Rigoberto D. Tiglao


  • Since  January 2013, columnist at the  The Manila Times Mondays, Wednesdays,  and Fridays
  • Columnist of The Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 2010 – January 2013
  • Philippine Ambassador to Greece and Cyprus, May 2006 – October 2010
  • Head, Presidential Management Staff, August 2004 – April 2006
  • Presidential Chief of Staff, December 2002 – July 2004
  • Presidential Spokesman with Cabinet Rank, April 2001 to November 2002
  • Press Secretary, April 2002 – November 2002
  • Senior vice president and Editor-in-Chief of Inq7.net (now inquirer.net, the website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer), September 2000– March 2002.
  • Philippine Daily Inquirer regular columnist,  September 2000– March 2002.
  • Manila Bureau Chief and Correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), 1989 to 2000  (FEER, based in Hongkong was the most prestigious international magazine on Asia, owned by Dow Jones).
  • Business editor and columnist of the Manila Chronicle, 1986 to 1989.
  • Reporter, Business Day, 1981 to 1986.


  • Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, May to Oct. 2002
  • Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, 1988-1989
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men for Print Journalism, 1992 by the Philippine Jaycees
  • Best Economic Journalist for Asia, 1991 by the Mitsubishi Corp. Foundation.
  • Best News Reporter, 1983 by the Catholic Mass Media Awards


  • Conceptualized, and one of the founders of, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • President, Foreign Correspondents’ Association of the Philippines, 1997-1998 term. Conceptualized and undertook the FOCAP’s now yearly Annual Conference on the Philippines.


  • 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 Asia:  The Experiences of Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Makati:  Asian Institute of Management, 1992.
  • “The Economy: 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.)


Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


Birth: August 27, 1952
Widower of Raquel Edralin-Tiglao
Children: Andrea Raquel, Alexandro Kalayaan, and Ben Siddharta.
Married Getsy Selirio  April 13, 2002

Political Prisoner, Camp Crame, Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Bonifacio: March 1973 to December 1974.


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Marlene Apicel

    Sir Tiglao,
    Just finished reading your book “Colossal Deception”. Got goosebumps reading every page. I feel so enlightened but sad, apprehensive & scared about the future of the Philippines. Hoping that the citizenry, especially business people will be able to read this book and “change” before it’s too late.
    I’ll be starting your next book “Debunked”.

  2. Gina Valenzuela

    Thank you Mr. Tiglao for this explicit information! Living in Austria for more than three decades, I am aware of the internal politics within some member states of the European Union. This awareness increased through my study of Social Policy in Oxford, which profoundly explained in depth the kind of politics welfare states have done historically and still continue to adapt in our contemporary society. I will leave these issues at this point because otherwise it will be too long.
    In other words, I identify with all what you have specified in this article and salute you for publishing them!
    I take pride of being a Filipino and enormously proud of my people!

  3. Liberty Alcarion

    Dear Mr Tinglao,

    I hope your issue on the VP’a video to the UN is right and has a legal basis to be told she’s just lying. I have read some of your articles and seems to me you’re leaned to the other party. I am just hoping that this is unbiased reporting.


    Liberty Alcarion

  4. Robert Ceasar Madanguit

    Sir good day,

    After i read this article i immediately search the name jose antonio costudio at google and i cant find any background of his. Unlike you sir when i did the same it has a lot of information in your CV. Thats make me wonder who was this man really is??? Pardon mg english sir.

  5. Juan

    You mentioned that you are a political prisoner. Is this during Martial Law era? What is its impact on you and how were your rights violated? How do we avoid another regime to implement similar human rights violation? What are the lessons learned from being a political prisoner? Advise to our current media practitioners on how to spot an abusive government?

  6. Francisco B. Carbonel

    Dear Bert Tiglao;

    I am one of your readers in your column “Banat” of Bulgar. I always buy copy of Bulagar almost every day hoping to read about your write-ups/report. I admire all information that you share which I believe they are well researched. In fact, I learn a lot about people of “Dilwans”, how they twist facts that deceive the Filipino people. They are very good propagandists that topple men in government not of their allies. Also, I agree with greatness of the late president Marcos even if a participatory workshop be initiated for this. If possible to receive copies of your regular articles henceforth and even past articles in the national dailies that you have column to be sent to my email frank_carbonel@yahoo.com MARAMING SALAMAT SIR. . . Frank Carbonel po ito.


    Sir,I was able to read your article about the reason why the Maute group needs to be crushed.I admire the way you wrote and the information that you share. Relative hereto, I would like to respectfully ask for a regular copy of your column to be sent to my email add to be able to keep me informed and updated which may be of help to me personally and professionally. Hoping for your favorable response,Sir.

  8. Mary Adelaine S. Reyes

    Good day Sir!

    I am Mary Adelaine Reyes, Legal Management student of the Faculty of Arts and Letters from the University of Santo Tomas. I am hoping to could get your opinion concerning our study entitled “The Effect of a Two-Term Presidency to the Performance of the Philippines.” I prepared few questions regarding the matter, I’m kindly asking permission if I can send it to you through this email.

    Thank you Sir! Your knowledge on this matter would be a great help. God bless!

  9. Jamie Davidson

    Dear Mr. Tiglao,

    With this message, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jamie Davidson. I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. I’m currently conducting research on rice policies in SE Asia and in connection with this, I’ll be arriving in Manila next week. If you have the time, it would be GREATLY appreciated if we could meet and I could ask you a few questions about rice policies and politics in your country. I have done some research on the topic, but have lots more to learn.

    On a personal note, my wife and Vinia Datinguinoo of PCIJ are close friends from their UP days.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Jamie Davidson
    Associate Professor
    National University of Singapore

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