(Left) Abu Dhabi President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan and (right)Dubai Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

My recent trip to Abu Dhabi on the occasion of the 43rd founding anniversary of the United Arab Emirates started off on the wrong foot. For one reason or another, I missed my 12:15 early Sunday morning flight to… Read more »

To put credit where it is due, I owe the Aquino administration one significant change in my family life this Christmas. By blindly inflicting the nightmarish traffic gridlock in our national capital, the government has killed the uncontrollable consumerism that used to possess my family whenever Christmas was at hand. Our brood of four… Read more »

SWS picks Binay to succeed PNoy

VICE President Jejomar Binay remains the people’s top choice to succeed President Benigno Aquino 3rd, edging out Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and Sen. Grace Poe by a wide margin, a new survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) … Read more »


Denmark to reopen embassy in Manila

DENMARK will reopen its embassy in Manila in January next year because of the potentials seen by the Danish government in the Philippines, Ambassador Jan Top Christensen told The Manila Times on Monday. The Danish government closed down its embassy … Read more »

Danish firm to bring wind power to Ilocos

A private company from Denmark, Vestas, will soon start operating a 150-megawatt wind farm in Burgos town in Ilocos Norte, according to Denmark’s Ambassador to Manila Jan Top Christensen. In a roundtable with The Manila Times editors and reporters on … Read more »

Court grants Arroyo Christmas furlough

The Sandiganbayan has allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to spend Christmas at her home in La Vista, Quezon City. In a three-page ruling, the anti-graft court’s First Division granted Arroyo’s request for a furlough, citing among other reasons the visit … Read more »

‘Cold Christmas’ for jailed Bong Revilla

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. said on Monday he will be spending a “cold Christmas” in his detention quarters in Camp Crame. Revilla made the comment in an interview after the hearing at the Sandiganbayan where he is appealing his … Read more »

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Editorial

Put the brakes on train fare hike

Malacañang has justified the fare increase for Metro Manila’s three train systems that will take effect in January as “timely” and “reasonable.” Here is how the Palace line goes: Raising the fare reduces the government subsidy for the MRT and LRT and frees up more money for key social services. Presidential spokesman Herminio... Read more »


Nation

MRT, LRT fare increase unjustified – lawmakers

INSENSITIVE and unnecessary was how lawmakers termed the government’s recent decision to raise train fares. Sen. Grace Poe described as uncalled for the decision of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to raise the fares in the Light Rail … Read more »

Makati scholar tops engineering exams

A college scholar of the city government of Makati and also an alumnus of the Makati Science High School (MakSci) got the highest score among 4,021 successful examinees in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examinations administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission … Read more »

More benefits sought for barangay officials

Benefits that barangay (village) officials are getting under pro-visions of the Local Government Code are not commensurate to their duties and functions, according to a lawmaker. The provisions enumerating benefits and privileges for the barangay officials “leave much to be … Read more »

House, Senate mocked for praising own feats

“A cruel and sick joke on taxpayers.” This was the reaction of a militant labor group to statements made over the weekend by the House of Representatives and the Senate, with both chambers pointing to the “good work [that they … Read more »

Navyman linked to female Marine’s slay gone AWOL

NAVY Lt. Junior Grade Benjie Chico, a suspect in the murder of a female Marine officer, remains missing and has been dropped from the military rolls for going on AWOL (absence without leave). Navy spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo on Sunday … Read more »

Palace: Vaccine probe transparent

Malacañang has promised to release results of the “transparent” probe of the allegedly anomalous purchase of vaccines by resigned Health Secretary Enrique Ona. In a radio interview on Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration observes … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Ricardo Saludo

Who are you: Shepherd, innkeeper, magus or Herod?

For those seeking a different take on the Christmas story than the central theme of God becoming man to save us from sin, have a look at the supporting cast surrounding Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Indeed, most people would probably … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

A senseless, but probably harmless market

On Thursday and Friday last week, the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) bounced back from a sharp decline in midweek, picking up 63.07 points on Thursday and another 96.35 on Friday to partly make up for the 194.17 (2.71 … Read more »

ERNESTO F. HERRERA

Frugality and simplicity

ONE of the hallmarks of the personality of Pope Francis is that of frugality and simplicity. This is why he chose as his papal name FRANCIS, after Saint Francis of Assisi who lived a life of great simplicity, detachment and … Read more »

Atty. Dodo Dulay

Build EDSA skyway to ease MM’s traffic nightmare

THE horrendous traffic gridlock that Metro Manila commuters are experiencing this Yuletide season underscores the urgent need for the Aquino administration to expand Metro Manila’s road network and decongest our clogged roadways. One of the road projects that ought to … Read more »

Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia

Thank you, EU!

WITH all the challenges facing the Philippines in 2014, we should be grateful for the recent grant by the European Union (EU) parliament of GSP+ status to our country. The timing is good and very strategic what with Asean integration … Read more »

E. J. DIONNE JR.

The duck that roared

WASHINGTON—Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office. He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Unfavorable decision by labor arbiter appealable

Dear PAO, What is the remedy if a labor arbiter renders an unfavorable decision on my complaint? Ben Dear Ben, You may appeal the unfavorable decision of the labor arbiter to the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) within 10 calendar … Read more »