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Expect More Dramatic Political Change in Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades Asia was thought to be unable to translate populist political sentiment into change at the ballot box, with communist autocracies, militar...

Duterte and 'The System'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Things must be pretty bad if a man who endorses and participates in vigilante-style justice and summary executions led by death squads is overwhelmingly elected by the people to do so on a national level.

Much Remains to Be Done in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is ironic that the first country to enforce the latest UN sanctions against North Korea by impounding a cargo vessel is the Philippines.

Philippines' APEC Fever: Is it Worth it?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.15.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, the Philippines will be in the global spotlight. It will play host to one of the world's most important gatherings, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting -- a prestigious hobnob comparable with the G20 and G7 summits.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China's Trojan Horse?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Clearly, the Philippines continues to see the AIIB as some kind of Chinese Trojan horse to buy the loyalty of neighbors and some measure of territorial acquiescence in exchange for economic carrots. Manila is also not comfortable with China having huge presence in its strategic, infrastructure sectors.

Philippine Economy and Elections: How Political Cycles Shape Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Soon, the Philippines will be engulfed by an election fever. And in promising emerging markets like the Philippines, electoral cycles are extremely crucial to shaping the short-to-medium term growth trajectory of the country.

Philippines' Economic Development and the 'Pacquiao Paradox': Shining Individually, Whimpering Collectively

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.08.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Sustained economic development doesn't take place in a vacuum. For the Philippines to become a true "tiger economy" in the coming decades, it has to also experience some changes in its cultural foundations.

Philippines' City of Illusions: Time for an Economic 'EDSA Revolution'

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

What the Philippines needs more than ever is a true economic revolution, one that ensures the Philippines is not only a democracy in formal-political terms, but instead founded upon the principle of éga-liberté: Political freedom built upon an egalitarian economic system.

The Philippines Has Come Such a Long Way

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has demonstrated that it is possible to be part of political dynasty yet be focused on the common good, and achieve enough in a single term of office to transform the country from the sick man of Asia to one of its leading economies.

Pope Francis in the Philippines: Inspiring Political Transformation

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Richard Javad Heydarian

Pope Francis' recent visit -- capturing the hearts and minds of Filipinos from all walks of life, regardless of gender, class, and religion -- to the Philippines couldn't be timelier. The Southeast Asian country, the sole Catholic-majority nation in Asia, was in desperate need of a sacred touch of magical realism.

Philippines' Infrastructure Conundrum: Prematurely Hosting the World Economic Forum?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite several years of above-average economic growth, lack of inclusive development is a huge concern. Without proper infrastructure, the Philippines will continue to struggle to attract high-quality investment from abroad.

Philippines' 'Mirage' Economy: Why It's Worse Than a Bubble

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Even if the Philippines is not another bubble waiting to burst at any moment, the recent economic uptick is inherently hollow -- for it is unlikely to trickle down to the greater impoverished masses anytime soon.

Philippines' Post-Haiyan Revolution: What Lessons Can Aquino Learn From Lula?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Benigno Aquino, who is suffering from declining popularity due to his perceived ineptitude during the Haiyan crisis, is already facing impeachment charges -- and opposition forces are exploiting this opening to extinguish his political capital.

Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy: What Went Wrong?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.

Aquino's Moment of Truth: The Philippines at the Crossroads

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The question now is whether Aquino -- although hailing from a privileged background, with little ideological bent, but similarly enjoying a great measure of popular support -- will go down in history as Philippines' version of Lula or Erdogan.

The Philippines in 2013: The Best Is Yet to Come?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

It might take some time before ordinary Filipinos truly enjoy the fruits of growth and landmark legislative reforms, but what the bachelor Aquino shows is that the Philippines (at its current stage of take-off) needs a soft, pragmatic and calculating leader.

Arroyo's Release on Bail: A Bad Omen for the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Can a leopard (the Philippines) really change its spots? If so, can it be achieved meaningfully in such a short period of time? It seems the same old shenanigans are occurring, even while President Aquino is in power.

The Philippines Spamdex - How An Election Could Be Decided By Tinned Meat.

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

MANILA, Philippines - Manuel Villar is one of the front runners in next week's national election. He makes much of his humble roots. Born in a squalid...

Aquino: Obama Offered To Help Me Quit Smoking

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Are you a world leader looking for advice on how to kick smoking? If so, President Obama may be just the man to talk to. During a congratulatory phon...

Corazon "Cory" Aquino Funeral Draws Tens Of Thousands (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post/Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines - Huge crowds reminiscent of the 1986 "people power" demonstration took to Manila's streets Monday to honor the passing of former ...