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SPYBIZ
Maguire’s last
by S.A. Maguire - December 28, 2006 - 12:00am
SA Maguire is hanging up its gloves and putting away its binoculars — maybe for good — we don’t know. In any event, this is the last column for Spybiz since most columns like this one has a...
AB Mauri acquires Pilmico
by S.A. Maguire - December 21, 2006 - 12:00am
UK-listed public company Associated British Foods (ABF) recently completed the acquisition of yeast manufacturer Pilmico-Mauri Foods Corp., ABF executives disclosed. ABF carried out the acquisition through...
Malaysia’s Genting to build Singapore’s second casino
by S.A. Maguire - December 14, 2006 - 12:00am
While the decision to extend the franchise of the country’s gaming agency Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) continues to languish in the cellar, so-called "nanny state" Singapore...
Singapore-based Ascott group acquires Oakwood
by S.A. Maguire - December 12, 2006 - 12:00am
Ear-Spies reported that Singapore-based Ascott Group has bought the Oakwood Premier hotel in Makati for P2.7 billion. The Ascott Group is one of the largest operators of serviced apartments with three brands...
High blood over low prices
by S.A. Maguire - November 30, 2006 - 12:00am
The Philippine International Trade Corp.’s (PITC) announcement last week that it will stop the importation of Pfizer’s hypertension drug Norvasc was justified by the recent launch of United Laboratories’...
The enemy within
by S.A. Maguire - November 23, 2006 - 12:00am
The head of an agency attached to the DOTC better beware of an underling who has been trying to undermine his authority by messing up vital administration programs, Spybiz informants disclosed. One of the...
Cheats go around DTI order
by S.A. Maguire - November 16, 2006 - 12:00am
The Department of Trade and Industry’s Administrative Order No. 10 that supposedly took effect last Nov. 5 requires retailers and other store owners to display only one price tag for products and services,...
Suitably world class
by S.A. Maguire - November 9, 2006 - 12:00am
Readers’ reactions to a column item entitled "Far from world class" (Nov. 7 issue) was unanimous: Unlike that Quezon City hospital with a pretentious sounding name, the Philippines has a number...
The untouchable favorite
by S.A. Maguire - October 19, 2006 - 12:00am
Spybiz informants disclosed that this lady and her boss – who were the subject of an Oct. 10 column entitled "The favorite," mistakenly assumed the information came from a top honcho of a special...
New BSP circular to boost call center industry
by S.A. Maguire - October 12, 2006 - 12:00am
The issuance of Circular No. 543 by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) allowing the outsourcing of call center operations for bank and credit card services is expected to boost the country’s business process...
DTI trade mission to beef up BPO industry
by S.A. Maguire - September 21, 2006 - 12:00am
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) embarks on a trade mission in the United States to promote the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. Several exclusively selected companies, among...
Storm threatens ship manning industry
by S.A. Maguire - September 14, 2006 - 12:00am
The ruling of a Makati Regional Trial Court judge issuing a preliminary and mandatory injunction against Norwegian company Barber Ship Management Ltd. (BSM) and Barber-Smith Bell Manning Inc. (BSBM) could severely...
Fraternal ties that bind
by S.A. Maguire - August 31, 2006 - 12:00am
Almost two months after Spybiz wrote a column item about a controversial consultancy contract in a government mass transport project ("Brod is thicker than water," July 11, 2006), it seems nothing much...
BON of contention
by S.A. Maguire - August 24, 2006 - 12:00am
The controversy over the alleged leakage in the June nursing licensure exams is getting far-reaching consequences, with the country’s bid to have a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) testing center...
Abusive G-men
by S.A. Maguire - August 17, 2006 - 12:00am
A couple residing in New Manila had filed a case of abuse of authority, coercion, slight physical injuries, robbery and related charges against National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) special investigators....
A heated departure
by S.A. Maguire - August 10, 2006 - 12:00am
The heat in New York has been so oppressive lately, with temperatures hitting close to a hundred degrees. A Filipino businessman leaving JFK airport on his way home reported having the worst travel experience...
$100-M ‘Silver Fortune’
by S.A. Maguire - July 27, 2006 - 12:00am
Spybiz Ear-spies revealed that Ricky Silverio Jr. is pursuing the cases he filed against his father, San Rafael, Bulacan Mayor Ricardo Silverio Sr. to recover his inheritance. It can be recalled that early...
Setting the record straight
by S.A. Maguire - July 20, 2006 - 12:00am
SM magnate-heiress Tessie Sy vehemently denies allegations by columnist Conrado Banal of having held "secret" talks with GSIS chief Winston Garcia for the acquisition of the GSIS-owned shares in Equitable...
Ranhill determined to power Masinloc
by S.A. Maguire - July 13, 2006 - 12:00am
Although it has already forfeited the US$14 million bond, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has given Ranhill-YNN until Aug. 6 to cough-up the down payment on its winning bid in the...
Freddie Garcia: Back to the future
by S.A. Maguire - July 6, 2006 - 12:00am
Our Eye-spy at the ABS-CBN network disclosed that negotiations are ongoing for the return of Freddie Garcia to ABS-CBN. It will be recalled that Freddie Garcia retired in 2003, but was rehired as a management consultant....
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