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IBON asks: How much of Villar wealth is driven by BBB?

October 29, 2020

NEWS | The systematic use of public funds to support private oligarch wealth is among the reasons for 12 Philippine real estate developers to be counted among Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list

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.

It really hurts: Economic infrastructure over health

September 12, 2020

BY JOSE LORENZO LIM

Are the planned infrastructure projects really what the economy needs right now after everything that’s happened this year? How much of the infrastructure helps fight the COVID-19 pandemic?

On the BBB fix: Why do you build me up?

July 11, 2020

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The government is still hell-bent on pursuing a grand infrastructure program amid the pandemic and despite its actually bleak accomplishments so far. The government says it will revise its list of infrastructure projects to adapt to COVID-19. But does it really have the will to shift the focus of its infrastructure program, or even the capacity to fully implement this?

Part 2: The anomaly of transport modernization

June 27, 2020

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The Duterte government can address the transport crisis in the time of COVID-19 and in fact can look at the pandemic as an opportunity to overhaul the system. The health protocols may be followed indeed if only the government recognizes and addresses the transport crisis in a scientific manner.

The fate of BBB in the time of COVID-19

May 7, 2020

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The Philippines has to improve the current state of infrastructure especially in the context of COVID-19: one that supports a strong public health system and the stable production of the nation’s needs in order to withstand and battle a pandemic.

Giving traditional Chinese medicine a bad name

April 27, 2020

The Department of Health has recently stated that it is looking into traditional Chinese medicine as a means to treat the country’s over 7,700 COVID-19 patients. However, the government’s attitude towards the otherwise renowned traditional Chinese medicine is closely tied up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which some researchers say is bad for the environment.

Research group: Davao businessmen may be benefiting from Duterte admin’s infra program

July 26, 2019

Amid government hype of its Build, Build, Build program, research group IBON noted that there has been a conspicuous increase in public infrastructure spending in the Davao region that seems to have favored Davao-based businessmen. The group observed that close allies of the president have benefited from the government spending surge by clinching a number […]

China funding over Philippine sovereignty

June 25, 2019

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