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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Monthly archive May 2017

What the Prez should do re DENR portfolio

This column poses three questions and makes two comments and one suggestion involving the Commission on Appointments’ recent rejection of Gina Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Duterte’s economics

The Philippines is the only major country in the Southeast Asian region where foreign direct investment has played a relatively modest role in its development. It could serve as a major and additional engine of economic growth, but legal and other obstacles prevent it from playing a larger role.

‘Lawfare’, not ‘warfare’

It is almost unbelievable that anyone would consider the outcome of the Philippines’ case against China as anything but a resounding victory. And yet, to hear lawyer Estelito Mendoza talk about it, any victory we may have won was a Pyrrhic one—won at too great a cost to be worthwhile for us.