Against all odds, President B. S. Aquino 3rd wants to ram through the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to create an Islamic political entity for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Some lawmakers, outraged by the Jan. 25, 21015 massacre of 44 Special Action Force police commandos by the MILF and the… Read more »

So where are they? Newspaper banner headline three weeks ago.

Three weeks ago, Senator Antonio Trillanes 3rd announced in a news conference he had two witnesses who would testify that two Court of Appeals justices received P25 million each in bribes to stop the suspension… Read more »

Senate starts chopper probe

The Senate blue ribbon committee will finally start investigating the allegedly anomalous acquisition of 21 combat utility helicopters by the Department of National Defense when the panel convenes on Wednesday. Three resolutions were filed in the Senate asking for a … Read more »

Draft Moro law needs refinement

The Malacañang-backed Citizens Peace Council is convinced that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be passed as it is, noting that some provisions in the draft measure need to undergo refinements. Retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., a … Read more »

Injury dampens rematch hopes

There is no possibility of rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the next 12 months because of the Filipino boxing icon’s shoulder injury that now requires surgery. Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in their … Read more »

Comelec chief flunks psycho test

ANDRES Bautista, the newly-minted chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), flunked the psychiatric examinations conducted by the Supreme Court (SC) and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when he aspired to become the nation’s Chief Justice in 2012. A … Read more »

SWS: 51% of Pinoys rate themselves poor

More than half of Filipinos claimed being poor in the first quarter of 2015, according to a survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS). The “self-rated poverty” poll found 51 percent of Filipino adults or about 11.4 million households … Read more »

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Hype of the century

BEFORE anything, we believe that Floyd Mayweather deserves to be congratulated for winning against Manny Pacquiao. But unlike the billing, it was no “fight of the century.” Hype seems to be more appropriate in describing it. No one should fault Mayweather for his style of boxing. He played to his strengths, a style that has earned him the... Read more »


P77M for SAF 44 beneficiaries

BENEFICIARIES of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, have received a total of P77,176,441.30, PNP Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina announced on Tuesday. According to Espina, the amount came … Read more »

NBP barangay league helps keep peace in penitentiary

Members of the Liga ng Mga Barangay sa NBP (LIGA) expressed their acceptance of the challenge of maintaining peace and order inside the Maximum Security Compound of the National Bilibid Prisons in an oath-taking that took place last Saturday. The … Read more »

USS Fort Worth makes stop in Subic

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth made a brief stop in Subic Bay as part of its maiden 16-month rotational deployment to support Washington’s rebalance to Asia policy, the US Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday. The USS Fort … Read more »

K-to-12 displaces 25,000 school staff

ABOUT 25,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel are set to be displaced by the full implementation of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, a report from the government’s education cluster stated Monday. In the report submitted by Department of Education … Read more »

‘Don’t water down BBL, please’

MALACAñANG on Sunday appealed to lawmakers to avoid passing a “watered down” version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying while amendments may be made, they should not dampen the spirit of the proposed law. “We respect the processes in … Read more »

Unauthorized benefits paid sans Palace okay

The DBP Data Center Inc. (DCI) made payments totaling P1.984 million for additional benefits or incentives without required approval of the Office of the President, state auditors said. In a 2014 audit report on DBP Data Center Inc., a wholly-owned … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

First Pacific’s local affiliates and their Filipino stockholders

FROM Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Due Diligencer is taking the readers of The Manila Times thru piles of documents to trace the identities of the stockholders of a listed company that has often been identified with the First Pacific group … Read more »

The party of Ninoy and Jovy Salonga is now the party of Edgar Erice

THE body of knowledge and empiricism compiled by political science does not apply to Mr. Aquino’s Liberal Party and most Filipinos with a little curiousness are forced to ask on the “ whys.” For example, this intriguing and unexpected development … Read more »

Transmission and Canvassing

WHATEVER voting and counting system the Commission on Elections (Comelec) chooses to implement for the 2016 Presidential elections there is still a need to get the election returns electronically transmitted from the voting precincts to their respective city and municipal … Read more »

Loonies in the legislature

LAS VEGAS: I just learned while in this Sin City that the Philippine legislature isn’t the only legislature in the world with cuckoos as members. Americans are reputed to be among the most sophisticated voters on the planet but some … Read more »

Fernando Zobel de Ayala breaks promise to honor J.R. McMicking

First of two parts WHEN I wrote the article entitled “Fernando Zobel de Ayala not keen to honor J. R. McMicking” (MT, November 29, 2014), no less than the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ayala Corporation himself responded. … Read more »

The intricate knot of urban poverty

WASHINGTON, DC: Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, … Read more »

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Children have more right to dad’s SSS benefits than beneficiary-grandparents

Dear PAO, My deceased partner is a member of the SSS. His SSS record shows that his designated beneficiaries are his parents. Our minor children were not listed though they were recognized by their father. May I know if this … Read more »