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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] What I’d like to see in...

2 January, 2018 at 13:00

It’s been 18 months since President Duterte assumed office, and people, particularly foreigners, are still not quite sure of what they’ve got.

[OPINION] Do we want investors, or not?

8 December, 2017 at 13:05

PH lures pharma, MNCs in import substitution tack” ran a headline in Malaya last week.

[OPINION] Philippine business: Fat and lazy

7 December, 2017 at 17:30

The past 10 years have been economically good to the Philippines. Of course, according to the Philippine bashers, that is not true. But we can forgive them for their views because it is all political spin.

[OPINION] Forget Trump and Discover the World

5 December, 2017 at 14:12

In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.”

[OPINION] Regulatory capture

28 November, 2017 at 17:30

Regulatory capture, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns…

[OPINION] ‘Revolutionary government’

27 November, 2017 at 15:30

If he will have his way, President Rodrigo Duterte would like “to destroy” the government as the only way to stamp out completely the systemic corruption at the Bureau of Customs, and the entire bureaucracy for that matter.

[OPINION] ASEAN amid a new world order

16 November, 2017 at 15:41

This world order of economic liberalism and relative peace and stability responsible for decades of unprecedented global economic growth was led and secured by Pax Americana.

[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] Tax reform for a higher level...

6 November, 2017 at 16:30

I take up a topic of great importance and immediacy and will postpone the articulation of the Filipino dreamas I had planned to make last week for a later time.

[OPINION] Not business-friendly

6 November, 2017 at 12:30

Last year it took an average of 28 days to start a business in the Philippines – an improvement from the 49 in 2003.

[OPINION] Is banana sagging?

3 November, 2017 at 16:00

It may be playing on words, but our title is a serious question motivated by recent trends in the industry. Two years ago a newspaper bannered the report “Philippine banana export industry under threat,” while last year another broadsheet…

[OPINION] More telco issues

30 October, 2017 at 13:31

Now that there is apparently some movement at DICT that promises more competition in the local telco industry, experts are bringing up issues that must be addressed if the DICT effort is to have a chance of success.

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