Assessing TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The first package of the comprehensive tax reform, also known as TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion), was the most significant yet very controversial piece of legislation in 2017. Those who oppose TRAIN label it as pro-rich and anti-poor. Thus is the position of diverse Left-oriented […]

Take your time, Mr. President

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report (Bicam) on TRAIN with a 16-4 vote. The House of Representatives also claims that it has already voted for the bill […]

PRESS RELEASE: Senate urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill

PRESS RELEASE 12 December 2017   Senators urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill   “We appeal to our pro-health senators to reject the tobacco tax provision in the tax reform bicameral report because the very low rate of increase falls short of the health goals, specifically its inadequacy to generate revenue […]

R2KRN participates in the 2017 FOI Summit

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition (R2KRN) participated in the first-ever FOI Summit last December 5-6, 2017 at the ADB Headquarters. Organized by the Philippine Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), the summit aimed to assess the first year implementation of the FOI EO and also equip attendees with better understanding on how to utilize […]

Right to Know Right Now Coalition wins in the 2017 FOI Awards

The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN Coalition) was one of the awardees in the 2017 FOI Awards. The Philippine Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) organized the awarding ceremony that took place last December 4, 2017 at the Rizal Park Hotel, Manila. The FOI Awards was launched to recognize the contribution of civil society […]

Public interest over vested interest

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana Protect public interest over vested interest. This is our call as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is nearing to be completed in the Bicameral Conference Committee (Bicam). Some of the controversial provisions have yet to be finalized, but the tentative list of agreements signal that a […]