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.

What you need to know about the CALAx project drama

Round One's winning bid was P11.66 billion. Round Two's is P27.3 billion. The difference is stark: P15.6 billion. Yet, the company that triggered a rebid, San Miguel, lost.

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.

Money or integrity? The Cavite-Laguna road project case study

The controversial CALAx road project is a damn-if-you-do-damn-if-you-don't issue. It's a toss up, really, between money and integrity. The president chose money.

Interesting insights on China’s rich

The number of rich Chinese is expected to increase to 1.2 million, and the super rich to 73,000. About 50% own and/or manage their own business. Majority live in Beijing.

Ghost and lifeless after 2014 Sochi Olympics. Image shows a screenshot of a picture taken by Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy as posted on his blog, http://macos.livejournal.com/939210.html

Sochi and why hosting the Olympics is not worth it  

'Hosting the Olympic Games is taking on one of the most financially risky mega projects that many cities and nations have learned to their peril.'

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