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How Many Filipino Women Have We Elected into Public Office?

The number of Filipina politicians has risen, but they still remain a minority group

Good news: More Filipinas are becoming involved in public service. The not-so-good news: They still make up just one-fifth of the government.From business to politics, it’s true that women’s representation is growing in various fields. On the latest World’s Billionaires List by ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | March 17, 2019 08:00:00
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(Part 2) Who to Vote For? Get To Know the Political Parties in the Philippines

These are the six other national parties currently represented in the Philippine Congress

In our first story on the different political parties in the Philippines, we only included the nine major political parties recognized by the Comelec for the 2016 national elections.To provide more insight about the politicians we have today, as well as the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | February 02, 2019 08:00:00
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Get To Know the Political Parties in the Philippines

These are the 9 major political parties in the country, and the senatorial candidates they endorse

The midterm elections are fast approaching.In order to make an informed decision, it's important to take a good look at what the candidates are promising their constituents, as well as the principles they hold.Most of our candidates run under a political party, ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | January 30, 2019 08:00:00
Run & Grow

How Did the Senate Reelectionists Vote on Key Issues and Laws?

A look at how the seven Senate reelectionists voted on major laws and resolutions in the past Congress

Nowadays, seeing a campaign poster out on the streets is no longer surprising. Many candidates have been boosting their posts and videos online to raise awareness, as a way of saying, hey, I’m running for a government position—again!The culture of “popular voting” ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | January 11, 2019 06:00:00
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The Busiest Senate Re-Electionists: How Many Bills Did They Sponsor or Co-Author?

A look at how productive these seven candidates were in the past nine years

With election season coming up, many politicians will soon fill the airwaves and your social media feeds with pleas to vote for them in the May 2019 polls. And with that comes the inevitable question: “Who should I vote for?”There are many ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez, Pauline Macaraeg and Lorenzo Kyle Subido for Esquire Philippines  | December 26, 2018 11:00:00
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Which Filipino Family Has Produced the Most Number of Senators?

Choose your fighter: Cayetano, Aquino, Sotto, Ejercito?

With campaign season for the May 2019 midterm elections almost upon us, the topic of political dynasties is on every Filipino voter's mind. And if it isn't, it should be: Though the Constitution says that "The State shall guarantee equal access to ...

by Esquire Philippines  | November 02, 2018 06:00:00
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How Rich is House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo?

A savvy wealth manager, the former President increased her fortunes in recent years

The ascension of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the speakership of the House of Representatives is perhaps one of the most important political events in the Philippines so far this year, generating almost equal measures of approvals and disapprovals.Yet, even those ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | July 31, 2018 01:00:00
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(Look) Are the Economy and Markets Better Off After Two Years of Duterte?

A snapshot of key economic and financial indicators as the president marks his second year in power

Two years have passed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office. In that span of time, how has his administration affected the Philippine economy and markets?Contrary to what the president said in a summit in Davao last June 22 that “the economy is ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 29, 2018 01:00:00
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Who Were the Highest-Paid Gov't Officials and How Much Did They Make in 2017?

The most compensated official received Php14.9 million last year

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. received the highest amount of salaries and allowances among more than 8,000 government officials in 2017, according to a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) released on June 26.The central bank chief ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 26, 2018 07:00:00
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Here's Where the Duterte Admin’s 3 Richest Cabinet Members Keep Their Fortunes

Real estate, jewelry, financial investments and cash are the most preferred investments

When it comes to asset allocation, the three richest cabinet members of the Rodrigo Duterte administration have different strategies—at least based on their submitted statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) for the year 2016.Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | February 27, 2018 11:00:00
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Business-Owning Families Top List of Richest Congress Members

Many are members of families with substantial interests in large business enterprises

Eight of the top 10 richest members of Congress are owners, executives or members of families that control some of the country’s largest companies, Entrepreneur Philippines has found.We looked at the newly released summary of the 2016 statements of assets, liabilities and ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 11, 2017 07:00:00
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Manny Pacquiao Has 103 Real Estate Properties: Is There One Near You?

The freshman senator has acquired some Php1.6 billion worth of land as of end-2016

A huge chunk of senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao’s fortune—or 46 percent to be exact—is made up of real properties. The boxing champ, who is worth Php3.1 billion, has 103 properties under his name.As detailed in Pacquiao’s statement of assets, liabilities and ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | July 02, 2017 08:00:00
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Duterte’s First Year in Power Compared to Past Four PH Presidents

Some indicators point to possible higher business costs in the coming year

A year has already passed since Rodrigo R. Duterte took office as the Philippines’ 16th president.While there are many ways to assess a president’s first year in power, we focused on measurable indicators that can be compared with those of past presidents, namely, ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | July 01, 2017 11:00:00