Benjamin Diokno

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Benjamin Diokno told : "We're doing great. We're in a very nice place right now. We'll go slow in our monetary easing," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, January 27, 2020 6:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's going to go through the legal process. It will not happen overnight like a takeover by government. That will not happen. There will be a process," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, January 27, 2020 6:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “I promise, first quarter of this year maybe 25 basis points and we’ll continue to look at other numbers,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Maybe, we'll announce when and how much, will depend on the data" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "That's appropriate to see how the adjustments are being digested by the markets" "This is the appropriate course for the markets. This is also being done by other countries," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I don't think it will have any large impact on the financial system, we just want to make sure we get a handle of what is going on," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "These are small transactions, I understand," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Notwithstanding the weak global growth outlook prospects for the Philippine economy continue to be robust on the back of firm domestic demand, sustained policy support from increased fiscal spending as well as improved domestic liquidity conditions owing to recent monetary adjustments," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Sustained policy support from increased fiscal spending, as well as improved domestic liquidity conditions owing to recent monetary adjustments, is also expected to support growth in the coming months," External link

4-traders Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “BSP’s Monetary Board will consider new data and potential risks at its meeting next week on 12 December 2019,” External link

pna Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We'll look at December and then maybe early January, we'll resume monetary easing,” External link

pna Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The goal of financial inclusion is to ensure that all Filipinos are able to use financial services that are appropriate to their needs and capacities," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 28, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Our efforts to promote digital payments are meant to facilitate delivery of financial services, including credit that are designed around the needs and preference of small value transactors,” “The convenience, affordability and flexibility of these digital products will hopefully make informal lenders charging exorbitant fees less attractive,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Hindi naman makakaapekto kasi marami nang imports na darating pa lang eh, tapos concern nga is harvest season, baka lalong bumaba yung presyo,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The digital life is upon us, and we can harness this to make sure internet access and mobile phone ownership do not only lead to better social connections and convenient shopping but also and more importantly, to greater ability for all Filipinos to use welfare-enhancing financial services,” External link

pna Monday, November 18, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The 6 percent full year GDP (gross domestic product) growth target is a tall order, after a slower than expected first half, but still doable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There will be no policy cuts this year and no more relaxation of the reserve requirement," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 4, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Headline inflation declined further to 1.7 percent (year-on-year) in the third quarter 2019 from 3 percent in the previous quarter, bringing year-to-date inflation at 2.8 percent, well within the national government’s target range,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 25, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Nevertheless, we expect growth to remain robust in the coming months,” External link

inquirer Friday, October 25, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There's an overall positive outlook for the domestic economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, October 25, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That could be one of the factors we have to monitor. But at the moment, hindi naman siya upside risk, kasi it [water rate hike] has to be approved by authorities ‘di ba?” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In sum, the country has been making considerable progress toward achieving its macroeconomic goals. Looking ahead, prospects for the domestic economy continue to remain favorable as domestic growth fundamentals are expected to remain intact,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 18, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “despite favorable developments due to technology, many challenges persist,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “As such, it is necessary to bring the unserved and underserved into the national economy,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The pursuit of financial inclusion requires an openness to all possible transformative solutions and impactful innovations, such as digital technology, new business models and cross-sector collaboration,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Investors want to know exactly what will be the final version of that bill. So the sooner we act on that, then the sooner the investors can make up their mind [on] whether to enter or exit,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno noted : “That would be very helpful for most of our en banc because as you know, farmers don't usually have passport or driver's license, so now in this, PhilID is all you need to open an account,” External link

pna Friday, October 11, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Many Filipinos still do not own bank accounts, and so are unable to access loans and other financial services from formal channels,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “As of end-2018, there were 48 banks that have already made their financial services accessible through the internet, and 26 banks that have made their services accessible through mobile phones,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Moving forward, the BSP is committed to playing an even more active role in maintaining economic stability and in helping achieve the economy’s long-term development goals, among which is to reach high-income status by 2040,” External link

pna Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Should inflation outlook continue to improve, we will continue to cut the RRR,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Single digit is nine, you say. You can extrapolate, two and a half years from January 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Single digit is nine, you say. You can extrapolate, two and a half years from January 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We are keen on hitting the minimum rating within the A territory over the next two years or so," External link

pna Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:32:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It’s really inflation that makes a difference in our decision next week,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is part of the new central bank: We want to be transparent and we want to notify the industry of what we’re doing, ahead of time,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It’s really inflation that makes a difference in our decision next week,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is part of the new central bank: We want to be transparent and we want to notify the industry of what we’re doing, ahead of time,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the only way we can cope with such a challenge is to provide digital payment services” External link

pna Wednesday, September 18, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno says : “For every 1 percentage point or 100 basis points cut, you release something like P90 billion of P100 billion, or approximately $2 billion, so that will ease up on credit and help to spur economic growth in the country and maybe reach the poorest of the poor,” External link

euromoney Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno tells ( about Cory Aquino ) : “He (the president) said he knew me when I was under-secretary under president Cory Aquino 30 years ago. I don’t really know him,” External link

euromoney Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "As long as the oil price spike is transitory and less than $85 per barrel, then it should be of secondary importance. The most important piece of information for policy decision is the forecasted inflation rate in September," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78.1 percent of total cash remittances from January to July 2019,” External link

manilatimes Monday, September 16, 2019 9:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno says : “At 57, Metrobank is one of the biggest and best managed banks in the country. This is highlighted by Metrobank’s strong balance sheet, adherence to global banking standards, and an emphasis on corporate social responsibility” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This upward impact on the debt stock was partially offset by the transfer of Philippine debt papers from non-residents to residents ($746 million),” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “The same trend was observed using GDP (gross domestic product). The ratio indicates the country’s sustained strong position to service foreign borrowings in the medium to long-term,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno pointed out : “The DSR has consistently remained at single digit levels,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It will be bid out for some private sector developers. That’s part of it, there is no point in having two mints plants, two printing complex," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 13, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The month-on-month increase in the GIR level reflects the national government's net foreign currency deposits and BSP's income from its investments abroad," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, September 6, 2019 3:10:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “With a well-defined regulatory framework now in place, the BSP looks forward to seeing greater participation in Islamic financing by both domestic and foreign banks,” External link

manilatimes Friday, August 30, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is expected to widen opportunities for Muslim Filipinos, including those from the Bangsamoro Region, in accessing banking products and services. This is a great stride in our financial inclusion mandates,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, August 30, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "With a well-defined regulatory framework now in place, the BSP looks forward to seeing greater participation in Islamic financing by both domestic and foreign banks," "This is a great stride in our financial inclusion mandate," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, August 30, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am also chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Council so our AMLC team plus our financial stability team (will study) the impact of discontinuing the POGO in the Philippines,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We are studying the possibility of putting some sense into online gambling,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue. My (focus) is financial stability issue,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We can actually require any individual or firm for information that is related to financial stability. That’s based on the new charter of the BSP. We can subpoena individuals and companies to give us information on things that we think has something to do with financial stability,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “My primary concern is real estate risk as well as implications on (other industries). It’s a study for the guidance of the Monetary Board and the AMLC,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The BSP has volunteered to print the ID so as not to delay the printing because if you bid this out, the losing bidders will challenge the winning bidders, it will go all the way to court, it could take years so we volunteered, we will print it, it’s a government to government contract,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am also chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Council so our AMLC team plus our financial stability team (will study) the impact of discontinuing the POGO in the Philippines,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We are studying the possibility of putting some sense into online gambling,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue. My (focus) is financial stability issue,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We can actually require any individual or firm for information that is related to financial stability. That’s based on the new charter of the BSP. We can subpoena individuals and companies to give us information on things that we think has something to do with financial stability,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “My primary concern is real estate risk as well as implications on (other industries). It’s a study for the guidance of the Monetary Board and the AMLC,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno asked : “It’s true that they occupy a big chunk of real estate in the country. What if, all of a sudden, they decide to back out? What [would] be the impact of that [on the] property sector?” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “One of the mandates of the BSP is financial stability, so we look at all the industries [and] conglemerates and see whether they pose financial risks. That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Once we get that [bill] approved, I’m sure foreign investment will come in here. They will figure out the profitability. Incentives don’t matter. Incentives come and go,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Foreign investors are always [on wait-and-see mode]. This is an election year. Another is because of the Trabaho bill. They are waiting for the final version of that bill,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We will cut another 25 bps before the end of the year and then we will review, as we remain data-dependent,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “In fact, some central banks have surprised the markets by reducing their rates by more than what was expected,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "What if all of a sudden they decide to pack up and leave? What will be the impact of that on the property sector, also the food industry, the restaurants? This is part of my job as BSP governor," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “This was attributed to the 5.4-percent y-o-y (year-on-year) drop in cash remittances from land-based workers, which was mitigated by the 6.3-percent increase y-o-y in transfers from sea-based workers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78 percent of total cash remittances from January to June 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We commend the AFP leadership for committing to enhance the holistic well-being of our peacemakers with the inclusion of financial health in the personal scorecards or charters of AFP personnel alongside professional development and physical wellness," External link

pna Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “The Monetary Board’s decision [to cut rates] is based on its assessment that price pressures have continued to ease since the previous meeting,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “On balance, therefore, the Monetary Board believes that the benign inflation outlook provides room for a further reduction in the policy rate as a preemptive move against the risks associated with weakening global growth,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Going forward, the BSP will continue to monitor price and output conditions to ensure that monetary policy remains appropriately supportive of sustained non-inflationary economic growth over the medium term,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Until the end of the year, it’s around 50 basis points,” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Until the end of the year, it’s around 50 basis points,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, August 5, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We project a steady recovery in household spending as commodity prices continue to stabilize,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Moreover, strong macroeconomic fundamentals, the sound banking system and firm economic growth prospects continue to support the domestic financial market,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 19, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Furthermore, the Philippine banking system remains healthy, as asset quality indicators continue to be positive and capital adequacy ratios remain comfortably above the BSP’s regulatory threshold and international standards,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 19, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told ( about Fed Chairman ) : “As it is, there are two options on the part of the Fed — [a] 25-basis-point (bps) cut or a 50-bps cut. Except the probability is low for [the] 50-bps (reduction), but definitely it will cut,” External link

manilatimes Monday, July 15, 2019 4:21:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Alam mo ‘yung (Have you looked at) foreign direct investments? I’ve looked at the data globally, it’s been declining. ’Yung sa atin (Here, it’s) increasing? That shows confidence. With the recent developments, baka tumaas pa (it might go up),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s unusual on his third year. [Isn’t that] fantastic? We’re doing great,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Palagay ko mauuna ‘yung interest rate cut bago [ang] reserve requirement (I think the interest rate cut will come first before the reserve requirement is eased),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 3 percent ± 1 percentage point for both 2019 and 2020, while inflation expectations have moderated further,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “For example, I think the Monetary Board is unanimous that we have to do something about the agri-agra reform. Those are the things we are looking into,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The BSP will keep close watch over latest economic developments to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The end-June 2019 level of GIR serves as an ample external liquidity buffer and is equivalent to 7.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income. It is also equivalent to 5.1 times the country’s short-term external debt based on original maturity and 3.7 times based on residual maturity,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “The BSP will keep close watch over latest economic developments to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth,” External link

pna Friday, July 5, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Maybe we want to make it a precondition for these peoplewhoever they are, whoever will be the speaker or the Senate President, that they will support such measure,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It's an anti-corruption and anti-terrorism measure. It opens up more money for productive use," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Not at this time. To me, I've seen many administrations, the best time to change the Charter is during the first half of your term, not during the second half. This is now implementation time," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We’re just preparing the guidelines. It will be quick,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “If you just look at the base effects, [the] third quarter (inflation rate) can really be around 2 percent or even lower,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Bangko Sentral ) : “Rest assured that the Bangko Sentral will continue pursuing its mandate with the Filipino people always in mind,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, June 28, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the Monetary Board believes that the manageable inflation outlook and firm domestic growth prospects support keeping monetary policy settings steady for the time being” “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 3.0 percent ± 1.0 percentage point for both 2019 and 2020, while inflation expectations have moderated further,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the BSP will continue to monitor emerging price and output conditions to ensure that monetary policy remains in line with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 2 to 4 percent both for 2029 and 2020, while inflation expectations have further moderated,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "On balance, therefore, the Monetary Board believes that the manageable inflation outlook and firm domestic growth prospects support keeping monetary policy settings steady for the time being," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “This growth was supported by remittances from both land-based ($1.8 billion) and sea-based ($0.6 billion) workers, which rose by 2.2 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Monday, June 17, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It is also equivalent to 5.1 times the country's short-term external debt based on original maturity and 3.6 times based on residual maturity," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, June 7, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Keeping our house in order remains the first and best line of defense," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 7, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Looking ahead, we expect inflation to be in the neighborhood of 2 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With world oil prices easing, we expect the annual inflation rate to be in the vicinity of 3.0 percent in 2019 and 2020,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 5, 2019 9:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “If the rest of the world goes cutting or easing, we’ll be accelerating the process of monetary easing,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, May 31, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “For rural and cooperative banks, the RRR was cut by 100 bps, from 5 percent to 4 percent, effective 31 May 2019. The BSP will issue the necessary circular shortly,” External link

pna Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “For rural and cooperative banks, the RRR would be cut by 100 bps, from 5 to 4 percent, effective May 31, 2019. The BSP will issue the necessary circular shortly,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut in RRR will be considered in the next MB meeting,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 20, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut in RRR will be considered in the next MB meeting,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut In RRR will be considered in the next monetary board meeting," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:49:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Of the 6.6 percent growth in March 2019, 2.0, 1.7 and 1.2 percentage points were contributed by the United States, Singapore and the United Kingdom, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This growth was buoyed by the increase in remittances from both land-based ($5.71 billion) and sea-based ($1.58 billion) workers, which rose by 2.5 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The continued growth in personal remittances during the first three months of 2019 was driven by steady remittance inflows from land-based OF workers with work contracts of one year or more, which aggregated to 6.2 billion U.S. dollars, and compensation of sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts, which totaled 1.7 billion U.S. dollars," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "This growth was buoyed by the increase in remittances from both land-based (5.71 billion U.S. dollars) and sea-based (1.58 billion U.S. dollars) workers, which rose by 2.5 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "The combined remittances from these sources accounted for almost 78 percent of total cash remittances from January to March 2019," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Saudi ) : “By country source, the US registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.1 percent. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the UK, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Kuwait,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The continued growth in personal remittances during the first three months of 2019 was driven by steady remittance inflows from land-based OF workers with work contracts of one year or more, which aggregated to $6.2 billion, and compensation of sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts, which totaled $1.7 billion,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “At the moment, we’re looking at possible monetary easing in light of the global trend,” “The U.S has stopped the normalization process, the same thing with Japan. That gives us a lot of bullets for monetary easing” External link

hellenicshippingnews Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The end-April 2019 level of GIR serves as an ample external liquidity buffer and is equivalent to 7.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, the continued increase in global crude oil prices and the possibility of a prolonged El Niño episode could be a source of upside price pressures over the near term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Against these upside and downside risks, the BSP continues to keep a close watch over price developments in the country and shall consider all relevant data at its next policy meeting on May 9, 2019 to ensure that monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s primary mandate of price stability conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Against these upside and downside risks, the BSP continues to keep a close watch over price developments in the country and shall consider all relevant data at its next monetary policy meeting on 9 May 2019 to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP's primary mandate of price stability conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “At the moment, we’re looking at possible monetary easing in light of the global trend,” “The U.S has stopped the normalization process, the same thing with Japan. That gives us a lot of bullets for monetary easing” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:55:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “So I am not at all worried about the current account deficit especially because it is less than 3 percent of our economy. If you look at the composition of our imports they are indeed for raw materials, equipment etc.,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “And to add to that, the Philippines has attracted a lot of interests from foreign investors,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "gives us some opportunity for easing," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "That gives us some opportunity for easing" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Yes, that is another factor, that we can now move faster this time" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "It is clear we need to reduce RRR to be more competitive," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 29, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Those two are inevitable, reduction of the rates and reduction of the reserve requirement. They will come. It is just a matter of time" External link

4-traders Monday, April 29, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "As things normalise, naturally we should move towards normalisation'" External link

4-traders Monday, April 29, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the Philippines’ robust economic growth is sustainable over the long haul, in part because of the BSP’s commitment to maintain price stability and the soundness of the banking and financial system” “The BSP will continue to provide an enabling environment for sustainable, robust, and more inclusive economic growth by staying committed to its price and financial stability mandates,” External link

manilatimes Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “the BSP will continue to provide an enabling environment for sustainable, robust, and more inclusive economic growth by staying committed to its price and financial stability mandates” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, April 26, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “By country source, the United States registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.5 percent,” External link

manilatimes Monday, April 15, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “It’s not a matter of whether we cut, it is when,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 12, 2019 5:47:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “It’s not a matter whether we cut, it is when,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 12, 2019 4:21:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We are all undoubtedly inspired by the life and work of Gov. Nesting. IGNITE is a multi-stakeholder, research-based, and data-driven advocacy. It is a social transformation platform that leverages on technology to empower financially unserved and underserved Filipinos for more inclusive growth — just as Gov. Nesting would have wanted” External link

bworldcom Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “The visit of the head of state of China will put pressure on the team (in Beijing),” External link

egyptindependent Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:33:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “All these numbers that was mentioned showed thrift banks critical role in supporting the country’s inclusive economic growth,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:56:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Inflation pressures have eased further since the previous monetary policy meeting, reflecting mainly the decline in food prices amid improved supply conditions,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “risks to the inflation outlook remained broadly balanced for 2019 even as it observed that further risks could emerge from [a] prolonged El Niño and higher-than-expected increases in global oil and food prices” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, there are risks to economic growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Given these considerations, the Monetary Board is of the view that the within-target inflation outlook and firm domestic growth support keeping monetary policy settings steady at this time,” “Looking ahead, the BSP will continue to monitor developments affecting the inflation outlook to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with its price stability objective,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The board’s decision is based on its assessment that prevailing monetary policy settings remain appropriate,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, there are risks to economic growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "However, there are risks to growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 21, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This growth was in line with the increase in remittances from both land-based ($1.95 billion) and sea-based ($0.53 billion) workers, which rose by 2.3 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 15, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for almost 78 percent of total cash remittances,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 15, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The President still has to sign the budget so that could be a drag on the 7-8 percent (growth target) so I’m circling for 7 percent at the moment,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There is room for monetary easing. It could be 1 percentage point every quarter for the next four quarters. We will look at the data and see," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I'm settling for 7 percent at the moment," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We have enough money to fund all those 'Build, Build, Build' projects," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's nothing to worry about," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I don't find it too strong," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's speculation. The role of AMLC has not changed," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If it falls under our coverage, yes" "There's no sacred cow. We will look at everybody's... whether they constitute a systemic risk, that is part of our mandate, we will look into it," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I'm convinced there's room for monetary easing. Coming from what the former central bank governor did last year when we were facing elevated prices," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We're very old, average age 70, very diverse backgrounds," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “In pursuing policy continuity, let me also assure you that the BSP will sustain its institutional independence, with the Monetary Board acting as a collegial body,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:51:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Given the decelerating inflation in the Philipines, there’s an opportunity for monetary easing…,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 8, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Knowing that IT security issues have systemic implications, the BSP, under my leadership, shall continue strengthening the BSP's ability to address these threats," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 8, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Given the deceleration in inflation, there is an opportunity for monetary easing but as I said that would depend on data," External link

4-traders Friday, March 8, 2019 5:55:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We’re not able to cover our expenses but we’re able to invest more. In the past it’s the reverse,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 6, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am glad to report that underspending is a thing of the past, in fact we are slightly overspending,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This accounted for more than half of total disbursements,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I know how government works. I know where we want to go. I'm familiar with the program of the government," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I know exactly what's going on. That cannot be said of other BSP governors... I don't buy that concept as if the central bank governorship is the prerogative of those from the inside" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Number one I am not a politician. In other countries, it's normal that you get the chairman of the Fed or the governor of the central bank to come from the academe" "What is bad is when you appoint a banker... You don't want a banker to be central bank governor because then you appoint one of the boys to the central bank and that's bad for the economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Carlos Dominguez ) : "He (Dominguez) said, why not you? So I said, sure why not. That's it. But it's really up to the President. We went through the vetting process, there were many names considered as many as 8," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Underspending is a thing of the past," "This reverses 12 straight years of underspending where actual disbursement fell short of the program," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It's not up to me, there are many names being floated, but I hope the next DBM secretary is not a politician," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Price stability is one goal of BSP. Financial stability is the other one. But it's more than that," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Kasi after the ratification by both Houses of Congress, dadalhin 'yan sa printing press. It’s a voluminous document. Four volumes 'yun. Right now it’s being printed. Give them maybe another week,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 1, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “No need for a backup plan. It’s in the interest of everybody that we get this started. This is not gonna influence the election anyway. Ang makaka-affect diyan ‘yung sa local level. ‘Yung mga small project, projects of mayors or congressmen. But these are nationwide projects, big projects. So it should not affect the outcome of the elections,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 1, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Nesting is one of our illustrious graduates at the UP School of Economics. He joined BSP right after his graduation and rose to governorship of the monetary institution after years of effective and excellent service as a regulator and anchor of monetary policy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “it’s indeed a very sad day to see one of the hardworking co-workers in government go” External link

pna Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I see this as a positive development rather than a negative development because our infrastructure spending exceeded our target," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, February 22, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We plan to outgrow our debt, meaning the economy will grow much faster than debt accumulation," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, February 22, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Solicitor General ) : “We included cash budgeting as a General Provision in the proposed budget because we want this to be the usual practice from hereon in,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “content and form of the budget is an executive decision” External link

pna Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A growth of maybe 3-4 percent is possible for the sector if we focus on high-value crops and just import rice,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno stated : "had the agriculture sector grown at its potential of 4 percent in 2018, full-year economic growth would have reached 6.5 percent, equal to the low-end of our revised growth target last year" “Looking at 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by industrial origin, the agriculture sector contributed a measly 0.1 percentage point to the full-year growth rate of 6.2 percent. Simply put, the farm sector had virtually zero contribution to economic growth last year,” External link

pna Friday, February 15, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In fact, there are scenarios where we’ll see inflation at around 2 percent, maybe second or third quarter,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We’re coming from a high inflation,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Such practices are not, and will not be, condoned by the Duterte administration. If Andaya know of such practices, and he clearly does, as he has been defending contractors, then he should name these personalities as they should be investigated,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We want to firm up the bureaucracy and improve our public service delivery,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The President will have the option to veto because the President, our President, has line-item veto power for the budget, tax, and tariff bill. What does that mean? We can cross out items to the budget and sign the bill as approved," External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The president has 30 days to act on it from the receipt but it won’t take 30 days, I can assure you thatI think now that they have passed it, the uncertainty is gone and so we’re moving forward,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It is again one of his wild and baseless accusations,” External link

pna Friday, February 8, 2019 6:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We are definitely cooperating but it is imperative that we be given the proper amount of time to prepare,” External link

pna Friday, February 8, 2019 1:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Given these facts and the misconceptions about the (budget) process, we take any subpoena from the House as an opportunity to clarify all these matters not only to the public, but also for the official records of House,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:24:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We will open up the importation but the competition is still there. We liberalize but we still impose tariff," External link

pna Monday, February 4, 2019 12:38:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We will open up the importation but the competition is still there. We liberalize but we still impose tariff," External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There are more consumers than sugar producers,” External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In the medium term, the Philippines will remain to be one of the fastest growing economies in the fastest growing region, that is the ASEAN region, in the world. In the next four years, we expect the economy to grow at 7-8 percent. We are confident that the growth target is attainable in the medium term, especially with the key structural reforms and expansionary fiscal program that the Duterte administration has adopted,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Last year, we have also returned to the public Samurai market, issuing Samurai bonds on a stand-alone basis amounting to JPY154.2 billion (approximately USD 1.4 Billion) in a multi-tranche transaction after an eight-year break,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “President Duterte, compared to past presidents in recent Philippine history, hit the ground running. Infrastructure spending during his first two full years, both in terms of its share of the budget and as percent of GDP, hit record high. Spending for social services -- education, health care, and social protection -- has reached new heights too,” “So, take my word for it: the Philippines will be Asia’s next success story,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “You cannot ask for blanket exemption” “We will discuss it among ourselves, but I think in the past you have to identify specific projects,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is a proof of our commitment to accelerate human capital development," External link

pna Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There are more consumers than sugar producers,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We will do what we can to minimize the damage to the Philippine economy, particularly public construction. You see, as early as the first working day of the year, we have come up with the guidelines for fund releases under the reenacted budget,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:39:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We are optimistic this year. Big projects will take off this year and also we have an election year. Usually, during elections we have at least 0.5-1.0-percent increase in GDP (gross domestic product),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Awarding of contracts may already proceed for programs and projects that underwent early procurement if the amount needed can be covered by the funds available under a reenacted budget,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 21, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is a massive turnaround from previous experiences, unexpected from a development country that is not a major greenhouse gas emitter,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, January 19, 2019 10:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The country's growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the 'Build, Build, Build' program, and we also do the same for our human capital," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If we are able to grow agriculture by 4 percent, the economic growth target of 7 to 8 percent is very much attainable. This administration intends to work on its weakest link to realize the fullest potential of our sectors, and further drive growth for the people," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The improved procurement performance is a direct result of reforms, which seek to ensure a faster, efficient, and more responsive mechanisms for the acquisition of goods and services, introduced by the administration in the past two years,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:51:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "not do the direct production of whatever they use," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Can you imagine the military producing their own ships? That is a major decision. We have to discuss it," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “You have to relax the rules on importations, because it puts pressures on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The country's growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the 'Build, Build, Build' program, and we also do the same for our human capital," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If we are able to grow agriculture by 4 percent, the economic growth target of 7 to 8 percent is very much attainable. This administration intends to work on its weakest link to realize the fullest potential of our sectors, and further drive growth for the people," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That has an impact on employment, poverty. Because if you don’t get jobs, of course you will be one of those who are poor,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The country’s growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, and we also do the same for our human capital,” External link

manilametro Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The first two years of the administration of President Duterte registered the highest level of economic growth among post-Marcos administrations, averaging 6.6 percent from the years 2017 and 2018,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “It would appear that President Duterte hit the ground running, no adjustment period. He didn’t need the usual adjustment period,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “I think we really have to focus now on mechanization. We have to focus on adapting higher quality of seeds, more on irrigation, more demonstration on farms. We have to show the farmers that these things really make a difference and maybe he has not done that,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In the past decades, one of the bottlenecks of public service delivery has been delays in procurement. Since we assumed office in 2016, we have been keen on introducing more efficient systems in this area,” “So far, I am pleased to say our reforms have been yielding our intended results,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This reenacted budget will not be extended. Because there’s an election. And they will, I think, they will go on a recess by February... They have to hit the road ahead of their campaign by middle of February,” “Because if they don’t pass the budget, we’ll call them to a special session again and again and again. So, that will take time away from their campaign. So they must be thinking of let’s get this done,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “I hope the senators will realize that when you take away PHP75 billion of infrastructure, that reduces our commitment by about half percentage point, roughly. That has an impact on employment, on poverty, because if you don’t get jobs of course you will be one of those poor,” “And it will delay a little bit our commitment to make up for the past neglect of the past administration. I hope they know the short-term and long-term consequences,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The country’s growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, and we also do the same for our human capital,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "So it's not true that there is no money for the BOL elections, the plebiscite," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Commission ) : “In the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP), PHP111.8 million and PHP95.8 million are allocated, respectively, under Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for the conduct and supervision of elections, referenda, recall votes, and plebiscites in the budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec),” External link

pna Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Now, to appease concerns that there is not enough money for the Bangsamoro plebiscite, the Comelec may also request for more funding through the contingent fund, subject to approval of the Office of the President, in case the above-cited sources are fully utilized,” “We want to give peace a chance in the Bangsamoro region, and we are prepared and willing to fund this exercise to the fullest,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 GAA (General Appropriations Act), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

manilametro Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

manilametro Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 GAA (General Appropriations Act), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 14, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 14, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “All government employees will get an increase in pay, but it has to wait for the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act. DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has initiated a study for the increase in compensation for government workers from 2020 to 2022,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, January 11, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “With pronouncements from Congress that budget bill will be their top priority upon resumption next week, we expect the GAA (General Appropriations Act) to be signed first week February,” External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Again, the role of the DBM is to set the budget ceiling for the line agencies and to evaluate whether their programs are aligned with the government’s priorities," External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 3:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "All government employees will get an increase in pay, but it has to wait for the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act. DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has initiated a study for the increase in compensation for government workers from 2020 to 2022," External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) cannot implement the scheduled hike in government workers’ salary without legal basis, which is still pending in Congress,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In effect, government employees would receive salary differentials within the year,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There will be a possibility of adjustment across all government and military workers. But, how much is not yet determined,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The 2018 full-year numbers, including the assessment of national government disbursements, should be out by the first quarter of 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Year-to-date actual disbursements also stand at P3.1 trillion, increasing the likelihood of zero underspending for 2018,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) cannot implement the scheduled hike in government workers’ salary without legal basis, which is still pending in Congress,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In effect, government employees would receive salary differentials within the year,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There will be a possibility of adjustment across all government and military workers. But, how much is not yet determined,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Why are we wasting time? We don’t have enough time," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "During our family meetings, we don't talk politics. We don't talk projects. Those are taboo issues," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 8, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "The President is very much aware that it is agriculture that is dragging the economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT



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Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I’m sure the BSP will do something. Diokno knows it by now. He is a pro-growth central bank governor...I’m quite optimistic he will do the right thing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “In view of the foregoing doctrines, as well as the fact that a Governor of the BSP is not covered by Article VII, Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution, his appointment being provided by mere legislation, it is submitted that the appointment of former Secretary and new BSP Governor Diokno does not need confirmation from the CA,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “He has pending issues in the House. We still don’t have closure. I intend to continue hearings [and summon Diokno] if there is a need for it,” External link

manilametro Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Ben Evardone said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I welcome the appointment of Secretary Diokno as BSP governor. I think he will continue the efforts of the BSP to tame inflation and be a catalyst for development, especially now that we have just amended the Central Bank Act to empower more the BSP in sustaining economic growth and ensuring financial stability,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Panfilo Lacson said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : "Sec. Diokno may not be the best choice since he is not well known to have much banking experience and has yet to introduce himself to the international banking community. Nevertheless, knowing his long, reputable public service, both in the budget department and in the academe where he served with competence and integrity, he is still a welcome appointment as BSP governor," External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “We wish Secretary Diokno all the best in his endeavors as the new chief of the country’s central monetary authority,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Rolando Andaya said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “Documents in our possession show that for 2017, a total of P370 billion was generated in savings. This amount was at the full disposal of Secretary Diokno,” “We also know that the amount for 2018 savings is higher. More than enough to sway the outcome of the 2019 elections, if he wants to,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I will leave it to Sec. Diokno, his stand. If he feels that he needs the official intervention of the President then he will raise that in the Cabinet,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:55:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “The President is a former member of Congress. He knows what happens there. He’s in the Executive, so he knows Secretary Diokno is not involved there,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “The President is a former member of Congress. He knows what happens there. He’s in the Executive, so he knows Secretary Diokno is not involved there,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “Definitely the policy is not to surveil teachers. The President loves them. He even promised to double their salaries. If I’m not mistaken, Secretary [Benjamin] Diokno said the salary hike may be released from two or three months from now,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, January 7, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

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Benjamin Diokno told : "We're doing great. We're in a very nice place right now. We'll go slow in our monetary easing," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, January 27, 2020 6:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's going to go through the legal process. It will not happen overnight like a takeover by government. That will not happen. There will be a process," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, January 27, 2020 6:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “I promise, first quarter of this year maybe 25 basis points and we’ll continue to look at other numbers,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Maybe, we'll announce when and how much, will depend on the data" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "That's appropriate to see how the adjustments are being digested by the markets" "This is the appropriate course for the markets. This is also being done by other countries," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I don't think it will have any large impact on the financial system, we just want to make sure we get a handle of what is going on," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "These are small transactions, I understand," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, December 20, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Notwithstanding the weak global growth outlook prospects for the Philippine economy continue to be robust on the back of firm domestic demand, sustained policy support from increased fiscal spending as well as improved domestic liquidity conditions owing to recent monetary adjustments," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Sustained policy support from increased fiscal spending, as well as improved domestic liquidity conditions owing to recent monetary adjustments, is also expected to support growth in the coming months," External link

4-traders Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “BSP’s Monetary Board will consider new data and potential risks at its meeting next week on 12 December 2019,” External link

pna Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We'll look at December and then maybe early January, we'll resume monetary easing,” External link

pna Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The goal of financial inclusion is to ensure that all Filipinos are able to use financial services that are appropriate to their needs and capacities," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 28, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Our efforts to promote digital payments are meant to facilitate delivery of financial services, including credit that are designed around the needs and preference of small value transactors,” “The convenience, affordability and flexibility of these digital products will hopefully make informal lenders charging exorbitant fees less attractive,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Hindi naman makakaapekto kasi marami nang imports na darating pa lang eh, tapos concern nga is harvest season, baka lalong bumaba yung presyo,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The digital life is upon us, and we can harness this to make sure internet access and mobile phone ownership do not only lead to better social connections and convenient shopping but also and more importantly, to greater ability for all Filipinos to use welfare-enhancing financial services,” External link

pna Monday, November 18, 2019 3:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The 6 percent full year GDP (gross domestic product) growth target is a tall order, after a slower than expected first half, but still doable,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There will be no policy cuts this year and no more relaxation of the reserve requirement," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 4, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Headline inflation declined further to 1.7 percent (year-on-year) in the third quarter 2019 from 3 percent in the previous quarter, bringing year-to-date inflation at 2.8 percent, well within the national government’s target range,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 25, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Nevertheless, we expect growth to remain robust in the coming months,” External link

inquirer Friday, October 25, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There's an overall positive outlook for the domestic economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, October 25, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That could be one of the factors we have to monitor. But at the moment, hindi naman siya upside risk, kasi it [water rate hike] has to be approved by authorities ‘di ba?” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In sum, the country has been making considerable progress toward achieving its macroeconomic goals. Looking ahead, prospects for the domestic economy continue to remain favorable as domestic growth fundamentals are expected to remain intact,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 18, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “despite favorable developments due to technology, many challenges persist,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “As such, it is necessary to bring the unserved and underserved into the national economy,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The pursuit of financial inclusion requires an openness to all possible transformative solutions and impactful innovations, such as digital technology, new business models and cross-sector collaboration,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Investors want to know exactly what will be the final version of that bill. So the sooner we act on that, then the sooner the investors can make up their mind [on] whether to enter or exit,” External link

manilatimes Friday, October 11, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno noted : “That would be very helpful for most of our en banc because as you know, farmers don't usually have passport or driver's license, so now in this, PhilID is all you need to open an account,” External link

pna Friday, October 11, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Many Filipinos still do not own bank accounts, and so are unable to access loans and other financial services from formal channels,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “As of end-2018, there were 48 banks that have already made their financial services accessible through the internet, and 26 banks that have made their services accessible through mobile phones,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Moving forward, the BSP is committed to playing an even more active role in maintaining economic stability and in helping achieve the economy’s long-term development goals, among which is to reach high-income status by 2040,” External link

pna Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Should inflation outlook continue to improve, we will continue to cut the RRR,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Single digit is nine, you say. You can extrapolate, two and a half years from January 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Single digit is nine, you say. You can extrapolate, two and a half years from January 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We are keen on hitting the minimum rating within the A territory over the next two years or so," External link

pna Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:32:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It’s really inflation that makes a difference in our decision next week,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is part of the new central bank: We want to be transparent and we want to notify the industry of what we’re doing, ahead of time,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It’s really inflation that makes a difference in our decision next week,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is part of the new central bank: We want to be transparent and we want to notify the industry of what we’re doing, ahead of time,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, September 20, 2019 8:39:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the only way we can cope with such a challenge is to provide digital payment services” External link

pna Wednesday, September 18, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno says : “For every 1 percentage point or 100 basis points cut, you release something like P90 billion of P100 billion, or approximately $2 billion, so that will ease up on credit and help to spur economic growth in the country and maybe reach the poorest of the poor,” External link

euromoney Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno tells ( about Cory Aquino ) : “He (the president) said he knew me when I was under-secretary under president Cory Aquino 30 years ago. I don’t really know him,” External link

euromoney Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "As long as the oil price spike is transitory and less than $85 per barrel, then it should be of secondary importance. The most important piece of information for policy decision is the forecasted inflation rate in September," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78.1 percent of total cash remittances from January to July 2019,” External link

manilatimes Monday, September 16, 2019 9:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno says : “At 57, Metrobank is one of the biggest and best managed banks in the country. This is highlighted by Metrobank’s strong balance sheet, adherence to global banking standards, and an emphasis on corporate social responsibility” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This upward impact on the debt stock was partially offset by the transfer of Philippine debt papers from non-residents to residents ($746 million),” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “The same trend was observed using GDP (gross domestic product). The ratio indicates the country’s sustained strong position to service foreign borrowings in the medium to long-term,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno pointed out : “The DSR has consistently remained at single digit levels,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It will be bid out for some private sector developers. That’s part of it, there is no point in having two mints plants, two printing complex," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 13, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The month-on-month increase in the GIR level reflects the national government's net foreign currency deposits and BSP's income from its investments abroad," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, September 6, 2019 3:10:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “With a well-defined regulatory framework now in place, the BSP looks forward to seeing greater participation in Islamic financing by both domestic and foreign banks,” External link

manilatimes Friday, August 30, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is expected to widen opportunities for Muslim Filipinos, including those from the Bangsamoro Region, in accessing banking products and services. This is a great stride in our financial inclusion mandates,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, August 30, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "With a well-defined regulatory framework now in place, the BSP looks forward to seeing greater participation in Islamic financing by both domestic and foreign banks," "This is a great stride in our financial inclusion mandate," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, August 30, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am also chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Council so our AMLC team plus our financial stability team (will study) the impact of discontinuing the POGO in the Philippines,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We are studying the possibility of putting some sense into online gambling,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue. My (focus) is financial stability issue,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We can actually require any individual or firm for information that is related to financial stability. That’s based on the new charter of the BSP. We can subpoena individuals and companies to give us information on things that we think has something to do with financial stability,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “My primary concern is real estate risk as well as implications on (other industries). It’s a study for the guidance of the Monetary Board and the AMLC,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The BSP has volunteered to print the ID so as not to delay the printing because if you bid this out, the losing bidders will challenge the winning bidders, it will go all the way to court, it could take years so we volunteered, we will print it, it’s a government to government contract,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am also chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Council so our AMLC team plus our financial stability team (will study) the impact of discontinuing the POGO in the Philippines,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We are studying the possibility of putting some sense into online gambling,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue. My (focus) is financial stability issue,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We can actually require any individual or firm for information that is related to financial stability. That’s based on the new charter of the BSP. We can subpoena individuals and companies to give us information on things that we think has something to do with financial stability,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “My primary concern is real estate risk as well as implications on (other industries). It’s a study for the guidance of the Monetary Board and the AMLC,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:51:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno asked : “It’s true that they occupy a big chunk of real estate in the country. What if, all of a sudden, they decide to back out? What [would] be the impact of that [on the] property sector?” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “One of the mandates of the BSP is financial stability, so we look at all the industries [and] conglemerates and see whether they pose financial risks. That’s what we are looking at the POGO issue,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Once we get that [bill] approved, I’m sure foreign investment will come in here. They will figure out the profitability. Incentives don’t matter. Incentives come and go,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Foreign investors are always [on wait-and-see mode]. This is an election year. Another is because of the Trabaho bill. They are waiting for the final version of that bill,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “We will cut another 25 bps before the end of the year and then we will review, as we remain data-dependent,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “In fact, some central banks have surprised the markets by reducing their rates by more than what was expected,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "What if all of a sudden they decide to pack up and leave? What will be the impact of that on the property sector, also the food industry, the restaurants? This is part of my job as BSP governor," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “This was attributed to the 5.4-percent y-o-y (year-on-year) drop in cash remittances from land-based workers, which was mitigated by the 6.3-percent increase y-o-y in transfers from sea-based workers,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78 percent of total cash remittances from January to June 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We commend the AFP leadership for committing to enhance the holistic well-being of our peacemakers with the inclusion of financial health in the personal scorecards or charters of AFP personnel alongside professional development and physical wellness," External link

pna Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “The Monetary Board’s decision [to cut rates] is based on its assessment that price pressures have continued to ease since the previous meeting,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “On balance, therefore, the Monetary Board believes that the benign inflation outlook provides room for a further reduction in the policy rate as a preemptive move against the risks associated with weakening global growth,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Going forward, the BSP will continue to monitor price and output conditions to ensure that monetary policy remains appropriately supportive of sustained non-inflationary economic growth over the medium term,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Until the end of the year, it’s around 50 basis points,” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, August 7, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Until the end of the year, it’s around 50 basis points,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, August 5, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We project a steady recovery in household spending as commodity prices continue to stabilize,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Moreover, strong macroeconomic fundamentals, the sound banking system and firm economic growth prospects continue to support the domestic financial market,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 19, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Furthermore, the Philippine banking system remains healthy, as asset quality indicators continue to be positive and capital adequacy ratios remain comfortably above the BSP’s regulatory threshold and international standards,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 19, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told ( about Fed Chairman ) : “As it is, there are two options on the part of the Fed — [a] 25-basis-point (bps) cut or a 50-bps cut. Except the probability is low for [the] 50-bps (reduction), but definitely it will cut,” External link

manilatimes Monday, July 15, 2019 4:21:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Alam mo ‘yung (Have you looked at) foreign direct investments? I’ve looked at the data globally, it’s been declining. ’Yung sa atin (Here, it’s) increasing? That shows confidence. With the recent developments, baka tumaas pa (it might go up),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That’s unusual on his third year. [Isn’t that] fantastic? We’re doing great,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Palagay ko mauuna ‘yung interest rate cut bago [ang] reserve requirement (I think the interest rate cut will come first before the reserve requirement is eased),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 3 percent ± 1 percentage point for both 2019 and 2020, while inflation expectations have moderated further,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “For example, I think the Monetary Board is unanimous that we have to do something about the agri-agra reform. Those are the things we are looking into,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The BSP will keep close watch over latest economic developments to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The end-June 2019 level of GIR serves as an ample external liquidity buffer and is equivalent to 7.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income. It is also equivalent to 5.1 times the country’s short-term external debt based on original maturity and 3.7 times based on residual maturity,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 5, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “The BSP will keep close watch over latest economic developments to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth,” External link

pna Friday, July 5, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Maybe we want to make it a precondition for these peoplewhoever they are, whoever will be the speaker or the Senate President, that they will support such measure,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It's an anti-corruption and anti-terrorism measure. It opens up more money for productive use," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Not at this time. To me, I've seen many administrations, the best time to change the Charter is during the first half of your term, not during the second half. This is now implementation time," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We’re just preparing the guidelines. It will be quick,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “If you just look at the base effects, [the] third quarter (inflation rate) can really be around 2 percent or even lower,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Bangko Sentral ) : “Rest assured that the Bangko Sentral will continue pursuing its mandate with the Filipino people always in mind,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, June 28, 2019 5:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the Monetary Board believes that the manageable inflation outlook and firm domestic growth prospects support keeping monetary policy settings steady for the time being” “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 3.0 percent ± 1.0 percentage point for both 2019 and 2020, while inflation expectations have moderated further,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the BSP will continue to monitor emerging price and output conditions to ensure that monetary policy remains in line with the BSP’s price stability objective while being supportive of economic growth” External link

manilatimes Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Latest baseline forecasts indicate that inflation remains likely to settle within the target range of 2 to 4 percent both for 2029 and 2020, while inflation expectations have further moderated,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "On balance, therefore, the Monetary Board believes that the manageable inflation outlook and firm domestic growth prospects support keeping monetary policy settings steady for the time being," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "A prudent pause allows the BSP to observe and assess the impact of prior monetary adjustments including the phased reduction in the reserve requirements to be completed by the end of July," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno explained : “This growth was supported by remittances from both land-based ($1.8 billion) and sea-based ($0.6 billion) workers, which rose by 2.2 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Monday, June 17, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It is also equivalent to 5.1 times the country's short-term external debt based on original maturity and 3.6 times based on residual maturity," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, June 7, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Keeping our house in order remains the first and best line of defense," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 7, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Looking ahead, we expect inflation to be in the neighborhood of 2 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With world oil prices easing, we expect the annual inflation rate to be in the vicinity of 3.0 percent in 2019 and 2020,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, June 5, 2019 9:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “If the rest of the world goes cutting or easing, we’ll be accelerating the process of monetary easing,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, May 31, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “For rural and cooperative banks, the RRR was cut by 100 bps, from 5 percent to 4 percent, effective 31 May 2019. The BSP will issue the necessary circular shortly,” External link

pna Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “For rural and cooperative banks, the RRR would be cut by 100 bps, from 5 to 4 percent, effective May 31, 2019. The BSP will issue the necessary circular shortly,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:47:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut in RRR will be considered in the next MB meeting,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 20, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut in RRR will be considered in the next MB meeting,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This new policy will apply to universal and commercial banks only. For the other types of banks, the cut In RRR will be considered in the next monetary board meeting," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:49:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Of the 6.6 percent growth in March 2019, 2.0, 1.7 and 1.2 percentage points were contributed by the United States, Singapore and the United Kingdom, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This growth was buoyed by the increase in remittances from both land-based ($5.71 billion) and sea-based ($1.58 billion) workers, which rose by 2.5 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The continued growth in personal remittances during the first three months of 2019 was driven by steady remittance inflows from land-based OF workers with work contracts of one year or more, which aggregated to 6.2 billion U.S. dollars, and compensation of sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts, which totaled 1.7 billion U.S. dollars," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "This growth was buoyed by the increase in remittances from both land-based (5.71 billion U.S. dollars) and sea-based (1.58 billion U.S. dollars) workers, which rose by 2.5 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : "The combined remittances from these sources accounted for almost 78 percent of total cash remittances from January to March 2019," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Saudi ) : “By country source, the US registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.1 percent. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the UK, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Kuwait,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The continued growth in personal remittances during the first three months of 2019 was driven by steady remittance inflows from land-based OF workers with work contracts of one year or more, which aggregated to $6.2 billion, and compensation of sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts, which totaled $1.7 billion,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “At the moment, we’re looking at possible monetary easing in light of the global trend,” “The U.S has stopped the normalization process, the same thing with Japan. That gives us a lot of bullets for monetary easing” External link

hellenicshippingnews Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The end-April 2019 level of GIR serves as an ample external liquidity buffer and is equivalent to 7.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, the continued increase in global crude oil prices and the possibility of a prolonged El Niño episode could be a source of upside price pressures over the near term,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Against these upside and downside risks, the BSP continues to keep a close watch over price developments in the country and shall consider all relevant data at its next policy meeting on May 9, 2019 to ensure that monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP’s primary mandate of price stability conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Against these upside and downside risks, the BSP continues to keep a close watch over price developments in the country and shall consider all relevant data at its next monetary policy meeting on 9 May 2019 to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the BSP's primary mandate of price stability conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 7, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “At the moment, we’re looking at possible monetary easing in light of the global trend,” “The U.S has stopped the normalization process, the same thing with Japan. That gives us a lot of bullets for monetary easing” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:55:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “So I am not at all worried about the current account deficit especially because it is less than 3 percent of our economy. If you look at the composition of our imports they are indeed for raw materials, equipment etc.,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “And to add to that, the Philippines has attracted a lot of interests from foreign investors,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "gives us some opportunity for easing," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "That gives us some opportunity for easing" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Yes, that is another factor, that we can now move faster this time" External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 3, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "It is clear we need to reduce RRR to be more competitive," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 29, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Those two are inevitable, reduction of the rates and reduction of the reserve requirement. They will come. It is just a matter of time" External link

4-traders Monday, April 29, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "As things normalise, naturally we should move towards normalisation'" External link

4-traders Monday, April 29, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “the Philippines’ robust economic growth is sustainable over the long haul, in part because of the BSP’s commitment to maintain price stability and the soundness of the banking and financial system” “The BSP will continue to provide an enabling environment for sustainable, robust, and more inclusive economic growth by staying committed to its price and financial stability mandates,” External link

manilatimes Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “the BSP will continue to provide an enabling environment for sustainable, robust, and more inclusive economic growth by staying committed to its price and financial stability mandates” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, April 26, 2019 5:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “By country source, the United States registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.5 percent,” External link

manilatimes Monday, April 15, 2019 8:17:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “It’s not a matter of whether we cut, it is when,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 12, 2019 5:47:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “It’s not a matter whether we cut, it is when,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 12, 2019 4:21:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We are all undoubtedly inspired by the life and work of Gov. Nesting. IGNITE is a multi-stakeholder, research-based, and data-driven advocacy. It is a social transformation platform that leverages on technology to empower financially unserved and underserved Filipinos for more inclusive growth — just as Gov. Nesting would have wanted” External link

bworldcom Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “The visit of the head of state of China will put pressure on the team (in Beijing),” External link

egyptindependent Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:33:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “All these numbers that was mentioned showed thrift banks critical role in supporting the country’s inclusive economic growth,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:56:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Inflation pressures have eased further since the previous monetary policy meeting, reflecting mainly the decline in food prices amid improved supply conditions,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “risks to the inflation outlook remained broadly balanced for 2019 even as it observed that further risks could emerge from [a] prolonged El Niño and higher-than-expected increases in global oil and food prices” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, there are risks to economic growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Given these considerations, the Monetary Board is of the view that the within-target inflation outlook and firm domestic growth support keeping monetary policy settings steady at this time,” “Looking ahead, the BSP will continue to monitor developments affecting the inflation outlook to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with its price stability objective,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The board’s decision is based on its assessment that prevailing monetary policy settings remain appropriate,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “However, there are risks to economic growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "However, there are risks to growth in 2019 if the current budget impasse in Congress is not resolved soon," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 21, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This growth was in line with the increase in remittances from both land-based ($1.95 billion) and sea-based ($0.53 billion) workers, which rose by 2.3 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 15, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for almost 78 percent of total cash remittances,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 15, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The President still has to sign the budget so that could be a drag on the 7-8 percent (growth target) so I’m circling for 7 percent at the moment,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "There is room for monetary easing. It could be 1 percentage point every quarter for the next four quarters. We will look at the data and see," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I'm settling for 7 percent at the moment," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We have enough money to fund all those 'Build, Build, Build' projects," External link

4-traders Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's nothing to worry about," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I don't find it too strong," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "That's speculation. The role of AMLC has not changed," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If it falls under our coverage, yes" "There's no sacred cow. We will look at everybody's... whether they constitute a systemic risk, that is part of our mandate, we will look into it," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:46:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I'm convinced there's room for monetary easing. Coming from what the former central bank governor did last year when we were facing elevated prices," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We're very old, average age 70, very diverse backgrounds," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “In pursuing policy continuity, let me also assure you that the BSP will sustain its institutional independence, with the Monetary Board acting as a collegial body,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:51:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “Given the decelerating inflation in the Philipines, there’s an opportunity for monetary easing…,” External link

manilatimes Friday, March 8, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Knowing that IT security issues have systemic implications, the BSP, under my leadership, shall continue strengthening the BSP's ability to address these threats," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 8, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Given the deceleration in inflation, there is an opportunity for monetary easing but as I said that would depend on data," External link

4-traders Friday, March 8, 2019 5:55:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We’re not able to cover our expenses but we’re able to invest more. In the past it’s the reverse,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 6, 2019 3:07:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : “I am glad to report that underspending is a thing of the past, in fact we are slightly overspending,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This accounted for more than half of total disbursements,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "I know how government works. I know where we want to go. I'm familiar with the program of the government," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I know exactly what's going on. That cannot be said of other BSP governors... I don't buy that concept as if the central bank governorship is the prerogative of those from the inside" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Number one I am not a politician. In other countries, it's normal that you get the chairman of the Fed or the governor of the central bank to come from the academe" "What is bad is when you appoint a banker... You don't want a banker to be central bank governor because then you appoint one of the boys to the central bank and that's bad for the economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Carlos Dominguez ) : "He (Dominguez) said, why not you? So I said, sure why not. That's it. But it's really up to the President. We went through the vetting process, there were many names considered as many as 8," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Underspending is a thing of the past," "This reverses 12 straight years of underspending where actual disbursement fell short of the program," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "It's not up to me, there are many names being floated, but I hope the next DBM secretary is not a politician," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:34:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Price stability is one goal of BSP. Financial stability is the other one. But it's more than that," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:59:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Kasi after the ratification by both Houses of Congress, dadalhin 'yan sa printing press. It’s a voluminous document. Four volumes 'yun. Right now it’s being printed. Give them maybe another week,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 1, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “No need for a backup plan. It’s in the interest of everybody that we get this started. This is not gonna influence the election anyway. Ang makaka-affect diyan ‘yung sa local level. ‘Yung mga small project, projects of mayors or congressmen. But these are nationwide projects, big projects. So it should not affect the outcome of the elections,” External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, March 1, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Nesting is one of our illustrious graduates at the UP School of Economics. He joined BSP right after his graduation and rose to governorship of the monetary institution after years of effective and excellent service as a regulator and anchor of monetary policy,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “it’s indeed a very sad day to see one of the hardworking co-workers in government go” External link

pna Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "I see this as a positive development rather than a negative development because our infrastructure spending exceeded our target," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, February 22, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We plan to outgrow our debt, meaning the economy will grow much faster than debt accumulation," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, February 22, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Solicitor General ) : “We included cash budgeting as a General Provision in the proposed budget because we want this to be the usual practice from hereon in,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “content and form of the budget is an executive decision” External link

pna Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “A growth of maybe 3-4 percent is possible for the sector if we focus on high-value crops and just import rice,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno stated : "had the agriculture sector grown at its potential of 4 percent in 2018, full-year economic growth would have reached 6.5 percent, equal to the low-end of our revised growth target last year" “Looking at 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by industrial origin, the agriculture sector contributed a measly 0.1 percentage point to the full-year growth rate of 6.2 percent. Simply put, the farm sector had virtually zero contribution to economic growth last year,” External link

pna Friday, February 15, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In fact, there are scenarios where we’ll see inflation at around 2 percent, maybe second or third quarter,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We’re coming from a high inflation,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Such practices are not, and will not be, condoned by the Duterte administration. If Andaya know of such practices, and he clearly does, as he has been defending contractors, then he should name these personalities as they should be investigated,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We want to firm up the bureaucracy and improve our public service delivery,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The President will have the option to veto because the President, our President, has line-item veto power for the budget, tax, and tariff bill. What does that mean? We can cross out items to the budget and sign the bill as approved," External link

pna Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The president has 30 days to act on it from the receipt but it won’t take 30 days, I can assure you thatI think now that they have passed it, the uncertainty is gone and so we’re moving forward,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “It is again one of his wild and baseless accusations,” External link

pna Friday, February 8, 2019 6:37:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “We are definitely cooperating but it is imperative that we be given the proper amount of time to prepare,” External link

pna Friday, February 8, 2019 1:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Given these facts and the misconceptions about the (budget) process, we take any subpoena from the House as an opportunity to clarify all these matters not only to the public, but also for the official records of House,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:24:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We will open up the importation but the competition is still there. We liberalize but we still impose tariff," External link

pna Monday, February 4, 2019 12:38:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "We will open up the importation but the competition is still there. We liberalize but we still impose tariff," External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There are more consumers than sugar producers,” External link

pna Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In the medium term, the Philippines will remain to be one of the fastest growing economies in the fastest growing region, that is the ASEAN region, in the world. In the next four years, we expect the economy to grow at 7-8 percent. We are confident that the growth target is attainable in the medium term, especially with the key structural reforms and expansionary fiscal program that the Duterte administration has adopted,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Last year, we have also returned to the public Samurai market, issuing Samurai bonds on a stand-alone basis amounting to JPY154.2 billion (approximately USD 1.4 Billion) in a multi-tranche transaction after an eight-year break,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “President Duterte, compared to past presidents in recent Philippine history, hit the ground running. Infrastructure spending during his first two full years, both in terms of its share of the budget and as percent of GDP, hit record high. Spending for social services -- education, health care, and social protection -- has reached new heights too,” “So, take my word for it: the Philippines will be Asia’s next success story,” External link

pna Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “You cannot ask for blanket exemption” “We will discuss it among ourselves, but I think in the past you have to identify specific projects,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is a proof of our commitment to accelerate human capital development," External link

pna Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There are more consumers than sugar producers,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We will do what we can to minimize the damage to the Philippine economy, particularly public construction. You see, as early as the first working day of the year, we have come up with the guidelines for fund releases under the reenacted budget,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:39:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We are optimistic this year. Big projects will take off this year and also we have an election year. Usually, during elections we have at least 0.5-1.0-percent increase in GDP (gross domestic product),” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Awarding of contracts may already proceed for programs and projects that underwent early procurement if the amount needed can be covered by the funds available under a reenacted budget,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 21, 2019 8:57:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is a massive turnaround from previous experiences, unexpected from a development country that is not a major greenhouse gas emitter,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, January 19, 2019 10:13:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The country's growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the 'Build, Build, Build' program, and we also do the same for our human capital," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If we are able to grow agriculture by 4 percent, the economic growth target of 7 to 8 percent is very much attainable. This administration intends to work on its weakest link to realize the fullest potential of our sectors, and further drive growth for the people," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The improved procurement performance is a direct result of reforms, which seek to ensure a faster, efficient, and more responsive mechanisms for the acquisition of goods and services, introduced by the administration in the past two years,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:51:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "not do the direct production of whatever they use," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Can you imagine the military producing their own ships? That is a major decision. We have to discuss it," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:32:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “You have to relax the rules on importations, because it puts pressures on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "The country's growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the 'Build, Build, Build' program, and we also do the same for our human capital," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "If we are able to grow agriculture by 4 percent, the economic growth target of 7 to 8 percent is very much attainable. This administration intends to work on its weakest link to realize the fullest potential of our sectors, and further drive growth for the people," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “That has an impact on employment, poverty. Because if you don’t get jobs, of course you will be one of those who are poor,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The country’s growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, and we also do the same for our human capital,” External link

manilametro Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “The first two years of the administration of President Duterte registered the highest level of economic growth among post-Marcos administrations, averaging 6.6 percent from the years 2017 and 2018,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “It would appear that President Duterte hit the ground running, no adjustment period. He didn’t need the usual adjustment period,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This is crucial for the Philippine economy to achieve its poverty-reduction goals,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “I think we really have to focus now on mechanization. We have to focus on adapting higher quality of seeds, more on irrigation, more demonstration on farms. We have to show the farmers that these things really make a difference and maybe he has not done that,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In the past decades, one of the bottlenecks of public service delivery has been delays in procurement. Since we assumed office in 2016, we have been keen on introducing more efficient systems in this area,” “So far, I am pleased to say our reforms have been yielding our intended results,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “This reenacted budget will not be extended. Because there’s an election. And they will, I think, they will go on a recess by February... They have to hit the road ahead of their campaign by middle of February,” “Because if they don’t pass the budget, we’ll call them to a special session again and again and again. So, that will take time away from their campaign. So they must be thinking of let’s get this done,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “I hope the senators will realize that when you take away PHP75 billion of infrastructure, that reduces our commitment by about half percentage point, roughly. That has an impact on employment, on poverty, because if you don’t get jobs of course you will be one of those poor,” “And it will delay a little bit our commitment to make up for the past neglect of the past administration. I hope they know the short-term and long-term consequences,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The country’s growth is domestic-driven as we invest heavily in our infrastructure through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, and we also do the same for our human capital,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "So it's not true that there is no money for the BOL elections, the plebiscite," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:09:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said ( about Commission ) : “In the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP), PHP111.8 million and PHP95.8 million are allocated, respectively, under Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for the conduct and supervision of elections, referenda, recall votes, and plebiscites in the budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec),” External link

pna Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “Now, to appease concerns that there is not enough money for the Bangsamoro plebiscite, the Comelec may also request for more funding through the contingent fund, subject to approval of the Office of the President, in case the above-cited sources are fully utilized,” “We want to give peace a chance in the Bangsamoro region, and we are prepared and willing to fund this exercise to the fullest,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 GAA (General Appropriations Act), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

manilametro Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

manilametro Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “We have to wait for the passage of the 2019 GAA (General Appropriations Act), otherwise we do not have legal basis for the implementation of the fourth tranche,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 14, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There’s no appropriation for this salary adjustment in the 2018 budget. There is one in the 2019 budget,” External link

manilatimes Monday, January 14, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “All government employees will get an increase in pay, but it has to wait for the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act. DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has initiated a study for the increase in compensation for government workers from 2020 to 2022,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, January 11, 2019 7:39:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “With pronouncements from Congress that budget bill will be their top priority upon resumption next week, we expect the GAA (General Appropriations Act) to be signed first week February,” External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "Again, the role of the DBM is to set the budget ceiling for the line agencies and to evaluate whether their programs are aligned with the government’s priorities," External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 3:23:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : "All government employees will get an increase in pay, but it has to wait for the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act. DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has initiated a study for the increase in compensation for government workers from 2020 to 2022," External link

pna Friday, January 11, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) cannot implement the scheduled hike in government workers’ salary without legal basis, which is still pending in Congress,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In effect, government employees would receive salary differentials within the year,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There will be a possibility of adjustment across all government and military workers. But, how much is not yet determined,” External link

manilametro Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:48:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The 2018 full-year numbers, including the assessment of national government disbursements, should be out by the first quarter of 2019,” External link

manilatimes Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno added : “Year-to-date actual disbursements also stand at P3.1 trillion, increasing the likelihood of zero underspending for 2018,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) cannot implement the scheduled hike in government workers’ salary without legal basis, which is still pending in Congress,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “In effect, government employees would receive salary differentials within the year,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno said : “There will be a possibility of adjustment across all government and military workers. But, how much is not yet determined,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "Why are we wasting time? We don’t have enough time," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "During our family meetings, we don't talk politics. We don't talk projects. Those are taboo issues," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 8, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Benjamin Diokno told : "The President is very much aware that it is agriculture that is dragging the economy," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:40:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary95.26%EN11/22/201722/11/2017
justice secretary0.14%EN05/15/201715/05/2017
energy secretary0.14%EN05/14/201714/05/2017
defense secretary0.14%EN01/31/201731/01/2017
finance secretary0.68%EN01/06/201706/01/2017
public works secretary0.14%EN12/20/201620/12/2016
communications secretary0.14%EN11/22/201622/11/2016
minister1.22%EN10/21/201621/10/2016
trade secretary0.41%EN10/19/201619/10/2016
philippine drug enforcement agency director general0.14%EN10/15/201615/10/2016
economist0.27%EN08/25/201625/08/2016
successor0.14%EN06/12/201612/06/2016
economics professor1.22%EN01/29/201529/01/2015
Names Lang Count
Benjamin DioknoEN99.25%
Benjamin DioknoSA0.25%
Benjamin DioknoFR0.25%
Benjamin DioknoPT0.25%


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Ernesto Pernia said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I’m sure the BSP will do something. Diokno knows it by now. He is a pro-growth central bank governor...I’m quite optimistic he will do the right thing,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “In view of the foregoing doctrines, as well as the fact that a Governor of the BSP is not covered by Article VII, Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution, his appointment being provided by mere legislation, it is submitted that the appointment of former Secretary and new BSP Governor Diokno does not need confirmation from the CA,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Danilo Suarez told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “He has pending issues in the House. We still don’t have closure. I intend to continue hearings [and summon Diokno] if there is a need for it,” External link

manilametro Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Ben Evardone said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I welcome the appointment of Secretary Diokno as BSP governor. I think he will continue the efforts of the BSP to tame inflation and be a catalyst for development, especially now that we have just amended the Central Bank Act to empower more the BSP in sustaining economic growth and ensuring financial stability,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Panfilo Lacson said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : "Sec. Diokno may not be the best choice since he is not well known to have much banking experience and has yet to introduce himself to the international banking community. Nevertheless, knowing his long, reputable public service, both in the budget department and in the academe where he served with competence and integrity, he is still a welcome appointment as BSP governor," External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “We wish Secretary Diokno all the best in his endeavors as the new chief of the country’s central monetary authority,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Rolando Andaya said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “Documents in our possession show that for 2017, a total of P370 billion was generated in savings. This amount was at the full disposal of Secretary Diokno,” “We also know that the amount for 2018 savings is higher. More than enough to sway the outcome of the 2019 elections, if he wants to,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “I will leave it to Sec. Diokno, his stand. If he feels that he needs the official intervention of the President then he will raise that in the Cabinet,” External link

pna Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:55:00 AM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “The President is a former member of Congress. He knows what happens there. He’s in the Executive, so he knows Secretary Diokno is not involved there,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo told ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “The President is a former member of Congress. He knows what happens there. He’s in the Executive, so he knows Secretary Diokno is not involved there,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Salvador Panelo said ( about Benjamin Diokno ) : “Definitely the policy is not to surveil teachers. The President loves them. He even promised to double their salaries. If I’m not mistaken, Secretary [Benjamin] Diokno said the salary hike may be released from two or three months from now,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, January 7, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT