Still talking about a revolution

President Duterte recently raised a ruckus after saying he is prepared to establish a revolutionary government to quell destabilization moves against his administration. No country...

Fiscal skills behind spending program

The Philippines has always been considered a country rich in resources with a huge potential to become a prosperous economy, yet it has been...

PSE: 2017 and 2018

The Philippine stock market was a man-made disaster for most of 2015. From April until the end of the year, the Philippine Stock Exchange...

Democracy is a process

WHAT drew my attention while updating my databank the other day was the now almost-forgotten “Filipino Ideology” (FI) and its seven pillars meant “to morally...

For some, ‘sweet tax’ leaves sour aftertaste

The Duterte administration has been pushing for the passage of its comprehensive tax reform package (CTRP) aimed at raising more revenues for its various...

Might makes right

Perhaps more so than ever before is the question of a nation’s sovereignty balanced with its apparent obligation to the international community. We use...

A wise approach to December

A lot of people do not look forward to December because of the shopping crowd and the holiday traffic that it entails. Shopping for...

Medical tourism–the Philippines claim to fame!

In a special report on medical tourism published by the Department of Tourism(DOT) in “Balikbayan”, the Philippines was ranked in 2015 as eighth among...

In pursuit of quality audit

Many may still recall the Enron accounting scandal and how it precipitated the significant changes in the accounting and auditing landscape. As a consequence...

Availing of availability payments

How can a project undertaken through a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement, whereby the investment and rate of return are not recoverable from end-users, become...

We are all connected

I recently was a guest in a leadership empowerment seminar given to all pursers of the Philippine Airlines (PAL). Over cocktails, I came to...

Nipa-hut mentality

Congratulations are in order to all the agencies and individuals on both the national and local level for the success of the Association of...

The awesome responsibility of teachers

In 2004—or thereabouts—as I was reaching out to various advocacy groups to promote voter education, I was told that an administrative order had previously...

Opportunities and threats under the Asean economic integration  

THE Asean Economic Community 2015 (AEC 2015), established by the 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aims to eliminate trade barriers...

Damay Kapanalig Telethon raises P1.1 million for Marawi

Caritas Manila, the social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, through your generosity, has raised P1,147,954.25 in cash donations and P147,210 worth of in-kind...

Remembering

It is the 15th of November. I am waiting for the cab to fetch me. The doors have been locked. The morning sun has...

Protecting Asean migrant workers

The Philippine chairmanship of the 31st Asean Summit will be remembered for the landmark agreement signed in Manila by leaders of the 10 member-states...