‘Filipinos deprived of fishing grounds’

The Philippines on Tuesday said China has deprived Filipino fishermen of their right to fish within the country’s exclusive economic zone as the Asian giant aggressively staked its claim to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Paul Reichler, the … Read more »

Will Duterte sub for Señeres?

Citing social ties that bind them, a party-list lawmaker on Wednesday claimed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has another way to sneak into next year’s presidential race–by substituting for his fraternity brother and law school upperclassman, Roy Señeres. “Substituting … Read more »

SC asked to strike down ‘no bio, no boto’

Youth and students groups on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to nullify the “No Bio, No Boto” campaign of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), saying it would deprive more than three million voters of their right to vote in next … Read more »

Poe’s DQ cases up for resolution

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday terminated oral arguments on three petitions seeking the disqualification of Sen. Grace Poe in next year’s presidential elections. The cases filed by former senator Francisco Tatad, De La Salle University political science professor … Read more »

Citizenship issue to hound Grace Poe

Sen. Grace Poe will not enjoy a smooth ride even if she succeeds in her quest for the presidency, a congressman said on Wednesday. Poe, 47, is running as an independent candidate for President and is leading all pre-election surveys … Read more »

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Aisa’s lamp and the awful power sector situation

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. the other day urged the government to help Filipina inventor Aisa Mijeno realize her group’s goal of mass producing its salt-water powered LED lamp invention. Marcos made the exhortation in sadness. He observed that the Philippine government has done nothing to support Mijeno’s invention,... Read more »


Ginebra, TNT notch victories

Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text both scored resounding victories against their respective rivals on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Led by veteran guard Mark Caguioa and big man Greg Slaughter, the Gin … Read more »


Court junks P2.9B tax claim vs Estradas

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has reversed a ruling by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requiring former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his wife, former Sen. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito Estrada, to pay P2.9 billion in … Read more »

Senate wants bigger budget for DND

THE Senate will further scrutinize the proposed P3 trillion budget for 2016 to find items that can be realigned to augment the allocation for the Department of National Defense (DND). The move came after minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile learned … Read more »

Police extends heightened alert status

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to maintain its heightened alert that was raised at the start of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting last week. PNP chief Ricardo Marquez said extending the heightened alert status is … Read more »

Lottery flaws have been fixed – PCSO

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Wednesday welcomed any inquiry in the implementation of its Small-Town Lottery (STL) program as it maintained that it has been reviewing the STL and implementing corrective measures to fix its flaws. The agency … Read more »

Value of Marcos jewels may have doubled – PCGG

IF the value of the jewelry collections seized from the Marcoses is doubled from its appraised value more than two decades ago, the government may get more than P700 million if it decides to put the jewels on the block, … Read more »

2 pushers fall with P6 million shabu

The District Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group ((DAIDSOTG) on Wednesday morning has confiscated about three kilos or P6 million worth of shabu in Quezon City during a buy-bust operation. QCPD Director General Edgardo Tinio identified the suspects as Chinese … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

No, the Philippines is not going to be okay

AS we prepare to turn to the last page of the 2015 calendar, the impression that the world is sliding toward uncontrollable chaos is difficult to dismiss. It is an impression that is probably completely accurate. The bad news seems … Read more »

Imelda’s jewels as artifacts of history

A TINY news report caught my attention on the night of November 24, when ABS-CBN ran a story on Christie’s auction house arriving in Manila to assess the jewelry collection previously owned by Imelda Marcos. It excites me no end, … Read more »

The discipline of gratitude

WASHINGTON, DC: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, which is a disposition, a virtue and a way of thinking all at once. We often trivialize gratitude as little more than a passing feeling that gets expressed on greeting cards or in quick … Read more »

The RE-century in planning and architecture

OUR city is a reflection of who we are. It is the physical manifestation of our inner most longings and culture. It is a place where social tradition, care for the natural environment and ecology, the way we live, earn … Read more »

Floyd-Manny 2 won’t save boxing

The outcome of the Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto middleweight championship bout over the weekend was quite a treat for fight fans, but still did not measure up to the marquee bouts of the 1980s in the welterweight to middleweight division. Even … Read more »

What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global … Read more »

Andrew Tan’s liquor empire

FOR the information of the readers of The Manila Times who also find time to include Due Diligencer in their reading habit, I could not categorically define for them the 10-percent minimum public ownership required of listed companies under the … Read more »

Smartmatic running circles around COMELEC Commissioners

A LEADING daily reported last week that Comelec has leased another 3,540 vote-counting machines (VCM) for P133,466,600 for the May 2016 local and national polls. (No, the VCM is not a new machine; it’s the same despicable PCOS that, because … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Old land title superior to new one

Dear PAO, Several years ago, my cousin introduced me to his friend who needed money. With the assurance that the loan will be secured by a mortgage and the title will be surrendered to me, I agreed to lend money. … Read more »