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[ANALYSIS] The economic lies in ‘Duterte Legacy’

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:03 PM

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'

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

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.

[ANALYSIS] 2020s: Can we sustain the stellar growth of the 2010s?

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:14 AM

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.'

[ANALYSIS] Why slashing the ranks of Angkas bikers is anticompetitive

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s foul attacks on big business: What is he up to?

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

[ANALYSIS] Dismal PISA rankings: A wake-up call for Filipinos

Dec 04, 2019 - 12:26 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Following the money trail of the 30th SEA Games

Nov 28, 2019 - 1:49 PM

So many mishaps and anomalies have marred the start of the 30th SEA Games, and the opening ceremony hasn’t even happened yet

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s ban on rice imports: Enough of these capricious policies

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?

[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Is the Philippine economy in the pink again? Not exactly

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Latest data betray troubling trends in the economy that soon need to be addressed

[ANALYSIS] Duterte to take over water distribution? That spells disaster

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte the Defeatist

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:03 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

[ANALYSIS] Why free-falling inflation is not all good

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:32 AM

A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] What Duterte doesn’t get about Metro Manila traffic

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:59 AM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] Plummeting rice prices: How will our rice farmers cope?

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication

[ANALYSIS] Just how valuable is the West Philippine Sea?

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:11 PM

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.

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s whims and caprices hurt the economy

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:05 AM

A common theme seems to thread all these policies: not only do they tend to hurt economic efficiency, they’re also often anti-poor

[ANALYSIS] The paper tiger that was the anti-endo bill

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

The Duterte government roared to end endo, but the final product of their collective efforts sounded more like a meow

[ANALYSIS] The pipe dream that is Build, Build, Build

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What’s the status of the Build, Build, Build projects? Why have they proceeded so slowly? How are we going to pay for them?

[ANALYSIS] The poor quality of economic growth under Duterte

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

It's been a jobless, ruthless, voiceless, rootless, and futureless growth

[ANALYSIS] Praise Duterte for lowering inflation? He didn’t do it

Jul 08, 2019 - 4:53 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] Kapa Ministry: A symptom of poor financial inclusion

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM

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

[ANALYSIS] Why is Duterte still so popular?

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?

[ANALYSIS] China vs Filipino fishermen: Where is Duterte’s ‘tapang at malasakit’?

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion

[ANALYSIS] Why the influx of Chinese in the Philippines?

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:22 PM

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

[ANALYSIS] US-China trade war: Where does the Philippines stand?

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

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

[OPINION] Why senior high school needs urgent fixing

May 30, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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.

[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?