Stop the killings, build the good institutions

We the women and men of Action for Economic Reforms express our indignation over the government-sanctioned killings of thousands of Filipinos.   The persistent and even surging increase in the number of dead bodies strewn all over, underscored most especially by the execution of Kian Loyd delos Santos, has deservedly triggered widespread condemnation from almost […]

AER calls on cause-oriented groups to support tax reforms to fund healthcare, education

PRESS RELEASE 19 August 2017   AER calls on cause-oriented groups to support tax reforms to fund healthcare, education   Action for Economic Reforms (AER) challenges critics of the tax reform, like Bayan Muna and Freedom from Debt Coalition, to answer how they want to finance the huge requirements for health and education services that […]

A response to Winnie Monsod

Winnie Monsod’s recent series of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) columns on the tax reform bill (House Bill 5636 or TRAIN, which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has stirred debate. The position of Action for Economic Reforms, Foundation for Economic Freedom and like-minded groups is that despite the bill’s imperfection (legislation of a […]

Tax Reform Bill: A Big Advance

The House of Representatives has finally passed on third reading the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program called TRAIN (which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion). Those earnestly advocating TRAIN thought that the bill would be badly compromised. Vested interests inside and outside the House opposed it. Particularly hard to pass […]

House approval of tax reform lauded; opposition to tax reforms anti-poor

House approval of tax reform lauded; Opposition to tax reforms is anti-poor – civil society group   Action for Economic Reforms (AER), a policy advocacy group, lauds the members of the House of Representatives for passing on third reading the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).   According to AER, House Bill 5636 adopts […]