Iglesia members march to EDSA

Thousands jam Metro streets telling de Lima to back off THOUSANDS of members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) on Friday night marched out of Padre Faura Street in Manila and were believed to be heading … Read more »

Broadcaster’s coffee shop strafed

Two men raked a coffee shop in Quezon City (Metro Manila) owned by a popular radio and television commentator with gunfire at past 1 a.m. on Friday. No one was reported hurt in the incident, which happened hours after members … Read more »

Just strictly enforce rules, says ex-LTFRB chief

METRO Manila does not need to revive a decades-old odd-even scheme to solve its seemingly hopeless traffic congestion problem. What the National Capital Region needs is a traffic czar with common sense and who the President will listen to, a … Read more »

Ton of high-grade shabu from NKorea stashed in PH

An international drug syndicate whose alleged members are on trial for drug trafficking in a US court has reportedly stockpiled one ton of North Korean methamphetamines in the Philippines for storage. Court documents presented by US prosecutors to a court … Read more »

GMA 7’s complaint ‘malicious’

Sky Cable Corp., a Lopez-led cable television service provider, has said GMA Network’s complaint regarding the disruption in broadcast signals to households during its hit segment within the noontime show Eat Bulaga is “a malicious accusation” and “is without basis.” … Read more »

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Our underwhelming economy

PERHAPS the most positive thing that might be said about the 5.6-percent expansion of the economy in the second quarter is that “It could have been worse.” The growth of the Philippines’ gross domestic product in the April-June period, as announced yesterday by the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) was, in fact, the third highest... Read more »


Comelec signs source code review contract

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has directed technology provider Smartmatic Corp. to start the production of 23,000 Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machines to be used in next year’s elections. The 23,000 OMRs is part of the 93,997 units of counting … Read more »

Thailand, PH boost trade, security ties

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said the government has strengthened its partnership with Thailand in the fields of trade, investment and security following the visit of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. “This very solidarity between the Philippines and Thailand … Read more »

Customs bureau most corrupt – SWS

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is still the most corrupt government agency, an annual survey on corruption conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. Businessmen polled gave the BOC a rating of “very bad” in terms of its sincerity … Read more »

Comelec, BoC tools of corruption – PLM

MALACAÑANG is using the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as instruments of corruption to ensure the victory of administration candidates next year, a newly formed political party said. The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) on … Read more »

‘Grace-Chiz tandem a done deal’

Sen. Grace Poe will soon announce her presidential bid with Sen. Francis Escudero as her running mate, a Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) official said Thursday. “NPC members are expecting Poe and Escudero to announce their candidacies soon. A picture is … Read more »

US to protect PH missions in disputed sea

THE United States has offered to provide protection to Filipino troops during their re-supply missions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Defense officials said Thursday. The offer came from US Pacific Command (USPACOM) chief Harry Harris. “Napag-usapan naming … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Issues on Baguio (2): Camp John Hay

[Opinion Editor’s Note: This article, which is the second of Mr. Ricardo B. Ramos’ promised two articles on “Issues on Baguio,” is his last column in The Manila Times.  He bids farewell to Times readers and editors.  We wish him … Read more »

The bumper-to-bumper ‘tuwid na daan’

PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last has asked the people bearing the burden of the worsening traffic to be “more patient and understanding.” Former Speaker Prospero “Boy Nogie” Nograles Jr. may have heard it differently but definitely, what he thought he … Read more »

It’s unwise to drop the helping verb ‘do’ in emphatic sentences

MY column last week on how the helping verb “do” works as an intensifier in English drew the following very interesting and intriguing response from reader Jose Oliveros: “This is regarding the use of the phrase ‘in need of’in ‘Our … Read more »

Charitable giving is best when voluntary

The other day, I was chatting with my childhood friend, Linda, who owns a carinderia (small restaurant) in our barangay (village). I noticed when a bumbay (Indian guy) arrived, she immediately dipped into her cash box and gave him P100. … Read more »

The future of call centers may be shorter than we think

THE business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is considered, and not without justification, the Philippines’ most promising economic sector. Growing at a rate of between 15 and 17 percent per year; by next year, according to the IT and Business Process … Read more »

Quezon association celebrates 92 years

One of the oldest active associations, Quezon (Tayabas) Association Inc., celebrated its 92nd Founding Anniversary at the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza on August 8.   The annual event was attended once again by a huge number of prestigious men … Read more »

Razon owns P50B in Bloomberry but is not selling

Bloomberry Resorts Corp. may be different from some other listed companies when it comes to disclosures. Recently, it posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange a complete ownership filing that should answer the questions that ordinary public investors … Read more »

The Enrile ruling and human rights

SPREAD and propagate the compassion, not equalize the suffering or democratize the misery. We may cite the reported and implemented Enrile ruling to alleviate the condition of others. I only go by the papers as I have not accessed the … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Senior citizens not entitled to discounted pet grooming

Dear PAO, I am already a senior citizen living in Quezon City. I have a dog which I brought to a pet shop in a mall for the purpose of pet grooming. The pet shop refused to give the discount … Read more »