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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 […]

Sin tax bill will save 3.82 million lives and bring additional 53.3 billion pesos

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 3 September 2012 Renowned experts on health and tobacco control urge Upper House legislators to pass a sin tax with a uniform specific tax that achieves the objectives of increased revenue and more importantly, health. In the 2012 study which he co-authored with experts from the University […]

Government Champion Touts PNoy’s Support for Sin Tax

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 24 July 2012 In his third and much-applauded State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Aquino highlighted the critical need for sin tax reforms. Aquino stated that the bill, which is expected to generate an additional 32 billion upon its enactment, will provide much-needed funds […]

Health advocates to Recto – Substantial tax increase is a must

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 23 June 2012 Health sectors are now responding to Ways and Means Chair Ralph Recto, welcoming the senator’s declaration to ensure the bill’s passage but expressing their concern over his statement that suggests a weak sin tax law. “While this tax reform affects consumers, the bottom line […]