corruption

Unsolicited projects for favored business interests to rise under Pres. Duterte?

March 2, 2018

By Arnold Padilla ​When President Duterte said last month that “all projects of the Philippines would be something like a Swiss Challenge”, media attention has focused on the Swiss Challenge and its implications. But what the presidential statement implied was that in order to supposedly fast track his ambitious Build Build Build program, the administration […]

Wholesale ‘Swiss challenge’ will lead to greater, more hidden corruption–IBON

February 2, 2018

The Duterte administration’s proposal to do away with public bidding and replace this with the even less transparent ‘Swiss challenge’ system for all government projects could lead to more extensive and veiled corruption, said research group IBON’s executive director Sonny Africa. Pres. Duterte’s push for the Swiss challenge system is supposedly aimed at getting rid […]

Martial law declaration will not help economy–IBON

May 25, 2017

The Duterte administration’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao increases political instability in the country, research group IBON said, and will not help the economy, which is already slowing as it is. While the 1987 Constitution provides for such a declaration, its indiscriminate use gives the impression of an authoritarian government arbitrarily using power for […]

TAX GANERN! DOF’s Tax Reforms Tax the Poor and Relieve the Rich (Part 2)

September 2, 2016

by Sonny Africa (Second of Two Parts) Read Part 1 Significant additional revenues can be raised with some basic reforms in the country’s regressive and pro-elite tax system. This is the most rational and sustainable way of ensuring that there are resources for social and economic spending biased for the needs of the poor majority […]

Anyare? Economic decline since Marcos

May 5, 2016

By Sonny Africa IBON Features | #BeyondElections2016 | 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 […]

Account for NDRRMF and El Niño funds – Green Action PH

April 8, 2016

As concerned citizens across the country and all over the world join the Global Day of Action for Justice to the victims of Kidapawan massacre today April 8, 2016, the sustainable development alliance Green Action PH asks the Aquino government where is the Php19 billion it promised in December 2015 for El Niño. “The Aquino […]