Cory law may save Pnoy

A measure signed into law by Corazon Aquino just before losing her transitional powers as revolutionary president to the elected Congress in 1987 may rescue her son President Benigno Aquino 3rd from a political downfall that could loom over his … Read more »


Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has offered to resign amid the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy but President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said he has turned it down. The President made the announcement at the start of the 2015 … Read more »

Enrile takes cue from Bong, Jinggoy, refuses to enter plea

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday refused to enter a plea to the plunder charge he faces before the Sandiganbayan. Enrile, 90, declined to enter a plea after the court’s Third Division denied his request to examine documents that the … Read more »

4 suspects in fatal hazing no longer in the country

Four of the 17 suspects in the fatal hazing of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando have left the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday. Immigration Spokesperson Elaine Tan said Esmerson Nathaniel Calupas, … Read more »

Test vaccine for dengue considered as promising

PARIS: A prototype vaccine for dengue that two years ago yielded lukewarm results has proved more effective after wider trials and is a potential arm against the disease, researchers said on Friday. Devised by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, … Read more »

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NTC should enforce its rulings on telcos

ON May 7 this year, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), using stern language, denied the motion for reconsideration filed by mobile operator corporations against a decision it made in 2012 ordering the telcos to reduce the cost of text messages from P1 to P0.80. This decision against Globe, Smart and Sun earned the NTC heaps of... Read more »

From our Readers

NAIA GM clarifies ‘50 workers report’

We refer to the July 3, 2014 article of Mr. Benjie Vergara regarding “50 NAIA workers” who fear losing their jobs as a result of the integration... Read more »

A wider cage in which to roam

Among the few things I applauded GMA for -0 a pure evil she wasn’t -- was her progressive libertarian Memo Circular No. 155 of Nov. 17, 2004,... Read more »

Great news from PVAO administrator

This is with reference to the article titled, “PVAO must care for WWII vets and widows. And answer its hotline” published in the Manila Times on... Read more »

PDAF and DAP constitutionality

Rigoberto Tiglao’s column on “DAP Draft Supreme Court decision leaked to SWS head” is enlightening and poses interesting legal issues on DAP... Read more »

Just do it!

More than a decade ago, GMA did not like any Judicial and Bar Council nominee for Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals for having perceived... Read more »


Champion La Salle faces FEU in UAAP opener

De La Salle University will begin its title-retention bid as it battles Far Eastern University (FEU) when the University Athletic Association Season 77 unfolds on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. The La Salle-FEU game is set at 4 p.m. after … Read more »

The Sunday Times Magazine

MIKEE ROMERO conquers the ‘game of kings’

IN decades past, polo players in the Philippines were generally “born into the game,” which their fathers, grand fathers or great grand fathers took on after American Governor General William Cameron Forbes first introduced his favorite equestrian sport to the … Read more »

Polo history in the Philippines

Although horses have long been associated with transportation in the Philippines, it was not until the arrival of the Americans that Filipinos learned how to combine a mallet, a helmet, and a good relationship with the powerful animal to enjoy … Read more »

DR. MICHAEL ROMERO, PhD the businessman at a glance

Before conquering the world of business management and finance, Mikee Romero was a varsity basketball player in his junior and senior years at the De La Salle University, where he completed his degree in Management. • Soon after graduation, he … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary


The power of one

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has placed his faith in the brute power of numbers in Congress (as herded by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon) to defeat any effort to impeach him. As a journalist and amateur historian, I think he has a lot to fear in “the power of one” to get the cause of impeachment rolling and succeeding in terminating his lawless presidency. I’m appalled that this great controversy, involving P170 billion of taxpayers’ money and... Read more »

Rick B. Ramos

DAP, ignominy & the legacy of Aquino’s presidency

My column last week on “A Do-Nothing Aquino Administration – Part 2” (MT, 05 July 2004) cited the pending concession of the 94-km Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) as an excellent example on how the presidency of Benigno Aquino 3rd vacillates on … Read more »

Efren Danao

Pachyderms and wimps in government

High officials of more moral governments would resign when their names are linked to scandals, anomalies or even ineffective administration. A Korean official, for instance, resigned after a tragic ferry sinking just because he was responsible for the nation’s transportation. … Read more »

Jose A. Carillo

Fixing a sentence with a misplaced modifying phrase

In the other week’s column, I joined fellow good English advocate Gerry Galacio in inviting readers to do the exercise of getting rid of the misplaced modifier in this sentence from the companion weekly magazine of a leading Philippine broadsheet: … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

Why 4.4% inflation feels worse than it sounds

And why blaming it on the truck ban is a bit dishonest Answering this question has become a monthly exercise for me: “If the inflation rate is only [whatever unbelievably low figure the government announced this month], then why are … Read more »

Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

Let it rain, let it rain

Don’t you just love the rains that drop into Manila these days? They are sporadic, random, brief and soft to the touch. Don’t you just remember those days when you were young and you even pray for rain so you … Read more »

Raffy Ledesma

Best free agents available

All eyes are on LeBron James. He is an unrestricted free agent who will command a max contract from any team. Reportedly, he has narrowed his choices—re-sign with the Miami Heat where he’s had much success or return to his … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Minors below 15 can be conditionally employed

Dear PAO, May a minor, 14, be lawfully employed? MS     Dear MS, Children below fifteen (15) years of age may be employed provided the requisites enumerated under Section 12 of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Special Protection of … Read more »