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Monthly archive July 2019

Why China is unlikely to go away any time soon — 2

The administration's specific conception of a China strategy, however, leaves much to be desired.

Toward an investment-driven growth

The Duterte administration has introduced investment-driven growth and has raised the growth rate. However, the quality of the economic growth still needs to improve so that the economy’s modern sector of industry and commercial services becomes highly productive.

Why China is unlikely to go away anytime soon

Chinese persons already make up 40 percent of the world's adults who middle class or richer. The US and Europe together constitute less than 30 percent.

Winners from the US-China trade war

The Philippines does not appear to be gaining much from these developments that are profoundly transforming some of our Asian neighbors, especially Vietnam.

Apologize to Trillanes’ mother, Mr. President

All this bluster does not help—your reputation, your credibility, our country. Who wants to have a President who is caught in a barefaced lie? Man up, Mr. President.

Labor market — more employment or more rigidity?

The issue of endo is still with us. Today it is in the form of a bill in Congress that is awaiting passage. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) endorses its passage.

Is rice tariffication working?

This year is special since this government did what several governments in the past did not dare do: liberalize rice imports

Praying for the President and our country

While he is no saint, neither is he the devil he is sometimes made out to be. And if you, Reader, don’t know what to make of him after comparing his pluses and minuses, and still want to give him a chance, why don’t you pray for him?

A successful case of Philippine agriculture

An obscure event that recognizes a foreigner in a recent university commencement exercise sets me to think about a brighter future for Philippine agriculture.

China ‘our friend’? By what logic?

President Duterte, in his latest pronouncements, has magnanimously decided that he would allow Chinese fisherfolk to fish in disputed Philippine waters because they are “our friends.” Let us parse this statement—in the sense of examining or analyzing it minutely.