SUDDENLY, Charles Dickens is new again. In The Tale of two Cities, he wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was … Read more »

RECENTLY, fellow columnist and former senator Kit Tatad expounded on moral and governance reasons why President Benigno Aquino 3rd should resign, as cited by the National Transformation Council of religious and civil society figures led by the revered Cardinal Ricardo … Read more »

Yolanda rehab hangs

PALO, Leyte: Rehabilitation of areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda almost a year later has not lifted off in the absence of a master plan for recovery due to a lack of qualified structural engineers and bureaucratic red tape in regulatory

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, headed by Panfilo Lacson, submitted in August this year Read more »

Aquino rejects scrapping of VFA

PALO, Leyte: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday shot down renewed calls to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States. In an interview, Aquino said the agreement should not be voided because of the … Read more »

Palace: No fabricated evidence vs Binay

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday said Malacañang will not allow anyone to “manufacture” evidence against Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. Aquino added that he told Binay that he will be given fair treatment as the National Bureau of Investigation … Read more »

4 US Marine witnesses in Laude slay have left the country

The four American witnesses to the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City, Zambales, allegedly by an American serviceman have left the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said this … Read more »

Pinay teener is youngest ‘X Factor Australia’ titlist

FILIPINO teenager Marlisa Punzalan made the whole country proud after she was declared on Monday as the grand winner of “The X Factor” Australia. Punzalan, 15, became the youngest champion of the talent search that started in 2005. The young … Read more »

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Vatican synod plants the seeds of change

The just-concluded Synod of Bishops has fueled intense debate over where the Catholic Church stands on issues that it has long considered as taboo. Pope Francis wanted the gathering of 191 bishops at the Vatican to be a free-wheeling forum on Church teachings and views affecting the family. ‘Speak clearly,’ he exhorted the prelates. “No... Read more »


SBC draws first blood in NCAA finals

POWERHOUSE San Beda College Red Lions took advantage of their vast championship experience to beat the Arellano University Chiefs, 74-66, on Monday in game one of the best-of-three titular series of the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament … Read more »


Quarantine doctors lack defense against viruses

Despite their readiness, Bureau of Quarantine doctors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday admitted that they lack personal protective equipment against deadly viruses. “The complete suit, [as a defense against such viruses, for example], is so expensive. … Read more »

Research institute prepared to battle Ebola virus—DOH

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s National Reference Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, is now more prepared to respond to threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. “Having … Read more »

SC affirms ouster of Justice Ong

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stuck to its previous ruling in sacking Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong in view of his links to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged architect of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. During their deliberations, majority of … Read more »

Manila’s most wanted nabbed

AUTHORITIES on Monday arrested Manila’s No. 10 most wanted in his home in Tondo. Emerson Rodriguez, 23, of 1973 Daang Bakal, Dagupan Street did not resist when he was arrested by police with two warrants of arrest. Rodriguez was facing … Read more »

CA stops payment of ‘text’ refund

AN order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for telecommunication firms to refund their subscribers some P7 billion for allegedly excessive short message service (SMS) or text charges has again been stopped by the Court of Appeals (CA). In a … Read more »

Future ‘Times’ college in Europe takes first step

THE Manila Times College and The Manila Times College of Subic signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mission Driven International last October 12 in Rome, Italy, as a first step in establishing The Manila Times College in Europe or … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

Is it time to panic yet?

Two comments made over the weekend by leaders of important global organizations should give the rest of us reasons to be gravely concerned about the ongoing Ebola epidemic. Late Friday, Jim Yong Kim, the current head of the World Bank, … Read more »

Ernesto F. Herrera

Show them the money

The Philippines is one of the countries in the world that grapples with the dilemma of not having enough teachers due to low salaries, poor working conditions and the lack of protection from violence in times of conflicts. Since the … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Shell’s 100 years of exploiting Filipinos

When a company makes billions of pesos in profit in the Philippines but intentionally refuses to obey the law requiring it to share its profits with Filipinos, isn’t that plain and simple exploitation? Well, that’s exactly what oil giant Shell … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

No short cuts

How would one level the playing field with the Aquino administration people actively endorsing their candidate hence loading the bases? The Aquino-endorsed candidate has the bureaucracy as machinery, taxpayers’ money for war chest and the Comelec as “panigurado”? Why do … Read more »


A true achievement under threat

LONDON: Looking back over the past quarter-century, it isn’t easy to name a Western policy that can truly be described as a success. The impact of Western development aid is debatable. Western interventions in the Middle East have been disastrous. … Read more »


Successful work and life integration

Thursday can either be a boon or a bane depending on the worker. It could simply mean having one more day of work before a much-awaited weekend or could also mean having to suffer another 24 hours of gloom and … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Joint wills prohibited by law

Dear PAO, My wife and I are already of old age and in preparation for our eventual demise, we deem it proper to address this inevitable event by preparing our last will and testament. Because of this, my wife and … Read more »