Monday, October 27, 2008

RP Stock Market Plunges 12.3 Percent

ABSCBN News reports that the Philippine Stock Exchange closed 12.3 percent lower today.

Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto was upbeat during an interview with ABSCBN's Twink Macaraeg this afternoon, predicting that in a few years there would be "many millionaires" --referring to those who might be brave enough to get into equities today. Possibly trying to calm palpable fear and uncertainty as the Philippine bourse headed south and is now worth half what it was last year, Secretary Recto pointed to large blue chip firms that were buying up their own shares, saying this indicated those companies' faith in their own fundamentals. But Prof. Cayetano Paderanga of the University of the Philippines warned that they are expecting major reductions in remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The global financial meltdown shows no signs of "hitting bottom" however as regional, European and American stocks continued a dizzying slide in the face of Wall Street's troubles, which began a month ago.

The much vaunted economic wizardry of the overstaying President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (who presides over Asia's most corrupt government, according to various global corruption watchdogs), will be tested as never before, even as a fresh impeachment case has been filed against her in the Lower House by Joey de Venecia III, and endorsed by former House Speaker Jose de Venecia (his father).


EQ said...

In an unusual confluence of events,Gloria will be tested on all fronts in the coming days:

1)The stock market lost P252.6 billion in value in just one single trading day!

2)The Joc Joc Bolante case has a lot of dangerous political ramifiactions.

3)The Euro General scandal has further eroded public confidence on the PNP.

Deany Bocobo said...

Hi EQ. Yeah it's real bad I think. Like the nuclear reactor has lost its coolant and we are a few kilometers away. It might take a lil while before notice our hair and teeth are falling out!