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Hope and change

Yellow Pad By Clarissa Villegas Several years ago, I, a starry-eyed millennial, had a chance to visit South Africa. It was a learning experience. Then, I would have fumed at the Nelson Mandela’s choice of giving up his revolutionary life and living according to his party’s tenets, and allowing his party to engage in traditional […]

Resilience and heart

Yellow Pad By Karla Michelle Yu   This entire story about a series of tobacco tax increases was triggered by House Bill (HB) 4144, which the pro-tobacco House leadership hastily approved in late 2016. This bill wanted to increase the then unitary rate of PHP 30 per pack to a dual-tier rate of PHP 32 […]

Policy continuity

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   Does anyone remember the debates during the presidential elections in 2016? In one debate, then candidate Digong Duterte was asked about his economic platform. His answer was that he’d copy the economic platform of the other candidates. That sounded laughable or ridiculous. But come to think […]

Pass the tobacco tax

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   The Philippine Congress, particularly the Senate, has a handful of days left to pass important legislation. One of the urgent bills that the Senate should pass is the increase in the tobacco tax rate. The Executive has strongly endorsed the bill of Senator Manny Pacquiao and […]

The march for Women’s Health

Yellow Pad By Viviane Apostol and Carlos Jacinto   “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,” according to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General. By breaking barriers in fields that were exclusive to men such as education and science, the pioneering efforts of women all over the world have led […]

Realizing universal health care through sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng   As May elections draw near, legislators are faced with the daunting task of reflecting upon — and marketing — their legacies. Two candidates of note are Senator Sonny Angara and Senator JV Ejercito, both of whom authored bills instituting universal health care in the Philippines. President Duterte signed Republic […]