Andrew J. Masigan
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Let’s keep the Department of Finance professional
by Andrew J. Masigan - November 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Rumors are rife about a Cabinet reshuffle of key economic managers. One among those said to be replaced is Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Word on the street is that his replacement is a politician,...
Anti-Semitism and selective prejudice
by Andrew J. Masigan - November 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Anti-Semitism is back with a vengeance and the liberal-wokes are leading the charge.
The Philippines’ place under the economic sun
by Andrew J. Masigan - November 15, 2023 - 12:00am
I said it before and I will say it over and over again until our political leaders get it.
Why borders are closed for Palestinian refugees
by Andrew J. Masigan - November 8, 2023 - 12:00am
The Israeli government mercifully advised Palestinian civilians to move south as the Israeli Defense Force launched its ground assault on Hamas inside Gaza’s borders.
A tribute to Delfin Wenceslao Jr.
by Andrew J. Masigan - November 1, 2023 - 12:00am
I met Delfin Wenceslao Jr. sometime in 2017 at one of the events of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. I was board member of the chamber that year and Del was an active participant in our many events.
Hamas is not Palestine
by Andrew J. Masigan - October 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Images of war victims on the Palestinian side are flooding the internet. No surprise, public sentiment for the Palestinian cause is on the rise. Alarmingly, some sectors have even gone so far as to support Hama...
Germany’s Philippine agenda
by Andrew J. Masigan - October 18, 2023 - 12:00am
I had the pleasure to meet the new German Ambassador to the Philippines, Andreas Pfaffernoschke, at a diplomatic event last month.
The ‘Chinese way’ is China’s own downfall
by Andrew J. Masigan - October 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Firing water cannons, installing naval barricades, ramming fishing vessels, blinding with laser guns, hit-and-run operations – these are just some of the many tactics utilized by the Chinese government to intimidate...
Hoping BBM pulls off a Park Chung Hee
by Andrew J. Masigan - October 4, 2023 - 12:00am
South Korea’s 60-year rise from impoverished nation to a bona fide industrial powerhouse is among the greatest success stories of our generation.
Biden vs. Ramaswamy in 2024?
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 27, 2023 - 12:00am
All eyes are back on the United States as the 2024 presidential election draws near. Indeed, the Philippines has a lot at stake in the next US elections.
The Chinese miracle is over
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 20, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippine’s tormentor is now the tormented. For 45 years, the Chinese Communist Party has drawn its power from its strong economy.
The Philippines speaks up!
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 13, 2023 - 12:00am
In the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, President Bongbong Marcos made the most direct, most powerful and most articulate statement regarding China’s territorial grab and militarization of the West...
The Twitter/X conundrum
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Quietly and without warning, Twitter users saw their beloved blue bird vanish and replaced by a black X. Winds of change are aloft at Twitter with Elon Musk now at the helm. Twitter is an important source of news,...
Income inequality
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 30, 2023 - 12:00am
The world was making great strides towards improving income inequality until the Wuhan virus struck in 2020.
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 23, 2023 - 12:00am
In quick succession, global powerhouses like France, Canada and the United Kingdom have began to form their respective Indo-Pacific Strategies, a phenomenon uncommon before. This is a telling sign of the Indo-Pacific’s...
The need for economic transformation and a visionary, transformative leader
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 16, 2023 - 12:00am
As I have written in this space last week, the country’s two main sources of income are at risk – IT-BPOs and OFW remittances.
A transformative, visionary leader and the need to address vulnerabilities
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Nothing will make me happier than to see President Marcos Jr. succeed in the most spectacular of ways. Conversely, it will be a tragedy to see the economy collapse under his watch.
The SONA, in form and substance
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 2, 2023 - 12:00am
As in all public discourses, the second State of the Nation Address can be judged by way of its form and substance.
How America plans to defend the Indo-Pacific
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 26, 2023 - 12:00am
In my column last week, I pointed out the reasons why former president Noynoy Aquino and President Bongbong Marcos elected to lean on the US rather than China. There are at least six reasons for their decision:
Why PNoy and BBM leaned on America, not China
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 19, 2023 - 12:00am
The world’s predominant superpower will always create the conditions to perpetuate its global dominance and weaker nations will always be subsumed by these conditions. Like it or not, that’s just how...
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