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Ranking officials of the Duterte government will do well to know a memorable quote in HBO’s Chernobyl: 'Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid'
For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.
There’s a lot to be thankful for in the 2010s when more Filipinos became more prosperous and healthy, so much so that the 2010s might be considered our economy’s true 'golden age.'
Is it fair for government to slash the number of Angkas bikers to make room for competitors? Is that the spirit of competition policy? Not at all.
The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses
Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.
At least we now have baseline data that we can use to compare our country’s PISA performance with other countries. It’s better than groping in the dark.
So many mishaps and anomalies have marred the start of the 30th SEA Games, and the opening ceremony hasn’t even happened yet
Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?
Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.
Latest data betray troubling trends in the economy that soon need to be addressed
Prior to privatization in 1997, water was distributed, not by private corporations, but by a government agency called the MWSS. It did a crappy job.
It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.
For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical
It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs
A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.
The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.
Metro Manila is more than the sum of its parts, and traffic authorities will do well to keep this in mind. Otherwise, their policies will only keep backfiring and making traffic worse.
The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world
Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.
Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication
The monetary value of our marine ecosystems in 2007 was thought to be US$966.59 billion, or close to $1 trillion. Using the 2007 exchange rate, that’s P44.61 trillion or nearly 6.5 times our GDP back then.
Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly
Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest
A common theme seems to thread all these policies: not only do they tend to hurt economic efficiency, they’re also often anti-poor
The Duterte government roared to end endo, but the final product of their collective efforts sounded more like a meow
What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?
It's been a jobless, ruthless, voiceless, rootless, and futureless growth
Since we’re coming from very high prices last year, and prices have now stabilized at high levels, we can expect inflation to drop significantly this year – all thanks to the base effect
Beefing up financial inclusion in the Philippines could be an effective way to stifle the viral spread of Ponzi schemes like Kapa, especially in the provinces
President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?
Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion
From 2005 to 2018 the number of Chinese holders of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment has grown by 24 times
If we can quickly lower the costs of doing business, beef up our competitiveness, and promote enough export-oriented manufacturers, the US-China trade war could turn into a blessing in disguise
Despite severe birth pains, the SHS program is here to stay. But we need to know as soon as possible which parts of it are working and which aren’t.
We have to embrace the fact that Filipinos are never, nor will be, fully informed when choosing leaders in elections
What makes the latest growth data unsettling is that our lawmakers seem to have been directly and largely responsible for it
To thank Duterte for his 'political will and decisive action' on inflation is like thanking an arsonist for putting out a fire he created in the first place
Tune in on Wednesday, May 8, as Rappler sits down with economist and columnist JC Punongbayan to discuss the Philippines' economic issues and how candidates are proposing to fix these problems
Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya
If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition
Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward
It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines
By saying the country 'never, never defaulted on its loans,' the DOF is being naïve at best and disingenuous at worst
Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her
Duterte himself fell for China’s debt trap – hook, line, and sinker – and in the process put at risk the country’s natural resources and strategic assets
The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks
We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.
Diokno’s experience and expertise lie in fiscal policy (which deals primarily with the way government raises and spends money) rather than in monetary policy (which deals primarily with controlling the country’s money supply)
We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?