Sayyaf chief now leads SEAsia jihad

The leader of a faction of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is now the apparent commander of jihadists’ groups in Southeast Asia. Isnilon Hapilon, who leads the ASG faction al-Harakat al-Islamiyah in Basilan province in southern Mindanao, has been named … Read more »

China, Russia eye closer ties amid tensions

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation and oversaw a series of deals on Saturday, as the two countries deepen ties in the face of growing tensions with the West. In what was … Read more »

Duterte to ASG: Talk or fight?

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he could be open to peace talks with the Islamic terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which recently beheaded two foreign hostages and kidnapped seven more. “The Abu Sayyaf is not my enemy. I know it is … Read more »

Rocket launch forces flight diversions

Several flights from the Philippines going to and coming from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were diverted as a precaution against a rocket launch by China, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Saturday. The CAAP … Read more »

Zambales anti-mining activists win big

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales: A sudden turn of events that appear to them like manna from heaven–the Supreme Court issuing a Writ of Kalikasan against five mining firms in the province, the incoming governor announcing his first executive order will be … Read more »

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Emergency powers to resurrect ‘dead’ Manila

BEFORE he can spend a single day in Malacañang, our incoming President Rody Duterte tells us, he has already dealt with his own Yolanda crisis. He does not have to wait for Mother Nature to strike with her fury. He does not have to wait for a foreign power to invade our country. There is already a crisis waiting for him. That crisis is none... Read more »


Duterte violates protocol in oath rites

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has effectively bypassed Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno when he did not follow the protocol in administering his oath of office of June 30. According to unimpeachable sources of The Manila Times from the … Read more »

PDEA, PNP not yet done with Marcelino

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is not giving up its case against Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino and his co-accused in the drug charges slapped on them. Outgoing PDEA chief, Arturo Cacdac Jr., said over the weekend that the PDEA … Read more »

SC tackles GMA case on Tuesday

The Supreme Court (SC) is set to deliberate again the demurrer to evidence case involving former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In the agenda of the SC en banc this coming Tuesday, for their regular session, the case … Read more »

DOLE order ensures benefits to fisherfolk

TAGAYTAY CITY: Days before she bows out of office, outgoing Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz gifted one of the most marginalized sectors, the fisherfolk, a lasting legacy that would ensure decent working standards for fishermen on board commercial fishing vessels. … Read more »

PH lauded for labor reforms

TAGAYTAY CITY: The International Labor Organization (ILO) has lauded the Philippines for being one of eight countries in the world that have improved labor policies. Outgoing Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Saturday that the recognition was contained in ILO … Read more »

Airport expansion key to tourism – expert

A recent study of a Brisbane-based marketing agency, Dejan Marketing, showed that most Australians associate the Philippines to beaches. But for hospitality expert Bill Barnett, the Philippines is more than about finding an isolated patch of sand and sinking into … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Kris Aquino is top taxpayer

OUTGOING President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd is right. His sister Kris deserves free rides in a government helicopters for being one of the Philippines’ biggest top payers. As a matter of fact, she was even No. 1 in 2011 when … Read more »

The Noynoy Aquino I knew

IN a few days we will have a new President … someone who looks like an opposite in many ways of the outgoing leader we have had in the last six years. I am writing this piece to share with … Read more »

Awaiting metamorphosis

[With this maiden column of Susan “Toots” Ople, The Manila Times will henceforth publish “Policy Wink” every Monday. Ms. Ople is founder and current president of the Blas Ople Policy Center (BOPC), which assists distressed overseas Filipino workers in various … Read more »

Brexit feared ghosts of migrants past and present

FACTS may be ahead of fear alphabetically, and reality may be a few pages after perception in the everyday dictionary, but both fear and perception overcome facts and reality in a global economy sharing a common umbilical world-wide-web cord. Immigration … Read more »

After the storm: Tax relief for casualty losses

Severe storm events are nothing new for our country. Last week in this column my colleague, Antonio Cubacub, wrote about the different ways organizations can prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters. It’s a timely discussion, especially now that El … Read more »

Why contractuals contribute to poor productivity

MANY managers don’t realize this basic premise. They hire an army of minimum wage earners who are systematically kicked out of their jobs as soon as they reach five months of continuous employment. They are called with so many names … Read more »

Emergency powers will be inutile against the Metro traffic crisis

THE popular consensus across multiple sectors is this. Easing the Metro Manila traffic jams requires draconian solutions and, right now, there are no solutions in sight unless the Department of Transportation (now minus the C part) gets emergency powers to … Read more »

Why China is risking war with US

RELATED to the subject matter of my past two columns (on the PH-China dispute over the West Philippine Sea), this current discussion pursues the topic rather alarmingly. The former Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) chief, … Read more »

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Closet billionaires . . . or corporate dummies?

Third of a Series

The Salim conglomerate in the Philippines, aka the “MVP” group, has five executives who are the Indonesian billionaire Anthoni Salim’s Filipino partners, their identities heretofore kept hidden from the public eye.

With the enormous income and share prices of the conglomerate’s… Read more »

First the Church, now the media: Will Duterte make it?

MANY Filipinos genuinely want to see President-elect Rodrigo Duterte succeed, if only for the nation’s sake. But they are deeply and genuinely saddened. Many others are mortally afraid. The question they are asking is this: What’s happening to the person of our incoming President? Is he going to self-destruct even before he takes off? They aren’t even talking of his “program of government” yet… Read more »

Two-way election fraud: electronic and manual

CHEATING in the May 9 elections was massive and nearly unstoppable; it involved two major operations: one electronic (the rigging of the automated Comelec vote count); and the other manual (the outright doctoring by hand of the ballots and the … Read more »

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Abandonment is ground for legal separation

Dear PAO, I have been married to Adrian for almost 10 years now, and have been separated from him since 2005. In the same year, he left our house without any reason. I only discovered lately that he has been … Read more »