elections 2022

No Moving on When Democracy is Threatened with Elitist, Authoritarian Politics

May 25, 2022

Filipino educators join the mounting calls of concerned citizens, communities and people’s organizations for the COMELEC to not dismiss and instead to seriously investigate reports of fraud, disinformation, disenfranchisement, and vote-buying in the 2022 national elections.

8.3% in Q1-2022 the end of high GDP growth rates

May 12, 2022

While economic growth in the first quarter of 2022 is welcome, this is mainly driven by base effects and election-related spending. Growth is also weak and unsustainable considering the unfavorable jobs market. Things could be even worse depending on how the volatile global economy plays out. This will likely be the last relatively high growth reported, and the next administration will have to make do with weaker growth performance.

Hindi si Loren ang nanay ko

May 7, 2022

Kung ako ang anak ni Loren, parehas malamang kami ng sasabihin. Parehas ng magiging tanong ng mapag-usisang isip: Bakit? Sa isang banda iisipin ko ano nga ba ang isinusulong ng aking ina at kinakailangan niyang sumama sa hanay ng mga magnanakaw? Ganoon na lamang ba talaga karumi ang eleksyon, makuha lang ang posisyon at kapangyarihan […]

What can the next administration do to address the sorry state of Filipino workers?

May 1, 2022

What can the next administration do on the sorry state of Filipino workers? End ENDO, develop the countryside and build Filipino industries to generate sustainable jobs, and substantially raise wages.

How Representative Is Our House of Representatives?

April 11, 2022

How representative is the House of Representatives (HOR) if 95% of 304 district and party-list representatives come from the richest 2% of 110.2 million Filipinos?

The Price of Public Office

April 11, 2022

It apparently costs so much to wage and win electoral campaigns for national and local positions. Tens of billions of pesos will be spent in the run-up to the May 2022 elections — in the end, who really pays the price of public office that too often just goes to those who spend the most?

Life histories of 2022 presidential candidates

March 6, 2022

Former senator Bongbong Marcos is the only presidential candidate without a university degree and lying about having one. Among the most important candidates, he is also the only one not immediately coming from public service or social advocacy work and it is unclear what he has been doing for the last six years. ADDENDUM: This […]

Philippine National Electoral Landscape in 2022

February 20, 2022

How different are the choices between candidates for national positions The Senate slates of the president-vice president tandems are all interconnected with each other — either having common candidates or connected by transitivity through second and third candidates.