Commentaries (177)

Perspectives on a principled foreign policy for PH

Sunday, 23 October 2016 21:31 Written by
While heading the Department of Foreign Affairs over the last five years, our firm belief was that it was necessary for the Philippines to effectively assert its rightful place in the community of nations.

China under no illusion PH will pivot away from US

Sunday, 23 October 2016 21:12 Written by
  While China laid out the red carpet for President Duterte this week and returned the embrace of the Philippine leader, it is under no illusion that Manila will pivot away from Washington. “We should not take a zero-sum view…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Jobs against poverty, dignity for the poor

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:35 Written by
Nearly half of the Filipinos are poor, more than 25 percent are extremely poor, a terrible violation of human rights. Some weeks ago I explained that a “Social Market Economy,” which neither tolerates the inhuman consequences of purely profit-driven capitalism…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Wanted: A sustainable concept against poverty in the Philippines

Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:49 Written by
The model concept of a Social Market EconomyMore than 40 million Filipinos are poor. The sorrows! What to eat tomorrow; the fear of getting sick; no money for the doctor; the constant danger of falling into a deadly debt spiral.…

A Strong PH!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:34 Written by
  The first 100 days of PRRD have been a whirlwind. In street lingo, Duterte is like a spinning top (torompo), hitting everything and almost everyone is trying to decipher what he is doing. He has upped the ante. And…

Killings, curses and wages

Friday, 07 October 2016 12:04 Written by
I’ve heard a good number of businesspeople say it’s not extrajudicial killings or President Duterte’s colorful language that has put major investments on hold. It’s more of the prospect of a substantial mandated wage increase. The number floating around for…

PH politics and the evanescence of shame

Thursday, 06 October 2016 12:16 Written by
They, of all the people, know the true nature of scandal. Many of them have faced it; many have emerged unscathed. Some have gone into hiding, only to come back famous. Some have been accused, and even convicted, of the…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Federalism impacts inclusive growth

Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:09 Written by
  How is it that the six-year reign of the Liberal Party-dominated former PNoy administration could dazzle the economic growth figures but retain the same poverty levels and a relatively inactive labor force resulting from inadequate jobs, low-paying jobs, “endo”…
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