It was not by accident or whimsy that the opening of the regular session of Congress, and consequently the President’s report on the state of the nation, takes place on the fourth Monday of July every year. It is a … Read more »

AFTER the myth that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s reforms supposedly kickstarted the economy’s growth surge, the new dubious line media and analysts are bandying about is that the country’s resurgence may stall once his administration ends. Both story lines are … Read more »

‘Let history judge me’

FOR 2 hours and 15 minutes, the nation gave its undivided attention to President Benigno Aquino 3rd as he delivered his 6th and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

It was his longest and most applauded constitutionally-mandated speech, punctuated 157 times with rounds of applause. Read more »

Palace admits: Not all promises fulfilledin 6 years

Hours before President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang admitted that the administration failed to fulfill all the promises it made in the past five years. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. … Read more »

Binay to deliver ‘true’ SONA

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said he will deliver a “True State of the Nation” in “due time.” In an interview after his daily morning walk at the CCP Complex where the Coconut Palace, the official residence of the … Read more »

SWS: 51% of Pinoys say they’re poor

AN estimated 11.2 million Filipino families see themselves as poor, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in the second quarter of the year. The results were released on Monday simultaneously with President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s sixth and … Read more »

Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year’s World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square. “Thanks to this electronic device, … Read more »

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20 months after, Yolanda victims still failed by Aquino govt

NEARLY two years after Supertyphoon Yolanda/Haiyan struck East Visayas and other parts of the Visayas, the national government is still groping to get on top of the catastrophe, and fully assist all those who have been stricken, and to get the flow of funds for rehabilitation flowing efficiently and smoothly. It was sad enough that government... Read more »


SONA again silent on FOI bill

President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) disappointed some lawmakers because it was silent on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Aquino also did not mention the measure in his 2014 SONA. “Akala ko babanggitin na e, … Read more »

Iqbal on BANGSAMORO BILL: We’ll never give up

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal will pay a courtesy call on all 21 senators to convince them to vote in favor of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Iqbal, the chairman of the MILF peace panel, … Read more »

Aquino heaps praises on ‘Three Furies’

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday heaped praises on female officials in his government, including the so-called “Three Furies” — Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Ombudsman Conchita-Carpio Morales and retired Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan. “To you my heartfelt … Read more »

Straight path key to investors’ confidence – PNoy

Good governance and reforms in doing business have restored confidence in the Philippines, thus moving the economy faster, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. In his speech, Aquino said the … Read more »

Aquino to name LP standard bearer this week

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd will name the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) for 2016 this week, Senate president Franklin Drilon said Monday. But he said Aquino will not announce the ruling party’s bet for vice president because he … Read more »

Kris ‘best dressed’ at SONA

Kris Aquino went all out in coming up with the perfect gown for her brother President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. The top—and often controversial—TV and movie celebrity gets The Manila Times’ thumbs … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Well, what did you think he was going to say?

IN the hours leading up to President BS Aquino 3rd’s delivery of his last State of the Nation Address, probably the most popular topic of conversation around the newsroom, and indeed, in most of the online media as well, was … Read more »

A nation that can’t count straight

THE property developers – the kind that build, among other things, those towering monstrosities that look like USSR-era tenements — recently released data that was news to us small farmers ( and a shocker, too.) Drawing from supposedly official land … Read more »

Joining China-led bank will benefit PH

IF PNoy really wants to do well by his fellow Filipinos during the final year of his term, he should resist the pressure being exerted by the United States and set aside his narrow-minded anti-China stance by signing up for … Read more »

Aces with the Sereno court

WASHINGTON, DC: The Supreme Court is said to be the last court of resort for all parties on questions of law. With 15 members, 4 appointed by BSA3 and 11 appointed prior to BSA3, the Supreme Court will be the … Read more »

Si Tatang at ang SONA

Last weekend, I had a chance to visit a place I never knew existed. It is not too far from Manila. In fact, it’s just a two-hour drive through the SLEx. Thanks to my good friend, Col. Gerry Zamudio, commandant … Read more »

Going green to be seen

There is hardly any need to convince anyone of environmental issues. Awareness about global warming and depleting resources is ubiquitous. This is evident in the increased usage of energy-saving devices, as well as changes in consumption habits, patterns and choices. … Read more »

Meeting other farmers

TWO events come to mind this time of the year. First, the World Food Expo (Wofex) from August 5 to 8 that hosts our now annual Slow Food in the Philippines Summit; and second our annual coffee summit, which will … Read more »

Anscor to pay Soriano brothers, 3 other executives, P113.6M for 2015

Eduardo Soriano, vice chairman and treasurer of A. Soriano Corp. (ASC), was recently elected chairman of AZ Asia Ltd. That is the parent company of AZ Asia Ltd. Philippines Inc., “a registered holder of 176,646,329 shares of stock of A. … Read more »

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Use of fake name a criminal offense

Dear PAO, I am part of a volunteer neighbor¬hood watch in our subdivision. During one of our nightly rounds, we caught a person attempting to run away from the barangay officer who was then chasing him after he robbed one … Read more »