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PH democracy’s last stand

This could be the 2016 elections. If good leaders emerge, the economy will grow and become inclusive. If not, hunger, poverty and desperation will hasten the nation’s descent into a failed state status. To avoid the latter, each and every Filipino must ensure a positive outcome in 2016.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Let’s dance

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The huge outpouring of support for a country in need shows just what the international community can do when it’s called upon to help. Lives have been saved, health restored, people fed by a world willing to help.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Counting our blessings

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Ten years ago, the Philippine economy was growing at just above 4 percent. Prices were rising at around 3 percent per year. More than one out of every 10 workers (11 percent) was unemployed. Twenty percent of Filipino families were poor. The exchange rate was P55.6 to the dollar. The government’s tax revenues made up 12.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No danger of a bubble

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A few analysts have been expressing doubts about the sustainability of the ongoing high growth of the Philippine economy. Taking a page from what happened in Thailand in 1997 or in China in the last two years, these doubting Thomases are spreading the “bubble” talk. They say there could be a bubble in OFW (overseas Filipino workers) remittances; or in the business process outsourcing sector; or in real estate. Let me treat each one of these present engines of growth.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What happened?

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My sympathies to the family of Quasi Romualdez, a wonderful gentleman we’ll miss greatly.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Poverty porn’

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Sunday, we were reminded, was “Extreme Poverty Sunday.” Today, Oct. 17, is the “World Day for Overcoming Poverty,” declared so by the United Nations in 1992.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We need flexible labor laws

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For once the Nobel Peace Prize Committee was wrong.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The grim reality of growing old poor in PH

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I was walking in downtown Iloilo when I passed a little old lady very gently taking a bite of some kind of kakanin. She looked so frail and her hands and head were shaking as she ate while sitting next to her little cart filled with the candies and chichirya she was selling. I thought to myself that she should be home relaxing, not out here still trying to make a living.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

8 glasses a day (1)

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I am writing on the water deal for a third time because I think this is a “watershed” in the PPP (public-private partnership) program. (And this opinion piece will be in two or three parts because of space limitation). Here is a success story being threatened by changes that, if upheld, could do the general economy great harm…

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A better deal for our ‘new heroes’

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Overseas Filipino workers have long been called the nation’s “bagong bayani” (new heroes), earning the accolade not because they give up their lives for the country, or fight for its sovereignty or independence, but because by their sacrifices, they support their families and keep the Philippine economy afloat.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A ‘doubting Thomas’ to economic resurrection

I always fall into a state of disbelief every time I hear good news about the economy. Just like when news broke out that the Philippine “economy grew a stunning 7.8 percent.” Well, that could easily be taken as a good thing since that was the way it was reported. But most Filipinos probably reacted with raised eyebrows: “So?”

Posted: June 10th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Apply new rules prospectively

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Applauding the economy’s giant 7.8-percent leap for the first quarter of the year, the World Bank and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), the organization of top business executives of the country, called for the conversion of this naked growth to inclusive growth, one that alleviates poverty and creates jobs for our masses.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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