Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (City Mayor at Lungsod ng Maynila)

Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

City Mayor at Lungsod ng Maynila

Moreno started his political career when he elected and sworn as councilor for Manila’s first congressional district in 1998 and reelected in 2001 and 2004 respectively. In 2007, he later became vice mayor of the city. He took a crash course in Local Legislation and Local Finance at University of the Philippines. He then studied public administration in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) while fulfilling his alderman duties.

During his election campaign, he criticised what he called a “black propaganda” by opponents, but did not pursue any charges.Domagoso eventually won the elections, beating the closest rival by about 80,000 votes.

Moreno also serves as vice chairman of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and studies Law in Arellano University.

In May 2012, Joseph Estrada, the former President of the Philippines, announced his intention to run for Mayor of Manila but only for one term in 2013. He intends to run with Domagoso, who is running for re-election as Vice Mayor.

Domagoso said Manileños welcome Estrada and his wife, adding that they will try to make their stay in Manila comfortable.“We are humbled that the former president of the Philippines will live and stay in Manila,” Moreno said. “We are thankful he had chosen Manila,” he added.

In 2016, Domagaso announced that he would run for Senator of the Philippines. He lost in his bid placing 15th place overall.

On July 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him as the chairman of the board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation until his resignation in October 2017. In May 2018, he was appointed by Duterte as Undersecretary for Luzon Affairs at the Department of Social Welfare and Development. On October 11, 2018, he officially resigned from his post to run for Mayor of Manila in the 2019 elections.

On May 13, 2019, Isko Domagoso Moreno won the mayoralty of Manila, over incumbent Joseph “Erap” Estrada via a landslide win of close to 150,000 votes more than the closest contender. Mayor Moreno was then officially proclaimed winner by the City Board of Canvassers the following day, 14 May.

Emmanuel Artiza (General Accountant, OGA at Securities & Exchange Commission)

Emmanuel Artiza

General Accountant, OGA at Securities & Exchange Commission
Sonia Segovia (Partner, Tax at SGV & Co.)

Sonia Segovia

Partner, Tax at SGV & Co.

Sonia is a partner in Tax and specializes in tax compliance review, due diligence review for tax matters, modeling of tax impact under alternative structures, review of controls on tax-related processes and review of Deferred Income Tax. Her industry experience includes oil and gas, energy and utility, mining, trading, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, real estate, construction, business process outsourcing, hotel, resort and restaurant, transportation, international airlines, regional operating headquarters, schools, manning, logistics and other service oriented industries. She has also handled entities registered under the Philippine Export Zone Authority and Board of Investments.

Sonia earned units in Masters in Business Administration at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and completed the Management Development Program of the AIM. She graduated cum laude from the University of St. La Salle in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, major in Accounting and placed seventh in the 1988 CPA board examinations.

John Villa (Partner, Assurance at SGV & Co.)

John Villa

Partner, Assurance at SGV & Co.

John is a CPA and a partner in Assurance. His audit experience covers industries such as power generation, real estate, mining, food and beverage, and airline and allied services. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border offering and corporate liquidations. A member of SGV’s Accounting Standards Group, he is SGV’s Subject Matter Resource for Leases, Provisions and Contingencies. He is also currently a member of the EY Global and EY Asia-Pacific Subject Matter Groups on Leases.

He is an officer and active member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). At present, he is the President-elect of PICPA Southern Metro Manila Chapter with term starting July 1, 2013.

John has a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Asian Institute of Management. He also passed the CFA Level 1 examination. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from the University of the Philippines–Visayas.

TJ Ray Raagas (Director , Financial Accounting Advisory Services of SGV & Co.)

TJ Ray Raagas

Director , Financial Accounting Advisory Services of SGV & Co.
Geraldine Apostol (Partner, Risk Assurance at Isla Lipana & Co./ PwC Philippines)

Geraldine Apostol

Partner, Risk Assurance at Isla Lipana & Co./ PwC Philippines

With over 25 years of broad based experience in financial and systems auditing in the Philippines and Singapore, Gett has been responsible for the continued growth of the Firm’s Risk Assurance Practice since 2007 which provides governance, risk and compliance services to clients. She has delivered a wide variety of audits, from endto-end process reviews, compliance reviews including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) – and Japanese SOX – related work) and, IT general controls review and third party assurance audits.

As the lead business process and IT controls partner, Gett worked in a variety of small, family-owned to large multinational clients. This has given Gett the extensive knowledge of business, finance and IT risks and controls.

Also led and assisted numerous local internal audit co-sourcing/outsourcing engagements for a producer of consumer products, hospital industry, a major holding company (conglomerate), maritime manpower company, a finance leasing entity and a business process outsourcing company. She serves as the key contact of the Philippines for various global and regional internal audit arrangements.

She lectures on auditing, accounting and related business subject matters on seminars and in-house trainings organized by the firm as well as external organizations.

She is an active member of the Institute of Internal Audit – Philippines, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Management Association of the Philippines holding various positions.

Ma. Elma Ame (Sole Proprietor at M.I. AME Accounting Office)

Ma. Elma Ame

Sole Proprietor at M.I. AME Accounting Office

Minette is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been in the field of Public Practice since 1988, being an audit staff at the SGV and Co., and, at present, a sole proprietor of her own firm, the M.I. Ame Accounting Office. She is also an advocate of Conservation, as she is currently Finance Manager of the Center for Conservation Innovation PH Inc. She also served the Fauna and Flora Inc. as Finance Manager in 2010.

The Cooperative Movement being one of her primary advocacies, she was appointed as by the CDA as member of the National Technical Working Groups for the development of Standard Chart of Accounts, Standard Audit System, Financial Reporting Framework, External Auditors’ Accreditation Guidelines for Cooperatives, and modules for External Auditors’ Accreditation Training. She is also a book writer, module developer, and lecturer for Cooperative Accounting and Audit.

Minette is an active member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) . Last 2015, she spearheaded the 70th PICPA Annual National Convention as its Convention Chair. At present, she is the Chair of the PICPA National Committee on Cooperative Development.

She is a recipient of the Rotary International Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in the field of Public Accountancy last 2005. She was awarded Outstanding PICPA Member for Southern Tagalog Region last 2005, and conferred a PICPA Special Achievement Award for Professional Development last 2008. She was PICPA’s Outstanding CPA in Public Practice for 2010.

Olivier Aznar (Partner, Tax Advisory and Compliance at P&A Grant Thornton)

Olivier Aznar

Partner, Tax Advisory and Compliance at P&A Grant Thornton

Vier Aznar is a Partner of the Tax Advisory and Compliance division of P&A Grant Thornton. He is also a member of the Firm's Transfer Pricing Team. Vier is both a certified public accountant (CPA) and a lawyer. He has been in public accounting since he passed the CPA licensure examination in October 1999, where he obtained the 16th highest overall rating.

Vier conducts tax compliance and due diligence reviews; handles Court of Tax Appeals litigation support services; and provides advisory services on issues affecting individual and corporate taxpayers. He also assists clients in handling their tax assessments and other compliance requirements with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other regulatory agencies. He has extensive experience in the audit of local and multinational companies in various industries.

Ma Gracia Casals-Diaz (Partner, Risk Management at KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.)

Ma Gracia Casals-Diaz

Partner, Risk Management at KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.
Wilfredo Baltazar (Audit Partner at Navarro Amper & Co.)

Wilfredo Baltazar

Audit Partner at Navarro Amper & Co.