Category: Philippine issues

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

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

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.

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.

Sinking ferries: The difference between Philippines and Korea

Differences in the two separate ferry incidents happening 6 years apart and causing the senseless drowning of passengers include these: an effort to apologise, punishing the accountable ones, moving on

‘Dark site’ and Malaysia Airlines crisis

Public relations industry members and crisis managers are one in lauding the legacy carrier for its by-the-book moves, opting to tune out the criticisms, which are chanted in mainstream and new media day in and day out.

Garnish or levy? Wading thru jargons in Pacquiao tax issue

'Garnish' doesn't just involve food. Make sense of a big news story involving major personalities in global boxing and local governance — and lots of jargon

Breeding ground

A source from the financial sector once told me about his concept of the Philippines as a “Farm Economy.” No, he wasn't talking about agriculture. He was talking about nurses and maids.