Marcos Jr’s first 100 days: The truth is out
October 8, 2022
The first 100 days are arguably the most crucial moment to make a break from the past – not just from the past administration but from poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. The Marcos Jr administration failed to do anything with this moment and, if anything, confirmed that it is unable to even imagine any real fundamental change.
IBON Executive Director on meager increase in the national budget
July 23, 2022
IBON Executive Director Sonny Africa on meager increase in the national budget for 2023
Is it time to move on?
The resiliency myth
June 29, 2022
The Philippines recently ranked as one of the five worst places to be as the ripples of COVID-19 continue. This is contrary to the outgoing Duterte administration’s repeatedly built narrative – that it did well on the pandemic and is leaving behind an economy that is on a quick rebound.
Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequality
May 27, 2022
New taxes to pay for Duterte indulgences, not for COVID response—IBON
May 26, 2022
The DOF’s proposed new taxes for the incoming administration are for paying off the Duterte government’s relentless borrowing for its infrastructure and debt servicing fetish, not for much-needed COVID-19 response.
IBON on the inefficiency of WHO’s COVAX mechanism
May 26, 2022
The scourge of price hikes
April 16, 2022
Prices keep rising, cash subsidies are limited, and real wages keep falling. The situation will not get better if the government does not acknowledge that the rampant jobs crisis and worsening poverty are huge problems that require big solutions.
Chronically ailing PH public health system under Duterte
April 7, 2022
Duterte has not taken significant measures that will strengthen the public health system and make health services accessible and equitable to the Filipino people.
10 things about the economy that the Duterte administration should admit
April 4, 2022
At its economic briefing, the Duterte government will likely hype growth, claim successful COVID response and play up so-called reforms. All this seeks to distract from how social and economic development has been set back by the administration even before the pandemic.