Path not to take: The exclusionary and elitist Daang Matuwid

May 8, 2016

#BeyondElections2016 | The Aquino administration’s long-playing call to sustain its so-called legacy of a fast-growing economy driven by “good governance” resonated in the “ituloy ang Daang Matuwid” electoral campaign. That the elections are just a day away and that the term of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III is nearing its end are opportune moments to review […]

Anyare? Economic decline since Marcos

May 5, 2016

The Marcos dictatorship started the Philippines on a path of economic decline that remains until today. This has already had the worst consequences for tens of millions of Filipinos across two generations. Unless corrected, it will burden generations to come. The Philippine economy’s decline since the 1980s is commonly attributed to the Marcos regime’s corruption […]

Di lumingon: The economics of the next administration

April 26, 2016

  By Sonny Africa IBON executive director #BeyondElections2016 | The leading candidates for the presidency project vastly different images: plain but competent technocrat, earnest would-be mother of the nation, beleaguered man of the masses, and of course the coarse yet effective strongman. Filipino voters seem to have a variety of choices in the May 9 […]

In crisis: Why the US is pivoting to Asia Pacific

April 14, 2014

IBON Features | COMMENTARY | US officials have described the region as crucial to its economic and strategic interests, and which will yield huge returns in US investments IBON Features — Philippine officials say US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the final leg in a series that includes Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, […]

UN report reaffirms water privatization amid MWSS rate hike controversy

April 14, 2014

IBON Features | COMMENTARY | By Arnold Padilla | The renewed support for the corporate takeover of water and energy sectors comes at a time that these policies are seriously being challenged by consumers IBON Features— The World Water Day quietly passed by last March 22. It is a United Nations (UN) event that has […]

Charter Change Proponents Are Misinformed*

February 14, 2014

IBON Features | COMMENTARY | By Sonny Africa | There is nothing to indicate that rising foreign investment and greater globalization policies have created a strong domestic economy that creates jobs and expands domestic capital on a sustainable basis IBON Features–The House of Representatives has started hearings on House Joint Resolution No. 1 to amend […]

Pork Barrel and Systemic Corruption (Second of Two Parts)

October 25, 2013

IBON Features | COMMENTARY | By Sonny Africa | These funds need to be removed from the discretion of the chief executive – whose powers over budgets must also be reduced – and subjected to greater public oversight. (Second of Two Parts) Pork barrel abuses The PDAF accounts for just 2.2% of presidential pork barrel. […]

Pork Barrel and Systemic Corruption (First of Two Parts)

October 24, 2013

IBON Features/ COMMENTARY | by Sonny Africa | The PDAF is actually just a small part of the vast government mechanism of patronage and pork barrel politics centred around the presidency. (First of Two Parts) The Napoles pork barrel scam is a sensational corruption scandal involving billions of pesos, prominent senators and representatives of congress, […]

The Politician Versus the Collective (A critique of the pork barrel system in the Philippines)

October 1, 2013

IBON Features | COMMENTARY | by Edberto M. Villegas | The collectivism of the Katipunan has been drowned out by the noise and hurly-burly of self-centered modern living and the pursuit of unbridled political ambitions by some, which have wrought havoc among our (Second of two parts) Participative democracy: substitute to the pork barrel system […]