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Pro-health is pro-poor: Assessing TRAIN’s tax on sweetened beverages

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng We are currently living amidst the implementation of RA 10963, also known as Package One of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Among the TRAIN’s host of new and reformed taxes, of special note are the new excise taxes on sweetened beverages (SBs). Section 29 of RA 10963 […]

No regrets

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III “No regrets,” written by Edwin Batongbacal, is the last chapter (or the penultimate one, if we count the “Afterword”) of A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP or Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino). “No regrets,” is an appropriate statement for many of the […]

Miseducating people is no different from spreading fake news

Yellow Pad By Karla Michelle Yu In the weeks that followed the passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), some critics, well meaning or otherwise, have lambasted it for the wrong reasons. Some of the criticisms are unfounded, misinformed, oversimplified, or exaggerated. A number of these objections are opinionated but not backed […]

Settled TRAIN

Yellow Pad By May-i Fabros Social media have been chirping on the railroading of TRAIN, examples are the tweets of Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and investigative journalist, Ms. Raissa Robles. CMFR tweeted, “Without a quorum: TRAIN railroaded into Law,” while Ms. Robles said: “Govt is doing public consultations AFTER, not BEFORE, new […]

Assessing TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The first package of the comprehensive tax reform, also known as TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion), was the most significant yet very controversial piece of legislation in 2017. Those who oppose TRAIN label it as pro-rich and anti-poor. Thus is the position of diverse Left-oriented […]