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Why 1.1% agriculture growth?

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While the Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent in 2013, agriculture grew by only 1.1 percent.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Private firms urged to do share in curbing corruption

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The National Competitiveness Council has urged the private sector to further intensify their own initiatives to help curb corruption, which remains one of the hurdles that the country faces in having a more conducive business environment, creating a level playing field and ensuring progress.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Popularity grating

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The question is, where do we go from here? It was clear that, playing the sloganeering game about the straight and narrow, the Aquino (Part II) administration squandered the first three years of the six-year term of our leader Benigno Simeon (aka BS) carping about the corruption of the previous cute administration of Gloriaetta.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Offense the best dispense

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This issue on the other pork barrel called DAP is getting serious.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Beijing’s anti-graft campaign targets mooncakes

A vendor, right,  sells moon cakes to a customer, left, at a moon cake shop in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The mooncake, a traditional pastry that'€™s given during the Chinese mid-autumn festival, has become the unlikely latest casualty of Beijing's anti-corruption campaign. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Mooncakes — the hockey-puck-sized pastries Chinese give each other every year for the mid-autumn festival — were always more about tradition than delicacy: Some people don’t even like them. But in recent years, as corruption eroded confidence in government, the unscrupulous made the dense, calorific cakes even sweeter.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Okada gaming group finds an ally in Peza

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The group of Japanese gaming magnate Kazuo Okada has found an ally in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza), shoring up the group’s legal stance against allegations of bribery.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Corruption probe moves closer to IMF chief Lagarde as aide charged

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde reacts during a news conference at the IMF and World Bank's annual general assembly in Tokyo, Thursday, October 11, 2012. AP/Itsuo Inouye

Stephane Richard, the head of telecoms company Orange and a former aide to IMF chief Christine Lagarde, was charged Wednesday in a corruption probe related to Lagarde’s time as France’s finance minister.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Streamlining of customs procedures gets PH nod

The Philippines continues to support the ambitious plan to interconnect customs bureaus of Southeast Asian countries, streamline procedures, and ease trade barriers to boost intraregional trade and curb corruption.

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Farmers engaging government

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We get the government we deserve. This is a saying that farmers are now acting upon with greater vigor. During the fertilizer scam period, they bravely came out to denounce the corruption by specific unscrupulous officials in the Department of Agriculture, local government units, and even Congress. They succeeded only because of the help of the Senate, led by Senator Jun Magsaysay, and COA, led by officials like Heidi Mendoza.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Helping Aquino fight ‘corruption’ in his own system

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DURING THE awarding ceremonies for the Healthy Lifestyle Exemplars given by the H&L (Health & Lifestyle) magazine on its 10th anniversary last week, I mentioned in my opening remarks that vices like smoking is a “form of corruption that squanders one’s health and wellness. And anyone who walks the straight path or ‘daang matuwid’ should stay away from it.”

Posted: December 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Corruption and crisis linked in Europe, says world watchdog

A man collects tomatoes from a garbage bin outside a supermarket in Thessaloniki, Greece, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Greece is in a fifth year of recession, with poverty and unemployment rapidly rising. A Transparency International report released Wednesday, June 6, 2012, noted "a strong correlation between corruption and fiscal deficits" and said Greece, together with Italy, Portugal and Spain, topped a list of nations "found to have serious deficits in their integrity systems." AP/Nikolas Giakoumidis

Links between Europe’s financial crisis and corruption can no longer be ignored, with Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain doing the least against malpractice, Transparency International said Wednesday.

Posted: June 6th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Impeachment: Hope for the farmers

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Delsa Flores, the former court interpreter who lost her job because she did not declare in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth that she owned a market stall, was asked what lessons could be drawn from the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Posted: May 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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