My Monday column (“Why do we let these fraudsters fool us?”) alarmed a few friends who felt it might have cost me whatever little chance I had of ever figuring in any political survey, should I ever lose my mind … Read more »

“Hank, you’re a real patriot. Why are you helping China?” The question was put to Henry “Hank” Paulson Jr., former CEO of Goldman Sachs and US treasury secretary during the 2008 financial crisis, last year when he spoke to financial … Read more »

SC voids Smartmatic deal

BAGUIO CITY: If you can’t beat them, join them. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco, whom sources of The Manila Times earlier identified as fighting tooth and nail to convince their colleagues to green-light a “midnight … Read more »

Palace: No need for NSC meet

Malacañang on Tuesday said there is no need to convene the National Security Council (NSC) to map out plans on how to deal with China’s unperturbed reclamation workS on islands and shoals within Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea … Read more »

Aquino govt ratings drop to lowest

The Aquino administration’s net satisfaction rating has dropped to its lowest in March, latest survey results of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The survey in effect gave metrics of the political backlash on the way President Benigno Aquino 3rd … Read more »

20 lawmakers in US for Pacquiao bout

At least 20 lawmakers will be in the United States on May 2 or the day when their colleague, Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao would take on undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in a fight that would define his legacy in … Read more »

Gazmin not yet off the hook

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin’s responsibility does not end with the termination of the P1.2-billion UH-1 helicopter project and the blacklisting of the supplier, the joint venture between Rice Aircraft Services Inc. (RASI) and Eagle Copter Ltd of Canada. According to … Read more »

Other stories >>


‘Malaysia’s role should be explained’

THE column “Malaysia’s role should be explained” by Yen Makabenta elicited both angry less-than-knowledgeable responses as well as educated opinions. We want to share some of these with you readers. Reader hector wrote: “I predict that the Bangsamoro territory will become an expanded MILF terror-camp and a training hub for Asia. The... Read more »


‘Chosen few’ gainers from BI rotation plan

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to implement starting next month nationwide quarterly rotations of its personnel, a move that many feared would result in massive dislocation of employees or worse, possible paralysis of immigration operations. Highly placed Immigration … Read more »

CA probes 2 justices

Baguio City: The Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday ordered its committee on ethics and special concerns to look into allegations that two of its members received millions of pesos in exchange for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that favored … Read more »

Oil firms hike pump prices

OIL firms will increase prices of petroleum products on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Seaoil, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Flying V, PTT Philippines and Eastern Petroleum said they will hike gasoline prices by P1.50 per liter and diesel by P1 per liter. … Read more »

Maliksi named new PCSO chairman

FORMER Cavite representative Erineo Maliksi has been appointed chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the position left vacant by Margarita Juico who resigned last year. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Maliksi’s appointment paper was signed by … Read more »

HK lawmaker rapped for remarks vs Pinay maids

HONG KONG: A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded “racist” and “offensive” by critics. There are 300,000 maids in Hong Kong, mostly from the … Read more »

PDEA is now ISO-certified

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the country’s lead agency in the fight against illegal drugs, is now ISO 9001:2008 certified. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., said this after receiving the prestigious certification from Renato Navarette, managing director … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Who bought PRC’s 50-M insider shares?

WHEN majority and significant stockholders sell or buy shares in their own company, they should be required to identify in their filings the parties they deal with. The stumbling block to this suggestion is that the market may not have … Read more »

Obsessing over Iqbal’s true name and the depravity of PH policy-making

The most repeated question over the past several weeks in this sad country of ours has been this: What is Iqbal’s true name? The obsession over Iqbal’s name and true identity has reached such a fever-pitch that it has eclipsed … Read more »

Independence: More than meets the eye

What is that hidden force that absolutely influences the attainment of transparency in conducting national and local elections? It is neither related to legal nor information and communications technology aspects of automated election law (i.e. RA 9369)!….That hidden force is … Read more »

Birds of a feather flock together at LP?

The national treasurer of the Liberal Party, Gov. Alfonso Umali of Oriental Mindoro, was sentenced to 10 years in jail Monday by the Sandiganbayan after finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt of graft. I won’t be surprised if Umali won’t … Read more »

Desperately seeking a legacy

WASHINGTON, DC: “I have never seen anything like it.” So I was told by a former US official, who had seen much as a senior diplomat. It has become hard to deny that the rollout of the Lausanne framework is … Read more »

PhilWeb’s online casinos operate in school areas

We’ve received numerous complaints from outraged parents and youth advocates after finding out from this column about the proliferation of “online casinos” near schools all over the country. To see for themselves if there is veracity to the report, alarmed … Read more »

Legal Advice

pao logo

Defendant can request court to lower bail

Dear PAO, My friend has a criminal case in court right now and he is wondering if he can post bail. Assuming he can post bail but the amount is beyond his financial capacity, can he ask the court to … Read more »