Poll machines put to the test

Mock elections to determine machines’ accuracy THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold mock polls nationwide Saturday to test the accuracy and reliability of the counting machines that will be used for the national and local elections in May. At … Read more »


Most Pinoys believe in ‘forever’ – SWS

Seven out of 10 Filipino adults believe in “forever,” while nearly seven of 10 believe in “long distance relationships.” The nationwide survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and released two days before Valentine’s Day showed that 73 percent … Read more »

Aquino, Binay trust ratings dip

THE overall trust and approval ratings of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Vice President Jejomar Binay fell below the 50 percent mark in January, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Although the President remains the most trusted official, Aquino’s … Read more »

Govt, MILF to ‘stay the course of peace’

THE government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have firmed up plans to ensure the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the next Administration, committing to “stay the course of peace” and jointly run after criminals … Read more »

Scientists glimpse gravitational waves

WASHINGTON: In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, scientists said Thursday (Friday in Manila) they have glimpsed the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that Albert Einstein predicted a century ago. When two … Read more »

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Editorial

It’s time for a strategic review of the Overseas Workers Program

TWO recent developments in the Middle East and in the global economy persuade us to recommend that the government—including both the executive and the legislative—should now conduct a strategic review of the Philippine overseas workers program. These developments are: First, the recent fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous... Read more »


Nation

Labor execs, envoys brace for Mid-East OFWs displacement

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday strongly denied there is an ongoing massive retrenchment of foreign workers in the Middle East due to plunging oil prices. The denial was issued a day after the DOLE issued a … Read more »

Binay ‘invades’ LP lair

Vice President Jejomar Binay took his presidential campaign to Batangas province on Friday after wooing voters in Laguna and Cavite provinces. Most local executives in Batangas are members of the Liberal Party but Binay was undeterred, confident of his welcome … Read more »

Governors not backing Mar-Leni tandem

Iriga City: Securing the vote for Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, is a tough task, LP Vice Chairman and Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted Friday. Drilon, who is seeking … Read more »

BSP warns public vs spurious bank

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday warned the public not to do business with Global Investment Bank or GIB Philippines Bank Ltd. (GIB or GPBL), which has not been authorized to operate as a bank in the Philippines. … Read more »

Asean-US summit to tackle sea row

LEADERS of Asian countries will tackle the rising tensions in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations-US summit to be held at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California next week. President Benigno … Read more »

DOLE enhances program for displaced OFWs

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will provide “improved and comprehensive” services for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Middle East and South Korea who may lose their jobs because of the oil price slump or … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Representative Roy Señeres: Moments with a friend

“I shot an arrow into the air, It felt to Earth, I know not where, For so swiftly it flew the sight, Could not follow in its flight. I breathe a song into the air, It felt to Earth I … Read more »

PH-SINO relations antedate PH-US ones

AS early as the reign of King Philip II, whose minions named the Spanish colony after him in the 16th century, Chinese traders had already found the archipelago exchanging silk and porcelain for the products of the sea and forests … Read more »

Public warned vs new virus!

EPIDEMIOLOGISTS have warned the public against the possible outbreak of disease caused by a newly discovered virus strain during the election campaign. The health experts discovered the virulent virus while undertaking researches on the “Zika” virus. The scientists called the … Read more »

The form and uses of the perfect gerund

LAST week we took up the perfect infinitive as a grammatical form that, in tandem with the main verb of a sentence, either refers to things that might have happened in the past, as in “The board seems to have … Read more »

What would be the Sanders Doctrine?

WASHINGTON, DC: Is Bernie Sanders a closet foreign policy “realist”? Reading his few pronouncements on foreign policy, you sense that he embraces the realists’ deep skepticism about American military intervention. But he has said so little about foreign policy that … Read more »

Customers make companies profitable

It’s a truism that it is more expensive to get new clients than to maintain current ones. Maintaining good customer relations is a very important function of an organization. Without the customer there is no business.| Who is a customer? … Read more »

The Korea crisis just went pear-shaped

I HAVE a bit of a confession to make: I may have seriously misjudged the severity, and therefore, the likely outcome of the growing crisis on the Korean peninsula. A couple of weeks ago, after North Korea conducted its fourth … Read more »

JPE’s inconsistencies and EDSA ’86

Hearing and seeing Lady Gaga last Monday in the Super Bowl singing the Star-Spangled Banner, was a thrill beyond compare. At halftime, Fil-Am Bruno Mars performed memorably. TY, Lady Gaga and Bruno, and welcome later this month (but the MOA … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Only courts can issue decree of legal separation

Dear Pao, I am a businessman from Hong Kong, and temporarily residing in Taguig City. I have a helper who has been separated from his wife. I learned that his wife now lives with a new family of her own … Read more »