Opinion

Congratulations to BBM, all poll winners, Comelec

THE Manila Times congratulates President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM), Vice President-elect Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio and the others who won in the last elections. We agree with outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte when he urged people to rally behind the country's newly elected leaders. They will need all the support that …

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Church versus church harmful to democracy

THE competing church endorsements of political candidates do not bode well for secularism, the bedrock of democratic rights and freedoms. Taking sides may lead to religious fundamentalism, the kind that grips failed states and rationalizes the intolerance of diverse opinions. Just days ago, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) endorsed presidential …

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Avoiding the ‘Holy Vote’ trap

Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office in Quezon City NO Philippine election is complete without churches and other religious institutions waving the banner for the candidates of their choice. Among the prominent players in this game are the Iglesia ni Cristo, Catholic priests and bishops, lay groups like El Shaddai, and …

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Political dynasties set to overwhelm Senate

Former senator and former House Speaker Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano. TMT FILE PHOTO ACCORDING to surveys, the problem of political dynasties is about to get worse in the Senate. With the election just days away, we urge people to review the candidates they like. Unless some significant shift in voters' …

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VP Leni passed up chance to debate Marcos twice

Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo. TMT FILE PHOTO IF Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo really wanted to debate former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., she could have done so months ago. But she decided not to participate in the face-to-face event that was organized by Sonshine Media Network …

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RE key to energy security

TOMORROW (Friday, April 29), the Manila Times will present another in our series of online forums, this one entitled, “Boost the Power of Future Stakeholders.” The forum will focus on developments and opportunities in renewable energy for consumers, producers, investors and the economy as a whole, and can be viewed …

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The sticking point in second booster shots

People line up at a government vaccination site inside the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City, on Monday, April 25, 2022. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO THE government is rolling out second booster doses for Covid-19 beginning this week, with the immunocompromised being the first in line for the …

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SUC mandates, programs require review, updating

Management Association of the Philippines president Alfredo ‘Fred’ Pascual (right) during The Manila Times’ roundtable with Foreign and Philippine Chamber Presidents. SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE VARIOUS educational issues have cropped up during this campaign season, and many of them could be linked to the non-implementation of the 1987 Constitution. According to …

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Policy continuity key to economic growth

Continuity of programs dominated the discussion during the Times Forum. From left is The Manila Times Chairman and CEO Dante Ang 2nd, FINEX President Michael Arcatomy H. Guarin, Nordic Chamber Executive Director Jesper Svenningsen, Italian Chamber Managing Director Lorens Ziller, Davao Chamber President Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde, Cebu Chamber …

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Time for Comelec, Smartmatic to part ways

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced it will not pay Smartmatic for the automated elections systems, or AES, that the software contractor is providing for the May 9 polls until it satisfactorily explains the breach in its …

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