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Budding entrepreneurs should be warned. While the food business is generally speaking an excellent place to park one’s excess funds in, there is no such thing as a sure investment. To lessen the risk of losing one’s shirt, franchises have become an appealing option. While they are by no means…

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The run-in between Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and former Commissioner Gus Lagman brought to the fore once again the issue of intelligence fund. Whatever the Executive department says about the matter—Assistant spokesperson Valte maintained in a recent media briefing that it was necessary—there could…

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On the day before the May 13 elections, The Manila Times learned of an incident involving Manny Pacquiao. What happened was so newsworthy that we used it as our banner story the next day. The ‘Pambansang Kamao’ or National Fist allegedly beat up a barangay captain, who had tried to…

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It is not the territorial intrusions of the Chinese into Philippine territory, or the brewing crisis with Taiwan over the killing of one of their fishermen that is the country’s biggest problem: It is the fact that so many Filipinos do not have enough to eat. In sheer numbers, it…

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A curious case of thievery was reported by the Times yesterday. An officer of Bangko Sental ng Pilipinas in Cotabato ripped off P32.7 million in government funds by using an admirably simple ruse. It seems the bank notes are put in wrappers signifying their denominations: P100 and P1000 bills. Verlina…

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Reports of Taiwanese beating Filipino workers on the street and at work in retaliation for the killing of their countryman by Filipino Coast Guard on Balintang Channel is most disturbing. To state the obvious, these workers had nothing to do with the incident. And yet the newspapers carry stories of…

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Manila’s was one of the most ugly and bitterly fought local political fights in last week’s elections. Yet, the contest between incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim and former President Joseph Estrada ended elegantly after all. Lim, who the Commission on Elections said lost to Estrada by 30,427 votes, promptly conceded defeat…

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Where would Philippine movies be without its colorful character actors and actresses whose job is to be as unpopular as possible? These are the men and women who specialize in playing the villain, and whom Filipino audiences love to hate. The moviegoers hiss and scream obscenities at these villains, whenever…

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It seems the barangay elections will take place in October after all, with President Aquino turning down suggestions that the exercise be postponed yet again. It was Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. who made the suggestion. We understand his reluctance to hold the polls. We have just emerged from a…

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. wants his critics silenced. He is threatening to sue his critics. We dare him to include this paper and those who like us carried the criticisms by experts, some of whom are former Comelec officials. Well, we in the Manila Times refuse to be cowed.…

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