Critics of President Aquino are often stumped and disarmed by the twin claims of absolute immunity from suit as president, which is hallowed in tradition, and incorruptibility, which cannot be disproved unless his hands are caught filching from the cookie … Read more »

Three bits of news caught this writer’s eye last week, all with more than just momentary social impact: the reportedly slow count of the just-tested Precinct Automated Tallying System (PaTaS), the slower Philippine growth forecasts from credit rating agencies, and … Read more »

Junjun suspended anew

2nd Ombudsman suspension links mayor to Science HS anomaly HUNDREDS of supporters of the Binay family on Monday thronged the Makati City Hall grounds as the Office of the Ombudsman once again ordered the suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar … Read more »

SC stops distribution, sale of contraceptives

THE 2nd Division of the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Department of Health from authorizing the distribution and selling of contraceptives as mandated by the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic … Read more »

Pagasa airstrip repairs halted

The Philippines has halted the repair of its airstrip in the Kalayaan (Spratly) islands due to its pending suit at The Hague challenging China’s claim over the waters, a presidential spokesman said Sunday. The work on the airstrip on Pagasa … Read more »

Film festival fails to revive dying industry

(Last of two parts) Despite thousands of screaming fans that line the streets of Manila for the “parade of the stars” every year, the long-time Metro Manila Film Festival —which was intended to revive the movie industry—is a failure. Rez … Read more »

High court ‘flip-flopped’ on UP land case

PRIVATE claimants to a 77-hectare property in Quezon City criticized two former chiefs justice who allegedly “flip-flopped” on their rulings over the dispute, stressing that the tribunal should reopen the case and “rectify” such error. The heirs of Jorge Chin … Read more »

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A good reason not to panic

THE dreaded moment has come – or it was probably more than half-expected by most analysts, and now it has finally happened: The long, contentious negotiations between the financially-strapped government of Greece and the European Union have collapsed, creating an immediate financial crisis in the troubled nation, and throwing world markets into... Read more »


Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova star on Wimbledon first day

LONDON: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova take center stage as Wimbledon gets underway on Monday (today in Manila) while Lleyton Hewitt hopes for a long goodbye on his 17th and final appearance at the All England Club. World … Read more »


AMLC told to explain bank report on Estradas

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to explain why it included the bank account of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s wife in its inquiry report on the senator’s alleged involvement in a multi-million peso plunder trial … Read more »

‘MRT budget may be LP’s poll kitty’

THE ruling Liberal Party (LP) is expecting to raise funds for the 2016 polls through a maintenance project for the Metro Rail System (MRT), Rico Quicho, a spokesman of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said. The Department of Transportation and Communication … Read more »

Marina’s Mejia candidate for IMO chief

One of the six candidates for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a Filipino: Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., currently the administrator of the country’s Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Philippines is … Read more »

Poultry dealer bags P36.2M lotto pot

A 45-year-old poultry dealer from Bulacan bagged the P36.2 million jackpot prize in the Mega Lottto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas said the lone bettor got … Read more »

Smartmatic has edge – Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted on Monday that technology provider Smartmatic Corp. has an edge over its competitors in today’s bidding for the P2.88 billion diagnostics, repair refurbishment and upgrading of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. Also up … Read more »

50 houses razed in Parañaque

At least 50 houses were destroyed by fire on Sunday night in Area B of the Airport Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Paranaque City. Paranaque City OIC Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Renato Capuz said about 200 families were affected and that property … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Stop worrying about the Fed

FOR most of this year and the latter part of last year, central bankers and financial markets in the “emerging economies” have been hypersensitive to the possibility—inevitability, really—of an upward move on interest rates by the US Federal Reserve. James … Read more »

Getting closure on closure

THE Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) to reopen its 117-kilometer Batangas-to-Manila fuel pipeline if a series of tests that will be supervised by the Department of Energy will ensure its safety. It’s about time. … Read more »

Where to, Philippines?

BEIJING, China: Taking a trip sponsored by The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China and ASEAN-China Center, organized by the China International Publishing Group and the China Report, as well as representing The Manila Times is … Read more »

PNoy covering up MILF’s terror links for BBL passage

OBSESSED with passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as his administration’s so-called “legacy”, PNoy is whitewashing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) links to known terrorists and terror groups, some of whom have pledged allegiance to the notorious jihadist group … Read more »

Grant Sara’s wish

I came across a 4-year-old prenuptial video of construction scion Victor Consunji and 2007 Binibining Pilipinas-World Maggie Wilson by the Holy Grail of videographers, Jason Magbanua. Intrigued, I watched the YouTube video and searched for more videos about the couple. … Read more »

Are you reading this?

“AN average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people. To shape policy, professors should start penning commentaries in popular media.” (Biswas and Kirchnerr, 2015) The mantra of “publish or perish” is a survival issue to … Read more »

‘Traceable’ and organic in Iloilo

WE were just invited to a mentoring session for women entrepreneurs by the Gender Focal Point Group of Iloilo province. We met with a diverse assembly of women from remote parts of the province, who all shared the same principles … Read more »

Govt’s P6.5-B take from gambling

The government should place under its top priority list the development of legalized gambling in the Philippines because it makes much money from it. One listed company alone reported having paid the government P6.5 billion in franchise fees and taxes. … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Homeowners have right to repel aggressors

Dear PAO, My neighbor and I had an argument three months ago. We had been in bad terms since then. One day, he tried to enter my property and force his way in. Luckily, the gate was locked at that … Read more »