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ITIC-OE study on PH illicit cigarette trade, unreliable – AER

Press Release – 29 July 2014 Action for Economic Reforms (AER) refutes the claim of the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and Oxford Economics (OE) that nearly P16 billion was lost in illicit cigarette trade in the Philippines, mainly causing the drop in legal domestic sales of cigarettes in 2013. The said ITIC-OE study […]

Love or confusion

My heart burns with feeling, but, My mind, it’s cold and reeling Is this love baby.. Or is it just confusion? You tell me baby, is this Love or confusion? Mama, we must get together and find out Exactly what we we’re tryin’ to do. Jimi Hendrix The President is facing his administration’s biggest challenge. […]

On Virgie and Jinggoy

A new video of controversial LT (Land Transportation Office) chief Virginia Torres playing a slot machine in one of the local casinos surfaced a day after an earlier and poorly shot video of her doing the same thing was uploaded on YouTube. The new video made her response to the original video sound like a […]

Thought comes to the archbishop

Can a brother marry his sister? “Yes,” according to retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz, as long as he’s gay and she’s a lesbian. “Hold it, hold it right there! That’s not what the good archbishop said!” As you can see, I’m being rudely interrupted, by no less than Dr. Teologio Macadios of the Pandacan Theological Seminary. […]

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes – Heroes for Philippine Democracy and International Workers Empowerment.

JUNE 1, 1981 is a date that is forever seared in my memory and heart. Thirty-two years ago, US-based labor leaders Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were assassinated in broad daylight at their union offices in Seattle, Washington. The criminal trials and civil lawsuits filed by their families became a cause célèbre in Seattle. They […]

9-yr-old solon, Chip, challenges Team PNoy, UNA: Will you ban softdrinks in schools?

Little Daniel “Chip” Gatmaytan’s 2012 school project took him all the way to Congress. Then still only 8, he helped convince Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago to file a bill that would regulate the offering of soft drinks in all grade schools and high schools in the Philippines. Senate Bill 3134 – An Act Regulating the Availability of Beverages […]