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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 […]

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 […]

XXX

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III For porn lovers, XXX or triple X stands for hardcore sex. But for the religious, XXX can symbolize three crosses. I lean towards the religious, but XXX has a different meaning for me, other than crosses. I have a friend whose nickname is X — not for ekis (or […]

Upheaval

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III As 2017 draws to a close, and even before we celebrate Christmas, the country is bracing itself for an upheaval. Consider the following major developments: 1. The Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is being impeached. Notwithstanding the word of President Rodrigo Duterte that he is […]

Mugabe and Duterte

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The recent ouster of Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s leader after ruling the country for 37 long years with an iron fist offers lessons to our beloved country. The similarities between Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte attract attention. Both gained power at the start through democratic […]