Complexities at the intersection of tobacco control and trade liberalisation: evidence from Southeast Asia

Abstract For more than two decades, public health scholars and proponents have demonstrated concern about the negative effects of trade liberalisation on tobacco control policies. However, there is little theoretically-guided, empirical research across time and space that evaluates this relationship. Accordingly, we use one major region that has experienced rapid and significant recent liberalisation, Southeast […]

Sin Tax Coalition lauds the government for addressing illicit cigarette trade [World No Tobacco Day]

On the occasion of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the Sin Tax coalition lauds government for protecting the gains from Sin Tax reforms, including combating illicit tobacco trade. The coalition notes that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has taken concrete steps to contain illicit cigarette trade. Last year, BIR put Mighty Corporation’s factory […]

Why ‘Rights of the Child’?

Because according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “children continue to suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, unequal access to education and justice systems that do not recognize their special needs.” Because our children will be the leaders and decision makers committed to live and lead a life of greatness. In the […]

Pacquiao and national unity

I am writing this piece in the middle of the bout between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I cannot be distracted from my writing, lest I miss the deadline in submitting the column to BusinessWorld. In other words, I will miss what has been called the fight of the century. (Fight of the […]

Is a revolution coming in higher education?

As considered by the proverbial man in the street, universities, given their durable presence and critical societal roles, would seem to be among the most stable of institutions. Yet in An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead, Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly, and Saad Rizvi (henceforth BDR) sound the alarm that changes are […]