Duterte files CoC

Legal battle looms on validity of substitution DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday officially signified his intention to join next year’s presidential elections by withdrawing his certificate of candidacy for reelection and filing a COC as a substitute candidate … Read more »

Tribunal told of massive reef damage

The Philippine panel on Thursday criticized China for its reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that it said have posed a significant threat to the marine environment. Malacañang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Kent Carpenter, a … Read more »

Pacquiao sticks to Binay

Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will remain in the corner of Vice President Jejomar Binay. In a news conference in General Santos City on Friday, Pacquiao said he will be backing Binay—the standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA—“without … Read more »

Poe wants to shoot down DQ case

Lawyers for independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe will seek dismissal of an election-offense complaint filed by radioman Rizalito David against the senator with the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Poe’s lawyers will cite a recent decision of the Senate Electoral … Read more »

Reading habit, key to being a good journalist

“Read, read and read,” former international beauty queen and writer Gemma Cruz-Araneta told students on Friday at the third Lecture Series on Journalism at The Manila Times College in Intramuros, Manila. In fact, reading history had helped her win the … Read more »

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Judges’ killings mock Aquino’s governance record

WHILE committing our country to the global war on terrorism, President Aquino will do well to also devote some of his attention and energies instead to stopping the wave of killings and assassinations of the nation’s judges—a problem that is as real and immediate as the latest reports from Paris and elsewhere. This menace at home strikes at... Read more »


University tug-of-war resolved

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has junked a case born of a tug-of-war between Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Board of Regents (PLM Board) and its former president, former Justice secretary Artemio Tuquero. It declared moot a petition filed by … Read more »

Aquinos mark 83rd birthday of Dad Ninoy

President Benigno Aquino 3rd and two of his sisters visited the tomb of their father, the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who would have turned 83 years old on Friday. The President and his sisters Ballsy and Viel … Read more »

Bangsamoro bill may be passed in December

SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Thursday expressed optimism that the chamber will be able to pass its version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law called Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLABAR) next month. Plenary deliberation on the measure will … Read more »

Smartmatic again wins P550M deal

Smartmatic-TIM Corp. has again bagged another multi-million deal from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)—the transmission solution and management service contract for the 2016 elections. Under the P558 million deal, Smartmatic will transmit the result of the national and local elections. … Read more »

PCMRI to hold simple congress in December

Philcoman Research Institute (PCMRI) will hold this year’s 40th National Management Congress in simple ceremonies to honor the recipients of the Outstanding Corporation of the year Award, Outstanding Management Leadership Award of the year and the oath-taking of new members. … Read more »

Senate approves P3-T budget

THE Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed P3 trillion national budget for 2016, with the Defense department getting the biggest additional fund. With 14 affirmative votes, one negative vote and no abstention, the Senate passed the proposed … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Election plot: ‘Last Man Standing’

WHO’S running for President? While we can rattle off four or five presidentiables, in fact, we’re not sure for whom we can actually vote next May. Especially if a rumored plot to take out opposition candidates is for real. At … Read more »

Aquino walked with vengeance

THE greatest abuse people had of their minds regarding the just past Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Manila is in believing that APEC is a grouping for purely economic concerns so that political issues, like China’s increasing … Read more »

An awful and otherworldly use of the possessive form

I THOUGHT there was something awful and otherworldly in this headline of a recent CNN.com news story: “Pregnant pastor’s wife shot, killed in home invasion in Indianapolis.” The picture it created in my mind was that of a pregnant church … Read more »

Ready or not, war is coming

IF you have the impression that several of us, Manila Times columnists, seem to be pursuing a common theme this week, you are not mistaken. It is, however, completely unplanned; being the sort of independent-minded prima donnas we are (we … Read more »

Issues first and then candidates

THE holidays will be upon us soon and it is to be hoped that we will all take time off after the tensions of Christmas shopping and timely family reunions to reflect on what kind of candidates we should support … Read more »

Constitutional reform and the Economy

Philippine Ambassador to the UK (2003-2009) Edgardo B. Espiritu wrote the following piece in 2003 during the presidency of Gloria M. Arroyo. In this article, he pointed out the urgency of sharpening the country’s economic competitiveness as the trend toward … Read more »

No tax cut after p10b Apec bash

On dictation of Noynoy Aquino, Congress has given up on the enactment of the income tax cut bill, dramatizing yet again the inutile Chief Executive’s anti-people frame of mind. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. declared the income tax cut bill dead … Read more »


The Golden State Warriors recently recorded a milestone by becoming the first team in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to start the regular season with a 16-0 mark. The regular campaign is 82 games long and while … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Parents can sell property even if title is still with daughter-seller

Dear PAO, Some 18 years ago, my sister sold her piece of land to our parents. There was only a deed of sale but the land title was not transferred to my parents. Now, our parents wanted to sell that … Read more »