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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?
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
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.
Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos
Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front
Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?
Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be
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?
Not only is TRAIN failing to generate enough revenues as expected, it is also demonstrably anti-poor and anti-environment
Antagonistic remarks only put at risk otherwise friendly relations between government and the private sector
All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018
Absent sufficient safeguards, the Rice Fund might only serve as another costly leaky bucket that politicians can exploit
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.
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
Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers
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
It’s been more than two years already, and otherwise pious and caring Filipinos seem largely unconcerned with the drug war
A climbing index signals general optimism among buyers and sellers of stocks, whereas a dropping index signals general pessimism
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
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
Maybe this is as good a time as any to rethink our country’s long-term relationship with oil
The challenge to economic managers is akin to fixing an overheating car: pull over, open the hood, and let things simmer down
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.
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.
Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.
The truth is, we’re living in a sad combo of slowing growth and accelerating prices. Worse, indicators point to harder times ahead.
(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.
Why are exports weakening despite a weaker peso? If we take the word of the economic managers, isn’t this puzzling?
Unless we first fix existing regional economic disparities, Bayanihan Federalism will only leave more poor regions behind
Rappler talks to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data
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.
(UPDATED) Economists point to government agencies' inability to coordinate well as one of the main reasons why inflation accelerated further in July
To address this, President Duterte must rethink his priorities, go after the corrupt, and zero in on the various bottlenecks that make spending difficult
Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.
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.
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