Back from his 12-day five-nation European and American jaunt, President B. S. Aquino 3rd told his home audience that his trip had earned the country $2.3 billion in foreign direct investments, and given the world a new image of the … Read more »

Like most Manila Times readers, including ardent Catholics who aren’t Opus Dei members, I was astonished at this newspaper’s Sunday edition, which devoted five long news articles and an opinion column on the “beatification of Don Alvaro del Portillo.” Even … Read more »

‘Top terrorist behind ISIS recruitment’

Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir alias Marwan, a notorious but elusive member of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and a noted bomb expert, is reportedly among the four militants who are actively recruiting Filipino Muslims for the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mindanao, according to an intelligence officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Read more »

Jihadists’ allure fuels fears in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State (IS) group’s jihadist appeal is fanning fears that it could serve as a potent new rallying cry for Southeast Asian extremists who had been largely brought to heel following past deadly terror attacks. Authorities in … Read more »

China, Asean can handle sea dispute –Chinese envoy

As the Philippines grapples with a new world order that sees China as a military, political and economic power, Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua allayed fears that disputes over islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea (South China … Read more »

Purisima not telling the whole truth – Poe

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima finally surfaced at the Senate on Tuesday but he failed to convince senators that there was nothing irregular in his acquisition of a four-hectare property in Nueva Ecija or in the declarations he … Read more »

Police brass in EA ‘scandal’

A high-ranking police official is in the center of a “storm” on the Internet after his “EA,” former FHM model Alyzza Agustin, bragged on her Facebook account that she was not apprehended for a traffic violation when she showed a … Read more »

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Empathize, sympathize with the elderly

THE Philippines observes Elderly Filipino Week on October 1-7, 2014. Every year the government must hold this observance because of a Sept. 26, 1994 presidential proclamation whose aim is to increase the people’s awareness of the needs and concerns of “the older persons’ sector.” As usual it is the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)... Read more »


NU returns to UAAP finals after 44 years

AFTER 44 years, the National University (NU) after beating Ateneo De Manila University, 65-63, on Wednesday will return to the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippine (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament. The Bulldogs bagged the victory after playmaker … Read more »


Britons arrested for assaulting security guards

SECURITY marshalls at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig arrested two Britons for allegedly assaulting two guards who stopped them from skateboarding in the commercial establishment on Saturday. Taguig City Police Chief Senior Supt. Arthur Asis said Britons Sam Reynolds … Read more »

Two arrested in Iloilo buy-bust

A SUSPECTED drug den owner and a minor were arrested by combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local police during a buy-bust operation that led to the discovery of a drug den in Iloilo on September … Read more »

35,955 SK voters register in NCR

A TOTAL of 35, 955 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) voters in the National Capital Region (NCR) registered on the one-week youth council registration of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the turnout was good enough than last … Read more »

Emergency powers feared to lead to huge debt

The P7-billion debt that the government accumulated in the 1990s after it intervened in power generation is fueling Congress’ resistance to granting President Benigno Aquino 3rd emergency powers. Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, a member of the Joint Congressional … Read more »

Binay expects more lies from ‘detractors’

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said he expects the “campaign of lies” to continue against him as perpetrated by his political enemies who also have their eyes on the country’s highest post. The Vice President is the subject of … Read more »

Aquino: Special mandate won’t be abused

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday assured that his request for special powers from Congress to prevent the country’s looming energy shortfall will not be abused. Giving the assurance in his speech at the opening of the two-day Energy Smart … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Peter Cariño

The sad saga of PH basketball

(Second of four parts) The low finish of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Games is not pleasant at all, because the country prides itself with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which is Asia’s first pay-for-play league. The PBA has … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

An afternoon at the opera

Most readers have probably heard about the staging of Noli Me Tangere: The Opera at the Newport Theater in the last few weeks. Noli Me Tangere, consi-dered as Jose Rizal’s most genius work, portrays the protracted struggle of Filipinos against … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Denying the public their preemptive rights is undemocratic

ONLY one among the readers of The Manila Times who also regularly reads Due Diligencer is familiar to me. From somewhere in the United States, Ben Ongoco makes his comments on certain topics here that interest him. I assure him … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

PH: Alzheimer Nation

THE historic Army and Navy Club is being smashed by construction crews to give way to a modern structure that would feature, among other things, a spa. In modern countries, even ancient trees in the busiest strips of the metropolis … Read more »


Incredible. . .but true!

SOMETIME in July, 2011 —my third month as Commissioner of the Commission on Elections — I asked its IT Director the question, “Kaya ba nating mag-develop ng sarili nating CCS?” (Do we have the capability to develop our own Consolidation … Read more »

Efren Danao

Bring Joker back to the Senate!

A LOOK at the leading wannabes for the next Senate makes one sigh that there’s nobody in the mold of Miriam Defensor and Joker Arroyo among them. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago will be singing a swan song in June 2016 … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Wife can dip into joint account only after proving husband ‘really’ left her

Dear PAO, My husband and I have a joint savings account in a bank. I want to withdraw the money so that my eldest son could go to college. I understand that because it is a joint account, I need … Read more »