BSP hikes benchmark rates by 25 basis points

The Monetary Board raised its two key interest rates by 25 basis points each at its policy meeting on Thursday, effective immediately, but maintained its rates on other instruments. The new rate for overnight borrowing now stands at 3.75 percent, … Read more »


Petron to cut LPG prices

Petron is set to cut its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices on Friday. Raffy Ledesma, Petron’s Communications Strategy chief, said Gasul and Fiesta Gas prices will be slashed by P2.25 per kilogram, while Xtend (autoLPG) will drop by P1.25 per … Read more »

Palace blames panel for Bangsa law delay

AS the government and  Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resume talks aimed at rescuing deadlocked negotiations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Malacañang blamed the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) for the delay in the submission of a measure that seeks … Read more »

Govt allots P2.7B for Bangsamoro region

THE final draft of the law that will establish a Bangsamoro region is yet to be finished, but already the new entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been allotted a big budget—P2.7 billion. The … Read more »

Shortage of farm labor seen

Filipino rice farmers are among the oldest in Asia and they are aging fast, according to a study conducted by two leading agencies. The study titled “Benchmarking Philippine Rice Economy Relative to Major Rice-Producing Countries in Asia” and presented on … Read more »

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Editorial

President Aquino promoted our image as ‘The Sick Man of Asia’

The President began his State of The Nation Address on Monday with these words (excluding “Good afternoon.”): “This is my fifth SONA; only one remains. We have a saying: Those who do not look back to the past, will never get to where they wish to go. Therefore, today it is only right for us to reflect on what we have gone... Read more »


From our Readers

Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »

Nation

Judge sacked by SC over ‘Ma’am Arlene’ issue

A judge who figured in the 2013 elections of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) that resulted in the “Ma’am Arlene” controversy has been ordered dismissed from the service by the Supreme Court (SC). Intrigues about “Ma’am Arlene,” the alleged fixer … Read more »

39,000 NBP inmates score jail-behavior amendments

Inmates of the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a writ of preliminary injunction barring Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd from enforcing the Implementing Rules and … Read more »

BI to field additional 160 officers at NAIA 3

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deploy an additional 160 immigration personnel as five major airlines are set to transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3. The Terminal  3 head, Mary Ann Velasco, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

YEN MAKABENTA

Senators and their DAP loot

Part 2 Many readers, friends and colleagues, in reaction to my previous column (“Supreme Court decision documents Senators’ acts and their incentives,” Times, July 29), have anxiously written and asked: What happens now? Will the bribed senators get away scot-free? Do they get to keep their loot? How about the treasury and the people? Will they get the money back? Will the Senate go on with  “Business as Usual” Those who raise these questions are concerned  about... Read more »

Ej Lopez

The President’s ‘claim to fame’

EXCEPT for some personalities  who “sang in chorus” with the president in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), simply overlooking the many glaring statistical and theoretical “abstracts” in his claimed achievements; many, including a greater number in social media who … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Will full entry of foreign banks spur investments in PH?

President Benigno Aquino 3rd recently signed into law a bill allowing the full entry of foreign banks into the Philippines. This new law, Republic Act (RA) 10641 or “An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines,” … Read more »

KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

SONA, PNoy style

It was entertaining to say the least, listening to the State of the Nation Address 2014, the President’s fifth, oh how time flies. And it seems the President thinks he’s had a good run, done the best he could, is … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

An alarming SONA

President B.S. Aquino 3rd’s fifth  State of the Nation Address, or SONA as the annual event is known here in the acronym-happy Philippines, was significantly different than the previous four.  It followed the same basic pattern as the others— heavy … Read more »

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

Reclamation: Pros and cons

All around the world, countries have been reclaiming land for as early as the 1600s. In the Philippine context, however, reclamation is an often discussed issue, especially when it comes to land reclamation of our bays in the metro areas. … Read more »

MICHAEL-GERSON

The GOP has become the party of reform

WASHINGTON, DC: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Debt incurred by wife: Does the husband pay?

Dear PAO, My wife and I have been separated for about 5 years now. We are still not in good terms but I do not neglect my obligation to support our children who are in her care. Since we are … Read more »