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[OPINION | Point of Law] Challenges in business that cannot scare us

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The message from the world is clear: unless we in the Philippines shape up, foreign investors will continue to view us as an unworthy investment destination

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Water contracts mess: Fiasco for the investing public

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

While the government must not be beholden to investors, it is essential that it does not trivialize their investments, must treat them with fairness and reason, and exemplify stability and confidence to attract investments

Lapid wants investment scams covered under economic sabotage

Jul 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Senator Lito Lapid files a bill to expand the coverage of economic sabotage to include investment scams

SENATE COMEBACK. Senator Lito Lapid wants to include investment scams as acts punishable under estafa. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Foreign, local approved investments jump to P274.2 billion in Q1 2019

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The approved investments in the 1st quarter of 2019 could generate 41,837 jobs, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

Photo from Shutterstock

Filipino couple amasses at least P900M in alleged Bitcoin scam

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) According to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Roel Obusan, the scam is structured like a pyramid scheme but with electronic money

Duterte on bank records, Lorenzana on Mercado, Trump admits Russian meddling in U.S. polls | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Japanese credit watcher maintains Philippines' investment grade rating

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Tokyo-based R&I is optimistic that the Duterte administration's infrastructure plan will sustain the country's solid economic growth

PIFA holds mutual funds conference this month

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The Philippine Investment Funds Association is optimistic about the Philippine GDP's growth momentum for 2017. Learn how to tap into this by attending the Mutual Funds Conference on September 23

Fitch affirms PH investment grade rating at BBB-

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The rating comes with a positive outlook that indicates an upward trend for credit ratings over a one to two year period

Drug rehab, MSMEs among Duterte admin's 2017 investment priorities

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The 10 investment priorities of the Philippine government also include telecommunications agriculture infrastructure and climate change related projects

PRIORITIES. The Duterte government outlines its investment priorities for the year 2017. Cabinet meeting file photo from Malacañang

Jack Ma's Ant Financial invests in Globe's Mynt

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The deal represents the Alibaba group s first investment in the Philippines and gives Mynt access to the digital payment giant s technology to improve its GCash service

PH stocks dip over security concerns, political 'uncertainty'

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Philippine Stock Exchange index PSEi closes at 7 619 10 on Wednesday September 7 – its lowest since July 27

ANXIOUS INVESTORS. The recent terrorist attack and President Duterte's statement on US President Obama have some investors skittish

Investors play wait-and-see on Davao blast, Duterte's ASEAN meet

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Analysts say investors are closely monitoring developments both inside and outside the country as President Rodrigo Duterte makes his international debut at the ASEAN Summit

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards upon his arrival at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Laos on September 5 to participate in ASEAN Summit. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Japan Credit Rating Agency affirms PH's BBB+ rating

Aug 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The rating comes with a stable outlook indicating resilience to external shocks and a relatively sound fiscal position

DPWH chief Villar: Metro traffic jam 'can be solved in 2-3 years'

Aug 02, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Rest assured that the biggest hurdle political will is something that the President has a lot of says Secretary Mark Villar

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Two towers of Pagudpud Wind Farm bombed

Feb 20, 2016 - 1:50 AM

North Luzon Renewables says initial investigations indicate that explosives were used to take down the transmission towers

TOPPLED. Two of Pagudpud Wind Farm's transmission towers had toppled. Photo from Ayala Corporation - Energy and Infrastructure Group

QUIZ: What’s next on your financial journey?

Jan 27, 2016 - 1:25 PM

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Aquino: No better time to invest in PH

Jun 05, 2015 - 9:29 AM

President Benigno Aquino III tells Japanese businessmen that now is the best time to invest in the Philippines which has shown how much it can achieve in a short period of time under the proper reform agenda

Geared up for global reform and regional integration

May 22, 2015 - 1:50 PM

All things considered the Philippine financial system is in a good place today But we can’t afford to be complacent Not at all says BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr

Aquino to businessmen: 'You ain’t seen nothing yet'

Mar 24, 2015 - 1:31 PM

President Benigno Aquino III encourages investors to put their money in the Philippines as he vows to sustain the country s economic growth momentum

BRIGHT FUTURE. President Benigno Aquino III says the progress of the Philippine economy so far is just the beginning of more to come. Malacañang Photo Bureau

CONVERSATION: How do you #DefineLuxury?

Mar 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Is it just about designer bags and sports cars or is it also about time well spent? Here s how people DefineLuxury

Not all that glitters is gold

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The lure of a quick return on investment momentarily blinds many until they realize they are trapped in a scam

Invest now for inclusive growth

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:40 AM

The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines is set to hold its 4th anniversary Forum of Arangkada Philippines with the theme Invest NOW for Inclusive Growth

Epson to invest ¥12.3B for new PH plant

Dec 04, 2014 - 1:50 PM

The new plant aims to increase inkjet printer and 3LCD projector production volumes

Razon: Manila more 'cool, interesting' than HK, Singapore

Oct 29, 2014 - 7:08 PM

Enrique Razon who heads Solaire Resort and Casino in the Philippines foresees gaming in all countries in Asia in the future but touts his country for its cool factor

COOL MANILA. Enrique Razon touts the city as more interesting than other cities in the region. Photo from Forbes

On booboos and butthurt: Aegis Malaysia's ad

Sep 24, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Why do we get so riled up when someone from another country makes mention of the ills we have when we make no bones about how unhappy we are with the same?

REGRETFUL. Aegis apologizes over the video promoting Malaysia at the expense of the Philippines. Image from Aegis Global's Facebook page

S&P raises PH credit rating anew

May 08, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The upgrade follows the agency s May 2013 decision to give the Philippines investment grade status

As PH grows, poor left behind, jobs scarce

Feb 26, 2014 - 7:44 PM

The country should invest more in agriculture manufacturing and mining to create more jobs

INVEST IN AGRICULTURE. According to experts, investing in agriculture and agribusiness can help provide jobs and long-term stability for the Philippine economy

Aquino: Yolanda rehab is top priority

Feb 18, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The President says rehabilitating Yolanda ravaged areas is aligned with the administration s plans to sustain Philippine economic reforms

CHALLENGING CHINA. In a New York Times interview, President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the Philippines will not apologizes to Hong Kong, nor will it surrender the West Philippine Sea to China. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH stocks rise after Moody's upgrade

Oct 03, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Stocks reverse morning session s losses as the Philippines wins investment grade rating from Moody s

UK, US keen on PH investments, trade

Sep 18, 2013 - 12:50 PM

Delegates and officials from the United Kingdom and the United States are visiting Manila this week for trade and investments purposes

RENEWAL OF TIES. Philippine Airlines president Ramon Ang (left) and UK trade minister Lord Stephen Green(right) exchange gifts to mark the local carrier's return to London after 15 years. Photo by Lala Rimando/Rappler

Hot money plunges 60% during 'ghost month'

Sep 13, 2013 - 6:05 PM

About 1 1 billion or 77 6 of the total funds flowed out to the United States

HOT MONEY. Foreign portfolio investments continued to register a net outflow in August. File photo by AFP

$61-M foreign investments leave PH in June

Sep 11, 2013 - 9:43 AM

The Philippines experienced a net outflow of foreign direct investments FDI in June as funds return to the United States

HOT MONEY. Foreign portfolio investments continued to register a net outflow in June. Photo from AFP

What is holding back Philippine FDI?

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Philippines stellar economic growth attracts foreign investors but the main issues why job generating capital is still coming in trickles are the 40 foreign ownership limit and red tape

Pension fund GSIS invests in casino project

Jul 04, 2013 - 10:01 AM

State run pension fund Government Service Insurance System GSIS invests P800 million in the soon to rise casino project

CASINO PROJECT. This is an artist's rendition of the Belle Grande Manila Bay that will house a large casino, two L-shaped hotel towers and 4 condotel towers. Photo from 2011 Belle Corp. Annual Report

Moody's to upgrade PH credit rating after 7.8% growth?

Jun 03, 2013 - 1:28 PM

Let the country s stellar economic performance in the 1st quarter and the possibly better growth in the 2nd speak for themselves says President Aquino

Rappler Newscast | May 2, 2013

May 02, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Mancao escapes from the NBI PH gains its 2nd investment grade rating from Standard Poor’s Montenegro: it will ll take 2 years to solve Mindanao s power problem

FDI down 45.3% in January

Apr 10, 2013 - 7:04 PM

The Coca Cola purchase by Mexico s FEMSA accounted for bulk of the 576 million investments in January

DROP IN FDI. The country's Foreign Direct Investments posted a 45.3% contraction in January 2013, two months before the country received its investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings. Photo from AFP

'Dr Doom' lauds PH credit upgrade

Apr 01, 2013 - 1:53 PM

Renowned economist Nouriel Roubini s prediction that the Philippines would achieve investment grade within the year has come true

IT CAME TRUE. Renowned economist Nouriel Roubini had told an SRO crowd of investors, bankers, corporate chiefs in a January 30 summit in Manila that the Philippines deserves an investment grade. Photo by Lala Rimando

#BudgetWatch: PH to hit investment grade?

Mar 24, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Abad says key reforms will increase chances of achieving an investment grade for the country

LIVE BLOG: 2013 PH Investment Forum

Mar 12, 2013 - 10:02 AM

Policymakers economists business leaders and foreign investors come together to give an overview of the Philippine economy

Minority investors turn down Melco buy-out bid

Feb 22, 2013 - 3:26 PM

The offer price is lower than the current trading price of Manchester the backdoor listing vehicle of Melco Crown

CASINO PROJECT. This is an artist's rendition of the Belle Grande Manila Bay that will house a large casino, two L-shaped hotel towers and 4 condotel towers. Photo from 2011 Belle Corp. Annual Report

Why PH is one of world's sexiest

Feb 14, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Foreign investors are quietly making their way into the Philippines swelling attendance in business events and dollar inflows into local capital markets

ECONOMIC MANAGERS. An annual briefing by the country's economic managers and top businessmen attract record high attendees. Photo by Franz Lopez

Despite NAIA-3 saga, Fraport eyes PH deals

Feb 08, 2013 - 6:38 AM

The German firm scorned by its disaster investment in a Manila airport project over a decade ago wants a fresh start but on one condition: just compensation for its NAIA 3 expenses

PAST SINS. Fraport presses on payment for this airport facility, which the German firm and Filipino partner built but the Philippine government took over more than a decade ago. This file photo by Lala Rimando shows manual handling at NAIA-3's baggage handling area

Philippines, the new Indonesia?

Feb 04, 2013 - 8:46 AM

What are the prospects of the Philippines when it is upgraded to investment grade level which credit rating agencies have already granted to Indonesia?

Mining still important for PH economic growth - economist

Feb 01, 2013 - 2:59 PM

Global strategist Nouriel Roubini echoes the Philippine government official s stand that structural reforms which will address environmental and revenue sharing schemes are key to mining sector s potential as leg of growth

THE LIST. Renowned economist Nouriel Roubini addresses an SRO crowd of investors, bankers, corporate chiefs on Wednesday, January 30. Photo by Lala Rimando

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippine Investment Summit with Nouriel Roubini

Jan 30, 2013 - 11:56 AM

With the Philippines unfolding economic growth story will Asia s laggard finally join the ranks of the A lister countries and achieve an investment grade?

Jan-June total investment pledges down 23.2% - NSCB

Sep 20, 2012 - 2:32 PM

Local and foreign investment pledges down by 23 2 in the January to June period says NSCB

Ayala, Aboitiz forge alliance to bid for P10-B Cebu airport terminal

Sep 10, 2012 - 2:11 PM

Both the Ayalas and Aboitizes have Spanish roots are engaged in banking power real estate and retail and their principals are among the country s richest