Someday it will be remembered as “the strategic inflection point” of the 2016 presidential race—the moment when the nation grasped the utter vileness of the Trillanes-Cayetano-Pimentel project of character assassination in the Senate, and when the people began to see, … Read more »

Due for publication next week, the Bangsamoro Agreement and Basic Law report by the Center for Strategy, Enterprise & Intelligence (CenSEI), headed by this writer, will discuss legal, political, and practical issues facing both the peace pact and the proposed … Read more »

‘PH must boost ties with China’

MANILA TIMES FORUM: CHINA’s rise to economic superstardom is inevitable, thus it is imperative for the Philippines to rekindle and even strengthen its ties with Beijing which were severed by worsening disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), former Ambassador Roberto Romulo said on Wednesday.

Romulo, who is now the chairperson… Read more »

FVR pushes dialogue with Beijing

MANILA TIMES FORUM: Despite the disputes over some parcel of islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Philippines and China should continue to treat one another as “one family” in order to promote peace and stability not … Read more »

Sea disputes all about economic dominance

THE MANILA TIMES FORUM: The disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) between China, the Philippines and four other claimant-states are not about oil and minerals but about fishing resources, a senior analyst of US-based think tank Stratfor … Read more »

Manila must balance trade with sovereignty

MANILA TIMES FORUM: In its dealings with China, the Philippines will have to cautiously strike a balance between asserting its sovereign claim over parts of the West Philippine Sea and keeping Chinese investments, according to Stratfor analyst Rodger Baker. Picking … Read more »

APEC summit skirts sea rows

Territorial disputes over islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) will not be on the agenda when President Benigno Aquino 3rd attends the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing next month. Laura del Rosario, Foreign Affairs … Read more »

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Kobane as a litmus test

In what appears to be a key development in the war against the Islamic State, about 150 peshmerga fighters from the Kurdish province in Iraq have arrived in a border village in Turkey from where they plan to launch an offensive against IS jihadists laying siege on the Syrian town of Kobane. The peshmerga fighters’ presence in Turkish... Read more »


Giants beat Royals for title behind Bumgarner

KANSAS CITY: Sparked by Madison Bumgarner’s historic pitching performance on only two days’ rest, San Francisco won their third World Series in five seasons by beating Kansas City 3-2 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The Giants won Major League Baseball’s … Read more »

Life & Times

Goth girl

30 years of chronicling gothic subculture “IT’s just a phase.” These are words said when referring to obsessions that end up as a passing fancy. But being a goth doesn’t mean you are depressed or rebellious, it just means you … Read more »


UP declares half-day classes on October 31

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines in Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan on Wednesday announced that classes on October 31 will only be until 12 noon to allow students and personnel to rush to their provinces for the All Saints Day commemoration. The … Read more »

Aquino gives up on special powers

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday said his request for emergency powers to rent generators for a looming energy shortage is no longer an option. In a forum with business executives in Makati City (Metro Manila), Aquino explained that power … Read more »

DOF cold to planned lowering of tax rates

The Department of Finance (DOF) has supposedly shown little interest in redu-cing the income tax rates of individuals by making those who earn more pay more, Rep. Roman Romulo of Pasig City (Metro Manila), an author of a measure seeking … Read more »

PNP: Only 405 people joined transport strike

A nationwide transport strike called by a militant group on Monday was a dud as it did not paralyze transportation in major urban centers in the country, a police official said. Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, Public Information Office chief of … Read more »

Govt files deport raps vs ‘Jennifer’ fiance Marc

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has filed deportation charges against Marc Sueselbeck who was offloaded on Sunday when he tried to leave the country back to Germany, two days after the burial of his transgender partner Jennifer Laude. BI spokesman … Read more »

Philippines, Taiwan sign free legal aid agreement

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: The Philippines on Monday entered into a legal aid deal with the Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) during the 2014 International Forum on Legal Aid being held here. Persida Rueda-Acosta, chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), led the … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Ed C. Tolentino

Looming power shortage

Philippine professional boxing is facing an impending power crisis and extending special powers to President Noynoy Aquino will not address the matter. Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao is already leaning on archiving the gloves in 2016 to pursue other endeavors. Truth … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

The import puzzle

AT the end of last week, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) released the monthly import statistics for August, which elicited some puzzling reactions from government officials and local analysts. Total imports for … Read more »


Daniel Burnham’s plan for Manila designed for urban resiliency

Second of two parts “The existing conditions with suggestions as to their most obvious possibilities, shows that improvements of great scope are attainable in Manila by reasonable means. On the point of rapid growth, yet still small in area, possessing … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Where is PHILTOA’s money?

This is a question that begs to be answered by the President of PHILTOA or the Philippine Tour Operators Association in the person of Cesar R. Cruz and one that the BIR might be interested to look into. In the … Read more »

Peter Cariño

Donaire can still recover

After Fernando Montiel, Jorge Arce, Jhonny Gonzales and Daniel Ponce De Leon suffered devastating knockout losses, the general belief was they were better off retiring immediately or within two years. But they all recovered, with all of them still active … Read more »

Tessa MAuricio-Arriola

My beauty-filled Christmas countdown

Around this time last year, I was homebound from an overdue visit to England where I spent a good part of my teens. My suitcases were bursting to overweight, not with shopping for myself, but with goodies I enjoyed from … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Instances when power of attorney can’t be revoked

Dear PAO, I have a house and lot in Palawan that I will lease to a newly-wed couple for a period of two years. I don’t have time to personally attend to it so I am thinking of authorizing my … Read more »