Back from his 12-day five-nation European and American jaunt, President B. S. Aquino 3rd told his home audience that his trip had earned the country $2.3 billion in foreign direct investments, and given the world a new image of the … Read more »

Like most Manila Times readers, including ardent Catholics who aren’t Opus Dei members, I was astonished at this newspaper’s Sunday edition, which devoted five long news articles and an opinion column on the “beatification of Don Alvaro del Portillo.” Even … Read more »

‘Top terrorist behind ISIS recruitment’

Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir alias Marwan, a notorious but elusive member of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and a noted bomb expert, is reportedly among the four militants who are actively recruiting Filipino Muslims for the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mindanao, according to an intelligence officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Read more »

Jihadists’ allure fuels fears in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State (IS) group’s jihadist appeal is fanning fears that it could serve as a potent new rallying cry for Southeast Asian extremists who had been largely brought to heel following past deadly terror attacks. Authorities in … Read more »

China, Asean can handle sea dispute –Chinese envoy

As the Philippines grapples with a new world order that sees China as a military, political and economic power, Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua allayed fears that disputes over islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea (South China … Read more »

Purisima not telling the whole truth – Poe

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima finally surfaced at the Senate on Tuesday but he failed to convince senators that there was nothing irregular in his acquisition of a four-hectare property in Nueva Ecija or in the declarations he … Read more »

Police brass in EA ‘scandal’

A high-ranking police official is in the center of a “storm” on the Internet after his “EA,” former FHM model Alyzza Agustin, bragged on her Facebook account that she was not apprehended for a traffic violation when she showed a … Read more »

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Empathize, sympathize with the elderly

THE Philippines observes Elderly Filipino Week on October 1-7, 2014. Every year the government must hold this observance because of a Sept. 26, 1994 presidential proclamation whose aim is to increase the people’s awareness of the needs and concerns of “the older persons’ sector.” As usual it is the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)... Read more »


UAAP do-or-die semis explode today

It will be the moment of truth for defending champions De La Salle University Green Archers when they face the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws today in a sudden death semifinals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) … Read more »


Emergency powers feared to lead to huge debt

The P7-billion debt that the government accumulated in the 1990s after it intervened in power generation is fueling Congress’ resistance to granting President Benigno Aquino 3rd emergency powers. Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, a member of the Joint Congressional … Read more »

Binay expects more lies from ‘detractors’

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said he expects the “campaign of lies” to continue against him as perpetrated by his political enemies who also have their eyes on the country’s highest post. The Vice President is the subject of … Read more »

Aquino: Special mandate won’t be abused

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday assured that his request for special powers from Congress to prevent the country’s looming energy shortfall will not be abused. Giving the assurance in his speech at the opening of the two-day Energy Smart … Read more »

Disarming of MILF faces difficult hurdles

A former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday raised concerns that clan wars (rido) and private armies are big hurdles that the government must clear to ensure success of the government’s disarming of the Moro Islamic … Read more »

Govt plan to buy out MRTC unlikely – Osmeña

A plan of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to buy out the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) is unlikely to happen as Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd expressed objection to a P53-billion item in the 2015 proposed budget intended … Read more »

Napoles wants peek into Luy’s accounts

BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Lim-Napoles is pushing for an examination of the bank accounts of the pork barrel scam witnesses, saying there is “absolute necessity” to do so. Napoles, the alleged brains behind the scam, is appealing the Sandiganbayan’s denial of her … Read more »


Analysis & Commentary

Emeterio Sd. Perez

Denying the public their preemptive rights is undemocratic

ONLY one among the readers of The Manila Times who also regularly reads Due Diligencer is familiar to me. From somewhere in the United States, Ben Ongoco makes his comments on certain topics here that interest him. I assure him … Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

PH: Alzheimer Nation

THE historic Army and Navy Club is being smashed by construction crews to give way to a modern structure that would feature, among other things, a spa. In modern countries, even ancient trees in the busiest strips of the metropolis … Read more »


Incredible. . .but true!

SOMETIME in July, 2011 —my third month as Commissioner of the Commission on Elections — I asked its IT Director the question, “Kaya ba nating mag-develop ng sarili nating CCS?” (Do we have the capability to develop our own Consolidation … Read more »

Efren Danao

Bring Joker back to the Senate!

A LOOK at the leading wannabes for the next Senate makes one sigh that there’s nobody in the mold of Miriam Defensor and Joker Arroyo among them. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago will be singing a swan song in June 2016 … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Duterte won’t run for higher office

I HAD the opportunity to talk to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte last Friday at the airport, on his way to an out of the country trip. Duterte, the most controversial local official in the land because of his … Read more »

Mike Wootton

So, no emergency powers for now, at least?

A heartening bit of recent news is the refusal of Congress to grant emergency powers to the President without further detailed scrutiny in order to avert a forecast power shortage of 500-600 megawatts in Luzon for a period of about … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Wife can dip into joint account only after proving husband ‘really’ left her

Dear PAO, My husband and I have a joint savings account in a bank. I want to withdraw the money so that my eldest son could go to college. I understand that because it is a joint account, I need … Read more »