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Oct 28, 2017 @ 18:25

‘Politics’ blamed on why Gokongwei got MAP award more than a decade after retirement

 

It wasn’t a surprise when the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) named bilyonaryo John Gokongwei Jr. as its “Managemant Man of the Year” for 2017.

What is puzzling is why the MAP – which is comprised of 800 CEOs, COOs, and top executives of the country’s largest corporations – waited decades to honor the second richest Filipino who has left the management of his $5.8 billion food, retail, real estate, and airline empire to his brother, James Go, and son, Lance, 16 years ago.

Philippine Star columnist Boo Chanco blamed “politics” in MAP for this unforgivable delay in recognizing the 91-year old Gokongwei’ achievements in business.

“This is one award that had been very long overdue. Less worthy awardees than Mr. John were honored by MAP over the past few years. What happened?” asked Chanco in his column.

“As in any organization, politics play a part in the granting of awards. It is easy to award each other. It is horrible that they overlooked Mr. John all these years…Lance is just as deserving of the award right now given his performance in managing Cebu Pacific and a number of other JG Summit companies, all major enterprises,” he added.

Chanco did not delve deeper into the politics of the MAP which incidentally had abogado Perry Pe, Gokongwei’s son-in-law, as president in 2016.

Here’s the list of the MAP’s previous winners and we’ll let you decide who who among these past winners could hold a candle to Gokongwei:

1) Washington Z. SyCip (1967)

2) Geronimo Z. Velasco (1977)

3) Henry A. Brimo (1978)

4) Jose M. Soriano (1979)

5) Cesar E.A. Virata (1981)

6) Jaime V. Ongpin (1982)

7) Vicente T. Paterno (1982)

7) Dante G. Santos (1983)

9) Cesar A. Buenaventura (1985)

10) Roberto T. Villanueva (1985)

11) Jaime Zobel de Ayala (1987)

12) Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. (1988)

13) Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. (1989)

14) Raul T. Concepcion (1990)

15) Oscar J. Hilado (1991)

16) Alfonso T. Yuchengco (1992)

17) Juan B. Santos (1994)

18) David M. Consunji

19) Rizalino S. Navarro (1996)

20) Gabriel C. Singson (1998)

21) Delfin L. Lazaro (1999)

22) Henry Sy, Sr. (1999)

23) Oscar M. Lopez (2000)

24) Tony Tan Caktiong (2002)

25) Jesus P. Tambunting (2003)

26) Rafael B. Buenaventura (2004)

27) Manuel V. Pangilinan (2005)

28) George S. K. Ty (2006)

29) Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (2006)

30) Jose L. Cuisia Jr. (2007)

31) Antonino T. Aquino (2009)

32) Jesus P. Estanislao (2009)

33) Lilia B. de Lima (2010)

34) Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. (2010)

35) Erramon Aboitiz (2011)

36) Aurelio R. Montinola III (2012)

37) Edgar O. Chua (2013)

38) Albert F. del Rosario (2014)

39) Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. (2015)

40) Teresita Sy-Coson (2016)

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