Ruben Almendras
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20% probability of Sara substitution
by Ruben Almendras - October 19, 2021 - 12:00am
It is still almost a month before the November 15 deadline for candidate substitution and people/politicians are speculating if Sara will substitute for Bato Dela Rosa as presidential candidate for the PDP-Laban...
Reawakening People Power?
by Ruben Almendras - October 12, 2021 - 12:00am
The volatility and unpredictability of Philippine politics is always a given and I have mentioned this in an earlier column, but the abruptness and speed of the social and political developments last week was mind...
Economic boom in July 2022
by Ruben Almendras - October 5, 2021 - 12:00am
With the Philippines ranked last place in the Bloomberg Global Resilience index, second to the last in Nikkei Asia Recovery Index, eighteenth in the world in the number of COVID infections, and having a 4% GDP growth...
Should Robredo, Pacquiao, and Moreno run?
by Ruben Almendras - September 28, 2021 - 12:00am
While the suspense of who will be running for president and vice president will abate on October 8, it will not be over as there is still the deadline for substitution on November, and the possibility of substitution...
A presidency to revive our economy
by Ruben Almendras - September 21, 2021 - 12:00am
The Philippines’ economic recovery is getting downgraded every month by the credit rating agencies, by the economic think tanks, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the IMF, by the big international...
Still anybody’s ballgame
by Ruben Almendras - September 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Robredo, Lacson, Pacquiao, Marcos, Moreno, Sotto, Duterte, and Teodoro.
Pitfalls of personality politics
by Ruben Almendras - September 7, 2021 - 12:00am
It is eight months to go until the next Philippine elections and the political propaganda coming out in all media are about the personalities of the possible candidates.
Election 2022: A herd stupidity test
by Ruben Almendras - August 31, 2021 - 12:00am
In an earlier column we discussed “herd stupidity” and the danger of the herd increasing in numbers that it will disrupt social and political order and development.
Lessons of Afghanistan
by Ruben Almendras - August 24, 2021 - 12:00am
The Afghanistan story is complicated and complex, that all the socio-political narratives and analysis now, after the fall of Kabul all the cities to the Taliban in less than a month, are inadequate and superfi...
Herd stupidity/insanity
by Ruben Almendras - August 17, 2021 - 12:00am
I first came across “Herd Stupidity/Insanity” in my early years as management consultant, and I had to lecture on human behavior in organizations.
Debt management in business
by Ruben Almendras - August 10, 2021 - 12:00am
We got some good feedback regarding our column, “Understanding the P11.3 trillion Philippine Debt” and also some requests to write about managing business debt, especially during this pandemic economic...
Understanding the P11.16T Philippine debt
by Ruben Almendras - August 3, 2021 - 12:00am
With the increasing huge borrowings of the Philippine government to support the public health and contain the economic fallout of the pandemic, there are growing concerns about the sustainability of these borro...
The Lacson-Sotto gambit
by Ruben Almendras - July 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Last week, Lacson and Sotto officially declared that they are running for president and vice president in 2022.
Political tipping point
by Ruben Almendras - July 20, 2021 - 12:00am
“The Tipping Point” is a best-selling book published by Malcolm Gladwell in 2000 that sold more than four million copies worldwide.
Tail wags the dog
by Ruben Almendras - July 13, 2021 - 12:00am
“Wag the dog” is a 1997 Hollywood movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert de Niro.
“Untrollable” political situations/conditions
by Ruben Almendras - July 6, 2021 - 12:00am
The “trolls” in the well-loved animation movie are small, colorful, perpetually happy creatures who sing and dance all day.
San Beda and Thanatopsis
by Ruben Almendras - June 29, 2021 - 12:00am
Some four years ago, one of our San Beda high school classmates decided to set up a Viber group for all of those who were with us in those years.
Democracy strikes back
by Ruben Almendras - June 22, 2021 - 12:00am
World events in the past two weeks were dominated by the meeting in Geneva of the Group of Seven major democratic countries, and the meeting between US President Biden and Russia President Putin.
Political effects of Saso’s USGA win
by Ruben Almendras - June 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The biggest news in the Philippines last week was Filipina-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso winning the 76th USGA Women’s Open on the final day of the tournament.
Who are the anti-vaxxers?
by Ruben Almendras - June 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Since the start of the COVID vaccinations in November last year, the pace and coverage of the worldwide vaccination have been uneven.
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