Critics of President Aquino are often stumped and disarmed by the twin claims of absolute immunity from suit as president, which is hallowed in tradition, and incorruptibility, which cannot be disproved unless his hands are caught filching from the cookie … Read more »

Three bits of news caught this writer’s eye last week, all with more than just momentary social impact: the reportedly slow count of the just-tested Precinct Automated Tallying System (PaTaS), the slower Philippine growth forecasts from credit rating agencies, and … Read more »

Junjun suspended anew

2nd Ombudsman suspension links mayor to Science HS anomaly HUNDREDS of supporters of the Binay family on Monday thronged the Makati City Hall grounds as the Office of the Ombudsman once again ordered the suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar … Read more »

SC stops govt from using P73-B coco levy funds

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stopped the government from utilizing more than P73 billion in coconut levy funds. During its regular en banc session, it halted implementation of two executive orders issued by President Benigno Aquino 3rd that require … Read more »

US urges PH to protect rights of abducted kids

Although the United States believes the Philippines is “closer than ever” to joining The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, it is further urging the government to see through hurdles that will ensure protection of rights and well-being of abducted … Read more »

SC stops distribution, sale of contraceptives

THE 2nd Division of the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Department of Health from authorizing the distribution and selling of contraceptives as mandated by the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic … Read more »

Pagasa airstrip repairs halted

The Philippines has halted the repair of its airstrip in the Kalayaan (Spratly) islands due to its pending suit at The Hague challenging China’s claim over the waters, a presidential spokesman said Sunday. The work on the airstrip on Pagasa … Read more »

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A good reason not to panic

THE dreaded moment has come – or it was probably more than half-expected by most analysts, and now it has finally happened: The long, contentious negotiations between the financially-strapped government of Greece and the European Union have collapsed, creating an immediate financial crisis in the troubled nation, and throwing world markets into... Read more »


Federer, Murray, Nadal enter Wimbledon heat

LONDON: Former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray get their 2015 Wimbledon campaigns underway on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), desperate to avoid marathon duels in temperatures expected to smash the 30-degree barrier. Second seed Federer, the seven-time champion, … Read more »


AMLC told to explain bank report on Estradas

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to explain why it included the bank account of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s wife in its inquiry report on the senator’s alleged involvement in a multi-million peso plunder trial … Read more »

‘MRT budget may be LP’s poll kitty’

THE ruling Liberal Party (LP) is expecting to raise funds for the 2016 polls through a maintenance project for the Metro Rail System (MRT), Rico Quicho, a spokesman of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said. The Department of Transportation and Communication … Read more »

Marina’s Mejia candidate for IMO chief

One of the six candidates for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a Filipino: Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., currently the administrator of the country’s Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Philippines is … Read more »

Poultry dealer bags P36.2M lotto pot

A 45-year-old poultry dealer from Bulacan bagged the P36.2 million jackpot prize in the Mega Lottto 6/45 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas said the lone bettor got … Read more »

Smartmatic has edge – Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted on Monday that technology provider Smartmatic Corp. has an edge over its competitors in today’s bidding for the P2.88 billion diagnostics, repair refurbishment and upgrading of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. Also up … Read more »

50 houses razed in Parañaque

At least 50 houses were destroyed by fire on Sunday night in Area B of the Airport Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Paranaque City. Paranaque City OIC Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Renato Capuz said about 200 families were affected and that property … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Too few fans, too many seats

It is quite disappointing that not too many watch football games even if the Azkals are playing one in Bulacan for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Well, for one, the sport, as are many others, is … Read more »

Stop worrying about the Fed

FOR most of this year and the latter part of last year, central bankers and financial markets in the “emerging economies” have been hypersensitive to the possibility—inevitability, really—of an upward move on interest rates by the US Federal Reserve. James … Read more »

Getting closure on closure

THE Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) to reopen its 117-kilometer Batangas-to-Manila fuel pipeline if a series of tests that will be supervised by the Department of Energy will ensure its safety. It’s about time. … Read more »

Where to, Philippines?

BEIJING, China: Taking a trip sponsored by The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China and ASEAN-China Center, organized by the China International Publishing Group and the China Report, as well as representing The Manila Times is … Read more »

PNoy covering up MILF’s terror links for BBL passage

OBSESSED with passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as his administration’s so-called “legacy”, PNoy is whitewashing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) links to known terrorists and terror groups, some of whom have pledged allegiance to the notorious jihadist group … Read more »

Grant Sara’s wish

I came across a 4-year-old prenuptial video of construction scion Victor Consunji and 2007 Binibining Pilipinas-World Maggie Wilson by the Holy Grail of videographers, Jason Magbanua. Intrigued, I watched the YouTube video and searched for more videos about the couple. … Read more »

Are you reading this?

“AN average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people. To shape policy, professors should start penning commentaries in popular media.” (Biswas and Kirchnerr, 2015) The mantra of “publish or perish” is a survival issue to … Read more »

‘Traceable’ and organic in Iloilo

WE were just invited to a mentoring session for women entrepreneurs by the Gender Focal Point Group of Iloilo province. We met with a diverse assembly of women from remote parts of the province, who all shared the same principles … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Unjust dismissal entitled to benefits

Dear PAO, My former employer fired me capriciously and without any reason despite the fact that I am a regular employee. Luckily, I quickly got another job so I did not bother to file a complaint. Recently, my former employer … Read more »