Self-inflicted failure
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 24, 2023 - 12:00am
We Filipinos often get frustrated over how the country has lagged behind our neighbors in terms of national wealth, industrial capabilities and overall economic output. Even Vietnam, a country that 30 years ago had...
A creeping national emergency Part 2
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 17, 2023 - 12:00am
In my column last week, I spoke about the urgent need for a manufacturing resurgence.
A creeping national emergency
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 10, 2023 - 12:00am
President Marcos has made two significant achievements so far.
Microchips: The new decisive theater of war
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 3, 2023 - 12:00am
Many may not be aware that the cold war between China and the United States is being fought in a realm not often talked about: Microchips. Let me explain.
On the Landbank-DBP merger
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 26, 2023 - 12:00am
Last month, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced his plan to merge the Development Bank of the Philippines with Landbank.
Our broken system leads to perennial under-achievement
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Traditional politicians often say that the real enemies of the state are poverty, income inequality and deteriorating standard of living. This is a lie.
Desperate to restore the Philippines’ ‘Golden Age’
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 12, 2023 - 12:00am
Over and over again during his presidential campaign, President Bongbong Marcos promised to bring back the “golden age” of the Philippines. The “golden age,” in this context, refers to the...
The real reason why Facebook bought WhatsApp
by Andrew J. Masigan - April 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Since many of us are already on vacation mode, I thought I’d write something light and entertaining.
A Maoist-like China under Xi Jinping
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Deng Xiaoping, China’s paramount leader from 1978-1989, was the country’s chief economic architect and political reformist.
Brace yourselves, the oil war is here
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Filipinos may face a cost of living crisis so severe that the recent price increases of sugar and onions will seem like a small bump on the road. In months to come, successive price increases may be felt in transport,...
Progress delayed is progress denied
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 15, 2023 - 12:00am
On the back of the nationwide strike planned by transport groups, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board announced that it would extend, yet again, the deadline for PUV operators to comply with...
The Leila de Lima conundrum and a compromise
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 8, 2023 - 12:00am
It is obvious to me, as with most, that the move to prosecute Senator Leila de Lima was motivated by revenge. The intention was less than noble from the very beginning.
Reliable Japan
by Andrew J. Masigan - March 1, 2023 - 12:00am
First, let me say that we laud President Marcos for being pro-active in pursuing stronger defense and security ties with countries on the right side of democracy.
If I were BBM…
by Andrew J. Masigan - February 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Something unusual happened to me the other day. I attended a luncheon upon the invitation of a political secretary of a foreign embassy.
Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy benefits the Philippines
by Andrew J. Masigan - February 15, 2023 - 12:00am
The Indo-Pacific region is now of supreme geopolitical importance to the world not only because it is the reigning driver of economic growth, but more so because it is the flashpoint for armed conflict among su...
Canada: A steadfast friend to the Philippines
by Andrew J. Masigan - February 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Last week, newly designated Canadian Ambassador David Hartman presented his credentials to President Marcos. Prior to his assignment to the Philippines, Ambassador Hartman played various key roles in the Investment...
Our highway to wealth generation
by Andrew J. Masigan - February 1, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippine Development Plan for 2023-2028 was recently published by the National Economic and Development Authority. For those unaware, the PDP is a roadmap for socio-economic development. It contains the policies,...
China’s two-faced diplomacy
by Andrew J. Masigan - January 25, 2023 - 12:00am
I finally got my hands on the joint statement between China and the Philippines following President Marcos’ state visit earlier this month.
Qatar’s $229-billion bet on itself
by Andrew J. Masigan - January 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Whether you cheered for Argentina, France or any qualifying team in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup, no one can deny that Qatar gave us the most sensational spectacle of 2022.
Sleeping with the emperor
by Andrew J. Masigan - January 11, 2023 - 12:00am
President Marcos announced the possibility of joint oil and gas exploration following his state visit to China last week.
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