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The Supreme Court: A dictator?

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The majority of the Supreme Court Justices are turning the Court into a dictator. They are making the Supreme Court the absolute ruler. We must pay attention to two developments that signify the Supreme Court’s transmutation to a dictatorship dressed in judicial garb. The first development is […]

The Crucifixion

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has an immediate relevance to present-day Philippines — the war on drugs, criminality, terrorism, and killings. Why was Jesus crucified? He was heretical and unconventional. He spread revolutionary teachings. He upended the establishment. Today, Jesus would have been branded a terrorist, a […]

Is TRAIN the culprit behind the higher inflation?

Yellow Pad By AJ Montesa Headline inflation hit 3.9%, based on the revised series, in the month of February. Some analysts find an easy culprit to blame: Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or the recently passed tax reform for acceleration and inclusion. While the tax reform did introduce several new or increased excise […]

Drink (tax) responsibly

Yellow Pad By Madeiline Joy Aloria The recently passed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law raised excise taxes imposed on products such as sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarettes, and coal. These products are deemed to have harmful effects on health and/or the environment. This objective of taxation — influencing behavior for the better — has […]