Undersecretary killed in crash

DepEd’s Francis Varela hailed for anti-corruption efforts A high-ranking official of the Department of Education was killed in a motorcycle crash in Tanay, Rizal on Saturday morning. Francis Varela, the agency’s undersecretary for finance, was rushed to the Antipolo District … Read more »

Officials urged: Stand up against Iglesia ‘tyranny’

A party-list congressman became the voice in the wilderness amid the ongoing crisis within the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) that has spilled into the streets in Metro Manila as he called on government officials to take … Read more »

Pope tells parents: Teach your children how to pray

Vatican City: Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered for the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, … Read more »

Pork-funded schools not SEC-registered

THEY ARE supposed to be top-rate technical vocational institutions (TVIs), which is why they bagged millions of pesos from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). Or actually, from the pork-barrel funds of some legislators that had been loaded … Read more »

Broadcaster’s coffee shop strafed

Two men raked a coffee shop in Quezon City (Metro Manila) owned by a popular radio and television commentator with gunfire at past 1 a.m. on Friday. No one was reported hurt in the incident, which happened hours after members … Read more »

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Commiserate with Chinese friends over Tianjin tragedy

WITHOUT publicizing their words, some Filipinos have been saying in private about the tragically lethal August 12 chemical explosion in the port city of Tianjin “Buti nga! (Serves them right!)” These Filipinos are among those whose sense of patriotism has been deeply wounded by the Chinese government’s determination to create man-made... Read more »


Poe to answer SET complaint

SENATOR Grace Poe will submit her citizenship papers and travel documents to the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) next week when she files her answer to a complaint filed against her by Rizalito David. The SET in a resolution directed the … Read more »

Erap lags in mayoral survey

IF the elections were held this month, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada will not be re¬elected as Manila mayor, according to the latest survey. The survey commissioned by a member of the Liberal Party (LP) who asked not to be … Read more »

US astronaut bares plan to inhabit Red Planet

MOSCOW: A Martian settlement could be a reality by 2040, according to Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second human to walk on the moon. The space enthusiast has a plan to use the Red Planet’s moons as extraterrestrial pit … Read more »

OFWs have right to express sentiments – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday said it respected the decision of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to hold more mass actions against the Bureau of Customs’ plan to tighten rules on balikbayan boxes. The militant labor group Migrante had said OFWs will turn … Read more »

Petron to cut diesel price by P1.45/liter

Petron Corp. said Saturday it will reduce pump prices for diesel at P1.45 per liter and gasoline by 70 centavos per liter on Sunday. The oil company said the price adjustments will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 30. … Read more »

PH sees more robust trade with APEC

The Philippines, which plays host to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this year, expects trade with 20 APEC member economies increasing by over 6.8 percent annually to about $109.62 billion in 2015. Ambassador Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, Deputy … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The regime’s full-throated march to idiocy

I HAVE yet to agree with a Marcos in 62 years , which is my age. But you have to appreciate the crafting of Senator Marcos’ response to the government’s war against Balikbayan boxes. The boxes, Mr. Marcos said, are … Read more »

Odd schemes and rally permits

IT is difficult to stay calm in the midst of worsening traffic, but it sure helps that this time around the President seems to understand how bad it actually is, not spinning it to talk about development and progress, not … Read more »

Annalisa: A mother at 14

THE incredible silence that surrounds the abuse of children is what is most disturbing and shocking for some but not the majority of people. The vast majority chooses not to notice and come to the help of children when it’s … Read more »

Be Doers of the Word

[22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, Aug. 30, 2015 / Deut 4:1-2, 6-8 Ps 15:2-3a, 3b-4a, 4b-5 / Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 / Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23] “DOERS of the Word” is an excellent book of Moral Theology written … Read more »

Issues on Baguio (2): Camp John Hay

[Opinion Editor’s Note: This article, which is the second of Mr. Ricardo B. Ramos’ promised two articles on “Issues on Baguio,” is his last column in The Manila Times.  He bids farewell to Times readers and editors.  We wish him … Read more »

The bumper-to-bumper ‘tuwid na daan’

PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last has asked the people bearing the burden of the worsening traffic to be “more patient and understanding.” Former Speaker Prospero “Boy Nogie” Nograles Jr. may have heard it differently but definitely, what he thought he … Read more »

It’s unwise to drop the helping verb ‘do’ in emphatic sentences

MY column last week on how the helping verb “do” works as an intensifier in English drew the following very interesting and intriguing response from reader Jose Oliveros: “This is regarding the use of the phrase ‘in need of’in ‘Our … Read more »

Charitable giving is best when voluntary

The other day, I was chatting with my childhood friend, Linda, who owns a carinderia (small restaurant) in our barangay (village). I noticed when a bumbay (Indian guy) arrived, she immediately dipped into her cash box and gave him P100. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marriage contracted by minors void

Dear PAO, I faked my birth certificate when I married my husband on May 18, 1997. I was 17 years of age that time. I made it appear in my marriage contract that my birthday is January 22, 1979 instead … Read more »