MILF commanders restive

Ground commanders of theMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are becoming more impatient and frustrated over the delay in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress that they believe will also delay the establishment of a Bangsamoro … Read more »


Rule of law ensures trade in key sea lane – EU expert

Catherine Ashton, head of foreign policy of the European Union (EU), on Tuesday highlighted the importance of the rule of law in ensuring the safe passage of goods in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The oceans and seas … Read more »

Aquino has not made dent on poverty – analyst

DESPITE the litany of achievements that he enumerated in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not been able to significantly lower the country’s poverty level, according to Ramon Casiple, a political analyst. … Read more »

Malacañang orders quick inventory of DAP projects

MALACAÑANG has ordered a quick inventory of all projects funded under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to determine how much supplemental budget it would ask from Congress. The directive to all government agencies that benefited from the DAP came … Read more »

President is no martyr – bishop

President Benigno Aquino 3rd was criticized for parroting his father, Benigno Aquino Jr., in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, when he said that the Filipino is worth dying for. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said Aquino should … Read more »

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Editorial

President Aquino promoted our image as ‘The Sick Man of Asia’

The President began his State of The Nation Address on Monday with these words (excluding “Good afternoon.”): “This is my fifth SONA; only one remains. We have a saying: Those who do not look back to the past, will never get to where they wish to go. Therefore, today it is only right for us to reflect on what we have gone... Read more »


From our Readers

Eid ul Fitr messages

From the British Ambassador British Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad sent the following warm wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid ul... Read more »

About Tiglao’s Screw Meralco column

Sent by Carlos Baldago to Rigoberto Tiglao on July 21, 2014: I have been to Nuvali, the Ayala owned private residence in Laguna. As of yesterday,... Read more »

Rigoberto Tiglao’s reply to Carlos Baldago on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am:

My mistake. I’ve seen only Nuvali’s outer edges (to the wakeboard area) — especially since Nuvali security guards are so strict as if they own... Read more »

Sent to Rigoberto Tiglao by Carlos Baldago July 22, 2014

Subject: Screw Meralco Your observation on Meralco made me think that all government-approved franchises/licenses to private sector to operate and... Read more »

Former Speaker Fuentebella’s lawyer corrects Columnist Ronquillo

We write on behalf of our client, former Speaker Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, concerning Mr. Marlen V. Ronquillo’s distorted and myopic presentation of... Read more »

Sports

Bulldogs battle Falcons for solo lead

National University (NU) guns for solo lead when it tackles Adamson University today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament At the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Bulldogs-Soaring Falcons match is … Read more »

Nation

Palace on coup rumors: All quiet on AFP front

MalacaÑang on Wednesday downplayed reports of a plan to oust President Benigno Aquino 3rd through a coup d’etat. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda cited an earlier statement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dismissing as … Read more »

National Grid exempt from paying ERC permit fees

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has barred the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) from collecting permit fees from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for its projects. In a 16-page decision penned by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon and concurred … Read more »

10 civilian tipsters receive P5.8-M reward from PDEA

Ten civilian informants received P5.8 million in cash reward from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency under the PDEA Operation Private Eye. The Private Eye Rewards Committee, composed of members from academe, non-government organizations and law-enforcement, religious and business sectors, approved … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

YEN MAKABENTA

Senators and their DAP loot

Part 2 Many readers, friends and colleagues, in reaction to my previous column (“Supreme Court decision documents Senators’ acts and their incentives,” Times, July 29), have anxiously written and asked: What happens now? Will the bribed senators get away scot-free? Do they get to keep their loot? How about the treasury and the people? Will they get the money back? Will the Senate go on with  “Business as Usual” Those who raise these questions are concerned  about... Read more »

KATRINA STUART SANTIAGO

SONA, PNoy style

It was entertaining to say the least, listening to the State of the Nation Address 2014, the President’s fifth, oh how time flies. And it seems the President thinks he’s had a good run, done the best he could, is … Read more »

Ben D. Kritz

An alarming SONA

It was alarming for two reasons. The one that was not entirely unexpected was the almost complete lack of substantial vision in the speech. Certainly, there was no shortage of motherhood statements and vague triumphalism like “achieving positive transformation,” “the … Read more »

ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR.

Reclamation: Pros an cons

All around the world, countries have been reclaiming land for as early as the 1600s. In the Philippine context, however, reclamation is an often discussed issue, especially when it comes to land reclamation of our bays in the metro areas. … Read more »

MICHAEL-GERSON

The GOP has become the party of reform

WASHINGTON, DC: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not … Read more »

Thelma Dumpit-Murillo

Will full entry of foreign banks spur investments in PH?

President Benigno Aquino 3rd recently signed into law a bill allowing the full entry of foreign banks into the Philippines. This new law, Republic Act (RA) 10641 or “An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines,” … Read more »

Alice Bustos-Orosa

Camaraderie over brick oven pizzas

The friendships I’ve been tho–roughly blessed with all these years are intangibles I consider most valuable. For decades, my closest girl friends cum travel companions, Malyn and Monette, have been loyal friends. Every month, our trio plans regular dinners to … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Husband’s rights over house built by wife’s dad

Dear PAO, I have a problem with my wife and my children. I hurt my 17-year- old child because of his own fault. I was forced to leave our house and I am now staying with my sister. I feel … Read more »