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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines

Qualifying to Become President of the Philippines

The Philippine (1987) Constitution spells out the minimum qualification to become the President of the country. It turns out that provisions are fairly inclusive – apart from citizenship, age and residency, among others, a candidate, male or female alike, need not have an academic background let alone an actual completed academic degree.

President Duterte’s ‘separation from the US’ tsunami in Beijing

“I announce my separation from the United States, both in military, but economics also,” so spoke President Rodrigo Duterte as he ended his speech before an audience of Chinese officials and businessmen last week in Beijing.