Reaction to my Occupy experiment last Thursday, where in I allowed one reader’s comment to occupy this slot in the Times  (“Aquino all branding and no substance,” The Manila Times, April 16,2015) was swift and copious, comments poured in from … Read more »

Before his retirement, Commission on Elections Chairman had assured the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms that he would inhibit himself from voting on preparations for the 2016 elections and allow his successor to do so. Sen. Koko Pimentel, the panel … 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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Are Madam de Villa et al. of PPCRV just saintly naïfs?

OR are they in fact willfully aiding the Comelec impose the illegal Smartmatic Automated Election System (AES) cum Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines on our electoral process to ensure the perpetuation of BS Aquino-Liberal Party rule? The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is the Comelec authorized watchdog in... Read more »

Life & Times

Believe in soulmates? Survey shows you’re not alone

IF you believe everyone has a someone, somewhere—you’re not alone. According to a poll by Wakefield Research, 76 percent believe in soulmates—with millennials leading the way at 84 percent. For more than one in three, however, true love has not … 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

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 »

Soils: The ‘neglected’ resource?

AS early as 1980, UN’s Environmental Law Program encouraged and promoted the  development of legislation in the field of soil conservation. Except for FAO’s Soil Charter (1981) and a few regional agreements, little has been done to address the use … Read more »

Shell-shocked by English grammarbombs in entertainment reporting

FOR better or for worse, this column will depart from the usual so it can take up the atrocious English of two wedding-related stories that came out recently in entertainment news and gossip websites. The first is about American singer … Read more »

What employers want their employees to know

In two words: Business fundamentals. Every CEO, every COO wants their executives, colleagues, employees and suppliers to know and understand their core fundamentals. When everyone in the business is knowledgeable about the business, then the CEO/COO and the company become … Read more »

An integrity test for the ERC

WITH an announcement in the middle of last month that its prepaid retail electric service (PRES) had been “approved” by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) utility giant Meralco gave hundreds of thousands of electric customers a glimmer of hope that … 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 »