Author Archives: Leo Alejandrino

About Leo Alejandrino

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

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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Between A Wreck And A Hard Place

We are simply not getting along with our Chinese neighbors.  Taiwan has threatened our Republic with all sorts of nasty things over the death of a fisherman allegedly by a member of our Coast Guard while protecting our waters. Now … Continue reading

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Post Mortem

Everybody almost got the elections right. The Filipino almost got it right. In Grace, Bam and Sonny we ushered a new generation of young Senators who represent hope for the country. Yet we also brought in at least an equivalent … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

(I have never met Grace Poe. Any similarity between what follows and the real person is therefore possibly coincidental.)                                                          -o- Grace was the bright spot in what otherwise was a family affair. Grace’s topping the Senate race was surprising … Continue reading

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“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate. What’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate? “ – Will Rogers                                                 -O- The pain should be over by Monday. After 90 days of pandering, promises … Continue reading

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Know Your Candidates

Here are the scouting reports on your next possible Senators: Sonny Angara (7/15/72, London School of Economics, Harvard Law)- Sonny is the hunk in the group but he’s not just a pretty face. He attended LSE and some law school … Continue reading

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Saving The Stragglers

It is now about bringing in the stragglers.  Below is the SWS April survey on the Senate race with comparables for March and February. In analyzing the numbers the key statistic is relative voter preference i.e. you don’t have to … Continue reading

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Thank You

As a nation we do not do enough to recognize all the people who make ours a better place. Here is a list of those we owe a debt of gratitude. Without them we would not be the country we … Continue reading

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UNA PROBLEMA

With one month to go before the May 13 elections, the latest surveys indicate Team Pinoy will garner at least 9 of the 12 Senate slots. An outraged and incredulous UNA has asked the COMELEC to investigate SWS and Pulse … Continue reading

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BBB-

Fitch, an international credit rating agency, just upgraded the credit of the Philippines to BBB-, the lowest of the investment grades. S & P, another rating agency, is about to do the same soon. We are now with the likes … Continue reading

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