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President Aquino lashed out at and shamed the Bureau of Customs in his state of the nation address because of persistent complaints by his business supporters that corruption at the agency is now worse even than during convicted President Estrada’s short-lived regime. One clear indication of this is that a…

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It’s certainly no surprise that President Aquino and the Congress he controls won’t be listening to calls to investigate the alleged corruption of pork barrel funds. What for? The damage had already been inflicted on Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and his protégé Gregorio Honasan as well as presidential or…

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Maybe I’m just sour-graping but the big, and painful lesson for me after I invested some of my small savings in the stock market in the 1990s is that small investors are really the last to know what’s really happening in listed companies. There is in fact a mounting literature…

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The timing was perfect. Just when the rainy season ending my nine-hole-a day (or nearly) routine and with my belly a constant reminder that I needed really serious exercise, friends of ours invited me and my wife Getsy to a private yoga class for three couples. It was a time-warp…

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The bombing in Cotabato City August 5 that killed eight people is a qualitative deterioration of the security situation in the country, one which the Aquino government however is struggling to underplay. It is the first time that a car bomb has been used on our soil using what has…

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(Second of Two Parts) It had been the Aquino administration’s frenzied political witch-hunting against former President Gloria Arroyo and her purported supporters that motivated the plot in 2011 for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ to clamp down on the country’s biggest conglomerate, San Miguel Corp. (SMC). The pink-party Akbayan and…

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(First of Two Parts) President Aquino’s administration in 2011 attempted to tighten the screws on the country’s biggest industrial conglomerate, San Miguel Corp. This was to have been through a move by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ bank supervisors that would question the group’s financial viability and trigger a credit…

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Gays shouldn’t just yet celebrate that homosexuality is ok now for Papa Francis, based on his much-publicized comments in a recent press conference in the heavens—on board the airline Alitalia at 30,000 feet, that is—on the way home from Brazil last week. The papal quotes that sent gays to paroxysms…

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One thing President Aquino didn’t discuss in his State of the Nation Address last week was the state of business in the country. He couldn’t. Because doing business in fact has become harder under his administration, according to the World Bank and its subsidiary International Finance Corp.’s (IFC) “ease of…

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