MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is leading an economy currently considered as one of the fastest growing in the world.
In a special edition of TalkThursday, Rappler’s business news head Lala Rimando discusses with the president how he is steering an economy that is expected to growth up to 6% in 2012.
President Aquino also discusses challenges to sustain this pace of growth, including delays in the infrastructure projects, changes in the Constitution, and ensuring a level playing field.
He singles out the NLEx-SLEx Connector Road project, which links the tollways north and south of Manila, as an infrastructure project he would like to inaugurate and drive on while he is still president.
He shares his views on two contentious industries that are playing out or will be tackled in Congress — the sin tax and mining reform bills. He explains why sin tax is a priority and mining is not.
He also talks about businesses and personalities, including food giant Jollibee Corp founder Tony Tan Caktiong, property billionaire Andrew Tan, and touches on the seeming competition for government projects between the groups led by Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ramon Ang. He says arrogance in a leader makes it difficult for him to converse with them.
Watch the livestream on Rappler.com October 18, 2012 at 4:00PM. – Rappler.com
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