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Action for Economic Reforms asks Duterte: Uphold rule of law in Mighty cigarette fake tax stamps

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urges President Rodrigo Duterte to implement existing law in dealing with Mighty Corporation’s tax evasion case instead of unlawfully settling with a measly P3 billion. “We welcome efforts of the government to charge Mighty Corp. for tax evasion. The company must be made to face the court and if found […]

How we can avoid brownouts this summer without spending P450 million

The government is preparing for a 2015 power crisis. This crisis, according to the testimony of Department of Energy Assistant Director Irma Exconde before Congress last October 2014, is basically a 31-megawatt shortfall in supply for around two critical weeks in April. The government’s solution is the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which will subsidize the expenses of large companies who have their own generators, if these have to be run due to impending brownouts.

Documentation of the Political Economy of Tobacco Control in the Philippines

Action for Economic Reforms is happy to share the full documentation of the seminar “Economic Policy and Public Health: Never the Twain Shall Meet?” held on May 8, 2014; and the Dialogue with Bureau of Internal Revenues Commissioner Kim Henares titled, “Will the Reforms Stick Beyond 2016?” held in the morning of May 9, 2014. A separate documentation for the CSO Strategy Meeting held in the afternoon of May 9, 2014 is available to the participants of the said meeting.

Rolling in the Deep: The Right of Reply Monkey Wrench in the FOI Bill

IN an opinion piece published last October, political economy expert and Akbayan Party-List Rep. Walden Bello wondered whether or not there was an ideological connection between Malacañang’s lack of support for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill and its vigorous push for cyberlibel. At the same time, Rep. Bello had wondered, and hoped, […]

Kill bill, Take 2? FOI death by inaction looms in Congress

PRESS STATEMENT THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION 5 September 2012 THE CONSPIRACY to kill the FOI bill in the 14th Congress is unfolding yet again, this time in the 15th Congress. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II on Monday started sounding the death knell for the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, saying in […]