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Sin Taxes will help farmers, says government, advocates

The administration’s sin tax reforms will not only score points for public health and revenues, but may even help ease tobacco farmers out of poverty, reformist groups argued this week in Congress.

During heated committee hearings on February 21 and 22, supporters of the planned levy disputed rehashed and recycled claims among pro-tobacco forces that farmers— more so than the tobacco monopoly— would be the chief victims of the said reforms.

Willie Nelson, Tobacco Farmers, and the Sin Tax

I am not exactly a fan of Willie Nelson and his Western country music. But I cannot forget his collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, my idol for being one of the greatest trumpeters and for championing both jazz and classical music. Nelson and Marsalis teamed up to play good music and produced an album titled “Two Men with the Blues.”

I like the blues, too. And I will highly recommend the Nelson and Marsalis album. Their interpretation, for example, of “Georgia on my Mind” is tender and sweet yet retains a tinge of melancholy.

On the statement of the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition

Press Statement from Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III.   The Right to Know, Right Now coalition, a network of 150 Civil Society groups pushing for the passage of an FOI law, issued a statement today. The coalition said it welcomed the submission, by this administration, of its proposed substitute […]

Coalition Welcomes People’s Gains in FOI

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition welcomes the recent public endorsement by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III of the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law and the release of the executive’s final proposed bill.

The President’s endorsement achieves two things: it removes the main reason why the bill has been stalled in the legislative wringer, particularly at the House of Representatives, and 2. it resolves the “concerns” about the bill that the President has expressed, thereby reducing the danger of a Presidential veto.

Health Advocates: New Sin Taxes needed to prevent a Health Crisis

If new sin taxes are not passed within 2012, the Philippines will soon suffer a severe health crisis, advocates from the medical profession and civil society warned yesterday.

Non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) such as cancer and heart disease have already reached dire levels in the Philippines, claimed Dr. Antonio Dans and Dr. Antony Leachon from the medical sector.