Federalism can be fast-tracked

A shift from a presidential to a federal form of government is possible for the Philippines if President-elect Rodrigo Duterte pushes its legislation and Congress works fast to amend the Constitution, former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and incoming Batangas Gov. … Read more »

Duterte OKs hero’s burial for Marcos

FORMER President Ferdinand Marcos will finally be allowed a hero’s burial, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday, in what would be a huge win for the late strongman’s family as it pursues a return to power. Duterte also said he … Read more »

Santiago bids Senate goodbye

It looks like Filipinos will no longer see Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the Senate. Although the senator’s term will end on June 30, she has informed Senate President Franklin Drilon that she will be on medical leave during the remaining … Read more »

It’s official: Summer ‘s over

The downpours have started, and so the typhoons will surely follow. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Tuesday officially announced the onset of the rainy season, as the country transitions from dry to wet weather. Pagasa … Read more »

Smartmatic execs charged with cybercrime

THE camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday slapped criminal charges against officials of Smartmatic and IT personnel of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for an unauthorized change of script in the transparency server of the poll body … Read more »

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How safe are our skies?

THIS past weekend brought us the tragic news of the crash of an EgyptAir jet with 66 people on board, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea on its way from Paris to Cairo. The cause of the crash is at this point still a mystery, but the suspicion of the authorities and much of the public is that it may have been a terrorist act, even though no... Read more »


Exclude dubious COC in VP count – Marcos

Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said while he has reservations on the canvassing of votes for the race for Vice President, presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte should be proclaimed immediately. “I propose the immediate proclamation of our … Read more »

No delay in Leni proclamation

The Philippine Congress sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) will not delay the proclamation of vice presidential race frontrunner Leni Robredo amid suspicions of poll rigging claimed by the camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. House Majority Leader … Read more »

Graduate of unknown college tops CPA exams

Karim Gonzales Abitago of Universal College located in Paranaque City (Metro Manila) topped the May 2016 CPA licensure examinations with a 92.17 percent rating. Abitago was among the 2,967 out of 6,925 graduates who passed the examinations given by the … Read more »

Binay camp: Trillanes TRO boosts rule of law

A recent ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) citing Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th for indirect contempt was a reiteration of “the importance of respect for the rule of law and a co-equal branch of government,” according to the camp … Read more »

Saudi Prince praises Aquino for PH growth

The royal family of Saudi Arabia has lauded President Benigno Aquino 3rd for his achievements during the last six years. A congratulatory message was extended by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a courtesy call … Read more »

P9.23-M chemicals, ‘shabu’ equipment destroyed

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr., on Tuesday led the tearing down of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) and laboratory equipment for the manufacture of shabu worth P9,237,495 on order of the court in a … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Game over for Smartmatic. Comelec should be made to account

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its allies did not fail to say recently that we have had a very successful 2016 national and local elections (NLEs). But we never heard them saying that the automated election system (AES) implemented … Read more »

Mark Villar’s ‘conflict of interest’?

VISTA Land and Landscapes Inc. (VLL) is the listed property company of former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr. and his family. Of the company’s 12,924,267,276 (12.92 billion) outstanding common shares, 8,538,740,614 (8.5 million) shares are listed on the Philippine Stock … Read more »

Mr. Piñol will end the brutal reign of Aquino/Procy/Kiko

THE journalists who started out with Mr. Piñol in the late 70s, promdis who looked like promdis, had some redeeming virtues. They read books. The young journalists with tangled syntaxes and little formal education stuck to how-to-books on sentence construction … Read more »

The evolution of cheating

OH, for the good old–fashioned way of cheating in the polls! Oops, can any kind of cheating be good? Oh well, when viewed in comparison to automated cheating, the old ways can be said to be better, right? Yeah, better … Read more »

Pacquiao: Helping Grace deliver on her promise

Now that the elections are over, does Sen. Grace Poe’s vow to make the Philippines a first-time Olympic gold medal winner–in any sport–still hold? Of course, Poe made the promise when she was still a candidate for the presidency in … Read more »

Employee stock ownership plan – ready for wider adoption?

Imagine if majority of the working population are part owners of the company where they work. Imagine the enthusiasm and excitement this possibility can infuse into the workplace! Aside from an increase in productivity as a result of employees’ awareness … Read more »

Reducing the poverty statistics

The continuing level of poverty in the Philippines as many have written about is in direct conflict with all the trumpeting about “stellar economic growth” numbers. The extreme poverty incidence has been reduced in percentage terms over the last three … Read more »

PH telecom sector is sorry for your inconvenience

AS the presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte prepares to install a new government for the Philippines, I hope he understands the true weight of the expectations behind the “change is coming” meme with which he has apparently decided to brand his … Read more »

Editors' Picks

AES anomaly could be bigger than we realize

A friend from abroad, who regularly visits the Philippines and takes keen interest in political and business developments here, has written me a long note in reaction to my column (“The question Comelec must answer,” Manila Times, 17 May 2016), … Read more »

Who else but Bongbong Marcos?

I was in Cebu these last few days, and even there where the second presidential debate was held on March 20, the apparent consensus among those who watched the April 10 vice-presidential debate in Manila was that it was far … Read more »

Aquino the worst President ever: He damaged our institutions

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will go down in history as the country’s worst President ever.

One might accuse his predecessors, fairly or not, as having stolen from the state’s coffers. But this President damaged the very institutions of our Republic, and the effect of that would be to put the… Read more »

Legal Advice

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Minority no longer an impediment to legitimation

Dear PAO, I got pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 17. Eventually, I married the father of my child when I was 23 years of age. I would like my son to be legitimated, … Read more »