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[ANALYSIS] The myth of the rational Filipino voter

May 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

We have to embrace the fact that Filipinos are never, nor will be, fully informed when choosing leaders in elections

[ANALYSIS] How pro-Duterte lawmakers hurt economic growth

May 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

What makes the latest growth data unsettling is that our lawmakers seem to have been directly and largely responsible for it

[ANALYSIS] Duterte a ‘competent’ economic manager? Not so fast

May 09, 2019 - 12:34 PM

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

Rappler Talk: JC Punongbayan on PH economy and 2019 elections

May 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

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

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

[OPINION] Vote for the opposition, you owe it to yourself

May 02, 2019 - 9:19 AM

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

[ANALYSIS] How the TRAIN law worsened poverty, inequality

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward

[ANALYSIS] How well are we measuring PH poverty?

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines

[ANALYSIS] We never defaulted on our loans? That’s historical revisionism

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:17 PM

By saying the country 'never, never defaulted on its loans,' the DOF is being naïve at best and disingenuous at worst

[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] How the Philippines fell for China’s infamous debt trap

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:13 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] Kaliwa Dam: Is China’s involvement cause for concern?

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:12 PM

The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks

[ANALYSIS] The economics of Metro Manila’s burgeoning water crisis

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:06 AM

We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.

[ANALYSIS] Diokno’s appointment to the BSP: Need we worry?

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:04 AM

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)

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s exaggerations worsened the Philippines’ drug problem

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

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?

[ANALYSIS] Universal healthcare: Why we’re still not quite there yet

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:20 PM

If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development

[OPINION] Term limits: Should we abolish them?

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.

[ANALYSIS] Why the free tuition law is not pro-poor enough

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos

[ANALYSIS] Jobs, jobs, jobs: Where, where, where?

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front

[ANALYSIS] Why jailing kids is not just cruel, it’s stupid too

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?

[ANALYSIS] Dengvaxia scare: How viral rumors caused outbreaks

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be

[ANALYSIS] The economic fallacies surrounding martial law’s extension

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The greatest danger in the repeated and poorly justified extension of martial law is that it’s a slippery slope to a similar declaration nationwide. Will Congress continue to throw all economic sense out the window?

[ANALYSIS] New year, new fuel taxes: Do we really need them?

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Not only is TRAIN failing to generate enough revenues as expected, it is also demonstrably anti-poor and anti-environment

[ANALYSIS] Let’s not blame the forecasters for runaway inflation

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Antagonistic remarks only put at risk otherwise friendly relations between government and the private sector

[ANALYSIS] How rough was 2018 for the PH economy?

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018

[ANALYSIS] Will rice tariffication live up to its promise?

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Absent sufficient safeguards, the Rice Fund might only serve as another costly leaky bucket that politicians can exploit

[ANALYSIS] Does Gen Z care about social and political issues?

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The picture that emerges is that the surveyed Gen Z have quick access to information online and are immersed in social media. But they are not diligent critical thinkers.

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte selling out the Philippines to China?

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The Duterte government must pause and consult the Filipino people about the increasing number of Chinese deals, out of sheer prudence and transparency, if anything else

[ANALYSIS] Disturbing red flags in the 3rd telco selection

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers

[ANALYSIS] Ease of doing business: Why is the PH rank plummeting?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Under President Duterte's watch, we've gone down the global Doing Business ranking by 25 notches all in all – by far the largest decline in ASEAN

[ANALYSIS] The glaring contradictions in Duterte’s war on drugs

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:06 PM

It’s been more than two years already, and otherwise pious and caring Filipinos seem largely unconcerned with the drug war

[ANALYSIS] Why is the PH stock market among world’s worst?

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:42 AM

A climbing index signals general optimism among buyers and sellers of stocks, whereas a dropping index signals general pessimism

[ANALYSIS] Whatever happened to the Reproductive Health Law?

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan doubts if the story of the RH Law will ever end, what with the strong lobby of religious groups as well as the legal bedrock on which they can always anchor their counterarguments

[ANALYSIS] Upper-middle income Philippines by 2019: How true?

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:18 AM

If becoming an upper-middle income country was hard enough – it took us more than 3 decades to do that – becoming a high-income country (like Singapore or South Korea today) will be harder still

[ANALYSIS] Why are petroleum products so expensive again?

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Maybe this is as good a time as any to rethink our country’s long-term relationship with oil

[ANALYSIS] Is the Philippine economy overheating?

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The challenge to economic managers is akin to fixing an overheating car: pull over, open the hood, and let things simmer down

[ANALYSIS] Golden age? Inflation reached 50% during the Marcos regime

Sep 21, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The last thing the country needs right now is a return of the Marcoses to Malacañang. One way we can prevent that is by tirelessly debunking the Marcosian economic myths.

[ANALYSIS] Viral misconceptions about inflation, how to debunk them

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:40 AM

You don’t really need to crunch the numbers to know there’s a problem with inflation. Just go to the nearest palengke or grocery to see prices have skyrocketed.

[ANALYSIS] Why is Philippine inflation now the highest in ASEAN?

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.

[ANALYSIS] Mere hiccups? Let’s be more honest about the economy

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The truth is, we’re living in a sad combo of slowing growth and accelerating prices. Worse, indicators point to harder times ahead.

[ANALYSIS] Filipinos don’t deserve fumigated nor weevil-infested rice

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.

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[ANALYSIS] Weaker peso boosts exports? Not necessarily

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Why are exports weakening despite a weaker peso? If we take the word of the economic managers, isn’t this puzzling?

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s federalism endangers government’s finances

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Unless we first fix existing regional economic disparities, Bayanihan Federalism will only leave more poor regions behind

Rappler Talk: Making sense of the Philippine economy

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Rappler talks to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data

[OPINION] Can government deliver us from runaway inflation?

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Half of the recent inflation can be explained by food prices alone. This is crucial since the poor spend a larger share of their incomes on food.

Government should worry about sky-high inflation – economists

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Economists point to government agencies' inability to coordinate well as one of the main reasons why inflation accelerated further in July

INFLATION. Prices of basic goods rose in July. Photo by Jire Carreon

[OPINION] How Duterte is wasting our hard-earned taxes

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

To address this, President Duterte must rethink his priorities, go after the corrupt, and zero in on the various bottlenecks that make spending difficult

Expert says gov't continues to spend less amid infra program

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.

SONA. UP Professor and Economist JC Punongbayan talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa on state of the country's economy before the State of Nation Address on July 23, 2018. Rappler screengrab

[OPINION] To beat inflation, we can’t just fudge the numbers

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:16 PM

We should protect the integrity of official statistics at all costs. In this tempestuous era of disinformation and uncertainty, they are our most steady anchors.

[OPINION] The bad economics of Duterte’s draft constitution

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

It appears that not much thought was given to the provinces' readiness for federalism, nor to federalism’s ultimate impact on regional growth and development