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In an Election Year, 6.9% Economic Growth is No Big Deal

By: Ben Diokno
The Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, a presidential election year. That’s nothing to brag ...

Duterte’s Economic Agenda: Doable and Comprehensive

By: Ben Diokno
President-elect Duterte was swept into the presidency not on the strength of his economic agenda but on the promise of law and order and the wiping ...

Budget as a Tool for Development or for Political Patronage and Vindictiveness PART 2

By: Ben Diokno
PART 2 of 2 Read PART 1 here. ERRORS OF OMISSION In addition to President Aquino III’s error of commission, he has committed major errors of omissio ...

Budget as a Tool for Development or for Political Patronage and Vindictiveness PART 1

By: Ben Diokno
PART 1 of 2 In the spirit of recording the contemporary experience and history of presidential leadership and governance, the University of the Phil ...

Missed Opportunities

By: Ben Diokno
The Philippine economy could have grown much faster, more decent jobs could have been created, and traffic congestion in Metropolitan Manila and oth ...

WANTED: A New Breed Of Local Government Executives

By: Ben Diokno
At the local levels, we need a new breed of local chief executives (LGEs): those who can live within their means, those who are willing to observe t ...

Choosing the Next President and Other Officials

By: Ben Diokno
Part 1 of 2 Three weeks from the now, Filipinos will choose their next set of officials – from the president, vice president, senators, congressmen ...

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