THERE is probably a news story about it somewhere else in today’s issue. If there isn’t it will come out on Monday. I began doing my work for this issue late because I was at The Manila Times College graduation … Read more »

IN the entire course of Mr. Aquino’s presidency, the arc of governance has not risen beyond prosecution, audit and tax collection. The outsized roles of four institutions – the DOJ, the COA, the BIR and the Ombudsman – are proof … Read more »

UPDATE: Nepal quake death toll passes 1,830 – CNN

(Updates death toll) The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to at least 1,832, CNN TV reported Sunday morning. Quoting Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs, CNN said in its breaking news that besides the … Read more »

Nepal quake kills at least 1,400 – CNN

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu hit Nepal Saturday, killing more than 1,400 people and destroying homes, temples and historic buildings, CNN TV said in an updated report on Sunday morning, quoting authorities. CNN videos and … Read more »

Mary Jane narrates how she ended up in death row

Below is supposedly a verbatim transcript of handwritten account of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino in death row in Indonesia. The original copy of the said account is reportedly still retained by the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta. This copy was … Read more »

Pac-May shadow looms over Klitschko

NEW YORK: Heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, the dominant star of what was once the sport’s most glamorous division, is struggling to get attention for his New York title defense Saturday. Seldom is the 1.98m Ukraine giant dwarfed by anything, … Read more »

China crisis looms large at Asean summit

KUALA LUMPUR: China’s creation of new island footholds in contested seas will hover over this week’s Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit that has become an annual test of the region’s nerve in standing up to its massive neighbor. … Read more »

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The ILO report on PH jobs was not a compliment

LAST Tuesday, the Philippines country office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) released its annual report on trends in the country’s labor sector, which to the surprise of almost no one was politely critical of the unspectacular efforts of the Aquino Administration to reduce the Philippines’ chronic unemployment, low wages and... Read more »


Petecio wins gold in President’s Cup

Asian Games veteran Nesthy Petecio continued to dominate at the Indonesia President’s Cup for Boxing at the Palembang Sports and Convention Center, winning the gold in the women’s bantamweight class while Mario Fernandez copped silver in the men’s division of … Read more »


Junjun Binay case goes to Smartmatic justice

The same Supreme Court Associate Justice who spearheaded the court in junking the controversial Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Smartmatic midnight deal will handle the case of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati City. Also, a total … Read more »

Three biofungicides eyed for mass use

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has come up with three types of organic solutions for controlling pests and fungi, which all have promising potential for mass use in the country. DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said that … Read more »

Congress willing to fund two Sandigan divisions

The leaders of two house panels which approved the bill that aimed to add two additional divisions to the Sandiganbayan have expressed willingness to provide the funding needed for the said divisions. Recently, President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law … Read more »

QC regulates children riding on motorcycles

The Quezon City government is now enforcing an ordinance prohibiting motorcycle riders from transporting on the city’s roads a child back rider unless allowable under the new measure. Ordinance SP-2395, S-2015, which was approved by Mayor Herbert Bautista on April … Read more »

Multiple murder raps vs SAF killers pushed

Congress has thrown its support behind a move of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to press multiple-murder charges against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and other armed fighters involved in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF)  police … Read more »

TV news anchorman slapped with libel suit

A libel suit was slapped against television news anchorman Ted Failon and a barangay (village) chairman over allegedly felonious statements made in several episodes of the broadcaster’s television and radio programs against a high-end resort on Boracay island in Aklan … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

The testimony before US congress

LAST April 22 I appeared before U.S. Congress as a witness to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations at the Subcommittee’s Hearing: Accountability and Transformation – Tier Rankings … Read more »


THERE is nothing like being away from Manila to make one realize how news does not travel fast, and there is much that goes on in the national government and Manila that would pass you by as a matter of … Read more »

I am the Good Shepherd

[4th Sunday of Easter, Year B, April 26, 2015 / Acts 4:8-12 / Ps 118:1+8-9, 21-23, 26+21+291 / John 3:1-2 / John 10:11-18] TODAY the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday. The gospel is taken from John 10:10-18 where Jesus announces … Read more »

Australia, I call it ‘Home’

MY wife and I have been enjoying our holidays in Sydney, Australia, since we arrived here last week. It is great to be back here after five years since our last visit with our children in 2010. The bonding with … Read more »

What If there were no Resurrection?

If you’re getting tired of Resurrection homilies, you’re out of luck. The Easter season celebrating the Lord’s dying and rising is the Church’s longest, stretching 53 days from the evening of Holy Thursday to Pentecost Sunday on May 24. That’s … Read more »

Could the PH be a David against the Chinese Goliath?

CHINA is a bully in the contested West Philippine Sea. Could it be tamed by a small country like the Philippines? China’s massive reclamation work in the WPS it justifies as an exercise of sovereignty shows that it’s obeying only … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Husband presumptively dead, wife can remarry conditionally

Dear PAO, What will happen to the subsequent marriage of a wife, whose previous husband who has been declared presumptively dead reappears? Olga Dear Olga, If a husband has been declared by the court presumptively dead, his wife shall be … Read more »

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