Well, the other day I published my prediction results for 2016.
My Philippine Predictions for 2017 are printed below. As always, I make 10 Predictions. Usually, I score in the 60 to 70% range for correct predictions, but for 2016 I made 100% of my predictions correct. It won’t be easy to match that, and of course it is impossible to surpass. So, give my predictions a look and then maybe you can predict how you think I will come out this year!
Philippine Predictions for 2017
Prediction 1 – Togetherness
In 2017, the new Presidents of the Philippines and the USA will do something unexpected together. Both Trump and Duterte will likely do many unexpected things, that is how they are, but the two of them will do something together… with each other, that is a surprise. What will it be? Well, I have a few ideas of general things to expect, but I can’t say specifically. Whatever it is, it will surprise many people.
Prediction 2 – Where are the celebrities?
In 2015 and 2016 a LOT of American Celebrities announced that they would move out of the USA if Donald Trump was elected President of the USA. Well, to the surprise of a lot of people, Donald Trump was elected US President on November 8, 2016 and will take the oath of office on January 20, 2017. Few, if any, celebrities will be moving out of the USA, though, and my prediction is that not a single American celebrity will move to the Philippines in 2017. You can watch and watch, but it ain’t gonna happen, and you will not see a single American celebrity move to the Philippines within the next year – Trump or no Trump. Few if any will move anywhere outside the USA.
All the better for the Philippines, in my view, if they don’t move here!
Prediction 3 – Leila de Lima
Philippine Senator Leila de Lima has been very anti-Duterte, and that has resulted in investigations and allegations against her through much of 2016. By the end of 2017, de Lima will no longer be serving in the Philippine Senate. How will she be out? Impeachment? Sent to jail? I really don’t know how the mechanics will work, but my prediction is that by the end of 2017 she will no longer be serving in the Philippine Senate.
Prediction 4 – Fake News
In the USA, ever since the Presidential Election in November there has been a big clamor about “Fake News”. Really, the clamor has come from both sides of the aisle. Democrats say that the reason Hillary lost the election was because of the proliferation of right wing “fake news” while Republicans say that Hillary and her minions were themselves creating a lot of fake news and spreading it through social media.
Philippine Politicians will catch on and there will be calls to eliminate “Fake News” from the Philippines by the end of 2017. Will there really be fake news? Well, that doesn’t matter, but there will be allegations and calls to end it.
Prediction 5 – Presidential Stability
Ever since the election of Rodrigo Duterte as President of the Philippines in May 2016 there have been calls and talk of removing him from office. Impeachment has been mentioned. People Power has practically been called for. There have been rumors of a Coup d’etat against him. None of this will come to pass in 2017. If you look at the polls, President Duterte remains overwhelmingly popular with the Filipino people. He will not be removed from office by any means in 2017. When the time comes for the calendar to turn over to 2018, Duterte will still be the President of the Philippines.
Prediction 6 – Philippines will be a player!
During 2017 there will be a diplomatic flare up between the USA and China. The Philippines is uniquely qualified to play a role in solving the crisis, or being a player in the crisis in some way. When the crisis occurs, the Philippines will play a role one way or another.
How will it turn out? I don’t know, but I do feel that the Philippines will be in the center of it. The Philippines may choose to assist one country or the other, there is no telling which one. How such a crisis is resolved may point toward which direction the Philippines goes diplomatically in the future.
Prediction 7 – Natural Disaster
In 2017 there will be a natural disaster in the Philippines which will claim many lives.
Prediction 8 – Immigration Policies
Although 2016 has brought us a lot of talk about changes in Visa and Immigration policies in the Philippines, particularly for Americans, we will not see any such changes in 2017. Immigration policies will be stable through the year.
Prediction 9 – Boxing
In 2016, Manny Pacquiao fought one boxing match. He will fight again in 2017. One big change, though, compared to his career prior to 2016 is that few people will care much about his fight. This is how it happened in 2016 and we will see a repeat of that in 2017. Pacquiao can still draw a big paycheck by fighting, but fewer and fewer people will care much about it.
Prediction 10 – Peso Exchange
Unlike events in 2016, the Philippine Peso will remain relatively stable against the US Dollar in 2017. By the end of 2017 the Peso will close the year in the 49 to 51 range. As 2016 closes we are right in the middle of that range and we will see a fluctuation in the exchange rate of only around P1, one way or the other, when the year closes.
So, those are my Philippine Predictions for 2017. I doubt that I can match my 100% Correct record of 2016, but we will have to wait a year to see how I did! I hope I don’t get a complete reversal and end 2017 at 0%. 🙂
Happy New Year!