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 […]

Pass the tax reform package without undue compromise

Soon, probably tomorrow, we will know whether our economy will advance or falter. The Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives will soon vote on the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program also known as Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). This package consists of the following main features: • […]

Action for Economic Reforms asks Duterte: Uphold rule of law in Mighty cigarette fake tax stamps

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urges President Rodrigo Duterte to implement existing law in dealing with Mighty Corporation’s tax evasion case instead of unlawfully settling with a measly P3 billion. “We welcome efforts of the government to charge Mighty Corp. for tax evasion. The company must be made to face the court and if found […]

Is current inflation worrisome?

Price increases have always been the people’s concern. Surveys time and again show that the people consider price increases as a main problem. The poor and the working class are sensitive to the rise in prices of food, housing, water, electricity, transportation and health. An increase in the cost of basic goods is very visible […]

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 […]