Is minimum wage counterproductive?
by Ruben Almendras - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Last week the Philippines Senate passed on second reading the proposed ?100 per day addition to the current minimum daily wage in the country.
Economic probabilities for 2024
by Ruben Almendras - January 1, 2024 - 12:00am
The title of this column is “economic probabilities” as forecasts are rarely accurate so all are probabilities.
Taxes and economic development
by Ruben Almendras - November 28, 2023 - 12:00am
There is a proposed huge real estate tax increase in Cebu City that will quadruple the tax for residential lots and up to 11 times for commercial properties.
Politicians dilemmaon De lima
by Ruben Almendras - November 21, 2023 - 12:00am
The release of former senator De Lima on bail after almost seven years in detention was overwhelmingly greeted by people in all sectors.
Winning the propaganda wars
by Ruben Almendras - November 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Together with the ongoing Israel-Hamas and Ukraine-Russia conflict and many other civil wars, the cold war between the western democratic alliance against the autocratic China/Russia/North Korea/Iran axis are the...
Headwinds/sinkholes of the BBM administration
by Ruben Almendras - October 31, 2023 - 12:00am
These are not the “best of times” for the world, politically, economically, and environmentally.
Effects of wars on the Philippines
by Ruben Almendras - October 24, 2023 - 12:00am
There are nine ongoing armed conflicts in the world that may be considered major wars, as it has killed and injured thousands.
Was Goliath a Palestine?
by Ruben Almendras - October 17, 2023 - 12:00am
The ongoing battle/war in Gaza between the Israelis and the Hamas Palestinians after Hamas fighters fired rockets, crossed the borders shooting, killing, and kidnapping/hostaging, is now escalating.
The musicality of Cebuanos
by Ruben Almendras - October 10, 2023 - 12:00am
I was entering the foyer of the Cebu Country Club last week when I heard a loud singing in the ballroom.
The wealth of politicians
by Ruben Almendras - October 3, 2023 - 12:00am
The news in main and social media on the confidential and intelligence funds of some Filipino politicians has been on for weeks and still going.
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.
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