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Real target growth rate for 2017 is 7-8 percent

Whoa! Reader, let’s not get carried away by the news that our economy grew by 6.9 percent in the third quarter of the year, as shown by the most recent National Income Accounts. And why not? you may ask. Isn’t that great?

The ASEAN Summit, logistical nightmares, and the Phl regional lag

Given the nature of the country’s overextended infrastructure facilities, the demand of such meetings on the existing capacity is massive, so that something had to give. A grand tsunami of disturbance was the inevitable consequence.

Duterte and globalization

President Duterte’s 13-minute keynote speech at the Apec CEO Summit was excellent. I don’t know who wrote it, but he read it word for word, with very minor glitches (like when he said “500 centuries ago” instead of “five centuries ago,” in reference to the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade). There was not a single expletive.

The Filipino dream

The Filipino dream can be thought of as a set of good, reachable and desirable outcomes that the average citizen desires to attain. When seen as a collection of wants, it defines a fusion of realizeable goals for the nation

What the rest of the world thinks of De Lima

There is what Mr. Duterte thinks of De Lima, and there is what the rest of the world thinks of De Lima. And the difference is like night and day. Since the rest of the world has no axe to grind, either way it is infinitely more credible.

Tax reform for a higher level of economic development

The tax reform is intended to boost the government’s capacity to finance the nation’s public investment needs to improve the much needed lack in infrastructure facilities. In addition, it aims to sustain targeted social protection programs that help the very poor.

The American dream, the Chinese dream, and the Filipino dream

Thinking about the Filipino dream arose from a surprise coincidental experience while traveling from Manila to Washington DC via Beijing. While awaiting a connection at Beijing’s international airport, news about the Chinese dream was flashed to the world.

Inclusion and exclusion in TRAIN

There are two flavors of inclusion: one is reduced income inequality; the other is reduced poverty incidence. They are not the same; nor does one necessarily follow the other. So they require different policy responses.

Why Pacquiao deserves kudos

Belated kudos to Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the first senator to figuratively give the finger to the cigarette/tobacco lobby. A week or so ago, he introduced “An Act Raising the Excise Tax on Tobacco Products and Amending for the Purpose Pertinent Sections of the National Internal Revenue Code, as Amended.”

Duterte charisma: a guest appearance in Negros Oriental described

President Duterte has been the most conspicuous of Philippine leaders in decades. His persona is vividly etched in his impact on crowds whenever he speaks and on the reaction that it invites. It is either very charming to the receptive listener or despicable to the hostile and already opposed.

Uncreative distractions

There is a hiatus in the administration’s economic agenda because the attention of its highest leaders is preempted by an agenda of vendetta and scorched-earth politics.

Assessing a president’s behavior

One cannot have failed to notice (I called attention to this earlier) the parallelisms between Mr. Trump and our President. There are two major differences, and the first is that President Duterte has been psychologically examined, because it was a requisite for marriage annulment proceedings.