SC stops ‘No Bio, No Boto’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the Commission on Electionsfrom implementing its order disallowing voters without biometrics to vote. Acording to a reliable aource of The Manila Times, the justices decided to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the … Read more »

Get Rody to rumble, the mobile app game

You can now help “Rodrigo Duterte” get rid of criminals and other lawless elements – at least, in a mobile game. Game developer Argene Tanyong of KulitGames has created a mobile application for the Android platform named “Go Duterte.” “Get … Read more »

World leaders open climate summit

LE BOURGET, France: World leaders opened an historic summit in the French capital on Monday aimed at ending decades of political gridlock and forging an elusive agreement to avert calamitous global warming. The leaders kicked off 12 days of negotiations … Read more »


Robredo argues against incumbents using their posts for political gains An incumbent Vice President of the country should perform the duties required of that position instead of promoting any personal dream of becoming President while still in office, Camarines Sur … Read more »

Can Duterte run? Comelec sets D-Day

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is giving high priority to the issue of the validity of the substitution of former PDP-Laban presidential candidate Martin Diño by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The PDP-Laban on Monday proclaimed Duterte as its official … Read more »

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Administration’s amateurish assessment of ISIS threat

THERE is no seriousness in the way the Aquino Administration is addressing the threat to our country and people posed by Daesh. This is the name mainstream Arab Muslims use to refer to the jihadists and Islamic extremists who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The BS Aquino crowd’s cavalier approach to the Daesh threat... Read more »


Court ends hearings on sea row

The Philippine government is optimistic of getting a favorable ruling from the international tribunal currently deliberating on the complaint filed by the Philippines against China over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The petition is now … Read more »

Binay vows more jobs

Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed to create more jobs if he wins the presidential race next year to curb the number of Filipinos seeking employment abroad. “Pipilitin ko sa aking panunungkulan na mapaganda at maiangat ang buhay ng mga Pilipino … Read more »

‘HIV should be tackled in colleges’

Discussing HIV cases among college students may help curb the spread of the disease among young people, an official of the Department of Health said on Monday. Health Undersecretary Vicente Belizario Jr. said that incorporating HIV discussions in national service … Read more »

Resolving Poe’s cases will take time

THERE is no guarantee that the four disqualification complaints filed against Senator Grace Poe will be resolved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with finality before the commission starts printing official ballots next year. “We will exert our utmost effort. … Read more »

15 new Bantayog heroes named

Fifteen more names were added to the list of martial law heroes and martyrs at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. The names of the new heroes will be engraved on the Bantayog’s Wall of Remembrance which at … Read more »

Octogenarian dies on flight

An octogenarian passenger died while on flight to Manila from Vancouver, Canada, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Monday. It reported Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR117 had said that a passenger, 82-year-old passenger Macario Gonzales, a Canadian citizen, … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Fossil fuel divestment may leave PH in the dark

MUCH of the discussion that will be taking place at the global climate summit in Paris this week and next is likely to turn out to be a lot of hot air. There is at least one climate-related initiative that … Read more »

Death and apology

IN the run up to 2016, two words have been often mentioned: death and apology. These two words have been cited as the reason why certain quarters do not want to support a candidate because death of a family member … Read more »

The United States of Contradictions

WASHINGTON, DC: With election year less than a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness. On the one hand: The US economy is a marvel, driven forward by technological innovation, … Read more »

Generational warfare, anyone?

WASHINGTON, DC: An enduring puzzle of our politics is why there isn’t more generational conflict. By all rights, younger Americans should be resentful. Not only have they been tossed into the worst economy since the 1930s, but there’s an informal … Read more »

Bridging the gap

“The gap between the country’s rich and poor is widening, with high-earning individuals enjoying significantly faster growth in incomes compared with people from the middle- and low-income classes.” This is according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). In the … Read more »

Realization in Philippine swimming

(Last part) Many were surprised when I wrote in my last column that Universality Places were meant for Unqualified Athletes. Yes, that is true in the case of swimming. No Filipino swimmer made the Olympic qualifying time (OQT) during the … Read more »

Betting on Alterra

JOSE MARIA ESPIRITU, a reader of The Manila Times, wrote to share the story of his luck a few weeks ago when he sold his RPL shares. The three letter-acronym stands for iRipple, which has since been renamed Alterra Capital … Read more »

Learning from Gemma

ASPIRING journalists have many things to learn from the experiences and words of wisdom of Gemma Cruz-Araneta, not only as a writer but as a public servant, and a beauty queen as well. Cruz-Araneta, who chairs the non-profit Heritage Conservation … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Not everyone can be witness to a will

Dear PAO, We want to ask a question about the qualifications of the witnesses in the execution of a will. Can anyone be a witness in the preparation of a last will and testament? My friend was one of the … Read more »