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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 […]

Miriam Sends Hell Into a Crisis

A Catholic priest accidentally sent a residential area of Afterlife reeling in fear and confusion when he consigned a Philippine senator to Hell for publicly insulting prosecutors in the impeachment of the country’s top jurist.

Father Catalino Arevalo declared in a homily that Sen. Miriam Santiago deserved “the fires of Hell” for calling prosecutors fools for their mishandling of their accusations. The priest’s pronouncement immediately sent shivers to residents of the Hellfire and Brimstone neighborhoods of Hell.

Unimpeachable Loves

As the endorphin fades from our post-Valentine daze, think for a moment of the broken-hearted. In Zagreb, Croatia they can go to the Museum of Broken Relationships and find consolation in familiar objects, various artifacts of regret. A torn wedding dress perhaps, a broken ceramic hurled at a moment of bitter reproach, or discarded gifts that once held the promise of indelible affection.

Or they can come see me. Woohoo! Have I got some artifacts of heartache right here myself.

Coalition Welcomes People’s Gains in FOI

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition welcomes the recent public endorsement by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III of the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law and the release of the executive’s final proposed bill.

The President’s endorsement achieves two things: it removes the main reason why the bill has been stalled in the legislative wringer, particularly at the House of Representatives, and 2. it resolves the “concerns” about the bill that the President has expressed, thereby reducing the danger of a Presidential veto.