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[OPINION] Will Duterte have business cronies?

15 January, 2018 at 09:57

President Duterte had some harsh words for local big business last week. He said he owes them nothing so he is free to reform the economic system as he sees fit.

[OPINION] Wishes for the economy in 2018

8 January, 2018 at 17:00

Happy New Year, dear readers! We start 2018 on a positive note: My wishes for the economy in January 2017 were largely realized.

[OPINION] Half full, half empty

22 November, 2017 at 13:00

News about the economy’s 6.9-percent growth was met with collective relief, in some cases jubilation, when the Philippine Statistics Authority released the third-quarter economic data last week.

[OPINION] Can they deliver soon enough?

7 November, 2017 at 16:00

Let me say at the outset that the administration’s economic team is composed of highly competent people with their hearts in the right place. But they may have promised more than they can quickly deliver.

[OPINION] ROW problems delay infra projects

18 October, 2017 at 16:30

I got this e-mail from an old friend who had worked on various government infrastructure projects. He confirmed my worst fears about why Build Build Build seems to be stranded.

[OPINION] Bid Bid Bid

5 October, 2017 at 16:00

The DOTr lawyer, who also acts as the department’s PR person, wrote in her letter to my editor that I must understand “It is likewise important to note that government processes take time…

[OPINION] The investment and infrastructure challenges in...

21 September, 2017 at 09:54

In the medium term, the government is aiming to reach an annual GDP growth of between 7% and 8%. These rates are higher than we’ve seen in recent years, but our officials are optimistic.

[OPINION] How the businessmen vote

25 August, 2017 at 09:00

The other day, we got a peek at what foreign businessmen think of the Duterte administration’s performance so far. The picture is generally positive, but with some alarums starting to be raised about peace and order.

Private sector seeks clearer post-infra strategy

11 August, 2017 at 14:53

More than a year since the administration promised a golden era of infrastructure, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) wants to know what comes after these big-ticket items are put up…

Economic team moves to change Duterte image

22 May, 2017 at 09:55

The Duterte administration is planning to hold more forums on its flagship infrastructure development program, dubbed “Dutertenomics,” in a bid to rebrand the President beyond his infamous reputation…




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