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SMB’s Ramon Ang emerging as ‘1st force’

With the 2022 elections fast approaching, there are many names being mentioned as possible candidates to replace President Rodrigo Duterte.

One of them is billionaire-philantrophist Ramon S. Ang (RSA), who is described by his supporters as first force, not third force, as they vigorously push for his presidential candidacy in 2022 even if he had denied but his actions would say otherwise.

“What other goal is more worthwhile than helping our country and … making it better? What kind of Filipinos would we be if we do not show malasakit towards each other in this time of great need?” the Philippines Tatler quoted RSA as saying after he was chosen by the Asia CEO Awards to be the recipient of the Lifetime Contributor Award for his visionary leadership and magnanimity in his response to the pandemic.

The Asia CEO Awards gives credit to all the movers and shakers of the Philippine and Southeast Asian economies.

RSA, who is the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer (COO) has been at the helm of a massive outreach program that has amassed over  P13.180 billion in assistance.

The Philippines Tatler further said that with the help of employees, volunteers, and partner non-profits, SMC under Ang’s leadership has initiated numerous projects to help disadvantaged communities, medical front liners, and even government sectors.

Some political observers said Ang seemed to be carefully weighing his possible presidential bid because he does not want to antagonize President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who may field his own daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as standard-bearer of the administration under Inday’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Ang supported Duterte’s presidential bid in 2016.

Cordevilla: Leonen sits on 37 crucial cases including P4B+ rebate issue vs Meralco

MANILA — Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has been sitting on some important cases assigned to his chamber for years, including the rebate issue against Manila Electric Company (Meralco) involving more than P4 billion.

Impeachment hearings vs. Leonen could start next year: Rodriguez

MANILA – The hearings on the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen could start next year, Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

PH overall food supply sufficient until yearend: DA

MANILA – The country has enough food supply until yearend despite the series of typhoons that affected agricultural areas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.

Investments in PEZA zones reach P3.9-T in 25 years

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has approved a total of PHP3.9 trillion worth of investments for the past 25 years as of November 2020.

Ranking NPA leader killed in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY – A high-ranking communist New People’s Army (NPA) leader was killed during a predawn law enforcement operation in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Thursday, police officials said.

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