‘A total waste of public money’

THE use of new ballot boxes in next year’s national polls has sparked fears that the May 2016 electoral exercise may be marred by fraud. The multi-sectoral election watchdog Reform Philippines Coalition, through its spokesman Glenn Chong, over the weekend … Read more »

A hero’s ‘fall’ from grace

We discriminate against our own heroes. Take Andres Bonifacio, for example. Every November 30 when the nation marks his death anniversary, there is not much of a celebration even in his home district of Tondo in Manila to honor the … Read more »

Prepaid cards: Terrorists’ new tool

PARIS: Prepaid payment cards were seen as a positive development, helping those excluded from the banking system and providing a convenient financial tool, but their use in the Paris terror attacks has revealed a troubling dark side. The attackers used … Read more »

Pope a ‘pilgrim of peace’ in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic: Pope Francis arrived as “a pilgrim of peace” in conflict-ridden Central African Republic on Sunday, flying in from Uganda on what will be the most dangerous destination of his three-nation Africa tour. Thousands of believers, many … Read more »

Aquino seeks global unity vs climate change

WHEN President Benigno Aquino 3rd addresses his fellow world leaders during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, France, he will relate how the Philippines is battered by powerful typhoons that have become fiercer and deadlier to drive home … Read more »

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With hope or resignation – that is our choice

THE presence of an expected 147 world leaders at least at the opening of the long-awaited Paris climate summit today will represent something of a triumph for France and the world in general. That the global gathering is taking place as planned and coming so soon after the appalling terrorist attacks of Nov. 13 is a comforting expression of... Read more »


Underspending of aid funds for OFWs slammed

UNDERSPENDING is so rampant in the government that even funds intended for distressed overseas Filipino workers are reportedly not being spent properly despite thousands of OFWs needing legal assistance. Senator Grace Poe, a member of the Senate committee on Labor, … Read more »

SC drops raps vs 3 Sandigan justices

THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked administrative charges against three justices of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan that were filed by an engineer after his conviction over the anomalous construction of the President Diosdado Macapagal Avenue (PDMA). The complainant, Jesusito Legaspi, … Read more »

Low fund disbursement of LGU incentives noted

State auditors have noted low disbursement of funds meant for the Performance-Based Grant System (PBGS) component of the Municipal Development Fund Office’s (MDFO) Agrarian Reform Communities Project II (ARCP II). The observation was made in a Value for Money Audit … Read more »

Ex-MMDA chief, Aquino still ‘close’

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The relationship between President Benigno Aquino 3rd and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, including Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd is still intact. Tolentino said here recently that despite … Read more »

Oil firms to hike pump prices

Prices of petroleum products are set to increase this week. According to industry sources, oil firms may hike gasoline prices by 40 to 50 centavos per liter. Kerosene prices are also expected to be jacked up by 10 to 15 … Read more »

Duterte rejects lower income tax rates

Davao City: Just like President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not in favor of lowering income tax rates. Duterte, who officially joined the presidential race on Friday, said he is against proposals to lower income taxes … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Betting on Alterra

JOSE MARIA ESPIRITU, a reader of The Manila Times, wrote to share the story of his luck a few weeks ago when he sold his RPL shares. The three letter-acronym stands for iRipple, which has since been renamed Alterra Capital … Read more »

Learning from Gemma

ASPIRING journalists have many things to learn from the experiences and words of wisdom of Gemma Cruz-Araneta, not only as a writer but as a public servant, and a beauty queen as well. Cruz-Araneta, who chairs the non-profit Heritage Conservation … Read more »


THERE are two myths about eliminating poverty in the Philippines that need to be exposed, opposed and disposed of: college degrees and corrupt politicians. To most Filipinos, this is historical fact, a no-brainer. Filipino parents believe that a college education … Read more »

Illegal online ‘sabong’ betting now widespread

“Sabong” or cockfighting has gone digital and a bunch of illegal gambling operators are cashing in on this “national pastime.” Amid a boom in “online casinos,” now a multimillion-dollar industry in the country, Internet-savvy gambling lords have hit a gold … Read more »

Deserving Duterte

If there’s anyone that I am now afraid might win the 2016 elections—because who knows what kind of electorate we have at this point—it is Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Yes, there are pros and cons for all the presidential candidates … Read more »

What’s a Philippine political party? First a tragedy, then a farce

The analysis of what Philippine political parties stand for, the principles they swear by, has to start with the party that leads the ruling coalition, the Liberal Party. We all can readily declare that it is a party with a … Read more »

Affirmation is stronger than punishment

No child should have to suffer punishment and hardship in order for them to grow into mature, responsible young adults. The results of a global research project recently released in Scotland shows that punishing and hurting children has severe detrimental … Read more »

Your liberation is near at hand

[1st Sunday of Advent, Year C, Nov 29, 2015/ Jer 33:14-16 / Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10+14 / 1 Thess 3:12–4:2 / Luke 21:25-28, 34-36] All things can be born patiently when liberation is close at hand. Many of the older … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Safety net for guarantor

Dear PAO, My friend Leonardo obtained a loan from a lending agency and I acted as his guarantor. When Leonardo failed to pay his obligation, the lending agency sent me a demand letter to pay the outstanding obligation. At present, … Read more »