It is a trend just below the public warning radar. LPG shortage (?)–>justifies raising LPG prices. Rice price increase (again?) without any justified reason in sight. Power Lotto, on top of several megamillion Super Lotto and Mega Lotto prices recently. Buy-in in Meralco, Petron, Liberty Communications. New mining corporations. No land reform but million-hectare corporate farms carved out of public lands and land reform areas. Huge national budget, including funds for mega-infrastructures or (a new favorite) recession-proofing and poverty-alleviation. And, horrors, a jack-up in smuggling cars, rice, drugs, DVDs, and what have you. Also, “taxing” drug lords and jueting lords or arranging tax amnesties for tax evaders or laundering for a fee the infamous hoards of corrupt officials.
No, the rumor mills say, no, its not The Cojuangco–although He is involved in many of these things. The rumors says these are People raising funds after they lost much in the Lehmann Brothers fiasco, People who are now afraid of placing their money in new Lehmann-type investments and want to invest in real economy, and People who want to maximize the take before the sun sets in 2010.
Rumors are, of course, rumors. However, here in the Philippines, when there is smoke all over the place, there usually is a fire behind it.