Paalam, Pilipinas
by Stephen Lillie - June 27, 2013 - 12:00am
When I was appointed British Ambassador to the Philippines four years ago a colleague congratulated me. You will have a fantastic time – just don’t try to change anything, he said. Over the years, and...
There is no greater prize than peace and prosperity
by Stephen Lillie - June 20, 2013 - 12:00am
My term as Ambassador in Manila is nearing an end.  I return one last time to a subject close to my heart — the Mindanao Peace Process. Once again the front pages suggest bumps in the road ahead.
Remembering Rizal
by Stephen Lillie - June 13, 2013 - 12:00am
Yesterday was Independence Day. It falls the week before the birth anniversary of Jose Rizal, one of the most important figures in the Philippines’ journey towards independence.
The many not the few
by Stephen Lillie - June 6, 2013 - 12:00am
During the recent election campaign there was much discussion of political dynasties and how to implement the constitutional provision against them.  Will the new Congress return to this debate, and what lessons...
Extracting maximum benefit
by Stephen Lillie - May 30, 2013 - 12:00am
One of the reasons why people talk positively about the Philippines’ economic prospects is the untapped potential in the mining sector.
The great creative force
by Stephen Lillie - May 23, 2013 - 12:00am
A former US Governor-General of the Philippines, Leonard Wood is famous — perhaps infamous — for saying that “the Filipino woman is the best ‘man’ in the Philippines”.
Modern day alchemy
by Stephen Lillie - May 16, 2013 - 12:00am
For centuries the dream of many has been to create wealth out of nothing.
If you build it, they will come
by Stephen Lillie - May 9, 2013 - 12:00am
It's almost a year since President Aquino's visit to London in 2012.
The Philippines — safe to speak
by Stephen Lillie - May 2, 2013 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, the 3rd May, is World Press Freedom Day. I confidently predict that this will be marked by the Star (and a number of other publications) appearing on my breakfast table as usual, featuring a wide range...
Patriotism or nationalism?
by Stephen Lillie - April 25, 2013 - 12:00am
23 April was the feast-day of England’s patron saint, St George. Not surprisingly, St George’s Day is not a big deal in the Philippines.
What drives economic prosperity
by Stephen Lillie - April 18, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentators are currently lining up to bestow catchy names on the Philippine economy such as “star performer” and “tiger.”
A great Briton
by Stephen Lillie - April 11, 2013 - 12:00am
Life in Britain this week is dominated by the death of Lady Thatcher, Britain’s longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th century.
Human rights are universal
by Stephen Lillie - April 4, 2013 - 12:00am
The latest session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) began in Geneva at the end of February.
Forecasting the future
by Stephen Lillie - March 28, 2013 - 12:00am
I’ve written before about the Chevening Scholarship scheme and its aim of identifying future leaders in the Philippines.
Arms trade treaty or what?
by Stephen Lillie - March 21, 2013 - 12:00am
In the next week or so, the members of the United Nations have an opportunity to agree an historic Treaty that would make a lasting difference to people across the world.
A tale of modern identity
by David Jones - March 14, 2013 - 12:00am
I am delighted to be visiting the Philippines next week on behalf of the British government, of which I am the cabinet member with responsibility for Wales, one of the four constituent nations of the United Kin...
International Women’s Day
by Stephen Lillie - March 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, the world celebrates international women’s day. On the one level, it is a day when we celebrate the private roles played in life by women: mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and grandmothers.
If economics were an Olympic sport…
by Stephen Lillie - February 28, 2013 - 12:00am
As a proud sporting nation, we Britons were unhappy for a long time about our lack of success at cycling.
Legislators and legislation on climate
by Stephen Lillie - February 21, 2013 - 12:00am
Manila recently played host to GOPAC, the global movement of legislators against corruption.
Britain and the European Union
by Stephen Lillie - February 14, 2013 - 12:00am
Many readers will be aware that Prime Minister David Cameron recently delivered a speech on Britain’s relationship with the EU.
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