by Andrew J. Masigan - July 28, 2021 - 12:00am
I was hoping that the State of the Nation Address would include the President’s plan to hasten our economic recovery following five quarters of sharp economic contractions.
Clarity of need and strength of intention
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolfo Suarez, Nelson Mandela, Lee Kwan Yew and our very own Manuel L. Quezon are among the transformative leaders of the 20th century.
DepEd in denial
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Education Secretary Leonor Briones cried foul over the publication of a World Bank report saying that more than 80 percent of Filipino students don’t meet the standards for their grade level.
A digital Manila, soon…
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 7, 2021 - 12:00am
Since its heyday many decades ago, the city of Manila has spiraled into blight, squalor, chaos and disorder.
A tribute and an apology to PNoy
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 30, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s been a week since PNoy’s passing and I am still grieving. I am also overcome by guilt.
Our broken economy and what caused it
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 23, 2021 - 12:00am
I spent the better part of last week conferring with fellow economists from the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University.
Choosing a president
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 16, 2021 - 12:00am
An American FBI operative once told me: “The Philippines never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Although these words piqued my patriotic sensibilities, upon reflection, it is the truth...
Political messaging and creating a tribe
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 9, 2021 - 12:00am
My good friend and colleague in this paper, Boo Chanco, was correct when he said that the strength of a candidate’s social media trolls will determine who will become president in 2022. Trolls are today’s...
Food shortages and price hikes
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 2, 2021 - 12:00am
Anyone who regularly shops for food must have noticed the sharp increase in the prices of imported fruits, vegetables and meats.
Times have changed… and so have I
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 26, 2021 - 12:00am
My regular readers and those who follow me on social media know that I have swung from an ambivalent observer/supporter of the Duterte administration to one who resists it.
The crux of income inequality
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 19, 2021 - 12:00am
A couple built a small business to support their family. Through the years, the business grew profitable enough to sustain their six children.
Becoming a wealthy nation
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 12, 2021 - 12:00am
As a nation, most of our sufferings are due to the lack of financial resources.
We fight for what is ours
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 5, 2021 - 12:00am
The feeling is like having your father allow the bullying neighbor to settle into your house, take your valuables and rape your sister.
Has the Duterte administration made us a stronger nation?
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and the Presidential Communications Office have been selling us the narrative that the Duterte presidency is performing excellently.
An open letter to Sen. Manny Pacquiao
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last week, businessman Ramon Ang declared that Manny Pacquiao’s would likely be the next president of the republic given his immense popularity.
Optics matter
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Even as early as now, those aspiring for public office are already preparing their respective campaigns.
And now… a food shortage
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 7, 2021 - 12:00am
In this time of incredible hardship when nearly a tenth of our workforce is out of a job and one out of every 5.5 of our countrymen is living below the poverty line, the last thing we need is a food shortage.
Still no vaccine cold chain
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 31, 2021 - 12:00am
The clock is ticking. Even while the bulk of government’s vaccine orders are on their way, the Department of Health still does not have its main logistics cold chain in place.
Still no vaccine cold chain
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 24, 2021 - 12:00am
In President Duterte’s message last week, he confirmed government’s intention to vaccinate 100 citizens per day across 4,500 vaccination centers, nationwide.
A sensible presidential or vice presidential choice
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Election fever is upon us and names of potential presidential and vice presidential candidates have been floating everywhere.
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