The paid propaganda fraudsters are at it again, trying to hijack the 2016 presidential nominating process. This process used to be the business of accredited political parties, which held national conventions to nominate official candidates in any election. We copied … Read more »

The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East — negotiating the Iran deal, sending Special Operations forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to … Read more »

Senate to probe justices – Drilon

But cannot compel them to attend hearing SAYING justices are not above the law, Senate President Franklin Drilon on Sunday announced that senators will investigate allegations of corruption in the judiciary because the chamber has the power to do so. … Read more »


Wargames to boost readiness vs threats

AGAINST a backdrop of China’s frenzied reclamation projects in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Philippines and the United States begin on Monday this year’s Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises that Malacañang said will boost both countries’ readiness to … Read more »

Indra can supply counting machines – Spanish envoy

The Supreme Court’s decision stopping the P268-million contract entered into by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smarmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM) has cleared the way for a Spanish company to push its bid to supply counting machines to be used … Read more »

700 migrants drown in deadliest Mediterranean shipwreck

ROME: Seven hundred people are feared to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, the UN’s refugee agency said on Sunday, in what could be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant disaster yet. Only 28 people … Read more »

Church groups ask govt: Help Mary Jane

AN alliance of Church-based anti-human trafficking groups has added its voice to the growing campaign to save the life of a Filipino single mother who is set to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling. The Philippine Interfaith Movement Against … Read more »

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Editorial

Aspirant for HK Chief post attacks Filipina DHs for stealing husbands

A PRO-BEIJING Hong Kong executive councilor (equivalent to a state congressman or assemblyman in the US system), Mrs. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, on Friday April 10 accused Filipina housemaids of ruining the marriages of their employers by seducing their expatriate bosses. A former Secretary for Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative... Read more »


Nation

SC poised to void P300-M poll deal

An overwhelming majority of Supreme Court (SC) justices are set to declare void a P300-million “midnight deal” entered into by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with Smartmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM). In its final en banc session in Baguio City on … Read more »

No longer their cup of milk tea

The death of two persons from apparent milk tea poisoning has cast doubt on the safety of the country’s food and beverage industry and this may lead to the demise of the once booming milk tea business. On April 9, … Read more »

Bangsamoro not a substate – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday rejected criticisms that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will create a state within a state that will threaten the sovereignty of the Philippines. “We don’t agree with that opinion. We’ve gone through every detail of the draft … Read more »

March 2015 hottest month on record

MIAMI: Rising temperatures across the planet have set more new records, as the US government said Friday (Saturday in Manila) that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880. The period of January to March … Read more »

BIR told to improve new tax filing system

As taxpayers experienced difficulties in filing their income tax returns online, Malacañang on Saturday urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to “refine” the changes it has introduced so as not to burden taxpayers. In a radio interview, deputy spokesman … Read more »

Customs nets dismal P885M from auctions

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) generated a measly net amount of P885 million from the public auctions of forfeited goods in 2014, compared with P200 billion in revenues the government loses from smuggling. A report released on Friday by the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

‘Ping-Pong’ trades, anyone?

A READER of The Manila Times sent a very important message to Due Diligencer. In an e-mail, the writer, who prefers to remain unnamed, said San Miguel Corp. and Top Frontier Investment Holdings Inc. may be engaged in what he/she … Read more »

Sustainability gone wild

WASHINGTON, DC: Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in … Read more »

Fixing what’s broke in the Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been “headless” for almost three months now and President Benigno Aquino 3rd seems to be having a hard time getting a replacement for Sixto Brillantes Jr. Brillantes retired on February 2 after serving the … Read more »

Hope is priceless. Cost of Hope is not

FROM the time the Treaty of Paris was signed – when the Philippines were sold to the US by Spain for $20 million — the United States has been considered the land of milk and honey. For sugar cane, cannery … Read more »

Coming to terms with the American Empire

First of two parts “Empire” is a dirty word. Considering the behavior of many empires, that is not unreasonable. But empire is also simply a description of a condition, many times unplanned and rarely intended. It is a condition that … Read more »

Ghost project in Laguna

What’s this I have been hearing all the way from Laguna that a certain contractor, despite his failure to implement a multi-million peso project in the province, still gets paid by the local government unit? Rumor has it that a … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Children born out of wedlock can be legitimated

Dear PAO, Our company driver just got married. He and his wife have been cohabiting for almost a decade before they got married and they already have three children aged ten, six and three. It was just a simple ceremony … Read more »