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Mindanao’s promise

The government’s agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has raised hopes that enduring peace will finally be attained in Mindanao. And beyond this is the tremendous economic impact that the agreement can bring the country.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Making integrity everyone’s business

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The battle to end corruption in the country is far from over, considering recent developments that show how deeply rooted the problem is in our system. Nevertheless, significant progress has been made, both by the government in its good governance reforms and by the business community through its ongoing Integrity Initiative.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Promoting PH not easy, but we have to do it

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I get very frustrated when the private sector is charged with fence-sitting on an issue and is projected as uncaring about the country’s welfare. First, because the part of the private sector that I belong to hardly ever fence-sits. We certainly did not on the Priority Development Assistance Fund! Second, because the larger private sector is always busy pursuing initiatives that impact positively on nation-building. And this is what I’d like to discuss, by focusing on certain recent efforts that get very little traction in the media, probably because they are not controversial. But, hey, they are good news!

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Profit with prosperity for all

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The staff of the Makati Business Club (MBC) organized last Dec. 19 a Christmas outreach for 30 children of Sitio Gipit in Antipolo, Rizal. The whole MBC team participated in an afternoon of storytelling, games, art, gift-giving and merienda. The little treat was appreciated tremendously by the children and their parents who live in a rural poor community spawned in part by the operations of a huge cement factory in the area. We crossed some rice paddies to get to another side of the community and were informed that these were the work of tenant farmers who use their harvest to pay for the use of the land and for debts incurred and feed their families either with the harvest itself or with the little they still manage to sell.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A call for integrity

President Aquino’s anticorruption drive is gaining traction, thanks to the Integrity Initiative launched two years ago by the business community to involve private companies in the campaign against corruption in the private sector.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

A working PPP

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It is not a well-known fact that the Makati Business Club serves as the secretariat of several regional and bilateral business councils established to promote not only business and investment between the Philippines and other countries, but also the exchange of views on policies of mutual concern. I have written many times about the Apec Business Advisory Council where the country is ably represented by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Doris Ho and Tony Tan Caktiong. The MBC also services the Philippines-US, Philippines-UK, Philippines-France, Philippines-Singapore and Philippines-Malaysia Business Councils. As there are a number of other countries with which we do business, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) acts as secretariat for the other councils. Often, the MBC and PCCI help organize business delegations for official state visits as part of this role of investment promotion.

Posted: June 1st, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Peace is everyone’s business

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One mentor in my life who probably most influenced my decisions in taking roads less travelled is Ed Garcia. Ed has always championed peace and human rights not only in the Philippines but across the globe, having worked extensively with Amnesty International and having been a part of International Alert for many years now. Though based in London, Ed manages to return to the Philippines regularly to help push our peace process forward even just one little step at a time. He never tires of the effort, always reminding me that peace is everyone’s business.

Posted: March 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Co-equal branches questioning each other

I can understand President Aquino when he assailed the Supreme Court for its flip-flopping in many of its decisions. According to him, this made “untenable” the job of the executive branch.

Posted: December 15th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

President Aquino vs the Court

Twice in a span of five days, President Aquino publicly castigated the Supreme Court for blocking his administration’s efforts to hold past officials accountable for their misdeeds as well as for the lack of clarity and consistency in its decisions.

Posted: December 7th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Aquino’s killing fields

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Last Monday, President Benigno Aquino III stepped up his attacks on the Supreme Court following a virulent assault at the Makati Business Club last Dec. 1. The second attack was marked by viciousness as Mr. Aquino excoriated the head of an independent branch of government, Chief Justice Renato Corona, and humiliated him in a forum hosted by the Department of Justice, where the President was the keynote speaker.

Posted: December 7th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It can’t be just business as usual

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Many have asked why the Aquino administration seems fixated on pinning down the Arroyos on corruption charges. They go as far as to opine that this takes away the government’s focus from the real problems of the country, diverting precious time and resources from more important affairs of the state. Fortunately, many of the captains [...]

Posted: November 25th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Aquino administration: a year after

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The Aquino administration has just marked its first year of holding the reins of government. Let me share with you the Makati Business Club’s evaluation of how the country has so far fared under President Aquino’s watch. In order to make an objective assessment of the Aquino administration’s first year in office, we must begin [...]

Posted: July 15th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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