Seated below are among the Board Members of the new think tank. From left: Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug of the UP College of Business Administration, Manny V. Pangilinan, head of Metro Pacific Investments, Smart/PLDT, Meralco, TV5, etc; Dr. Rene de Castro of DLSU International Studies Department, Dr. Francisco Magno of DLSU Political Science Department.
The other board members are Dr. Primo “CP” David of UP Diliman Geology and Environmental Science, Atfy Raul Pangalangan, former dean of the UP College of Law and publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Benjamin Philip Romualdez, President of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), Edgardo Lacson, honorary Chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and President of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), and Ernest “Ernie” Bower, senior adviser and Sumitro chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Photo below seated, DFA Sec. Albert del Rosario (ADR), four Ambassadors from different countries, and Mr. Romualdez of COMP.
Sec. ADR giving a speech about the new think tank named after him. He was introduced by the founder and Managing Director of Stratbase, Prof. Dindo Manhit, after Dindo gave an overview of Stratbase's 10 years of accomplishments.
A story from Business Mirror a day before the event. Similar story was reported by Manila Bulletin, The Tribune, Manila Standard and the Inquirer.
I met a number of old friends and new acquitaintances there. This photo from left: me, Gary Olivar who is a fellow UPSE alumni, also the Spokesperson of former President Gloria M. Arroyo, Sen. Sonny Angara, Arnel Casanova, President and CEO of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), and Felix Ang, President of Cats Motors.
Again with Sen. Angara, Ramon Casiple, President of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER), Carol Manhit (Dindo's wife) and _______.
With Prof. Kiko Magno, a DLSU Spanish visiting Prof., DFA Assistant Sec. for Legal Affairs Eddie Vega. Kiko, Ed and me are also fellow alumni of the UP Sapul, Polititical Science Club.
Ok, ADR-ISIS is not a free market think tank advocating limited government, unlike our partner think tanks within the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia, but I think the ADR think tank guys are open to hearing free market perspectives. For instance, I was a participant in two small group round table discussions held by CitizenWatch Philippines/Stratbase this year. And two of my papers, one on ASEAN free trade and the other on the Philippines power/energy and rice trade sectors, were published by SRI. Thanks to Dindo.
I hope this informal partnership will continue in the coming years.
Photos above from PBEST, Mikee and my cameraphone.
Stratbase Forum on ASEAN Competitiveness, July 25, 2014
Free Trade 36: Taxation, Regulations, Trade and Rule of Law in ASEAN, August 05, 2014
Citizen Watch 2: On Power and Jobs, August 30, 2014