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AER Position paper on the Comprehensive Tax Reform

POSITION PAPER Committee on Ways and Means House of Representatives 25 January 2017   We support the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package for the reasons stated by the Department of Finance, specifically to generate substantial revenues to achieve our development objectives as articulated in Ambisyon 2040. We believe […]

On the issue of VP Robredo and the Vin d’honneur

Vice-President Leni Robredo’s office: “Our office received an invitation to the Vin d’honneur via e-mail last Dec. 28, 2016. On Jan. 4, Malacañang called the Office to retract the invitation, stating that the guest list was limited.” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella: “It is the prerogative of the Palace to invite those who they feel is […]

Remembering Monica Feria

Rest in peace, Monica, one of the most admired journalists and most inspiring activists of my generation. I remember her though her associations, which I likewise attach with personal significance. AREA 1 My wife Mae’s family, the Manalangs, and the Ferias were neighbors at Area 1, the home of the UP faculty’s crème de la […]

Dondon Paderanga: The jolly, jesting economist

The death of Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr., or Dondon, shocked his family, friends and colleagues. It was unexpected although his bypass surgery was critical. Dondon had the best of surgeons and the best of facilities. The doctors exerted their best, but their utmost effort came to naught. Life is so unpredictable. In our world, even […]

Celebrating life

At the start of the new year, I was surprised, but in an agreeable way, that two prominent public intellectuals wrote columns not about joy and hope but about life and death, suffering and grief. I refer to the columns of Randy David, “Time, lastingness, and gratitude” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 3 January 2016) and Tony […]