FOI in the First 100 Days: Developments and Balance of Work, A Public Forum

Held on October 7, 2016, the forum gave an update on the coalition’s work and engagement with the government preparatory to the full rollout of the FOI EO. Here is a link to the coalition’s presentation on the timeline of the FOI under Duterte’s administration: FOI in PDU30’s First 100 Days Prof. Solomon Lumba of […]

R2KRN attends Symbolic EO Turnover of the FOI

On July 28, 2016, AER and other R2KRN representatives attended the Turnover Ceremony of the FOI Executive Order in Malacañang Palace. Members of the Right to Know Right Now Coalition were given a copy of a signed Executive Order during the event. A video of the turnover ceremony is available here: The coalition issued the statement “Breathing Life into Peoples’ FOI”, welcoming […]

Congress scored for delayed passage and watered down tax reform bill

PRESS RELEASE 5 April 2017   Congress scored for delayed passage and watered down tax reform bill   Kung gusto, maraming paraan, kung ayaw, maraming dahilan. This was the statement of fiscal policy reform organizations, Action for Economic Reforms (AER) and Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) as they warned against the undue delay and dilution […]

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 […]

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 […]