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 […]

Populism, the bad and the good

Populism has acquired a dirty meaning. Its poster boys are usually fiery strongmen like the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Donald Trump of the United States of America, and our very own Rodrigo Duterte. Populism is on the rise all over the world — in the Americas, in Europe, in Asia. It thrives in rich […]

Railroaded cigarette tax bill slammed

By: Ben O. de Vera – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:37 AM December 08, 2016 Health groups yesterday lambasted members of the Lower House who railroaded a bill aimed at retaining the two-tier excise tax system for tobacco products next year instead of sticking to the scheduled shift to a unitary rate. In a […]