Sonny Africa

Sonny Africa is the executive director of IBON Foundation.

2020 Yearender: Economic lessons from Jose Rizal

December 30, 2020

The worst economic collapse in Philippine history and in Southeast Asia is mainly due to the government’s stumbling pandemic response and lackluster economic measures in 2020. If, again, there is more bluster than action in 2021 then real recovery will be much farther away than it should be.

Winds of democracy in the Philippines

November 30, 2020

Features/ Commentary | On a historical scale, there’s no doubt that the world is changing for the better. There’s too much creativity, energy and bravery committed to that for it to be otherwise.

Red Red Whine

November 18, 2020

FEATURES

Progressive ideas will be tolerated if spoken from armchairs or as rhetoric in speeches and policymaking. But red flags are raised when these ideas are connected to each other and, especially, when they’re borne by the organized power of politicized Filipinos in a mass movement for change.

IMF sees Vietnam overtaking PH: It’s not because of COVID

October 15, 2020

COMMENTARY

Our economic managers would do well to stop being blinded by their neoliberal dogma and start taking a more strategic view of national development. Without radical changes in our economic policies the Philippines will just keep getting left further behind.

Duterte govt: Just Can’t Debt Enough

October 4, 2020

BY SONNY AFRICA

The debt crisis is already upon us – just not the kind that the economic managers and creditors are worried about where debt payments to lenders are interrupted.

Ombudsman’s efforts hide admin corruption

September 23, 2020

COMMENTARY BY SONNY AFRICA

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?