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PRESS RELEASE: Senate urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill

PRESS RELEASE 12 December 2017   Senators urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill   “We appeal to our pro-health senators to reject the tobacco tax provision in the tax reform bicameral report because the very low rate of increase falls short of the health goals, specifically its inadequacy to generate revenue […]

Right to Know Right Now Coalition wins in the 2017 FOI Awards

The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN Coalition) was one of the awardees in the 2017 FOI Awards. The Philippine Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) organized the awarding ceremony that took place last December 4, 2017 at the Rizal Park Hotel, Manila. The FOI Awards was launched to recognize the contribution of civil society […]

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 […]

PRESS RELEASE: House bicameral conf members urged to reject Senate tax reform bill

PRESS RELEASE 4 December 2017   House bicameral conf members urged to reject Senate tax reform bill   Fiscal policy reform advocacy group, Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urges the members of the House of Representatives in the bicameral committee deliberating on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) package 1 to stick with […]

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 […]

Press release: Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health

PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2017   Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health by economic, health leaders   Economic, finance and health leaders expressed disappointment  today over the failure of Senate Bill 1592, or the Senate version of package 1 of tax reforms for catering to self-interests,  failing to correct the structural problems, […]