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R2KRN participates in the 2017 FOI Summit

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition (R2KRN) participated in the first-ever FOI Summit last December 5-6, 2017 at the ADB Headquarters. Organized by the Philippine Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), the summit aimed to assess the first year implementation of the FOI EO and also equip attendees with better understanding on how to utilize […]

VP Leni supports Duterte’s tax reform

PRESS RELEASE 22 March 2017 VP Leni supports Duterte’s tax reform Vice President Leni Robredo says she supports the Duterte administration’s tax reform program, despite being criticized and being threatened by President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. In a forum in Naga City on 18 March 2017, Vice President Leni Robredo encouraged […]

Tax reform, the Vice-President, and impeachment

The comprehensive tax reform package requires multi-stakeholder and multi-partisan effort. The comprehensiveness of the reforms manifests itself in its having several packages, which cover, among other things: a) the exemption from income tax or the lowering of personal income tax rates for 99% of the population; b) the increase in the excise taxes on petroleum […]

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 […]