April 28, 2016

Since declaring his candidacy for the presidency, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been enjoying an extraordinary rise in poll surveys. He even recently jumped to lead, leaving behind Senator Grace Poe by a wide margin. What makes him so special? Why the clamor for him? Duterte is not your typical politician. His views on national issues such as federalism, the West Philippine Sea... Read More

April 26, 2016

Since last year, mainstream and social media have been constantly bombarding us with survey results from various polling entities. Even before the campaign season officially kicked off on Feb. 9th, we’ve had this idea of who among the candidates for President or Vice-President is the front-runner, at a certain period in time.   Usually, after the survey results are released, the... Read More

April 20, 2016

The use of the Internet for the promotion of goods and services, particularly social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few), has grown in the recent years. Companies in the Philippines have resorted to this medium of advertising, as it is accessible to more Filipinos.    Internet or online advertising has helped increase the revenues of local companies, be it... Read More

April 12, 2016

Republic Act No. 10742 or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015” signed into law on 15 January 2016 is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a rethinking of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) system under the Local Government Code. But it is a unique overhaul of the law in that it is the first legislation which directly concretized the 1987 Constitutional prohibition on political... Read More

April 07, 2016

Not too long ago, I was  a keynote speaker in an investment conference where I was asked to speak about how prepared the Philippine stock market was for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration. As I was preparing my speech, I realized that our Congress has already done a lot in this area. In 2008, Congress passed a law permanently exempting from the... Read More
Maureen Z. Macaraeg

April 05, 2016

The road to the establishment of the ASEAN Community began in 2003 through the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II in Bali, Indonesia, otherwise known as the Bali Concord II. In 2003, with the increasing interdependence between and among ASEAN countries and as a response to the ASEAN Financial Crisis, the ASEAN members declared the establishment of the ASEAN Community. The creation of the ASEAN... Read More