EMETERIO SD. PEREZ

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IN her last 5.6 months in the Supreme Court in 2011 as one of 14 associate justices, Conchita C. Morales received a basic salary of P534,091. For 10.76 months during the year, her total compensation, including perks, hit almost P3 million, of which P983,885 was her basic pay, including P449,794…

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BLOOD, as an old saying goes, may be thicker than water. However, loyalty could now be much thicker than blood. Loyalty counts much more in deciding who must suffer and who must not the consequences of either venial or mortal sin. No matter how the public perceives loyalty, their perception…

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) former chair Rosario N. Lopez of the five-person regulatory body was requested a long time ago by an elected politician to appoint a new executive director. She responded briefly by telling him that the position was not available. It was a rebuff seldom experienced by…

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ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. reported in an annual filing having “received cash dividends for its investment in ABS-CBN shares and in turn distributed interest to its PDR holders.” The public would surely notice the use of “dividends” and “interest” in the quotation, which was lifted from the company’s annual filing. Apparently,…

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DISCOVERY World Corp. (DWC) has 1.2 billion shares in its authorized capital stock. Six stockholders own 626 million outstanding shares, according to a general information sheet (GIS) posted on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). In the same GIS, Discovery World listed four Filipinos as holding 564.588 million…

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Public investors who trade in shares listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) should be informed of any change in ownership of a big block of common shares that are sold in special block sales. They may find nothing wrong with the agreement between the buyer and the seller, but…

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PREFERRED shares represent ownership in a stock corporation. At the same time, they are also liabilities. Due Diligencer arrived at these contrasting definitions based on issuances of this class of stock by companies listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). The definition is intended as a wakeup call to public…

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TOP Frontier Investment Holdings Inc. has authorized capital stock of 740.26 million shares, divided into 740 million common shares and 2.6 million preferred shares. Based on par value of P1 for common shares and P100 for preferred shares, it has total authorized capital of P1 billion, according to the company’s…

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AS Due Diligencer suggested a few years ago, elected politicians should keep their hands off companies that are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. They became legislators to make laws and not to turn the Senate and the House of Representatives into subsidiaries of the National Bureau of Investigation. (NBI).…

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SHOULD the public investors do what company insiders do? If members of the board sell, they should also sell, and buy when their fellow stockholders inside the boardroom buy. Following are trades of two directors, who may not be principal stockholders. Yet, as members of the board, they are definitely…

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