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Kings over Jerusalem

Herod the Great was named by the Senate as “King of the Jews,” with a tacit order for him to control the Jews, who...

The board and the SC en banc

Isn’t it just like a corporate Board of Directors, this en banc of the 15 Supreme Court Justices that must have a collegial decision...

Advice to writers

“I’m not scared,” she said, her eyes flashing as she thumped her hand on the desk in her office. The people she investigates “are...

The Remains of the Day: A literary review for the global...

Kazuo Ishiguro was in his kitchen writing e-mail when the phone rang. The Swedish Academy notified the surprised Ishiguro that he had won the...

Family matters at the ASEAN Business Summit

We are in the Solaire Resort and Casino, on Aseana Avenue just beyond Roxas Boulevard on the reclaimed coast of Manila Bay. Banish any...

Conflicts of interest at SSS

As if the Social Security System (SSS) was not in enough controversy. And now the most recent issue is that of alleged conflict of...

Rejecting foreign aid

It was coming. With President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s well-known distaste for the European Union (EU) and its unsolicited advice on human rights violations in...

A Spoliarium in Marawi

Why did the great Filipino painter, Juan Luna, choose to paint the Spoliarium with its “bloody carcasses of slave gladiators being dragged away from...

Breaking the barriers in ASEAN Finance

Tun Dato Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia was keynote speaker at the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) 49th...

Privatizing the United Coconut Planters Bank

The United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) is number 12 of 42 in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) ranking of Philippine universal and commercial...

Brother against brother

Dark beneath this white -- Thoughts curdle the mind; I was lost, searching among ghosts. Where have you been, my brother, What springs have you tasted, What mountains have...

Never again, but business as usual

No, it was not the non-working national holiday that some malicious minds thought was intended to celebrate, for the first time ever, the 45th...

Spend, spend, spend

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Ernesto Pernia keynoted the Arangkada 2017 Forum on Sept. 14, when the Joint...

On wanting to be a hero

Today, Sept. 11, is the 100th birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. That his birthday is grandly celebrated, and his death...

Weak internal control systems in banks

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Corp. (Metrobank) filed a joint complaint-affidavit with the Department of Justice (DoJ) dated July 24 against Metrobank’s head of Corporate...

A SONA cum budget road show

Corporate Watch Amelia H. C. Ylagan Headline news last week announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved his Cabinet’s proposed P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget for submission...

Bad news for the peso

Corporate Watch Amelia H. C. Ylagan President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office was unfortunately marked by a devalued peso, which fell by 7.33% to P50.53...

The beauty contest: a rite of passage

It’s a political diversion -- to veer the collective consciousness away from the disquieting political noise, and the chilling possibility of a declaration of...