Ruben Almendras
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Bad news, good news, bad news
by Ruben Almendras - September 26, 2023 - 12:00am
I was in Makati last week to attend the 2023 Convention of the Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB), and the conference theme was, “Taking the Lead to Economic Recovery through Digitalization.
Filipinos sense of justice
by Ruben Almendras - September 19, 2023 - 12:00am
In the last few weeks there were many news and posts in the main and social media that gives us a perspective of the Filipinos sense of justice.
Sycophants destroy governments
by Ruben Almendras - September 12, 2023 - 12:00am
Last week’s forced resignation of a DOF undersecretary for questioning the BBM rice price control order, the extreme deference and railroading of the proposed 2024 Budget of the Office of the President and...
The current state of local news
by Ruben Almendras - September 5, 2023 - 12:00am
As part of the celebration of National Press Freedom Day last Aug. 30, 2023, there was a forum on “The State of Local News” in the MBF Press Center in Lahug. It was attended by reporters, journalists,...
Are subsidies/dole-outs sustainable?
by Ruben Almendras - August 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Since the onset of the BBM administration, with the continuous rising prices of fuel oil, commodities like rice, sugar, onions etc., and the increments in the hunger and poverty levels; various subsidies to public...
The danger of “fiscal collapse”
by Ruben Almendras - August 22, 2023 - 12:00am
The strong words of Finance Secretary Diokno, that unless reforms are implemented in the Military and Uniformed personnel retirement program, there’s the possibility of a “fiscal collapse” of the...
The gathering storm of the Philippines
by Ruben Almendras - August 15, 2023 - 12:00am
There is a movie “The Gathering Storm”, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave which tells of the events and government actions leading to World War II, and Germany’s planned invasion of England....
Corruption and moral leadership
by Ruben Almendras - August 8, 2023 - 12:00am
There is a growing realization that massive corruption is the main factor that is holding back the Philippines from achieving its socio-economic potential to be a middle-income country, with a per capita GDP of $10,000,...
Who won the last elections?
by Ruben Almendras - August 1, 2023 - 12:00am
The festering issue of the canvassing manipulation and cheating in the 2022 election has been in social media, the inside pages of the main media, and broadcast media.
The Manchurian candidate/president
by Ruben Almendras - July 25, 2023 - 12:00am
There are actually two “Manchurian Candidate” movies.
Management failure of government
by Ruben Almendras - July 18, 2023 - 12:00am
The recent fiasco regarding the Department of Tourism campaign logo and video, the Gadon appointment, the airport and other transport problems, the increasing rice prices, and even the ?3-million Pagcor logo hullaballoo...
Hyperbolic parodies  of “Love the Philippines”
by Ruben Almendras - July 11, 2023 - 12:00am
The recent advertising fiasco/scandal of the Philippine Department of Tourism, (DOT) that has gone viral in the main and social media nationally and internationally on the use of scenic pictures from other countries...
365 days of ineptitude
by Ruben Almendras - July 4, 2023 - 12:00am
It has been a year since the administration of BBM has been running the government and the people and all media have been assessing how it has done so far, especially in relation to their promises during the campaign....
Erosion of political power
by Ruben Almendras - June 27, 2023 - 12:00am
The ongoing advances in information and communication technology makes the diminished stature or fall of politicians faster and wider.
Independence/freedom from what?
by Ruben Almendras - June 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Strictly and historically, Independence Day means the end of the domination of a foreign or external power/country.
Information technology and democracy “Part 2”
by Ruben Almendras - June 6, 2023 - 12:00am
The impact of Information Technology on the world in society, economy, governance, and ideology is so immense and fast that nobody could have predicted or anticipated the consequences.
Organizational defects of governments
by Ruben Almendras - May 30, 2023 - 12:00am
I cringe every time I read that the government is composing a task force or setting up an inter-agency committee to address an issue, or solve a problem, as this is an indication that the present government organization...
2023 BSP-IMF financial stability conference
by Ruben Almendras - May 23, 2023 - 12:00am
The excessive monetary easing by governments and central banks during the pandemic, the ensuing inflation due to the over-liquidity and the supply chain disruptions, then the corrective increases of policy interest...
Prescriptions for a slowing economy
by Ruben Almendras - May 16, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippines Statistics Authority reported last Thursday that the Gross Domestic Product of the country grew by 6.4% in the first quarter of 2023.
Limitations of economic forecasts
by Ruben Almendras - May 9, 2023 - 12:00am
I was invited to speak at the PICPA Eastern Visayas Conference last week on the topic, Philippine Economic Forecast 2023 and Beyond.
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