Robredo leads early count

Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo took an early lead over her rival, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., on the first day of official canvassing of votes in Congress, with 26 out of 165 Certificates of Canvass opened. … Read more »


Separate proclamations of President, VP pushed

Abakada Party list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz maintained that the winners in the presidential and vice presidential elections may be proclaimed separately. When the Senate and the House of Representatives held a joint session on Tuesday, Dela Cruz, the campaign … Read more »

Party-list bloc backs Duterte, Alvarez

THE party-list (PL) bloc in the 17th Congress is the newest coalition to express support to the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the Speakership bid of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez. In a ceremony in Makati City … Read more »

Beijing bares supporters in sea row

BEIJING: Disputed rocks and reefs of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are more than an ocean away from the landlocked African nation of Niger. But that has not stopped the strife-ridden, largely desert country of 17 million people … Read more »

Aquino unfazed by DAP raps – Palace

President Benigno Aquino 3rd is not afraid of a plan of the incoming Duterte administration to reinvestigate the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), parts of which have been struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC). Presidential Communications Secretary … Read more »

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Editorial

Mayors, high and low, must follow the law

EMULATING President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s oft-announced policy of a relentless and unforgiving war against crime, some local mayors are launching their own self-styled Dirty-Harry campaigns to rid their jurisdictions of criminality. Among them, no one has called more attention to himself and his campaign than Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili,... Read more »


Nation

Comelec defers action on Marcos audit request

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has decided not to take action or “defer” the request of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for a systems audit of the transparency and central servers that it used in the just concluded polls. “The … Read more »

Binay camp: Probe Comelec poll system

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp is asking the Commission on Elections to conduct a “forensic probe” of the Comelec’s own Election Management System (EMS). Binay was the standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 2016 polls. … Read more »

Duterte censured over rape ‘joke’

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday issued a resolution after finding incoming President Rodrigo Duterte discriminated against women in violation of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women in connection with his “joke” about an Australian … Read more »

No sacred cow in Duterte gov’t

There is no sacred cow under the Duterte administration. This was the assurance made by incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, saying even the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) that gave its supposedly solid 1.7 million votes … Read more »

15 kids nabbed in rUmble in Manila

At least 15 young children, the oldest being 15 years old, involved in a violent rumble were arrested by village watchmen (Barangay tanod) at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday in Manila. The watchmen said the children, who belong to two … Read more »

Malapitan team vows to stay honest

Re-elected Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Wednesday promised to continue serving Caloocan City (Metro Manila) residents with complete honesty. Malapitan vowed to pursue his projects and programs for the next three years – education, infrastructure, health, peace and order, and employment … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Charter change: Handle with caution

First of two parts PRESUMPTIVE President Rodrigo Duterte has been rather forthright about his intention to push for the creation of a federal system in the Philippines, an idea that has largely met with approval from the public and most … Read more »

Blind side

IT is astounding, the way so many have fallen silent about the irregularities and abnormalities that happened during the May 9 elections. If one weren’t listening to the quiet, one would think what we had was the cleanest, most honest … Read more »

Transport, traffic, and land-use planning recommendations

THERE is no silver bullet to solve Metro Manila’s traffic mess. We have to swallow bitter pills, if we push for immediate action measures. Traffic congestion is a physical effect and a confluence of many factors. It is not a … Read more »

Centrist democracy and revolution

ABOUT five years ago I visited General Joe Almonte in his office in Greenhills. I told him about the plans of my young Philippine Centrist friends to set up a principled Centrist Democratic Party with the purpose of overcoming the … Read more »

Pitiful boxing fans

The month of May is about to end but I have never read anything from the boxing press commemorating with a resounding tone the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megabout that happened on the second day of the month in 2015. … Read more »

How to be a ‘FIT’

(Financially Independent Twenty-something) My mindset has always been that your 20s must be the time when you need to learn and do as much as you can to prepare you for the rest of your life. Five years ago, life … Read more »

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 »

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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No-work, no-pay policy can’t be applied arbitrarily

Dear PAO,     My wife is working in a private school in Taguig City (Metro Manila). One morning, she arrived seven minutes late for work. Because of the owner’s disappointment, she informed the employees that she will be implementing a … Read more »