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SPY BIZ
Equalizing the infidelity law
by S.A. Maguire - December 26, 2006 - 12:00am
"Give love on Christmas day," a popular tune goes — but only to your legitimate spouse, says House Bill 5729, more popularly known as the Marital Infidelity Law. Under the proposed bill, government...
Watching for the enemy
by S.A. Maguire - December 19, 2006 - 12:00am
Insiders reported that some members of the Optical Media Board may be working against law enforcement authorities in the fight against video piracy. Acting on a tip from an informant, several teams from the...
High blood over wrong prices
by S.A. Maguire - December 7, 2006 - 12:00am
The price controversy over "high blood" medication continues to boil with local pharmaceutical firm Therapharma alleging that multinational drug firm Pfizer raised its prices by 20 percent prior to...
Palangga will be back!
by S.A. Maguire - December 5, 2006 - 12:00am
Spybiz got wind of information that top society columnist Maurice Arcache will soon be back at The Philippine STAR to regale readers once more with his entertaining "Arca-chats." Maurice went on...
What say you, Say?
by S.A. Maguire - November 28, 2006 - 12:00am
A former Cabinet secretary told Spybiz the other day that the peso is actually undervalued. According to the former secretary, the peso-dollar exchange rate could now have gone better from its present 50-49...
Rumble at the PASBDI
by S.A. Maguire - November 21, 2006 - 12:00am
It looks like an article in the Business section of this paper entitled "SEC may disqualify brokers from sitting as independent directors" (Oct. 16 issue) has initiated a rumble at the Philippine...
Rumble at the PASBDI
by S.A. Maguire - November 21, 2006 - 12:00am
It looks like an article in the Business section of this paper entitled "SEC may disqualify brokers from sitting as independent directors" (Oct. 16 issue) has initiated a rumble at the Philippine...
Tali ho, Tali ha?
by S.A. Maguire - November 14, 2006 - 12:00am
Milenyo had just passed, driving public sentiment strongly against billboards with people calling for the dismantling of these structures. But in the exclusive Tali Beach Subdivision in Nasugbu, Batangas,...
No respect for the elderly
by S.A. Maguire - November 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Senior citizens are complaining that certain drug stores and hospitals give them a hard time when they try to avail of the 20 percent discount provided for under Republic Act 9257 or the "Expanded Senior...
Poor nutrition = poor literacy
by S.A. Maguire - November 2, 2006 - 12:00am
While news that some P1.12 billion in fresh funding had been earmarked for 76,000 state scholars in the proposed 2007 national budget, it’s disturbing that poor health is causing more and more children...
Six months in jail for retailers imposing extra fees
by S.A. Maguire - October 31, 2006 - 12:00am
Consumers who have taken to whipping out credit cards to pay for items could take a breather with the recent issuance of Administrative Order No.10 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The draft...
Banks urged to pay interest on all savings accounts
by S.A. Maguire - October 26, 2006 - 12:00am
Depositors will certainly welcome moves urging the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to require all banks to pay interest on all savings accounts whether the cash balance is P100 or P1,000. Banks usually require...
Fore-scores
by S.A. Maguire - October 24, 2006 - 12:00am
A new assignee of a Swiss-based multinational company to the Manila Golf Club probably thought he was in the Swiss Alps. This man, who is of South Asian descent, was obviously rushing his golf game and despite...
Murky bidding
by S.A. Maguire - October 17, 2006 - 12:00am
In August 1997, the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) signed a concession agreement with Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) wherein the latter would provide an additional water supply of 300 million...
Frequent ship breakdowns
by S.A. Maguire - October 10, 2006 - 12:00am
Passengers and cargo clients of this shipping company are reportedly complaining of frequent breakdowns, with problems compounded by the recent cancellation of a vessel’s trips for the next four months...
Victim of text intrigue
by S.A. Maguire - October 5, 2006 - 12:00am
It looks like the world of media can be as vicious as showbiz when it comes to intrigues. For several weeks now, anonymous text messages have been circulating alleging that a popular ABS-CBN broadcast personality...
Family thief
by S.A. Maguire - October 3, 2006 - 12:00am
A family friend told Spybiz that this "de buena familia" wealthy, landed family is being victimized allegedly by one of the siblings. Precious paintings by Filipino masters like Amorsolo and Hidalgo, as...
Battle against the bottle
by S.A. Maguire - September 28, 2006 - 12:00am
It looks like the battle between the breast and the bottle continues to rage. International breastfeeding advocates have expressed support for the Department of Health in its efforts to carry out the revised Implementing...
Cold feet or bold feet?
by S.A. Maguire - September 26, 2006 - 12:00am
Spybiz Eye-spies who were with GMA in Cuba for the 14th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) reported that GMA must have developed a sudden case of "cold feet" when she made a last-minute decision not...
Ambassador Juan Rocha’s response
by S.A. Maguire - September 19, 2006 - 12:00am
Former ambassador Juan Jose "Johnny" Rocha wrote Spybiz in reaction to the column item "A depressed wife, now an oppressed widow" (Sept.12 issue) pointing out three things: One, that "’the...
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