Sonny Africa

Sonny Africa

Sonny Africa is the executive director of IBON Foundation.

Ombudsman’s efforts hide admin corruption

September 23, 2020

COMMENTARY

With the government’s infrastructure budget bloating and the pork-filled 2021 budget being railroaded through Congress, every check on corrupt government officials is more urgent than ever.

Bayanihan 2: Too small, hinders health and recovery

August 21, 2020

BY SONNY AFRICA

The beggarly Bayanihan 2 bill preferred by the economic managers and imposed on Congress is much too small for the magnitude of the crisis facing the country.

PH has the money for Php1.6 trillion stimulus

August 12, 2020

BY SONNY AFRICA

A robust stimulus response is needed and very possible. If there is none, it’s only because the Duterte administration chooses not to have one.

Stimulus: Spend, spend, spend Php1.6 trillion

August 11, 2020

BY SONNY AFRICA

Maybe all it takes for something to become government policy is to say it thrice?

SONA 2020: “Boracay is doing well because of its scenery”

July 28, 2020

BIRD FEED

The president is at the commanding heights of policymaking in the country. If this last SONA showed anything, it’s the lack of leadership over pandemic response at the very top — Pres. Duterte doesn’t seem to appreciate the worst public health crisis and economic decline in the country’s history.

The unbelievable indifference of the Duterte administration

July 16, 2020

FEATURES

The Duterte government insists that it is successfully responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reality is a little bit different – it hasn’t done enough, and is planning to do even less.

Upon COVID-19: Time to tax the super-rich

May 25, 2020

FEATURES

The Philippines has never had a wealth tax. For as long as there has been a tax system in the country, taxes have been collected from what people pay for what they consume or from what they earn.

Why make the poor pay for COVID-19 response?

May 24, 2020

COMMENTARY

There’s more than enough money for all the COVID-19 response we need – the Duterte administration just has to take the side of the people and stop being so scared of the rich.

Financial strength, development weakness

May 14, 2020

COMMENTARY

In this kind of situation, you don’t obsess about fuel-efficient driving or not red-lining the tachometer or limiting the car’s mileage – you step on the gas. Glorifying ‘financial strength’ is stepping on the brakes.