Robredo wins VP race

Just as Leni Robredo predicted her victory, the last man standing in the race for the second highest position of the land is a woman. Robredo, Camarines Sur Representative, won the tightly contested vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes – … Read more »

Marcos camp to contest Robredo ‘win’

The camp of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday said they will continue to fight and file within 15 days a protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to contest the official outcome of the canvassing of votes showing Rep. … Read more »

Comelec chief impeachable over ‘undervotes’ – IT lawyer

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista could be impeached over “undervotes” and for disallowing a system audit of its transparency and central servers, according to an information technology (IT) expert. An undervote occurs when the number of choices selected … Read more »

PH golden dream fades as Pacquiao rules out Rio

Boxing legend Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on Friday said he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines’ best chance of winning its first gold medal. Pacquiao, who was this month elected to … Read more »

Trump lays claim to Republican nomination

BILLINGS, Montana: White House hopeful Donald Trump claimed victory on Thursday in the Republican nomination race, while shrugging off criticism from the man he aims to replace, President Barack Obama, who blasted the billionaire’s ignorance and arrogant attitude. Trump vaulted … Read more »

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Disputes: China’s low-bat support vs Philippine backers

IF the South China/West Philippine Sea row between China and the Philippines were to be adjudicated according to the quality of support that each side has marshaled in the dispute, the Philippines would surely win its case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, whose decision will be handed down within weeks. While our country... Read more »


Tribes’ children in Mindanao get new classrooms

At least 605 new classrooms with an allotment of P500 million will be constructed for students from indigenous peoples’ communities in Regions IX to XIII  in Mindanao, the Department of Education (DepEd) stated. Under this project, new classrooms will be … Read more »

Local executives urged to brace for La Niña ­— DILG

With the start of the rainy season, Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday called on all local government units (LGUs) to carry out disaster preparedness measures. According to the Philippine … Read more »

Jinggoy seeks furlough on mother’s birthday

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has asked the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to allow him leave his place of detention for four hours on June 4 in order to be with his mother, former Sen. Loi Ejercito Estrada, on her … Read more »

Tripartite Council tells SSS to increase pension

With only a month left in office, the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) headed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz is still hoping that the Social Security System (SSS) will reconsider its hardline position of not allowing an increase in the … Read more »

SSS honchos to get oodles from Aquino

“MIDNIGHT perks” amounting to P500,000 a month in monthly wage increase and additional benefits are expected to be received by top executives of the Social Security System (SSS) before President Benigno Aquino 3rd vows out of office on June 30, … Read more »

Low pay slows Cabinet recruitment – Duterte

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he wants young people in his Cabinet but cannot convince them because of low salaries in the government. “Ang problema ang pinag-uusapan kaagad yung sweldo [The problem is that questions about pay are immediately … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Who’s the true DU30?

PRESUMPTIVE President-elect Rodrigo Duterte drew a lot of praises when he said he was offering his hand of friendship to all those who had opposed him. That was a gallant gesture from a run-away winner. There was no gloating from … Read more »

What Russia has in common with the Philippines as a power in the Pacific region

ON Thursday, July 2, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our establishment of diplomatic relations with Russia. Both the Philippines and Russia will also celebrate their national days on June 12. We have many things in common with … Read more »

Still Mayor Duterte and emerging contradictions

“Calvinism, Jacobinism and Marxism, are all rigidly deterministic. All believe that what happened here below is foreordained, predestined to follow a course which no mere human being can alter, least of all those who oppose respectively Calvinism, Jacobinism or Marxism.” … Read more »

Extreme liberties in the use of the word ‘presumptive’

I CAN see from my Google check today that labeling Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as “presumptive president” of the Philippines has now become a fait accompli in local media. This is despite the fact that “presumptive,” which has been … Read more »


“Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done.”   — CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY AS a financial advisor, I’ve heard the line “sana noon ko pa ito sinimulan  . . . … Read more »

Charter change: Handle with caution

Second of two parts CONTINUING our discussion from Thursday… The prospects for fundamental systemic change – specifically, a shift to a federal parliamentary form of government and the reduction or removal of constitutional restrictions against foreign investment – appear brighter … Read more »

Vista Land’s insider advantage

THE expansion of the Villar group of companies will be closely watched following the appointment of Mark Villar as secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Any move of the family-owned Vista Land and Landscapes Inc. makes from … Read more »

Digong, please consult more and enhance family values

LAST Monday, there was a birth anniversary Mass in Fr. Benigno Benabarre’s honor in San Beda (Mendiola). He turned 101. Excuse me, but I don’t go back that far, as you can see in my new pic above. Please compare … 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 »

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When employment is unjustly terminated

Dear PAO, I am an OFW, employed as a senior surveillance operator by a company located in the Dominican Republic. Last year, while on duty, a significant amount of money was stolen from the slot machine of my company. I … Read more »