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The Triple Nexus: Why Is Philippines Targeted

July 18, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Law, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                         Recently, the Duterte administration has been targeted by UN human rights chiefs, democracy promoters, data-trackers, even the Clooneys. But these influence networks share a common triple nexus.

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Rappler Guilty of Treason

May 9, 2019 • Commentary, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (1)

By Tiberius, Ideology Editor It’s time to call traitors traitors. Accusing traitors of treason and treasonable behaviour rather than anything else is crucial in an environment in which the media is busy generating fake news and or analysing events in

The Philippines Emerges as New Bitcoin Hub

May 8, 2019 • Asia - Pacific, Banking Innovation, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

Major Philippines bank Union Bank launches cash-crypto ATM https://t.co/cH35aYPKlh — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) 11 February 2019 Bitcoin has been welcomed as a completely new concept in financial transactions as well as investment and trading, but it

The Uhuru blueprint: What if PH had stayed in ICC?

March 25, 2019 • Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Recently, the Philippines withdrew from the ICC opting for the path of US and Russia, China and India. To focus on a new economic future and the battle against drugs and corruption, the government shunned the Uhuru blueprint. On March 17, the

Development Should Guide US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty Review

March 20, 2019 • International Relations, Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock     In times of great uncertainty, strategic ambiguity offers little clarity. The review of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty should be guided by the quest for sovereignty and economic development.   During his recent visit

The Shift of the Philippine Peso Regime

March 20, 2019 • Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the Aquino era, the focus was on financial flows, which rested on a strong peso. In the Duterte era, it is on the huge investment drive, which can live with a weaker currency. The peso’s political economy is shifting. Recently,

Philippine Peso Stability Relies on Duterte’s Infrastructure Success

January 30, 2019 • Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Recent concerns about peso’s depreciation have been exaggerated. In the most dangerous international environment since the postwar era, there is no room for

Media Pundits, Economic Hitmen and Duterte’s Rebalancing

December 13, 2018 • World Politics, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock President Duterte’s recalibration of Philippine foreign policy has the potential for greater stability in the region. But it has unleashed the wrath of media pundits and economic hitmen.   During President Xi Jinping’s visit to

The Economic Costs of Corruption in Philippines

November 12, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                 The recent $200 million customs debacle may be just a tip of the iceberg. Due to illicit financial flows, Philippines has lost almost $10 billion annually. Tax evasion may be as costly. In this status quo, only

How to keep the Philippine economic future on track

October 3, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock               The Philippines is on the right path, if the government can continue to balance between strong growth amid international uncertainty, while pushing reforms that raise living standards. Inflation and foreign