Author Archives: Leo Alejandrino

About Leo Alejandrino

The blog is principally a commentary on Philippine politics and economics.

SONA 2013

Mr. Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, members of the Diplomatic Corps, my colleagues in Government, my countrymen, good afternoon. The Constitution mandates I, as President, present to you the state of the nation for the year just … Continue reading

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Memo To Myself

Subject: State of the Nation Address Darn, the SONA thing is due next week. What do I say? With three years to go Filipinos want to know my vision of the finish line. I need an overarching theme. I could … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – Charles Dickens                                                 -0- On July 22 President Aquino will deliver his State of the Nation address. In fact the SONA is a tale of two nations: … Continue reading

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Three Years Later

I re-publish a piece I wrote 3 years ago, a week before the Presidential election. Has any of it come to pass? May 6 2010 Reasons To Vote (Or Not) For Noynoy It is not sure that the Philippines can … Continue reading

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Could We Be Next?

It all started inauspiciously. In Turkey it was the conversion of a park into a mall. In Brazil it was the equivalent of a four peso increase in bus fares. In Indonesia, it was relatively more grave, the withdrawal of … Continue reading

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Could We Fall In Love With The Liberal Party?

There are brands and there are great brands. Apple, Lululemon and Singapore Airlines are great brands. Great brands are a romantic notion. They are a love affair between product and consumer. They inspire loyalty and affection. They are cool and … Continue reading

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7.8%

            “ We’ve tried growing and tried not growing. Growing is better.”                                                 -o- Our economy grew by 7.8% last quarter beating out China (7.7%), Indonesia (6%), Thailand (5.3%), Vietnam (4.9%) and Malaysia (4%). This is not election spending, a … Continue reading

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