Sonny Africa

Sonny Africa is the executive director of IBON Foundation.

5 economic distortions to watch out for in Marcos Jr’s 3rd SONA

July 22, 2024

Some bold distortions about the economy and the situation of the people, not the truth, can be expected at the third Marcos Jr SONA.

Non-alignment to benefit from West Philippine Sea

July 10, 2024


The Philippines is so desirable for the US and for China because it is a geographically self-standing archipelago with an incomparably strategic location.

Against all repression, Spring is coming

June 19, 2024

Undemocracy and inequality and its attendant oppression and exploitation is what spurs so much resistance.

Philippine economy so right it’s wrong

June 18, 2024

The Philippine Economic Briefing tried so hard to show that everything is right with the economy that it only succeeded in showing everything that’s so wrong with it.

Hindipendence Day: The Matrix is Real

June 13, 2024

The US imperial machine’s grip on the Philippine neocolonial mind is far more subtle and sophisticated than simple puppetry though, and hence so much more powerful.

Capitalists are inflationary, not wage hikes for workers

April 5, 2024


Employers can afford big wage hikes. Instead of protecting profits, the government should be doing everything it can to raise wages which will be good for workers, their families and the economy.

Now is the worst time to change the Constitution

March 13, 2024

Economic Cha-cha is just a trojan horse to get a charter change process going. The real intent is to change the political provisions to keep the Marcos-Romualdez clan in power.

The excuses they give: Kung ayaw ng wage hike, maraming dahilan

February 20, 2024


Opponents of a minimum wage hike say it will be “catastrophic” – cause inflation, lead to layoffs, and bankrupt firms. They say it will only help a few and only for a little while. None of these arguments holds water.

The spectacular errors of economic cha-cha proponents

February 4, 2024


It has become Cha-cha etiquette to always sugarcoat political changes with promises of a bright economic future once the charter’s economic provisions are fixed.