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.
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.
The call of “now” from all the devices and the endless alerts had me thinking during a walk along the banks of the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang if these had made me a better person or just a manic one.
I would like to claim I was in the same room with him, or walked the same red carpet as he did. But of course, that would be no less than a dream. Reality is, I was included by Toby Webb, founding editor of Ethical Corporation, in their 15 Best of the Best list of Ethical Persons of 2007 in their December 2007 magazine issue.
It was an interview that lasted for more than four hours—10am to 2:15pm, to be exact. The first hour was spent with the former general and the talkative lawyer basically taking over. The reason for their presence was obvious: to intimidate us.
Last March 7, 2007, I was a certified fugitive. That Wednesday, I was in Cavite Export Processing Zone doing several interviews when I received a barrage of text messages warning me not to go to the office because an arrest warrant was being served arising from the libel case filed in 2005 by Chavit Singson, a well-known and influential politician north of Manila.