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Foreign aid: Be careful what you wish for

The Millennium Challenge Corp, a US-led agency that has previously awarded substantial grants for infrastructure projects to the Philippines has deferred a vote on giving more money to the country, citing rule of law issues. Duterte has repeatedly said that he wants to cut ties with the US which has…


Boom! Fireworks or firearms? Why I’m staying indoors this New Year’s Eve

Traditionally, officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have had the muzzles on their guns taped over for New Year’s Eve to discourage the indiscriminate discharge of their firearms. This year, it has been announced, they will be trusted to keep their guns functional and resist the temptation to fire them off…


Duterte and Trump: The beginning of a beautiful friendship?

THE prevailing view among many political commentators is that Trump’s foreign policy is a disaster waiting to happen. They like to portray him as a rampaging orange toddler throwing some very expensive toys from the national pram. Already, he has offended China, stoked fear in Europe with his lukewarm support…


Free thinking: Nine low-cost ways to boost the Philippines

A recent article by Dave Bramovich (here) suggested some infrastructure investments that could vastly improve life in the Philippines. Among the generally costly proposals, was one suggestion that wouldn’t cost a penny. Discussing ways to improve the nation’s service providers, he wrote: “How is it possible to encourage a monopolistic cartel to provide…



Prostitution, murder and cocktails at sunset

For passengers enjoying a luxury cruise, life below deck is a hidden world. They may be vaguely aware of the girl who makes up their room, or the teams of staff sweating in the galley to serve up mountains of the finest food, but few will ever know what goes…



Infrastructure: A bigger battle than the war on drugs

I’m a young entrepreneur who has been living happily in the Philippines for about three years. My modest contribution to the economy has been an outlay of about 10 million pesos setting up my business and life. On top of that I employ 15 people, all of whom I have…


What happens when you die in the Philippines?

Jamie Lee is Vice President and Director of Globaleye Consulting Inc. based in Makati City, Manila.  He is a Trust and Estate Planning Specialist in both the Philippines and the UK.  From investments to insurance, Globaleye’s Wealth Management expertise provides unbiased financial planning solutions for over 15,000 clients worldwide. Established in…


Risky business, the maids of Hong Kong

Every year thousands of young women from the Philippines, Indonesia and other impoverished countries make the pilgrimage to the bright lights of major first world cities in the Middle East and Asia to support their families. For first timers this can be a daunting experience, often exploited by unconscionable recruitment…