Rigoberto Tiglao

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His Excellency Rigoberto D. Tiglao (b. August 27, 1952 - ) is the current Ambassador of the Philippines to Athens, Greece.

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As a Cabinet Member

Prior to being Ambassador, Rigoberto ("Bobi") Dikit Tiglao was appointed as Presidential Spokesperson with Cabinet rank by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on April 23, 2001, Press Secretary on April 1, 2002 and as Presidential Chief of Staff on December 9, 2002.

Journalism Experience

He had a 19-year experience in journalism as a reporter, columnist, and editor in local publications and as correspondent for an international magazine.

He started his career as a journalist in 1981 at the Business Day newspaper. He was the business editor and columnist of the Manila Chronicle from 1986 to 1989 and was with the team that reopened the Manila Chronicle in 1986 (after it was closed by the dictator Marcos in 1972), and made it then the best newspaper in the immediate post-People Power years. He supervised a staff of ten subeditors and reporters, several of whom had gone on to become business editors themselves in today’s newspapers. He became Far Eastern Economic Review (a prestigious Hong Kong-based international news magazine focusing on Asia owned by Dow Jones & Co, publisher of the Wall Street Journal group of newspapers) editorial representative in the Philippines by covering developments in the country for the magazine, from 1989 to 1992. He was also Manila bureau chief from 1993 to March 2000.

He exposed the bankruptcy of Central Bank of the Philippines which lead to the making of a new Central Bank Law in 1994 and the Philippine National Bank's financial distress due to its liabilities to the National Treasury. He also did the first-ever coverage of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in its guerilla base and the profiles of Philippine tycoons and conglomerates.

He was the one who conceptualized and was one of the founders of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Tiglao proposed the establishment of the center based on a research he did while on his Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. The Center has evolved since its founding in 1989 as a respected organization for developing professionalism in journalism, especially for in-depth, investigative reportage. It has published more than a dozen books and publishes the quarterly I magazine.

President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) for the 1997-1998 term. Organized the first FOCAP Conference on the Philippine Economic and Political Prospects, which since then has become an annual event, and the association’s key affair.

He was a regular opinion-page columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and was also editor-in-chief and senior vice president of the news website Inq7.net, the news site of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and GMA7 Network Co.

Awards

  • Best News Reporter for 1983 given by the Catholic Mass Media Awards ( Then still being chaired by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin Teodoro Benigno) in recognition of his reportage and exposure of cronysm and corruption in Marcos government.
  • Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (1988-1989) which is one of the most prestigious journalism fellowships in the world in which only 11 Filipinos have been awarded since its foundation in 1937.
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) For Print Journalism, awarded by the Philippine Jaycees (1991).
  • Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation's Asia Economic Journalist of the Year (1991).

Book Publications

  • The Philippine Coconut Industry: Export-Oriented Agricultural Growth. Davao City: ARC Publication, 1984.
  • "The Coconut Industry," in Political Economy of Philippine Commodities, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. 1983.
  • "The Consolidation of the Dictatorship", in Javate-de-Dios, Aurora et. al, eds. Dictatorship and Revolution: Roots of People’s Power. Metro Manila: Conspectus Foundation, 1988.
  • "Rebellion from the Barracks" in Kudeta: The Challenge to Philippine Democracy. Makati: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, 1990.
  • "The Dilemmas of Economic Policymaking in a ‘People-Power’ State," in Timberman, David, ed., The Politics of Economic Reform in Southeast Easia: The Experiences of Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Makati: Asian Institute of Management, 1992.
  • "The Conomy: Restoration and Global Incorporation" in Looking Back, Looking Forward: 1996, Manila: Foundation for Worldwide People Power, 1995. (A project of Philippine Daily Inquirer founding chair Eugenia Apostol.)

Personal Life

His Excellency was a widower of Raquel Edralin-Tiglao with whom he has three children: Andrea Raquel, Alexandro Kalayaan, and Ben Siddharta. He married again on April 13, 2002 to Getsy Selirio.

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