Despite the huge public outcry against the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has vowed not to accept defeat on this important issue. He intends to ram it through, and not be swayed by the views and sentiments of the people.

The bill—for this is what it is rather than law—seeks to create an autonomous Islamic political entity in Mindanao for the MILF, to replace the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under the Moro National Liberation Front. The bill is presented… Read more »

Above left, del Rosario and Indonesian billionaire Anthoni Salim, his former boss at First Pacific, and who now controls strategic Philippine companies, logos below.

What a pathetic country we’ve become.

French President Francois Hollande publicly warned Indonesia last week that the execution of a Frenchman for drug offences would “damage ties” between the two nations. His foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has summoned the Indonesian ambassador in Paris to stress his country’s protest against the execution… Read more »

All hopes fade

Recruiters’ surrender may be Mary Jane’s ‘last chance’ – Aquino Indonesia made final preparations on Tuesday to execute Mary Jane Veloso, together with eight others convicted, by firing squad, as weeping family members paid last visits to their loved ones … Read more »

Indonesian executions: Key questions and answers

MARY Jane Veloso together with seven other foreigners and an Indonesian are believed to be spending their last hours on Tuesday before they are led into a clearing, tied to posts and shot by firing squad. Despite international outrage and … Read more »

After Ali insult, Pac fans want KO

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are a good study in contrast, but their glaring difference is nowhere more evident in their respect — or lack of it—for the greatest icons of boxing. Last week, the self-absorbed Mayweather, who proclaims … Read more »

Where in the world is ‘Ike’

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) is tracking down the foreign cohort of the suspected recruiters of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina who is now awaiting execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling. “We are now coordinating with other government agencies and … Read more »

Cartooning for Peace: It’s no laughing matter

Cartoons are created to tickle our funny bone. Political cartoons, however, are no laughing matter. While they hold us in stitches, they can be deadly sometimes. Ask Charlie Hebdo. The Manila Times condemns violence in whatever form, including those ignited … Read more »

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An update on DOTC’s common station plan: It’s still stupid

EARLIER this week, the development arm of retail giant SM issued a statement expressing the hope that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will honor what SM insists is a binding contract to build a proposed common station linking the MRT-3, LRT-1, and future LRT-7 light rail lines in front of SM North Edsa in Quezon... Read more »


MNLF affirms solidarity with MILF

MARAWI CITY: Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) gathered in Marawi City on Tuesday to firm up its call for passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and to express solidarity with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). … Read more »

DA suspends importation of Japan poultry products

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily suspended importation of poultry and other poultry products from Japan because of reported avian influenza outbreak there. In Memorandum Order 19-15, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Tuesday ordered a temporary ban on the … Read more »

Smartmatic still ‘best’ for 2016 – Palace ally

Smartmatic: Total Information Management remains the best firm for refurbishment and repair of 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the 2016 polls, according to an administration lawmaker. Rep. Edgar Erice of Caloocan City (Metro Manila), vice chairman of … Read more »

MuntiLGU now ISO 9001-certified

The local government of Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) has reclaimed its ISO 9001 Quality Management System, an international standard accreditation translating an organization’s effectiveness toward its services to the public and operations according to international standards. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi received … Read more »

Ex-teacher bags P33-M lotto jackpot

A 69-year-old retired school teacher from Cavite province was added to the roster of the country’s instant millionaires after she bagged the P33-million Mega Lotto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). According to the office of Jose … Read more »

House panel to clip Bangsa powers

The chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law stood his ground that Congress will clip the powers of the Bangsamoro government under the proposed BBL despite contrary opinion expressed by the Peace Council led by … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Public investors must be active stockholders

First of a three-part series SOME public investors maintain long-term placements on listed companies for regular dividends either in cash or in stock. They are passive stockholders who are not as interested as stockbrokers are in the filings posted by … Read more »

Mr. Aquino will leave office with urban infra still in hellish state

IT now takes almost a semester to ship a Balikbayan box from North America into Metro Manila households. This is an addition to the ever-increasing proofs of Stone Age mobility for cargo in the economic center, which, instead of being … Read more »

Brillantes’ revenge starts

I am one of many respondents in a complaint filed by the COMELEC’s Law Department using as a basis the separate affidavits of one Worthy Acosta and former COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. Following are excerpts from my counter-affidavit, which … Read more »

In a contest of humanity, Pacquiao winner by a mile

LAS VEGAS: No matter what the result of the Fight of the Century on Saturday evening (Sunday morning Manila Time) will be, our very own Manny Pacquiao will remain a better man than Floyd Mayweather, who had been convicted and … Read more »

The storage of electric power

TODAY’S level of use of electronic gizmos—laptops, i-Pads and tablets, mobile phones and portable power packs—produces a massive market for chargers. The batteries in the gizmos never seem to hold a charge for very long despite the manufacturers’ claims, and … Read more »

Here’s to Manny (and Mary)

Music video. Lalaban Ako. Check. Film bio. Kid Kulafu. Check. Lesser goal. Winning against Mayweather Jr. Check. Urgent concern. Helping save the life of Mary Jane Veloso. Check. A heady mix of kitschy entertainment, contemplative reminiscence, driving ambition and Christian … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Paternity-recognition plea can be filed even if defendant lives abroad

Dear PAO, My question relates to recognition of a child. You see, my father did not sign my birth certificate, but I have other proofs to show that he is my father. I want to file a case for recognition. … Read more »