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TRABAHO: Setting free an urgent reform

Yellow Pad By Jenina Joy Chavez   The House of Representatives passed the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities or TRABAHO Bill in early September. The first major component of TRABAHO is the reduction of the corporate income tax (CIT) rate to 20% over a period of nine years, starting 2021. The Philippines […]

2022 elections will decide Philippine history’s heroes and villains

Yellow Pad By Roberto Verzola   August and September usually mark the peak of the Marcos martial law debates. On August 21, 1971, the Liberal Party political rally in Plaza Miranda was bombed. The blast hurt scores and killed two. Among the injured were several LP senatorial candidates. It led President Ferdinand Marcos to suspend […]

A lesson that Duterte must heed

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   He is a populist, and has endeared himself to the masses. He won the elections by a landslide, and till now, his political party is hard to beat. He put in place universal health care, poured resources in rural areas, and built massive infrastructure such as […]

Advancing fiscal incentive reform

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   THE rationalization of fiscal incentives is a long-overdue reform. It is a necessary reform for several reasons. The current regime of incentives has resulted in the loss of huge potential revenues every year. In 2016 alone, the foregone revenues amounted to P178.56 billion. The Philippines has […]

Reform in the time of Duterte

Yellow Pad By Aj Montesa and Karla Michelle Yu   “Are we in the midst of a crisis?” For activists, that’s a valid question. Perhaps the activists’ answer is yes. A yes, mainly because this aligns with the narrative that this administration is incompetent to make sound policy decisions for the country. It might be […]