Election glitches alarm lawmakers

THE joint congressional oversight committee on Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES) on Thursday expressed disappointment over the problems bugging the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which they said could cause the postponement of polls in some areas. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, … Read more »


Labor leaders slam Duterte for union comments

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is in danger of losing the support of workers and labor unions in the country after he threatened to kill members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno if they do not stop organizing labor unions. … Read more »

Ramos: Support for Leni sincerely given

President Fidel Ramos has reaffirmed his support to the vice presidential run of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. Ramos, who served as President of the country from 1992 to 1998, noted that Leni’s husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, “was … Read more »

Marcos wins support of La Union’s Ortegas

After his successful initial campaign in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos took his vice presidential caravan to La Union and won the support of the Ortega clan. San Fernando City mayor Pablo Ortega and his brothers … Read more »

Medical breakthrough: Pinoys get first crack at dengue vaccine

A vaccine that prevents dengue is now available and Filipinos will get the first chance to try it. Medical societies on Thursday launched Dengvaxia, which was developed and manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. “Our country has been in the [forefront] of … Read more »

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Editorial

Asean integration hits snag

ONE of the seemingly positive outcomes of the Asean Tourism Forum 2016 that was held last month here in Manila was an agreement among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to work toward developing an “Asean visa,” a collective visa that would streamline travel among the Asean countries, benefiting both visitors to... Read more »


Sports

Thunder downs Pelicans in emotional bout

LOS ANGELES: The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into the NBA’s All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila), aided by 23 points apiece from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. On what was … Read more »

Nation

Labor execs, envoys brace for Mid-East OFWs displacement

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday strongly denied there is an ongoing massive retrenchment of foreign workers in the Middle East due to plunging oil prices. The denial was issued a day after the DOLE issued a … Read more »

Binay ‘invades’ LP lair

Vice President Jejomar Binay took his presidential campaign to Batangas province on Friday after wooing voters in Laguna and Cavite provinces. Most local executives in Batangas are members of the Liberal Party but Binay was undeterred, confident of his welcome … Read more »

Governors not backing Mar-Leni tandem

Iriga City: Securing the vote for Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, is a tough task, LP Vice Chairman and Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted Friday. Drilon, who is seeking … Read more »

BSP warns public vs spurious bank

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday warned the public not to do business with Global Investment Bank or GIB Philippines Bank Ltd. (GIB or GPBL), which has not been authorized to operate as a bank in the Philippines. … Read more »

Asean-US summit to tackle sea row

LEADERS of Asian countries will tackle the rising tensions in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations-US summit to be held at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California next week. President Benigno … Read more »

DOLE enhances program for displaced OFWs

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will provide “improved and comprehensive” services for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Middle East and South Korea who may lose their jobs because of the oil price slump or … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Customers make companies profitable

It’s a truism that it is more expensive to get new clients than to maintain current ones. Maintaining good customer relations is a very important function of an organization. Without the customer there is no business.| Who is a customer? … Read more »

JPE’s inconsistencies and EDSA ’86

Hearing and seeing Lady Gaga last Monday in the Super Bowl singing the Star-Spangled Banner, was a thrill beyond compare. At halftime, Fil-Am Bruno Mars performed memorably. TY, Lady Gaga and Bruno, and welcome later this month (but the MOA … Read more »

Toward public transport solutions

It is time to think out of the box regarding our transport problems, particularly the carrying capacity of EDSA which is way overburdened. The Department of Science and Technology has come up with a hybrid bus/train that uses rails that … Read more »

Grading student outcomes using rubrics

HAVING written on grading systems focused on letter marks, we take up the topic of rubrics. A rubric is a facility or tool which helps us arrive at what grade or mark we shall give to a student for a … Read more »

‘Progressive’ and ‘conservative’ have become meaningless terms in 2016

Nineties throwbacks seem to be everywhere these days: low unemployment, a Bush and a Clinton running for office, friends from “Full House” and “X-Files” entering our living rooms again. And now identity politics are back, too. In this election, as … Read more »

Starmalls and the 10% public ownership rule

STARMALLS Inc. listed two principal stockholders as the holders of 7.4 billion common shares, or 88.2 percent, in a public ownership report as of Jan. 31, 2015. Vista Land & Landscapes Inc. and Fine Properties Inc. hold 6.7 billion common … Read more »

Lazy legislature, half-baked laws

IF I was obliged to pick just one point I’d like our business section audience to take away from this week’s special report on the water rate dispute, it is how glaringly insufficient the enabling law for water privatization is. … Read more »

Green Architecture for Filipinos

GREEN buildings do not necessarily cost more to build, and any higher first costs are usually removed through lower operating cost. While a piecemeal approach to sustainable design may increase total project costs, integrated design leads to decrease net cost, … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Only courts can issue decree of legal separation

Dear Pao, I am a businessman from Hong Kong, and temporarily residing in Taguig City. I have a helper who has been separated from his wife. I learned that his wife now lives with a new family of her own … Read more »