TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

MEL STA. MARIA | A very dangerous notion on Martial Law Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 3:37 PM | Atty. Mel Sta.Maria

COCKTALES | Gina Lopez buries Ramon Ang's Manila Bay reclamation project Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 7:50 AM | Victor C. Agustin

COMMENTARY | Koreans' murder by cops indicates ‘breakdown of rule of law’ under Duterte Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 8:53 AM | Phelim Kine, deputy director, Human Rights Watch Asia Division

FOCUS | ASEAN at 50 – and beyond Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 8:43 AM | Kavi Chongkittavorn, Reporting ASEAN

BUSINESS NEWS

COCKTALES | Muji, left behind by Uniqlo, set to slash local prices by 20% COCKTALES | Muji, left behind by Uniqlo, set to slash local prices by 20% The iconic Japanese household and apparel company plans to slash retail prices by 20 percent and expand its local offerings to boost flagging sales.

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COCKTALES | New Pacifica owners distance selves from Yuchengco, Romero 12:29 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | New Pacifica owners distance selves from Yuchengco, RomeroThe new majority owners of the shell company Pacifica, the Yu/Dato group, clarifies that they are neither lawyers of, or partners of, Congressman Mikee Romero.

COCKTALES | PowerBooks, Avant shut down flagship Greenbelt branches 7:26 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PowerBooks, Avant shut down flagship Greenbelt branchesTwo flagship Greenbelt 4 tenants, PowerBooks and Avant, have shut down their branches during the New Year holidays along with three other neighboring shops, all apparently victims of the tougher retail environment.

MARIE YUVIENCO | ORO, PERRO, MATA 9:40 pm | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | ORO, PERRO, MATAThe recipient of the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence for about five minutes, the film Oro is gaining word-of-mouth for all the wrong reasons.

COCKTALES | Romero unloads stake in shell company to partners 9:34 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Romero unloads stake in shell company to partnersNew party-list congressman Mikee Romero has sold his shareholdings within a listed shell company, Pacifica, to his own lawyers-partners.

FOCUS | ASEAN at 50 – and beyond 8:43 am | Kavi Chongkittavorn, Reporting ASEAN FOCUS | ASEAN at 50 – and beyondASEAN is 50 years old this year: a milestone for a loosely constructed regional organization created by five countries at the height of the Cold War. Since then, its member countries have transformed ASEAN into a rules-based entity encompassing all the countries in Southeast Asia.

COCKTALES | BDO, BPI presidents double their stock pile in two years 6:59 am | Victor C Agustin COCKTALES | BDO, BPI presidents double their stock pile in two yearsThe president of BDO, Nestor Tan, may sometimes wish he were a few inches taller but within the competitive banking industry, the chief executive of the Henry Sy bank stands tallest with his big, and still growing, stock pile.

COCKTALES | BF Homes sewer becomes hostage to P500-M demand 10:41 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | BF Homes sewer becomes hostage to P500-M demandMaynilad holds back after the BF Homes Inc. developer demanded P500 million as right-of-way fee for connecting to Maynilad's sewerage project.

MARIE YUVIENCO | Popcorn Fridays 6:20 am | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | Popcorn FridaysSaving Sally makes me want to watch the rest of the MMFF's offerings, so I can confidently say with a heart that the new rules are a success. We've always had our Christmas traditions so it's about time to add a new one: patronize the MMFF in this year's edition and those to follow.

COMMENTARY | They prop us up but who looks out for the 'bagong bayani'? 12:10 pm | Titon Mitra, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme COMMENTARY | They prop us up but who looks out for the \For OFWs, leaving often isn't a matter of choice but coming back can be. So what more can be done for our 'bagong bayani' so that they are better equipped for a life overseas and importantly, can better share their talents and good fortune on return?

COMMENTARY | With Trump, nuclear brinkmanship is back 11:01 am | Peter Apps, Reuters COMMENTARY | With Trump, nuclear brinkmanship is backIn an era of cyberattacks and hybrid warfare, the internationally understood rules governing such confrontations are also dangerously in flux. The very unpredictability of Trump - and his untested, undefined approach to international affairs - adds yet another wildcard.

COCKTALES | Camp John Hay loses SEC fight in rush to sell 'money-back' condo units 8:12 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Camp John Hay loses SEC fight in rush to sell \The Camp John Hay-Fil Estate consortium has lost its case in the Supreme Court against the Securities and Exchange Commission for selling condo units in Baguio under a 'money-back' arrangement even without SEC approval.

COMMENTARY | Don't write democracy off just yet 7:54 am | John Lloyd, Reuters COMMENTARY | Don\Authoritarianism is making a comeback. That Russian President Vladimir Putin was among Time's people of the year was due to recognition of his successes, violent as they have been. His fellow poll-topping autocrats include Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi and Rodrigo Duterte.

COCKTALES | DU30's short Christmas list 10:37 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | DU30\The US Central Intelligence Agency commissioned a special team from its dirty-tricks department to find out what the controversial Philippine leader has in the swag bag for his friends and foes alike.