Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.

We are an independent think tank advancing five core principles: small government, small taxes, free market, rule of law, and personal responsibility. We believe that society will be more peaceful and dynamic if individuals, parents, firms and their voluntary organizations will assume more individual and voluntary responsibility of their lives, their families, and their communities. This is the essence of “civil society”. People who are afraid of responsibilities are afraid of freedom itself.

At the UP Economics Towards Consciousness (UP ETC) forum on Solid Waste Management held at the UP College of Engineering auditorium, February 08, 2012. Three of the four speakers were (from right) Dr. Perry Ong, Director of the UP Institute of Biology, Dr. Oggie Arcenas, a natural resource economist at the UP School of Economics, and Mr. Bienvenindo Oplas of MG Thinkers who talked about privatization of landfills. Beside him is an official from the DENR. The young guys are from UP ETC.

At the Conference of Generic Drugs in Asia (CGDA), November 19-21, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan. From left: Nazarita Tacandong, Deputy Director of Food and Drugs Administration (Philippines), John Chang, President of Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA), Leonila Ocampo, President of Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA), Mr. Oplas, and Jose Maria Ochave, Senior VP of United Laboratories. They all spoke in various panels during the conference.

At the launching of Libertas' books on "Assessment of the Judiciary's Response to the Challenges of the 2010 Automated Elections", November 28, 2011, Traders Hotel, Manila. COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillanes (4th from left) among the key speakers. Mr. Oplas joined the forum, along with Atty. Luie Guia and Vincent Yambao of Libertas (left of Chairman Brillantes), Marvin Beduya of the Asian Institute of Management, Commissioner Lim (3rd from right), others.

Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference, October 7-9, 2011, sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF), Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Speakers in the morning panel of day 1, from left: Dr. Jurgen Morlok of FNF-Germany, Battsetseg Shagdar of EBI-Mongolia, Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam of CPPS-Malaysia, Arianto Patunru of LPEM-Indonesia, Sheng Hong of Unirule-China, and Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute-India.

Also at the EFN Asia Conference, October 7-9, 2011, From left: Mr. Oplas, DBM Sec. Butch Abad (keynote speaker in Day 1), Atty. Tony Abad of T/A Group, Siegfried Herzog, FNF Regional Director for South Asia (and former FNF Country Cirector for the Philippines), and Jules Maaten, current FNF Country Director for the Philippines.

At the 2nd Generics Summit, September 7-8, 2011, sponsored by the Department of Health (DOH), held at Richmonde Hotel, Eastwood, Quezon City. From left: Mr. Oplas, Mr. Beau Agana, President of the Philippine Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (PCPI, the federation of mostly local generics manufacturers), Mr. Reiner Gloor, Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP, the federation of mostly multinational/innovator companies).

At the forum "Auditing the 2004 Elections" sponsored by Libertas, August 2, 2011, Traders Hotel, Manila. From left: Atty. Bong Montesa of Libertas, Mr. Oplas, COMELEC Commissioner Sixto Brillantes, and Malou Tiquia of Publicus.

Nonoy Oplas gave a talk last July 25, 2011 at the Rotary Club of Taguig Fort Bonifacio on "Warming Racket vs. Climate Reality". Standing, 3rd from left is Past President of the club Niel Antonio, next to him, 4th from left, is current Club President Norlan de Leon. Mr. Oplas' wife, Ella, is seated beside him.

Young Economists' Convention (YEC) 2011 with the theme, "Sustainable Inclusive Growth", June 17, 2011, Traders Hotel, Manila. From left to right: Dr. Tereso Tullao, former Dean, College of Business and Economics, De La Salle University as forum moderator; Dr. Bert Hofman, World Bank Country Director for the Philippines, Mr. Oplas, Dr. Cayetano Paderanga, Secretary of Economic Planning and NEDA chief, and Dr. Renato Reside, faculty member of the UP School of Economics.

Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union (APTU) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, last April 29-30, 2011. From left, 2nd row: Ms. Gulyaim Nurbekova of Kazakhstan Taxpayers Association, Mr. You of Japanese for Tax Reforms (JTR), Mr. Bjorn Tarras-Wahlberg, WTA Sec-Gen. and APTU Chairman, Mr. Fengiang Liu of Beijing International Taxation Research Society (BITRS), Mr. Raymond Ho of Momentum 107-Hong Kong, Mr. Jaya Naidu from Australia. In front is Mr. Kim SunTaek of Korea Taxpayers Association.

Coalition for Health Advocacy and Transparency (CHAT) meeting in Quezon City, May 5, 2011. Among the participants are, from left: Mr. John Morales of Botika-Binhi, Mr. Oplas of MG Thinkers, Angelito Mendoza of Ayos na Gamot sa Abot-kayang Presyo (AGAP), and Roberto Pagdanganan, MeTA Philippines Chairman.

From left to right: Mr. Oplas, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Dean and Director of Research, Bangalore Management Academy in India, Philip Stevens, an independent British consultant on health issues, and Prof. Julian Morris, Economics Professor at the University of Buckingham. They spoke during the "Think Tanks' IPR Meeting" last January 25, 2011 in Hyatt Hotel, Singapore.

(FNF) Barun Mitra, seated 3rd from left, Director of Liberty Institute in Delhi, India, gave a talk on "Population and Development" last January 27, 2011 at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) Manila office. Jules Maaten, FNF Resident Manager, is seated 2nd from left next to Barun.

Mr. Oplas produced his first book, "Health Choices and Responsibilities", 230 pages, published by Central Book Supply, Inc. in January 2011. From left to right are Simplicio Endaya and Gary Makasiar from UPSE Alumni Association, Barun Mitra, Jules Maaten and Nonoy Oplas.

Meeting with young Singaporean liberals and libertarians last January 24, 2011 in Singapore. Donaldson Tan, editor of New Asia Republic, 2nd from right; Min Cheong, NAR projects manager (rightmost) and other NAR writers. Philip Stevens (leftmost) from London, Mr. Oplas and Xingyuan Feng (4th from left) joined them.

Filipino libertarians fellowship last December 2010. Seated in the front are Francis, Paul How and Mr. Oplas. Standing are young liberty-minded Filipinos and free market bloggers. Some are still university students.

MG Thinkers President, Bienvenido Oplas Jr., gave a talk before members and guests of the Rotary Club of Makati San Antonio (RI District 3830) on "Climate, Carbon and Cancun" last November 20, 2010 in Tanauan, Batangas province, during the club's tree planting activity.