Duterte administration

IBON backs moves vs red-tagging, hits Ombudsman inaction

April 11, 2022

The Office of the Ombudsman is reinforcing the culture of impunity by turning a cold shoulder to mounting criminal complaints against government officials red-tagging activists. This includes IBON’s complaint filed over two years ago.

Wage hike possible with transparency, gov’t support

April 9, 2022

If employers are transparent about their revenues and net incomes this will likely show that large corporations and even many medium enterprises can hike wages with only a small cut on their profits. Government can meanwhile provide wage subsidies and other forms of support to MSMEs who cannot yet afford this.

8 of 10 new jobs are just part-time: PH struggles to create quality work as economy reopens

April 7, 2022

Latest labor force data show that the economy, despite reopening, is struggling to generate sufficient work. Additional jobs created are also mostly temporary, insecure and informal.

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.

Wage increase needed to avert only real wage decline in 36 years

April 1, 2022

If the Duterte administration does not give a large wage hike, it will finish its term with the only decline in real wages among all post-Marcos administrations over the past 36 years.

Agriculture crisis under Duterte

March 29, 2022

As we observe the Global Day of the Landless, we take a look at how the Duterte administration totally neglected Philippine agriculture.

Our destructive foreign investment fetish

March 28, 2022

Is foreign direct investment the magic bullet for development that it is so often made out to be? Not really, if we look at the Philippine experience with unjaundiced eyes.