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To make a difference, the new department chief will need political skills more than management ability

Posted on June 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Current Events, Transportation & Communications

But the ruling could have gone against the government if the judge followed his technical advisers

Posted on May 25, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Business & Economy, In-Depth, Public Works, Sectors, Trade & Industry

Averages can hide as well as reveal patterns in data. The recently approved increase for Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fares, which average about 56 percent, is a good example of this truism.

Posted on January 13, 2011   |   CATEGORY:

The fare hike, the first since 2003, is welcomed by investors who see it as a demonstration of President Aquino’s “political will” to carry out unpopular measures. But it is opposed by others who worry it will make commuting more costly for students and low-income workers, who make up bulk of the train systems’ more than a million daily users.

Posted on January 12, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Business & Economy, Transportation & Communications

The latest twist in the saga of Fraport’s arbitration suit against Manila could be put down to lousy record-keeping at the Department of Justice

Posted on January 4, 2011   |   CATEGORY:

Amendments in the supply contract for the North Luzon Railway (Northrail), former President Gloria Arroyo’s biggest planned infrastructure project, have increased the cost to complete the 80-kilometer rail link between Manila and Central Luzonto $1.8 billion, potentially making it the most expensive government project since the mothballed $6 billion nuclear power plant in Bataan.

Posted on December 6, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Business & Economy, Investigations, Public Works, Sectors

Filipino statisticians are often, in the image and likeness of their colleagues elsewhere, cold, objective, even aloof. But perhaps one of few exceptions is when talk turns to the GSIS.

Posted on October 8, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Roel Landingin

Cigarettes in the Philippines are not being taxed enough, but congressmen wouldn’t hear any of it Getting a nicotine fix is not as enjoyable as it used to be for Espiridion de la Pasion, a 56-year-old chain smoker who used to buy Hope, made by Fortune Tobacco Corp. of Lucio Tan, one of the country’s [...]

Posted on May 29, 2009   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

More people are flying. There’s room at Clark. Seventeen days after the new millennium was ushered in, about 300 government, corporate, and financial dignitaries led by then President Joseph Estrada gathered in the 63.5-hectare lot in Villamor Airbase. They witnessed the ceremonial burying of a capsule to mark the groundbreaking of Naia 3, then envisioned [...]

Posted on October 5, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Special Editions

ALFREDO LIONGSON The PR consultant Alfredo Liongson was the highly paid consultant that Piatco and Fraport turned to in the middle of 2001 to help them secure a number of government agreements for the Naia 3 project. The two companies needed government approvals to satisfy close to 80 conditions set by a group of international [...]

Posted on September 28, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Special Editions

Two high-profile personalities involved in the NAIA 3 controversy have met grisly deaths at the hands of hired assassins JUST BEFORE noon of May 31, two men posing as reporters of a non-existent magazine went to the office of lawyer Jose Bernas in Makati purportedly to interview him on some election-related issues. As Bernas opened [...]

Posted on September 26, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Special Editions
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