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ASEAN’s Codes and Consequences

As the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summits comes to an end, ASEAN and China have agreed to open...

ASEAN: More than meetings

Now that Manila is gearing up for the series of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meetings that will all but shut down the...

ASEAN and returning to Internal Security

Could Southeast Asia be turning the page on its inter-state disputes to focus on its internal ones? This is one theme that emerged from...

The pitfall of the ban on open pit mining

Just days before Gina Lopez’s appointment as Environment secretary was formally rejected by the Commission on Appointments, she issued a ban on open pit...

Can We Spend, Spend, Spend?

After a lengthy legislative exercise, the Senate released a Committee Report last month that consolidated 31 different bills on the Tax Reform for Acceleration...

Dutertismo One Year On

Is President Duterte’s political phenomenon -- Dutertismo -- experiencing a temporary setback or running out of steam? If the third quarter survey from Social...

A PSA on the Public Services Act

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its 2017-2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Index last week, and the results are hardly surprising. The Philippines’...

Learning from Japan and improving Philippine infrastructure

In the last 15 years, the Philippines’ population density has gone up by more than a third or by 32%. According to figures reported...

The investment and infrastructure challenges in implementing the 10-Point Agenda

In the medium term, the government is aiming to reach an annual GDP growth of between 7% and 8%. These rates are higher than...

The Marcos quest for political power despite electoral integrity

The recent ruling of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal junking the first cause of action of the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos has...