“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 »

Poe rejects VP run

SEN. Grace Poe will not be anybody’s running mate in 2016 because for her, it’s the presidency or nothing, a source said on Saturday. The source who asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak on the … Read more »

Wargames start under China’s shadow

Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will kick off expanded wargames on Monday, showcasing a deepening defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this … Read more »

‘Grandstanding blocking peace’

The political grandstanding of some lawmakers is getting in the way of achieving peace in Mindanao, Dasmariñas City Rep. Elpidio Barzaga said on Saturday, referring to critics of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that seeks to establish a Bangsamoro … Read more »

Pacquiao’s left to doom Mayweather – Roach

Manny Pacquiao’s powerful left hand may be his instrument to defeat unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their unification welterweight bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, USA, according to Freddie Roach. The Boxing Writers … Read more »

Hottest day: Metro boils at 36.2 degrees Celsius

Temperature in Metro Manila soared to 36.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday, the hottest day of the year so far in the metropolis, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). In an interview, Marilyn Medina said the reading … 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 »


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 »

Contempt raps vs reporter to proceed

THE Court of Appeals refused to issue an injunction order seeking to stop a Quezon City court from hearing a petition for contempt filed by former Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao against broadcast journalist Jorge Cariño … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

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 »

Insanity & Never- Ending Corruption at DPWH

Last of two parts [The first part of this column appeared on Sunday April 12] THE rush job of REBLOCKING along EDSA in Makati and C-5 in Pasig done by the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) during the … Read more »

Hillary off to a fuzzy start

WASHINGTON, DC: Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what … Read more »

Legal Advice

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No separation pay is warranted when an employee is dismissed for just cause

Dear PAO, I was terminated from my employment because of excessive tardiness and absences. Although I admit that it was partly my fault, I still sought reconsideration from my employer. To be honest, I have been having so many family … Read more »