Andrew J. Masigan
Andrew J. Masigan
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The Chinese miracle is over
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 20, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippine’s tormentor is now the tormented. For 45 years, the Chinese Communist Party has drawn its power from its strong economy.
The Philippines speaks up!
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 13, 2023 - 12:00am
In the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, President Bongbong Marcos made the most direct, most powerful and most articulate statement regarding China’s territorial grab and militarization of the West...
The Twitter/X conundrum
by Andrew J. Masigan - September 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Quietly and without warning, Twitter users saw their beloved blue bird vanish and replaced by a black X. Winds of change are aloft at Twitter with Elon Musk now at the helm. Twitter is an important source of news,...
Income inequality
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 30, 2023 - 12:00am
The world was making great strides towards improving income inequality until the Wuhan virus struck in 2020.
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 23, 2023 - 12:00am
In quick succession, global powerhouses like France, Canada and the United Kingdom have began to form their respective Indo-Pacific Strategies, a phenomenon uncommon before. This is a telling sign of the Indo-Pacific’s...
The need for economic transformation and a visionary, transformative leader
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 16, 2023 - 12:00am
As I have written in this space last week, the country’s two main sources of income are at risk – IT-BPOs and OFW remittances.
A transformative, visionary leader and the need to address vulnerabilities
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Nothing will make me happier than to see President Marcos Jr. succeed in the most spectacular of ways. Conversely, it will be a tragedy to see the economy collapse under his watch.
The SONA, in form and substance
by Andrew J. Masigan - August 2, 2023 - 12:00am
As in all public discourses, the second State of the Nation Address can be judged by way of its form and substance.
How America plans to defend the Indo-Pacific
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 26, 2023 - 12:00am
In my column last week, I pointed out the reasons why former president Noynoy Aquino and President Bongbong Marcos elected to lean on the US rather than China. There are at least six reasons for their decision:
Why PNoy and BBM leaned on America, not China
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 19, 2023 - 12:00am
The world’s predominant superpower will always create the conditions to perpetuate its global dominance and weaker nations will always be subsumed by these conditions. Like it or not, that’s just how...
A year wasted with DOT’s botched country brand
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 12, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s been two weeks since the Department of Tourism introduced its proposed new country brand, “Love the Philippines.” It has since come under fire for using stock images of other countries in its...
My pre-SONA assessment
by Andrew J. Masigan - July 5, 2023 - 12:00am
In three weeks, President Marcos will deliver his second State of the Nation Address. How do I characterize his performance in the last 12 months? I characterize it as successful but not yet game changing. Let me...
Making sense of our evolving foreign policy
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 28, 2023 - 12:00am
China embarks on an aggressive grab of sovereign Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea.
Coping with artificial intelligence
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 21, 2023 - 12:00am
It was a Monday and I was asked by a certain foreign embassy to give a talk on the state of Philippine agriculture by Wednesday.
Putin’s masterstroke
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Reading through a paper published by The Russia Briefing, I could not help but salute President Vladimir Putin for his brilliant post-war recovery plan. As early as now, the Russian strongman is setting the stage...
The perils of a politically influenced Bangko Sentral
by Andrew J. Masigan - June 7, 2023 - 12:00am
Despite widespread corruption, a rubber stamping congress and populist political leaders, the Philippines continues to be considered a “serious nation” on the fast-track to economic prosperity. Our finances...
Filipino global achievers
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 31, 2023 - 12:00am
I always say – despite our circus-like politics and many economic challenges – there will always be a place for the Philippines in the grander scheme of things. Our weapon? The Filipino people thems...
Self-inflicted failure
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 24, 2023 - 12:00am
We Filipinos often get frustrated over how the country has lagged behind our neighbors in terms of national wealth, industrial capabilities and overall economic output. Even Vietnam, a country that 30 years ago had...
A creeping national emergency Part 2
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 17, 2023 - 12:00am
In my column last week, I spoke about the urgent need for a manufacturing resurgence.
A creeping national emergency
by Andrew J. Masigan - May 10, 2023 - 12:00am
President Marcos has made two significant achievements so far.
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