FROM FAR AND NEAR
When politics undermines economics
by Ruben Almendras - October 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The recent fight for the speakership in Congress which threatened to delay the passage of the very needed, but “pork barrel” embedded 2021 Budget to help in the Covid pandemic and the unnecessary closure...
The limits of political power
by Ruben Almendras - October 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The current power struggle for the speakership in the Lower House of Congress, and the peripheral power maneuvering among the congressmen and affected politicians are examples of flexing political powers.
The “high stakes” in the speakership issue
by Ruben Almendras - October 6, 2020 - 12:00am
The ongoing struggle for the Speaker of the Lower House will not be settled even after the October 14 deadline of the gentlemen’s agreement between Velasco and Cayetano on their term sharing.
Martial law and the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - October 1, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week was the 48th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines that lasted for 14 years.
Stress testing your business/livelihood
by Ruben Almendras - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am
Among the simulation exercises that are done in strategic planning is “stress testing” the organization’s ability to survive severe or extreme negative conditions, and project the results.
Financial management in COVID time
by Ruben Almendras - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The economic and financial impact of the COVID pandemic started to have greater impact in April this year.
Should we be afraid of China?
by Ruben Almendras - September 8, 2020 - 12:00am
In the past few years, China has been increasingly flexing its economic and military power all over the world, demonstrating its ascent as a global power.
The US elections: A morality play?
by Ruben Almendras - September 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The 2020 US elections is getting much interest and importance globally due to its greater impact to many countries and to the world.
Is Trump a threat to democracy?
by Ruben Almendras - August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
The Democrat party in the US had their four-day virtual convention to proclaim Biden as their candidate for president, and Harris as vice president in the coming November election.
COVID pandemic: A cleansing
by Ruben Almendras - August 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID pandemic is now on its eighth month and it cannot be denied that it has changed the lives and lifestyles of people all over the world.
Populist politicians and the COVID-19 pandemic
by Ruben Almendras - August 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Speculations and questions on who are the political leaders in the world who are relatively successful in containing the health and economic effects of the COVID pandemic are legitimate issues worth exploring.
Economic recovery needs foreign investments
by Ruben Almendras - August 4, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID pandemic is still ongoing and the Philippine government is now rightly positioning to jumpstart the economy to avoid a more severe recession.
Unemployment, politics, and politicians
by Ruben Almendras - July 28, 2020 - 12:00am
On the basis of the “lagging” indicators like the manufacturers index, retail sales volume, and the BSP surveys, the Philippine economy may have bottomed in June as volumes and positive sentiments have...
Limits of Dominguez, Chua, and Diokno
by Ruben Almendras - July 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Secretary of Finance Sonny Dominguez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo University, and postgraduate studies in Stanford University.
110 days to the US election
by Ruben Almendras - July 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The US elections will be in November 3 this year and that is 110 days away.
Jumpstarting the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - July 7, 2020 - 12:00am
It has been more than 100 days since the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries all over the world have undergone lockdowns and quarantines in varying conditions and durations.
Cebuanos complacent and stubborn?
by Ruben Almendras - June 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Among the reasons that PRRD gave for sending former general Cimatu to Cebu last week to help in the COVID-19 pandemic was that Cebuanos are complacent and stubborn.
Strange relations among CCP, NDF/NPA, and RP government
by Ruben Almendras - June 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Even in this time of pandemic, there are ongoing geo-political initiatives by China all over the world, including in the South China Sea that affects their communist allies in Vietnam and the Philippines.
Why George Floyd matters?
by Ruben Almendras - June 16, 2020 - 12:00am
It has been more than two weeks since the George Floyd incident, and yet the demonstrations in many US cities are still ongoing.
Truth and justice in the time of COVID-19
by Ruben Almendras - June 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Moral values are ingredients for an orderly and peaceful society as they are the basis of the laws and the legal system.
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