Are Magnitsky sanctions coming to the Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Answering the question is not as simple as: “There are gross human rights abuses in the Philippines. Put President Duterte on the list.” Let’s review Magnitsky sanctions and consider whether or not it is likely that Filipino human rights abusers will be added to the global list of sanctioned … Continue reading

Philippine Industrialization

Analysis and Opinion By Karl Garcia Let us look Philippine industrialization — after our recent look at agriculture.   ASEAN INTEGRATION ASEAN integration was a measure intended for a level playing field in terms of development. The trade war showed us the ugliness of imposing high tariffs all in the name of protectionism. The said trade … Continue reading

Widening Philippine Horizons

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines is an enigma to many. There is the “Heritage of Smallness” (Nick Joaquin) which doesn’t scale well, as I have written in “The National Village”. There is a certain insularity which I think is the result of having gone From the Edge to the Middle … Continue reading

Philippines: From the Edge to the Middle of Things

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines weren’t isolated before, but they had some distance from other places. Visayan pirates allegedly raided Taiwan in the 12th century, but not the Chinese mainland as it is around a week’s sailing away, while ancient Greeks according to legend attacked Troy which is near modern … Continue reading

The National Village

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salizar Joe noted in 2018 that Philippine culture is not damaged, but fluid. Clearly it is: more personal than institutional. Lots of Filipinos feel uncomfortable with formal institutions; feel more comfortable with personal arrangements like utang na loob and patronage. The President acts personalistic, like a village chief. … Continue reading