Defense and Foreign Policy Outlook: The Administration’s reluctant partner in appeasing China

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the administration’s reluctant partner in its appeasement policy on China. The Philippine military has been very wary of closer Philippine-China economic relations in particular, and on… Read More

Is an appeasement policy vis-a-vis expansionist China worth pursuing?

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute On Aug. 15, 2019, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the incursion of several Chinese warships into the country’s territorial waters without prior coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He opined… Read More

Toward quality education

Louie Montemar, Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute The Department of Education participated in the 2018 cycle of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international assessment administered to 15-year-old learners who are about to finish their basic education. Implemented by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA tests students’ ability… Read More

Water distribution from public to private sector and back?

Edwin Santiago, Fellow and Member of the Editorial Board of the Stratbase ADR Institute President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest rants and expletives against the water concessionaires in Metro Manila may be bringing nothing to us except more problems. Duterte threatened Manila Water and Maynilad that he will end their concession agreements, calling these “onerous.” But what… Read More

Stratbase ADR Institute’s December 2019 Occasional Paper: “The Proposed CITIRA Law and the Possible Unintended Consequences”

It is with pleasure that we share with you Stratbase ADR Institute’s December 2019 occasional paper entitled, “The Proposed CITIRA Law and the Possible Unintended Consequences”. The Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act is a controversial tax package that seeks to rationalize tax incentives and has raised big debates on its possible repercussion to… Read More