Philippine Daily Inquirer
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PACIFIC STRATEGIES and Assessments ( PSA) specializes in Asian risks and has offices in Manila, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok and Milwaukee in the United States.
It aims to help clients “ minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of doing business in markets complicated by political and economic instability, security threats, terrorism and lax rule of law.”
Its Manila office is managed by PSA executive director Graeme Campbell. PSA’s main services are:
Security and crisis management— to help organizations protect assets, prevent security violations, respond to emergency situations and facilitate business continuity in times of crisis.
Business intelli- gence— to help companies make well-informed decisions in the Asian business environment.
Investigations— to help reduce risks associated with white-collar crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, theft of intellectual property and cyber crime.
Screening— including basic background checks of potential and existing office employees, business partners, vendors, franchisees and even domestic help.
PSA says its services are “ both discreet and confidential.”
In addition to these services, it also regularly prepares intelligence briefs, including political situations and economic risks in the Philippines and other countries in the Pacific. The re- ports are available via paid subscription.
In April, PSA released a paper to its clients assessing the first automated balloting in the Philippines.
It said it found danger signs that the May 10 elections were bound to have problems, or completely fail.
“ The scariest scenario remains that the nonproclamation of a president, vice president and 12 senators to constitute a quorum of 24 will prevent the chain of succession in accordance with the 1987 Constitution,” it said.
President Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay and 12 senators were successfully proclaimed after the automated polls. Inquirer Research
Sources: Inquirer Archives, http:// www. psagroup. com/