read more »

For many species, noise pollution can be deadly

PARIS: Some reef-dwelling fish are twice as likely to get gobbled up by predators in the presence of a noisy motorboat, according to a study released Friday (Saturday in Manila). The research, published in Nature Communications, adds to a growing … Read more »

Palace dispels fears of renewed war in South

Malacañang on Saturday dispelled fears of renewed fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in Mindanao because of Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said that the government believes the Moro … Read more »

Ombudsman to sue Vice President, Junjun

The Office of the Ombudsman has stood pat on its ruling finding sufficient grounds to file graft, malversation and falsification charges before the Sandiganbayan against Vice President Jejomar Binay, dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and 22 other … Read more »

Pay hike for govt workers in ‘coma’

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is the sole authority who can resurrect the half-dead proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4, which increases the salary of government workers. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolanda Andaya, a member of the bicameral conference committee on clashing … Read more »

Agri department lifts India bird ban

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted a temporary ban on  importation of poultry and other poultry products from India after confirmation by global animal health authorities declaring the country free from bird flu virus. In line with the completion … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The bogeyman called ‘minority president’

INVESTORS were reported to have expressed concern over a real possibility–that the new president will just get enough votes to win, in an election squeaker. Or, put simply, they are worried over the emergence of a “minority president” after the … Read more »

‘Spotlight’ on crimes against children

THERE is a time when the truth has to be revealed, when the secrecy of crimes can no longer be contained, denied and when the guilty must be held to account. History shows that secrecy and cover up, keep that … Read more »

The Lord is calling you!

[5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 7 Feb 2016 / Isa 6:1-2a, 3-8 / Ps 138:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5, 7-8 / 1 Cor 15:1-11 / |Luke 5:1-11] WHAT do you think the call of God is like? Today Jesus calls … Read more »

#Eleksyon2016: The SSS pension hike

WHEN the President decided to reject the Social Security System (SSS) pension hike for senior citizens in mid-January, it seemed like a brave act of leadership. At least that’s how the Palace tried to spin it: look at this President, … Read more »

The form and uses of the perfect infinitive

TWO important grammatical forms that I don’t recall having ever taken up in this column are the perfect infinitive and the perfect gerund. I was asked about their usage sometime in 2011 but having been so pressed for time when … Read more »

Writing on the wall in retrospect

First of three parts I WROTE the following articles back in 2012 as the nation throbbed with the frenzy of the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. It was not intended for any particular publication but just … Read more »

The case of Sen. Grace Poe: Revisited and re-examined

“The Constitution is an experiment as all life is an experiment. Every year, if not every day,we have to wager our salvation on some prophesy based on imperfect.”          – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Since I have no … Read more »

Marcos PD to the rescue?

A MARTIAL LAW decree issued by President Ferdinand Marcos may be used by Marcos-hating President BS Aquino The Last to provide the long-awaited general pay hike for underpaid national government employees. Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Sen. Ralph … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Father’s will can be contested in court

Dear PAO, I am the youngest in our family. I have been told that my father is not my real father and that I was born out of my mother’s infidelity to him. Despite this, I have always been close … Read more »