YEN MAKABENTA

The wisdom of divided government

Even the Holy Bible counsels it and sings its virtues. At a time when our president seeks to erase every wall of separation between the three branches of government, and make the executive indisputably supreme; when Congress doesn’t appear to … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Time to do a survey: Should Aquino run again?

There are also those [texting me] saying that the best way for us to continue on the straight path, is for me to continue leading. I cannot dismiss these suggestions from people with open minds and sincerely wishing to do … Read more »

Palace pushes lifestyle checks on all officials

MALACAÑANG on Monday said all government officials should be subjected to lifestyle checks to ensure that they live within their means and are not involved in any wrongdoing. “Lifestyle check [covers] all government officials. In one way or another, [we] … Read more »


Binay skips TV address, visits storm victims

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday set aside his personal concerns to give priority to victims of Typhoon Luis. Instead of addressing allegations of graft and corruption hurled by his critics, Binay flew to Cagayan and Isabela to assess the … Read more »

To Aquino, worsening traffic a sign of progress

TO President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the worsening traffic condition in the country should not cause distress because it is a sign of economic progress. During his meeting with members of the Filipino community in Spain on Sunday, the President said … Read more »

PVAO, Veterans hospital, George Dewey Wellness Center sign pact

War veterans are now assured of proper and better medical care and treatment after the George Dewey Medical and Wellness Center, a private hospital under the supervision of The Manila Times College Subic Inc., recently inked a memorandum of agreement … Read more »

Deaths from ferry sinking rise to 6

THE Philippine Navy has recovered three more bodies believed to have come from the sunken MV Maharlika 2, bringing to six the total number of fatalities from the incident that was caused by Typhoon Luis. Navy Public Affairs Office chief … Read more »

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Editorial

Hail to the fans

The Philippines has received FIBA’s first-ever Most Valuable Fan Best Country Award. The country earned the plaudits from the governing body of world basketball, thanks to the Filipino fans’ huge presence in the social media. “This ultimate and innovative digital experience provided basketball fans from around the world with a platform on... Read more »


Nation

Sereno hospitalized for heart problems

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno was hospitalized during her 15-day wellness leave, which ends today. According to a well-placed source of The Manila Times, Sereno has been having heart problems. The source on Monday said the Chief Justice visited her … Read more »

13 senators sign as co-authors of Bangsamoro law

MEMBERS of the majority in the Senate on Monday expressed their support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by having their name included as co-authors of the measure that aims to bring lasting peace and progress in Mindanao. Senate Bill … Read more »

Oil firms to cut pump prices

BIG oil-industry players as well as independent retailers on Monday announced that they will cut prices of diesel, gasoline and kerosene effective Tuesday. Pilipinas Shell, Petron Corp., Chevron, PTT Philippines, Phoenix Petroleum and Eastern Petroleum will roll back prices of … Read more »

Court junks two petitions of Stradcom owners

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed two petitions filed by two groups claiming control over Stradcom Corp., the past information technology service provider of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). In a 23-page decision penned by Associate Justice Ramon Cruz … Read more »

DSWD: 90% of Yolanda donations disbursed

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday said about 90 percent of the total local and foreign donations for typhoon Yolanda victims amounting to P1,121,890,457.41 were already disbursed by the department as of August 28, this year. … Read more »

Magnetic cure for bad blood bared

PARIS: Scientists said Sunday (Monday in Manila) they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections. The external gadget — tested … Read more »

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Analysis & Commentary

Ben D. Kritz

A good idea from Cayetano and a depressing one from DPWH

Although he has spent many of his recent working hours peacocking in what is almost certain to be a completely irrelevant hearing about a municipal building in one city, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano remembered that he is, in … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

Great presidents can anoint successors. Middling presidents can’t

Lula (Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva) of Brazil is the perfect example of a well-loved, well-appreciated former president. After term limits ended his presidency, Brazilian voters gave him a great gift: voting for his anointed presidential candidate, his former chief … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Who will protect Filipinos from crime syndicates inside the PNP?

There are criminal syndicates within the Philippine National Police (PNP). That’s an undeniable fact. The involvement of low-level to high-ranking policemen in a number of highly publicized crimes merely confirms what many ordinary Filipinos have known all along. What is … Read more »

LITO AVERIA

The PCOS accuracy requirement

Comelec prescribed an accuracy rate of 99.995 percent as a response to the requirement of the Election Automation Law that the automated election system perform accurately. This was included in the technical specifications of the PCOS enumerated in the Request … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Politics, Boss & the 23%

Two columns ago, I covered convergence and politics then politics and neuromarketing in the hope that doing so would refocus the kind of political communications we can have come 2016. It was not meant only for my colleagues in the … Read more »

Dennis L. Berino DBA

Employee stock ownership as an instrument of inclusive growth

Our country has experienced continuous economic growth since the start of the millennium and this can be directly measured in terms of GNP expansion from 2000 up to the second half of 2014. The country’s per capita and household incomes … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Protecting rights, interests of working children in mass media

Dear PAO, Lately, I noticed the rise of popularity and exposure of children and teenagers in mass media. I believe these young people are happy with their work and their rights and interests are protected. But I am curious about … Read more »