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 »

Execution set Tuesday

Convicted Filipina told when she’ll face firing squad in Indonesia

Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, will face a firing squad on Tuesday, her sister who is in Jakarta revealed on Saturday.

In an interview with Manila-based radio station dzBB,… 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 »

Taiwan expanding trade ties with PH

TAIPEI, Taiwan: After years of strengthening economic relations, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to continue experiencing increasing amounts of bilateral trade, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, with trade volume between the two countries doubling from US$6.05 billion … 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 »


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 »

Jinjiang PAL’s 7th stop in China

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch today its seventh destination in China. With the launch of flights to Jinjiang, PAL said on Friday, business travelers and members of the Chinese-Filipino community who regularly fly to Fujian province may now experience … Read more »


GOVERNMENT forces have captured an alleged leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and his wife in Batangas. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office, on Friday said Norberto Boricco, … Read more »

Pyramid queen guilty of estafa–CA

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the guilty verdict for estafa meted by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) against pyramiding queen Rosario Baladjay. In a 20-page decision penned by Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison and concurred in by … Read more »

Court dismisses patent case vs 2 drug firms

The Makati Regional Trial Court has dismissed a patent infringement case filed by a multi-national company against two pharmaceutical firms—Sahar and Suhitas. At the same time, it ordered Merck Canada to return  all documents and items that belong to Sahar  … 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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Brothers and sisters living together are exempt from criminal liability

Dear PAO, What case can I file against my brother who intentionally broke my TV to get back on me after we had a disagreement? Teresita Dear Teresita, A person who intentionally and maliciously destroys the property of another may … Read more »

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