By David L. Balangue
The bidding for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) has become very controversial, with the San Miguel Corp. Group, which had the highest bid of P20.1 billion premium payment to the government, appealing its disqualification at the Office of the President. The SMC Group’s bid premium is substantially higher than that of the winner Team Orion, a 50-50 joint venture between Ayala’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and Aboitiz Land’s bid of P11.65 billion.
By Peter Angelo V. Perfecto
My article last month shared the contents of a letter to President Aquino, which was signed jointly by the Philippine Business Groups and Joint Foreign Chambers. Another important letter sent to the President was signed by business groups that were part of the 3rd National Conference of Independent Business Clubs held in Davao in November 2013. Sharing the contents of this letter to the President is my concrete contribution to the call of the private sector not to allow the reform agenda to lose steam amid all the noise created by the PDAF scandal and the DAP debate.
By Ramon R. del Rosario Jr.
In the midst of all the negative news in the air, I thought a good-news story would be welcome. The turnaround in performance of government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) is like a well-kept secret that deserves to be revealed and appreciated. While GOCCs are now strong contributors to the fiscal health of our country, it was not too long ago that they were cesspools of corruption, with political appointees holding cushy, lucrative leadership positions and receiving excessive compensation regardless of their performance.
By Edilberto C. de Jesus
The week began with a front-page story in the Inquirer reporting the result of the Supreme Court investigation concerning Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong. Tasked with the inquiry, retired Supreme Court justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez recommended Ong’s dismissal “for gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety.”
By Bernardo M. Villegas
I have time and again written about the need for a change in mentality among parents and their children, that the occupations of farmers, carpenters, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, and other blue-collar workers who engage in a great deal of manual effort should attract many of our high school graduates.