20,000 troops eyed to crush terrorists

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte wants to deploy up to 20,000 more soldiers to put an end to terrorist attacks and kidnappings of foreigners in Mindanao. Meeting with top military and police officials at the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao headquarters in Zamboanga … Read more »

Threat of jailing Arroyo anew ‘cruel’

PLACING former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in detention over new plunder charges would be “oppressive” if not “cruel,” her lawyer Estelito Mendoza said, a day after the now Pampanga representative regained her freedom. Mendoza told reporters in a news conference … Read more »

Smartmatic admits using unofficial servers

THE CAMP of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was surprised to learn directly from Smartmatic that it used several servers apart from those sanctioned by the Commission on Elections during the May 2016 elections. He cited the admission of … Read more »

Filipino fishermen stop going to Panatag

MARIVELES, Bataan: Fishermen on Friday said the Chinese Coast Guard has become stricter and bolder in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal after an international arbitration tribunal’s ruling favoring the Philippines in a long-standing maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South … Read more »

Trump promises ‘safety’ to fearful Americans

CLEVELAND, Ohio: A triumphant Donald Trump accepted the Republican White House nomination Thursday (Friday morning in Manila), promising fearful Americans he would restore “safety” to a country that had lost its way and is mired in crises. Trump “humbly and … Read more »

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Yes, help our fishermen by talking to China, but…

SUPREME Court Justice Antonio Carpio is right. The Philippine government should help Filipino fishermen get access to the waters that have been their—and Chinese and other Southeast Asian peoples’—traditional fishing ground in the South China (West Philippine) Sea. And help the cash-strapped fishermen because they have no income. The... Read more »


Senators eye probe of De Lima’s drug links

The tables may be turned against neophyte Sen. Leila de Lima as some senators are willing to investigate her alleged links to drug syndicates. Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, who is expected to be elected Senate President on Monday, said he … Read more »

Deliver on promises, bishop asks Duterte

MANILA Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to come up with a concrete plan on how he would go about his campaign promises to put a stop to the illegal practice of labor contractualization and to … Read more »

Students to High Court: Review curfew policies

A political organization of students has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to review the legality of city and municipal ordinances on curfews, which they described as vague, unjust and repressive. In their petition, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) together … Read more »

P5-B stipends released to 1M senior citizens

Over P5 billion in cash stipends has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to more than 1 million senior citizens from January to June this year. The DSWD has allotted a total of P8,711,203,000 for … Read more »

Marcos camp claims early ‘win’ in fraud case

The Marcos camp declared an early victory in its cybercrime case against Smartmatic after the Manila Prosecutor’s Office did not allow the election software and hardware provider to conduct a clarificatory presentation in the continuation of it’s preliminary investigation. Deputy … Read more »

Pinoy folk’s help sought in fight vs child abuse

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday sought help from ordinary Filipinos and concerned agencies to end the child abuse menace in the country. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the department is augmenting its program to stop … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The world according to PDU30

“Friends, countrymen, lend me your ears; I write about PDU30, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good, if any, is forgotten. So let it be with PDU30, because he is an honorable man.” … Read more »

Asean: Defense evolves in uncertainties

MEDIA campaigns by the global defense industry accelerated during the last few years. Military defense technology exhibition/exposition with seminars, conferences and free demonstrations of the latest in arms capability increased in number and frequency. Among Asean countries, Singapore and Indonesia … Read more »

Distinguishing between prepositions of place and prepositions of time

I WAS thinking of presenting some very interesting responses to my open letter last week on dubious stories in Philippine media that Filipino women have the world’s smallest breasts <http://tinyurl.com/zcxkhtj>, but an incredibly unbelievable language-related story came up in the … Read more »

Money lessons for young professionals

Fortunately, the subject of Personal Finance will finally find its way to our school system very soon. I am hoping that students’ early exposure in this subject will help them properly manage their finances when they enter the workforce. Unfortunately, … Read more »

Let’s end these extrajudicial killings!

One of my Facebook friends wrote that 91 percent of Filipinos approve of the rampant extrajudicial killings to eliminate the drug problem in the country. But remember only 1,200 respondents were asked by these survey organizations. Let me share some … Read more »

Pay attention to the right global conditions

EXPERTS’ views about components of the local economy, such as the behavior of the stock market, the balance of foreign trade, or the peso-dollar exchange rate, more often than not include a reference to “global economic conditions.” This is usually … Read more »

GSIS’ Vergara is highest paid govt executive

HENRY Onia, a regular reader of The Manila Times, has suggested that I also look at the Government Service Insurance System as I have done with the Social Security System. Good idea and I welcome it. But here is something … Read more »

Whence comes justice?

I AM certainly not a lawyer and much less remotely connected with the judiciary and actually have no objections or even comments on their latest judgment that ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has nothing to answer for in the case of the … Read more »

Editors' Picks

Aquino to face 1,997 malversation cases when he steps down

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who… Read more »

Duterte may have to reconsider a revolutionary govt

[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain … Read more »

Highest-paid SSS executive: A foundling of cronyism and patronage

The Aquino administration knows no other way to manage and do things than by patronage and cronyism. Every time there is an appointment to be made, Aquino turns to a crony. Every time there is a government contract to be awarded, he picks a crony. And when there is a dangerous operation to be launched, he picks a crony.

This is the valedictory insight… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Termination valid if ‘undertime’ results in neglect of duties

Dear PAO, Can a private employee be terminated just because of being late? I asked this because my brother received a couple of memoranda from his employer with the tenor that they are considering to terminate him. He works as … Read more »