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The delay in the prosecution of PDAF cases, notwithstanding mounting public pressure, certainly brings to light the inability of our courts to respond swiftly and effectively in settling legal controversies. With more people being implicated as the plot thickens, one wonders when and how justice could finally be served. This…

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Private banks foresee the central bank tightening its policy rates in the second half of the year, despite the slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter, as a precaution against mounting risks of inflation. In a research note, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said the Bangko Sentral…

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His managing director describes him as “the godfather of Australian outsourcing in many respects when it comes to contact centers,” and perhaps rightly so. Although Jonathan Smith, along with his partners, opened up Shore Solutions only in 2010, he has been helping set up BPO centers since 2002. “Back in…

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The Mineral Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), an interagency body tasked to oversee reforms in the mining sector, has approved the revenue-sharing scheme for the industry, which will levy a 10 percent tax on gross revenues or a 55-percent share of the adjusted net mining revenues (ANMR) of companies, whichever is…


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Philippine shares are expected to move sideways in the absence of fresh leads this week as the market consolidates previous gains and tackles lingering disappointment over lower-than-expected first-quarter economic growth announced last week. The government on Thursday released data showing gross domestic product GDP grew 5.7 percent year-on-year in the…

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SAN FRANCISCO – Gays and lesbians across the United States erupted in celebration Wednesday after the Supreme Court passed two landmark rulings on same-sex marriage in their favor. Large crowds gathered for an evening celebration in New York’s Greenwich Village after a day of euphoria following the top US court’s…

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Japan pledged Thursday to help the Philippines defend its “remote islands”, as both governments expressed concern over China’s robust moves to stake its claims to disputed Asian waters. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said China’s contentious claim to nearly all of the South China Sea and its…