“I will try, like them To be my own silence And this is difficult. The whole World is secretly on fire. The stones Burn, even the stones they burn me. How can a man be still or Listen to all … Read more »

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme … Read more »

Senate to probe justices – Drilon

But cannot compel them to attend hearing SAYING justices are not above the law, Senate President Franklin Drilon on Sunday announced that senators will investigate allegations of corruption in the judiciary because the chamber has the power to do so. … Read more »

Wargames to boost readiness vs threats

AGAINST a backdrop of China’s frenzied reclamation projects in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Philippines and the United States begin on Monday this year’s Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises that Malacañang said will boost both countries’ readiness to … Read more »

Indra can supply counting machines – Spanish envoy

The Supreme Court’s decision stopping the P268-million contract entered into by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smarmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM) has cleared the way for a Spanish company to push its bid to supply counting machines to be used … Read more »

700 migrants drown in deadliest Mediterranean shipwreck

ROME: Seven hundred people are feared to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, the UN’s refugee agency said on Sunday, in what could be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant disaster yet. Only 28 people … Read more »

Church groups ask govt: Help Mary Jane

AN alliance of Church-based anti-human trafficking groups has added its voice to the growing campaign to save the life of a Filipino single mother who is set to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling. The Philippine Interfaith Movement Against … Read more »

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IT competence is not optional

NOW that the dust is beginning to settle from the disastrous attempt by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to compel Filipino taxpayers to use a largely useless online tax return filing system, the government should be taking a hard look at the state of its information technology competence. As many news outlets reported – and not without a... Read more »


Rain or Shine grabs 2-1 lead in PBA finals

Rain or Shine seized a 2-1 lead by scoring 109-97 over Talk ‘N Text in Game 3 of the best-of-seven championship series of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season 40 Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Import Wayne … Read more »


SC poised to void P300-M poll deal

An overwhelming majority of Supreme Court (SC) justices are set to declare void a P300-million “midnight deal” entered into by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with Smartmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM). In its final en banc session in Baguio City on … Read more »

No longer their cup of milk tea

The death of two persons from apparent milk tea poisoning has cast doubt on the safety of the country’s food and beverage industry and this may lead to the demise of the once booming milk tea business. On April 9, … Read more »

Bangsamoro not a substate – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday rejected criticisms that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will create a state within a state that will threaten the sovereignty of the Philippines. “We don’t agree with that opinion. We’ve gone through every detail of the draft … Read more »

March 2015 hottest month on record

MIAMI: Rising temperatures across the planet have set more new records, as the US government said Friday (Saturday in Manila) that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880. The period of January to March … Read more »

BIR told to improve new tax filing system

As taxpayers experienced difficulties in filing their income tax returns online, Malacañang on Saturday urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to “refine” the changes it has introduced so as not to burden taxpayers. In a radio interview, deputy spokesman … Read more »

Customs nets dismal P885M from auctions

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) generated a measly net amount of P885 million from the public auctions of forfeited goods in 2014, compared with P200 billion in revenues the government loses from smuggling. A report released on Friday by the … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ghost project in Laguna

What’s this I have been hearing all the way from Laguna that a certain contractor, despite his failure to implement a multi-million peso project in the province, still gets paid by the local government unit? Rumor has it that a … Read more »

Referent power: Influence has limits, special talent has none

NINETY percent of all politics is about making a decision on who to blame. To avoid the blaming game, you have to influence others to get what you want, so that they would blame themselves in the end. To do … Read more »

Candidate Clinton’s campaign theme does not exist in PNoy’s universe

HILLARY Clinton launched her 2016 campaign, with one word dominating her message: inequality. Her critics said she merely pandered to the Democratic base, now lukewarm to her campaign because of the Clintons’s identification with centrist politics and Wall Street donors. … Read more »


I’VE been teaching at The Manila Times College for almost a year, and I must say that one of the perks of doing so is that it requires me to travel from Mandaluyong to Intramuros at least once a week. … Read more »

Human trafficking is an intrinsic evil and a crime against humanity

WASHINGTON, DC: Just call him Jose, or Joseph in English, because in the Bible story (Genesis 37:18-36) Joseph was sold into slavery by his own jealous brothers and taken to Egypt by the slavers. The small twelve-year old boy that … Read more »

Peace be with you!

[3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B, April 19, 2015 / Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 / Ps 4:2,4, 7-8, 9 / 1 John 2:1-5a / Luke 24:35-48] IN today´s gospel (Luke 24:36-48) Jesus once again appears to his disciples in a so-called … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Children born out of wedlock can be legitimated

Dear PAO, Our company driver just got married. He and his wife have been cohabiting for almost a decade before they got married and they already have three children aged ten, six and three. It was just a simple ceremony … Read more »