MILF fighters aided Abu Sayyaf – military

Malacañang is yet to begin reviewing the draft of the law that seeks to establish peace through a Bangsamoro region in Mindanao, but some kinks have emerged as members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reportedly aided Abu … Read more »

There will be no Manila Times on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. We will be back on Easter.

Palace intervenes in US Filipinos’ woes

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday vowed assistance to some 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the United States who are facing possible deportation, although it said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will work to prevent such a scenario. “We are committed to the … Read more »


HOLY Week to some Filipinos seems to have lost its solemnity as they would rather enjoy the long work break at a beach or a favorite tourist spot, instead of visiting churches and spending time reflecting on spiritual things. But … Read more »

Japan soon to waive visas for Filipino tourists

TOKYO: The government and the ruling coalition are making arrangements to waive visas for tourists from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam as one of the initiatives in a revised action plan due out in June to make Japan a tourism-oriented … Read more »

SC asked to extend Meralco TRO

Worried that the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will impose the highest power rate hike ever, a group of consumers and lawmakers on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend indefinitely the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued halting the … Read more »

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Holy Week not just a ‘religious interlude’

IT’s the last four days of Lent 2014. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), then it’s Good Friday and Holy Saturday (when Christendom is in vigil, waiting for the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus and the Great Joy of Easter). We invite readers to reflect on the following thoughts of St. Josemaria Escriva, the “saint of the... Read more »

From our Readers

On ‘300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation’

When will we all get along with each other in this world, when Jesus comes back?? Everyone comes to America because our economy is better than their... Read more »

On ‘Camp sharing’

Translated by Publisher/Editor from Tagalog comment: Why are militant groups yakity-yaking when they are not doing anything to help our... Read more »

On “A costly national disgrace”

Time was in the island famous for it’s white beach, as soon as dusk came then hundreds of thousands of “kabogs” (giant flying foxes, fruit... Read more »

On ‘The best place to visit this Holy Week?’

When you have to visit your conscience, you must really be in deep trouble. Usually it’s your conscience that visits you. When you have not had... Read more »

On ‘SC ruling on RH law entrenches Catholic dogma’

“Mainstream” and “more” are not scientific terms. They do not convey scientific truthfulness. Truth does not bend to democracy. It is... Read more »

Inside News

‘PNP leaders favor PMA grads over PNPA alumni’

Class presidents of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) from 1983 to 1992 are reportedly meeting in secret and making plans to dramatize their discontent over the alleged unfair assignments in the Philippine National Police (PNP). A police officer privy … Read more »


MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said there was no need for a travel ban to the Middle East despite the death of a Filipino health worker infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said … Read more »

No immunity for Padaca–Sandigan

The Sandiganbayan has ruled out immunity as a defense for Commission on Elections Commissioner Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca who is facing graft and malversation charges before the anti-graft court. The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division noted in its seven-page resolution that Padaca’s … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Rigoberto Tiglao

‘America’s colonial burden’

Henri Matisse’s The Manila Shawl (1891)(2nd of two parts on the book “Asia’s Cauldron”) As when an outsider criticizes a member of your family or clan, it hurts when a foreigner pillories one’s country, as Robert D. Kaplan did the Philippines in his book “Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific (2014: Random Publishing House).” We, or at least our brains, after all, are still basically unchanged from what we were just five thousand years ago, when the tribe was everything for us, and... Read more »

Marlen V. Ronquillo

They murder promdi journalists, don’t they

If there is one thread that links the murders (again and again and again) of media workers in the country, this is it: the victims are from the provinces. The murdered media workers, this is the sad story, submitted work … Read more »

Efren Danao

Agony in the Holy Week – and beyond

There will be many flagellants during this Holy Week. How I wish some high Malacañang officials would be among them. Should this be so, I sure would want to be among the first to give them a good whipping. My … Read more »


Of fruits and trees

We like to say it, and we like to say it often: the fruit does not fall far from the tree. It is a phrase we throw around to intervene in the narrative of political dynasties that reigns in this … Read more »

Ricardo Saludo

Palm and cloak, bread and wine, thorn and nail

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. — The Gospel of Saint John (3:16) MANY people are content with a … Read more »

Erwin Tulfo

Fake NGO linked to Forbes contractor

The Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee should really start looking into other foundations or non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to “ghost” projects. Based on a report of the Commission on Audit (COA), there were 82 bogus foundations or fake NGOs that benefited … Read more »

Emeterio Sd. Perez

The majority’s power over independent directors

THE battle for proxies in the election of members of the board of listed companies is long gone. In the absence of an intense fight for a board seat, majority stockholders simply choose more nominees than their holdings would allow … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Failure to pay for delivered goods

Dear PAO, I bought several units of personal computers for the small shop that I will open in two months. The units were already delivered to me and I have paid 50 percent of the total value of the units … Read more »


No employer-employee relationship for agents on commission

In 1989, a labor union filed a petition with a sewing machine company to be the sole and exclusive bargaining agent that represents the company’s collectors. The company refused to recognize the labor union, explaining that the union members were … Read more »