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Will Senator Angara play Big Tobacco’s game?

Yellow Pad By AJ Montesa   In 1994, the CEOs of seven major tobacco manufacturers testified before the United States Congress regarding the health impact of tobacco consumption. Up to that point, there was still some doubt over whether cigarettes were truly directly harmful. Legislation had already been proposed to regulate the consumption of tobacco […]

The Reproductive Health Story

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III One of the most difficult pieces of legislation that the Philippine Congress has tackled is Reproductive Health (RH). The book titled The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises, authored by Marilen J. Dañguilan (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2018) narrates and explains how it is so. And more […]

Watching out for UHC

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana The Universal Health Care (UHC) bill is at its final stages. After a couple of preparatory meetings during the Congress break last October, the Bicameral Conference Committee is officially meeting tomorrow to reconcile the differences of the Senate and the House versions. At this rate, we can expect that the […]

The fight to raise tobacco taxes is a fight against breast cancer

Yellow Pad By Maria Asuncion Silvestre   INUTILE. That’s how I felt at my beautiful sister Mae’s bedside when she died in 1995, barely a year since arriving back home from her chemotherapy in Michigan. She had two daughters — Ynna Belen and Angela Jed, just as beautiful as her. She had beautiful dreams … […]

Driving TRAIN: Angara’s legacy

Yellow Pad By Karla Michelle Yu   It is unfortunate that some quarters have criticized Senator Sonny Angara for his role in shepherding the tax reform legislation, known as TRAIN, in the Senate. These critics have even called on voters to reject Senator Angara, who is seeking reelection in 2019. Though I had sharply criticized […]