“I will try, like them To be my own silence And this is difficult. The whole World is secretly on fire. The stones Burn, even the stones they burn me. How can a man be still or Listen to all … Read more »

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme … Read more »

G7 hits China’s tacks in sea row

  The G7 Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on Maritime Security has lashed at China’s “unilateral actions, such as large-scale reclamation[s]” in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that are carried out with apparent aggression. In its April 15 declaration, the … Read more »

6 soldiers wounded in fresh BIFF attack

SIX soldiers were wounded as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) launched its third attack in a week in Maguindanao province in southern Mindanao. The BIFF last week lost its commander Umbra Kato, who reportedly died from hypertension. The assault … Read more »

Aquino pushing for Code of Conduct

China’s massive reclamation activities in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) show  the need for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the resource-rich waters, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said on Thursday. In an interview with reporters at his … Read more »

Chopper deal axed, US supplier blacklisted

The Department of National Defense (DND) has  scrapped the controversial P1.2- billion UH-1 helicopter project and ordered the blacklisting of the supplier, the joint venture between Rice Aircraft Services Inc. and Eagle Copter Ltd of Canada. On Friday, Malacañang confirmed … Read more »

VP: Competence a key issue in polls next year

Vice President Jejomar Binay believes Filipinos will vote for him in the 2016 presidential elections because of his competence, experience and track record as a public servant. “Competence and experience” will be the key issues in the 2016 elections, the … Read more »

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IT competence is not optional

NOW that the dust is beginning to settle from the disastrous attempt by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to compel Filipino taxpayers to use a largely useless online tax return filing system, the government should be taking a hard look at the state of its information technology competence. As many news outlets reported – and not without a... Read more »


Rain or Shine take PBA Finals Game 2

The Rain or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters outgunned the Talk ‘N Text (TNT) Tropang Texters, 116-108 to take a win and tie with the latter at 1-1 in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals match-up. Despite a career high 44-point performance … Read more »

Life & Times

‘Bring the white suit out and your boogie shoes!’

Atlantis to kick off ‘Saturday Night Fever’ 2015 Asian tour in Manila come July The iconic disco film Saturday Night Fever’s (SNF) depiction of the uncompromisingly sordid 1970s New York not only made a dance revolution during that time, but … Read more »


Customs nets dismal P885M from auctions

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) generated a measly net amount of P885 million from the public auctions of forfeited goods in 2014, compared with P200 billion in revenues the government loses from smuggling. A report released on Friday by the … Read more »

Contempt raps vs reporter to proceed

THE Court of Appeals refused to issue an injunction order seeking to stop a Quezon City court from hearing a petition for contempt filed by former Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao against broadcast journalist Jorge Cariño … Read more »

P101-M jackpot goes to lone bettor

A lone bettor has bagged the P101.9-million jackpot prize in the Super Lotto 6/49 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). According to the office of PCSO Acting Chairman and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, the 6/49 … Read more »

MILF feared to go scot-free over SAF deaths

Criminal cases against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members linked to the killing of the Special Action Force (SAF) members may face strong opposition in an MILF plan to invoke a ceasefire agreement with the government if the cases … Read more »

Macalintal: use unclaimed seniors’ discounts

Senior citizens’ rights advocate and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal sought the help of a group of businessmen for the implementation of his proposal to pool together some unused or unclaimed senior citizens’ discount, more specifically on the mandatory 5-percent discount … Read more »

Customs chief has quit?

Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla has reportedly quit his post and Malacañang, through the Department of Finance (DOF), is already looking for his replacement. According to three sources—one from the Palace, another from the Bureau of Customs and a lawyer—Sevilla … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Candidate Clinton’s campaign theme does not exist in PNoy’s universe

HILLARY Clinton launched her 2016 campaign, with one word dominating her message: inequality. Her critics said she merely pandered to the Democratic base, now lukewarm to her campaign because of the Clintons’s identification with centrist politics and Wall Street donors. … Read more »


I’VE been teaching at The Manila Times College for almost a year, and I must say that one of the perks of doing so is that it requires me to travel from Mandaluyong to Intramuros at least once a week. … Read more »

Human trafficking is an intrinsic evil and a crime against humanity

WASHINGTON, DC: Just call him Jose, or Joseph in English, because in the Bible story (Genesis 37:18-36) Joseph was sold into slavery by his own jealous brothers and taken to Egypt by the slavers. The small twelve-year old boy that … Read more »

Peace be with you!

[3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B, April 19, 2015 / Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 / Ps 4:2,4, 7-8, 9 / 1 John 2:1-5a / Luke 24:35-48] IN today´s gospel (Luke 24:36-48) Jesus once again appears to his disciples in a so-called … Read more »

Insanity & Never- Ending Corruption at DPWH

Last of two parts [The first part of this column appeared on Sunday April 12] THE rush job of REBLOCKING along EDSA in Makati and C-5 in Pasig done by the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) during the … Read more »

Hillary off to a fuzzy start

WASHINGTON, DC: Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Marital rape

Dear PAO, My friend’s sister is having a problem with her husband. She alleges that her husband sometimes forces her to have sex with her even if she does not feel like doing it. She said she is thinking of … Read more »