Some readers and friends have written and called to say that my column on the Trojan horse (“BBL is a Trojan Horse”, Times, 18 April 2015) did not cover the entire problem. I failed to discuss Malaysia’s self-serving role in … Read more »

The South China (West Philippine) Sea tensions will again come up in the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit on April 27-28 in Kuala Lumpur and the resort island of Langkawi. Amid the usual flurry of controversy, now stirred … Read more »

‘Convene NSC now’

SEN. Francis Escudero on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to immediately convene the National Security Council (NSC) to once and for all chart a course of action on how to address China’s aggressive acts in the south Chian … Read more »

OIC chief tells rebels: Unite for peace

DAVAO CITY: A top-level delegation from the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to set aside their differences and support the peace … Read more »

Marines to storm beaches near Scarbo

FILIPINO and American Marines will conduct beach landing exercises on Tuesday as the biggest war exercises in 15 years between the two allied countries get underway. This year’s Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder), to be participated in by about 12,000 troops, is conducted … Read more »

Customs sees Pope visit, low oil prices behind missed Q1 target

Pope Francis gave Filipinos a profound spiritual, emotional, and intellectual high during his five-day visit to the country in early January. The Bureau of Customs (BOC), however, has a different take on the so-called “Francis effect.” The visit from January … Read more »

Binay to plead anew for Pinay mule’s life

Vice President Jejomar Binay will make a last-ditch effort to appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who is currently on death row for illegal-drugs possession. Binay, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino … Read more »

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Openly aggressive China knows it can act with impunity

THE Philippine Coast Guard yesterday confirmed that a Chinese vessel drove away Filipino fishermen from our Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. This is where in 2012 there was a globally publicized standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels when the Philippine Navy tried to apprehend Chinese vessels fishing in Panatag. Our PN troopers had boarded... Read more »


CA probes 2 justices

Baguio City: The Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday ordered its committee on ethics and special concerns to look into allegations that two of its members received millions of pesos in exchange for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that favored … Read more »

Oil firms hike pump prices

OIL firms will increase prices of petroleum products on Tuesday. In separate advisories, Seaoil, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Flying V, PTT Philippines and Eastern Petroleum said they will hike gasoline prices by P1.50 per liter and diesel by P1 per liter. … Read more »

Maliksi named new PCSO chairman

FORMER Cavite representative Erineo Maliksi has been appointed chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the position left vacant by Margarita Juico who resigned last year. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Maliksi’s appointment paper was signed by … Read more »

HK lawmaker rapped for remarks vs Pinay maids

HONG KONG: A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded “racist” and “offensive” by critics. There are 300,000 maids in Hong Kong, mostly from the … Read more »

PDEA is now ISO-certified

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the country’s lead agency in the fight against illegal drugs, is now ISO 9001:2008 certified. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., said this after receiving the prestigious certification from Renato Navarette, managing director … Read more »

Mandaluyong to re-launch riding in tandem ordinance

FOLLOWING the success of an ordinance that bans riding-in-tandem motorcycle riders in an effort to curb crimes involving motorcycle riders, the city government of Mandaluyong has announced it was on a schedule to re-launch its Riding in Tandem Ordinance No. … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Forget about ‘inclusive growth’

ONE of the most abused terms in political economics, especially in the insipid way it has been bandied about by the current Administration over the past couple years, is that old, ill-defined chestnut, “inclusive growth.” Most articles or papers that … Read more »

Greening the grid

PRESIDENT Aquino has committed to further increase government’s multibillion-peso annual spending for various infrastructure and power projects in the remaining months of his term, which ends on June 30, 2016. The President said the Philippines has a total dependable capacity … Read more »

Bullying the judiciary for political vendetta

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes 4th’s move to hale two Court of Appeals (CA) justices before the Senate on bribery allegations is nothing but a shameless ploy to intimidate and punish members of the judiciary for issuing a ruling in favor of … Read more »

Summer, power & the crying wolf

WE had rains yesterday in some parts of the metropolis and finally it seems the land was able to breath from the scorching heat. Alas, it was like all the steam came out from the fissures of Metro Manila. Power … Read more »

The power of Moore’s Law

WASHINGTON, DC: Fifty years ago, in mid-April 1965, the trade magazine Electronics published an article by an obscure engineer making a seemingly preposterous prediction: The number of electronic components (transistors, resistors, capacitors) that could be squeezed onto integrated circuits — … Read more »

Coming to terms with the American Empire

Last of two parts Limits of the American Empire The problem of the American Empire is the overhang of the Cold War. During this time, the United States expected to go to war with a coalition around it, but also … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Laws do not limit acts of donation

Dear PAO, I never got the chance to get married but I do have a child who was born out of wedlock. He has been a very good son and I could not be more proud of him. Now, I … Read more »