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Was there tampering and manipulation?

Is it possible that there was tampering in the 2019 elections and manipulation of the results? I asked a couple of IT experts. The answer was a resounding yes. It is possible. Whether it actually happened is another matter.

The worsening US-China trade war

The big economic news today is the failure of the US and China to end the trade war with an agreement. While initially there was widespread optimism about a deal in the works last week, a rude awakening came.

What have they done to deserve our vote?

The midterm elections are upon us, and my colleagues in the political sciences and in public administration say that the results will be an indication of how the country assesses the President, as he hits the middle of his administration.

US trade, economic policy toward the Philippines in the 1900s

Old economic problems resurrect themselves in the same form over and over. An example was the resolution of trade and protection affecting the Philippines as a colony during the early years of the 1900s.

Twilight of the rule of law

The MWSS decision constitutes a rape of the rule of law even if the concessionaires decided to hold their horses. If left to stand, it establishes a precedent that a guilty party can reap political pogi points by scapegoating a vulnerable party.

Indonesia and the Philippines compared

At the advent of our respective political independence, we were economically far ahead of Indonesia. By the mid-1980s, they have outstripped our economic performance. We should really have done much better than they.

Provate sector 1946-1950: Who got war damage compensation?

The payment of war damage compensation to private parties formed the bulk of the US appropriations to implement the Philippine rehabilitation act of 1946.

Manuel A. Roxas, transition and rehabilitation president

The first major task of the new president was to put in place a program of economic reconstruction and growth. The country had practically no financial resources of substance to work with to undertake that reconstruction.

What’s up (actually down) with exports?

The longer term issue is whether a country with such a palpable disinterest in exports can long sustain a high level of growth.

Yes, the Chinese loans are onerous

Don’t roll your eyes just yet, Reader. This week a “controversy” arose between Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and presidential spokesperson Sal Panelo. The DOF then joined in to “clarify” the issues.

World economy toward slowdown?

Away from the day-to-day happenings in Manila and secluding myself in a daughter’s house in the US to finish a number of my long-delayed writing projects – I cannot fully ignore what happens in this highly connected world.

Embracing the light

Solar PV and storage technology now allow us to transform the abundance of light from a liability into an enormous asset, one which promises to leapfrog the problem of high electricity cost.