Watching out for UHC

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana The Universal Health Care (UHC) bill is at its final stages. After a couple of preparatory meetings during the Congress break last October, the Bicameral Conference Committee is officially meeting tomorrow to reconcile the differences of the Senate and the House versions. At this rate, we can expect that the […]

The fight to raise tobacco taxes is a fight against breast cancer

Yellow Pad By Maria Asuncion Silvestre   INUTILE. That’s how I felt at my beautiful sister Mae’s bedside when she died in 1995, barely a year since arriving back home from her chemotherapy in Michigan. She had two daughters — Ynna Belen and Angela Jed, just as beautiful as her. She had beautiful dreams … […]

Driving TRAIN: Angara’s legacy

Yellow Pad By Karla Michelle Yu   It is unfortunate that some quarters have criticized Senator Sonny Angara for his role in shepherding the tax reform legislation, known as TRAIN, in the Senate. These critics have even called on voters to reject Senator Angara, who is seeking reelection in 2019. Though I had sharply criticized […]

Soriano: Boy Wonder

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   In our primary and secondary school, some boys had surnames like Aquino, Araneta, Arroyo, Cojuangco, Laurel, Lopez, Roxas, Tañada, Tuazon, and the like. These are names of the highborn. And I should include on this short the list the name Soriano. We had a classmate in […]

Bring down electricity prices and the inflation rate will go down

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola A sure way to bring down prices in any market is to replace monopoly with open competition. And if that market supplies a good that almost everyone relies on, then the cascading impact of lower prices will surely pull the inflation rate down. Open competition does not mean a few […]

The conservative yet unconventional Governor

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III Nesting Espenilla is a low-key Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). He avoids the limelight, and that’s the way it should be for the head of an independent, non-political Central Bank. But unavoidably, he becomes headline news, especially during uncertain times when prices and the […]

TRABAHO: Setting free an urgent reform

Yellow Pad By Jenina Joy Chavez   The House of Representatives passed the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities or TRABAHO Bill in early September. The first major component of TRABAHO is the reduction of the corporate income tax (CIT) rate to 20% over a period of nine years, starting 2021. The Philippines […]