Category: Governance

Manila lockdown: the upside and lowdown

Getting past the stark realities of our uninspiring leaders, and giving up the urge to hoard or pass on juicy but unverified news are actually opportunities to self-examine

Let’s break down the Manila Water deal between Ayala and Razon groups

Is there politics in the Manila Water ownership changes? Or is this just business?

What the Ayala-Razon deal on Manila Water means

Two of the richest Filipino families just announced a water deal that is suspect for its timing. One is at the bitter end of Duterte's tirades against the business elite, the other an ally.

The day Philippines became the most dangerous place on the planet to be a journalist

A snapshot of what it was like in a newsroom on November 23, 2009, the day of the #AmpatuanMassacre

Central bank gov Nestor Espenilla Jr, my kindred spirit gone too soon

We had several things in common: powerful foes, health woes, and more

Thunder in the Far East​

Can President Duterte calm the political and economic storms in the Philippines?

Who are the most generous employers of them all?

P98 million to P2.1 million was the range of average executive pay the most valuable listed firms paid each of their top executives in 2017

Dennis Uy on business and politics: What’s next won’t be what was

Businessman Dennis Uy, a close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech on being a disruptor

Craving for a statesman: Notes from Senate’s necrological service for former Sen. Edgardo Angara

I interrupted my business story -writing to listen to lawmakers honor a "statesman," a mark I miss from our leaders.

Jack Ma (#JackMaXDLSU): Find a good boss, not a good company

"Don't be discouraged when people don't help you. Why should people help you? You should earn the right to be helped."

What I learned from “BBC Dad” about the two Koreas

Of course, the "BBC Dad" got my attention. Here are my notes from the Ateneo lecture Dr. Robert Kelly gave on North and South Korea.

Um, Yasay as next foreign secretary?

I have an uneasy feeling about Yasay's appointment as our chief diplomat. It seems none of his past experiences, including those I've interviewed him on as a business journalist, equipped him to handle foreign policy, especially with issues as sensitive as the sea dispute with China.

5 things I learned in Day 3 of probe into world’s largest bank heist

Solaire has defied the popular claim that casinos are the "blackhole" in anti-money laundering efforts. Junket agents play major role in cleaning or washing illegal funds via casinos. Chinese businessman Kim Wong seems to be the common thread among the different groups involved in the heist.

Goodbye….

Two were lost last weekend: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's bout with Floyd Mayweather, and Evangeline Escobillo's life. "Tita Vangie," as I have called her after we have moved on from our source and reporter roles to being friends, was always full of life that it is hard to imagine she is no longer alive. I consider her one of my most memorable mentors, the kind who have contributed to the shaping of my career as a business journalist.