Minimum cigarette price proposal, a deceptive ploy to prevent further excise tax increase—Sin Tax Coalition

For Immediate Release – Sin Tax Coalition   Civil society groups warn the public about the clever but deceptive proposal of tobacco companies to have a Minimum Cigarette Price (MCP) whose benefits accrue solely to them. Instead of a minimum price, the civil society groups argue that increasing the tobacco tax rate is most effective […]

Good pay for better health care: Leyte shows it can be done

The provincial hospitals of Leyte before typhoon Yolanda struck the area in November 2013 had started drawing attention for their scheme to hike the pay of their physicians and staff despite the impediments. The pay of an obstetrician-gynecologist, for example, stood to rise for August 2013 by P166,000 at the lowest, or by more than […]

The Republic of the Federation of the Philippines

The prodigal son asks his father for his share of the inheritance so that he may live independently the rest of his life. Similarly, the federalists suggest the notion of states moving on with their autonomy from the republic. To the prodigal son’s credit, he acknowledges the fiscal repercussions. He accepts that once he is […]

Marching to Big Tobacco’s tune?

Has the global tobacco advocacy been manipulated by Big Tobacco’s lobbying agenda? Where the tobacco lobby is concerned, it would be naive to think there’s smoke without fire. One of the dirtier secrets of the international tax world — and yes, the bar is quite high — is the role of tobacco companies in seeking […]