The Philippines as an Upper Middle Income Country: hoax or doable?

By JoeAm I was shocked to hear Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Earnesto Pernia make the claim recently that the Philippines will be an upper-middle-income country by 2019. It clashed with my knowledge of the rampant poverty in the nation and how my neighbors struggle with food, transportation, and health. When I think of upper-middle income, I … Continue reading


by Wilfredo G. Villanueva (This article was written before Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 25 by a team led by Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Rogelio Simon for the charge of rebellion, based on an arrest warrant issued by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda.) This … Continue reading

“That’s the Story of My Life”, an Interview with Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva “Cannot justice be bought?” I asked, referring to his hearings at regional trial courts to determine cause for arrest. “I’m not ready to say that. Hindi naman ako naive enough to assume that the judicial system is working perfectly, but there is always hope,” Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV (SAFT) said—inscrutable, … Continue reading

Who’s really in charge of the economy?

By Andrew Lim How is economic policy made in the Duterte regime? It’s a legitimate question to ask in these times of deteriorating economic indicators and the weak, unorganized responses we get from the economic managers. Who’s really in charge, and how is economic policy formed in this government? We’ve discussed in previous blog posts … Continue reading

Responsibilidad at Tungkulin ng mga Mamamayang Filipino

  by Juana Pilipinas Ang Konstitusyon ng Pilipinas ay parang kopya ng Konstitusyon ng Amerika.  Pareho po itong may Katipunan ng mga Karapatang Pangtao (Bill of Rights). Ang Bill of Rights ng Amerika ay inilakip sa inamyendahang Konstitusyon noong 1791. Sa Pilipinas, ang  Konstitusyon na sinulat ni Apolinario Mabini at ng kanyang mga Konsehal nuong … Continue reading