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Optimistic, but Guarded on FOI

On March 12, as the House of Representative’s Committee on Public Information resumes hearings on the Freedom of Information bill, the Action for Economic Reforms joined our colleagues in the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition in expressing optimism for a significant advance of the FOI bill in Congress. Still, we also called for vigilance against any […]

Tobacco Victims to Congressmen: Save lives, Pass the Sin Tax Bill

Survivors of debilitating tobacco-induced diseases locked arms in Congress today. Their agenda—urge legislators to support the prompt passage of the Aquino administration’s sin tax reform bill. As the clock fast winds down to voting in the House Ways and Means Committee, these cancer survivors say they have taken up the fight for all Filipinos now […]

Filipinas and families endangered by smoking epidemic, warn women’s advocates

AS PURPLE streamers fluttered about the metro for international women’s day last week, gender groups alerted the public to the single most pernicious health trend afflicting Filipino women today— the past years’ forbidding rise in female cigarette smoking in the Philippines. “Filipinas were already the 16th heaviest women smokers in the world in 2009,” said […]

National Youth Commission: A Resolution To Conduct a Wellness Campaign Focusing on Reducing The Tobacco Consumption Among the Youth

Sponsored by: Commissioner Percival V. Cendana WHEREAS, Republic Act 8044. The Youth in Nation Building Act, created the National Youth Commission as an autonomous youth body tasked 10 develop and administer policies, programs and services for the Filipino youth. Moreover, Section II-A sets as a responsibility of the Commission to promote physical, intellectual, and social […]

Anti-Reform solons vying to delay sin tax hearings, axe Abaya Bill

AMID FIERCE disputes over the Abaya sin tax bill, anti-reformists have espoused agenda changes that will delay, and even kill, the passage of the administration’s excise tax restructuring policy.

In the latest episode of the sin tax hearings on February 28, pro-tobacco lawmakers have defied the administration’s timetable on reforms by seeking to confine discussions of the House Ways and Means group to a past report of the National Internal Revenue subcommittee.

Philip Morris says single-tier tax system more efficient: AER

THE MAIN company opposing the much-needed excise tax reform in the country was once its staunch advocate.

Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, which previously competed against Fortune Tobacco Corp. in the country, lobbied for a single-tier tax system back in 2003 when it still has not controlled more than 90% of the Philippine market, the Action for Economic Reforms (AER) said.