Wishful thinking

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/17/2022

Soon after his election into office in 2016, I wrote hopefully — and with hindsight, naïvely — of President Duterte’s potential to be a unifying, bridging leader. I cited that even with a mere 39 percent plurality…

Is unity possible?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/10/2022

If “change” was the buzzword in the 2016 presidential election that brought President Duterte into power, “unity” appears to be the word resonating in 2022. Both top contenders to the presidency cite it to be imperative for…

A seven-I platform

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/26/2022

To those who will become our next leaders, I would like to humbly suggest a governance agenda summed up in seven words/phrases that begin with the letter I, which I believe round up what our nation needs…

Copy our neighbors

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/19/2022

One little piece of advice I have for our government, particularly in steering our agriculture sector toward greater dynamism, is simply to copy our neighbors. Once upon a time, these neighbors were the ones copying us, and…

Don’t look back

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/12/2022

I have one fervent hope for our next leader, whether it’s the one I pray for every night, or the one whose popularity rides on falsehoods systematically planted in unquestioning minds. I hope s/he will not look…

Targeting: The way to go

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/22/2022

Oil prices have always been volatile since the early 1970s when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries began flexing its global muscles. In the last two years alone, the crude oil price per barrel has spanned…

Five ways forward

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/15/2022

In my recent economic briefings, I outline five things we must do as we navigate our way to the post-pandemic global economy from our little corner of the world. I state these as follows: (1) Put people…

Re-regulate the oil industry?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/08/2022

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wrote George Santayana well over a century ago. I quote the Spanish philosopher here not in the context of the coming elections (though it very well…

The Russia-Ukraine fallout

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 03/01/2022

Just when we thought our economy was finally getting over the deep pandemic shock, now comes the Russian invasion of Ukraine, whose shock waves have yet to be clearly understood and assessed. Our direct economic linkages with…

The presidency matters

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/15/2022

Someone I know half-seriously claims that we could elect a dog as president, and the economy (and the country) will go on anyway—as if saying that it doesn’t really matter who wins the coming presidential elections in…

A changed economy

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/08/2022

Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have fundamentally changed our economy. I came to see the extent of the change upon poring over the latest economic data much more closely than usual. Understanding these changes could help…

Nurturing vs protecting

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/01/2022

Many well-meaning people think that we should go slow or even retreat in joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest-ever economic bloc. Let me explain why not joining RCEP, and not joining now, is…

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