SOME friends of mine have wisely turned their backs on the thoroughly secular, anti-religion mentality that they had during the college, young adulthood and peak-of-professional life stages of their lives. They have—in Scott Hahn’s famous phrase– “journeyed home.” Some of … Read more »

OSCAR SANEZ may be truly an apolitical man. But whether he was aware of it or not, his statements that declared that Mrs. Arroyo was the main architect and promoter of the BPO sector’s unprecedented growth, contrary to Mr. Aquino’s … Read more »

Binay skips Cabinet meet

Vice President Jejomar Binay did not attend the Cabinet performance pledge session in Malacañang last week, but his absence does not mean that he no longer supports President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Malacañang said on Saturday. “Binay wasn’t there. I did … Read more »

Philippines intensifies defense against Ebola

HEALTH authorities have strengthened mechanisms to stop the Ebola virus from entering the Philippines, especially with the expected influx of Filipinos returning to the country for Christmas. Malacañang on Saturday said the government continues to reinforce measures to keep the … Read more »

Superbrands awards gold trophy to The Times

THE Manila Times was one of the gold trophy awardees in the Superbrands Biennial Formal Gala Tribute Night held at the Main Ballroom of New World Hotel Makati on Thursday. Aside from The Times, the other awardees are A Bonne—Federal … Read more »

NY, New Jersey tighten quarantine

NEW YORK: New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered a mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America’s largest city. The new measures were ordered by state governors … Read more »

WHO rolls out vaccines in 2015

GENEVA: Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) said after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died … Read more »

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TUCP blames World Bank for 23,000 retrenchments

WE are daring to criticize the revered and mighty World Bank again. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa) has rebuked the World Bank (WB) during its shareholder consultation last Thursday “for excluding core labor standards in its project and policy loans intended for so-called development programs in the... Read more »


Aquino won’t apologize for Laude wake remarks

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not apologize for his remarks explaining why he was not attending the wake of slain transgender Jennifer Laude. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office made the announcement on Saturday, a day after … Read more »

AFP presses case against Suselbeck

THE Armed Forces (AFP) is bent on having Marc Suselbeck, the German fiancée of slain Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, deported for climbing over a fence in Camp Aguinaldo near where a US Marine suspected of killing Laude was being detained … Read more »

DENR airs appeal on clean air campaign

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje Jr. is appealing to local government units (LGUs) not to make money out of the campaign against air pollution. Paje told a news forum that while a number of LGUs are helping the … Read more »

Police on full alert for All Saint’s Day

THE 140,000 strong Philippine National Police (PNP) will go on full alert starting Thursday ahead of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day next weekend. When the PNP is on full alert, all leaves of police personnel are cancelled and … Read more »

Senator urges leniency with bogus operators

A lawmaker has called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to give leeway to private vehicle owners who are offering alternative transport service to commuters despite having no legitimate franchises. Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th made the … Read more »

Foreigners must have passports re-stamped

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged all foreigners to have their passports re-stamped by the agency to ensure authenticity of the documents. Under the law, the Immigration spokesperson, lawyer Elaine Tan, said the foreigners and their dependents staying in … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Fr. Shay Cullen

Who permits the sex industry?

THE brutal murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, 26, a transgender person, in a hotel in Olongapo City near Subic Bay Freeport, last Oct. 11, 2014, allegedly by US serviceman Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps, … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

Lawyer or lover?

[30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, Oct 26, 2104. / Exod 22:20-26 / Ps 18:2-3a, 3b-4, 47+51 / 1 Thess 1:5c-10 / Matt 22:34-40] IN the Gospel of today, Jesus is asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is … Read more »

Carla Bianca V. Ravanes

Ride or die

These days, technologically apt kids and kids at heart have a different dictionary all together. Their vocabulary often consist of abbreviated terms such as BAE (before anyone else), or YOLO (you only live once). Another form are the typical English … Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

Pres. B. S. Aquino 3rd really hopeless

It is bad enough for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd to continue blaming his predecessor even while overseas, but what is worse is making foolish statements at home. Last Wednesday, the pathetic president made another puerile statement during a forum … Read more »


Saudis introduced Islam

Second of three parts But before we get ahead of the story a historical perspective is necessary. While Mindanao has been the scene of sporadic clashes between bandits and the armed forces, the clashes only assumed critical proportions after the … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Baffled by officious and bureaucratic ‘regards’ phrases

My attention was called recently by a member of Jose Carillo’s English Forum to this multiple-choice test sentence: “I spoke to him regarding (as regards, in regard to, with regard to) his future.” Baklis—that’s his username—said he found the alternatives … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Requirements for marrying a foreigner in the Philippines

Dear PAO, What are the requirements before my Australian boyfriend and I could get married here in the Philippines? Is it possible for us to get married in a place that is different from the city where our marriage license … Read more »