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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 […]

Take your time, Mr. President

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report (Bicam) on TRAIN with a 16-4 vote. The House of Representatives also claims that it has already voted for the bill […]

PRESS RELEASE: Senate urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill

PRESS RELEASE 12 December 2017   Senators urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill   “We appeal to our pro-health senators to reject the tobacco tax provision in the tax reform bicameral report because the very low rate of increase falls short of the health goals, specifically its inadequacy to generate revenue […]

Right to Know Right Now Coalition wins in the 2017 FOI Awards

The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition (R2KRN Coalition) was one of the awardees in the 2017 FOI Awards. The Philippine Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) organized the awarding ceremony that took place last December 4, 2017 at the Rizal Park Hotel, Manila. The FOI Awards was launched to recognize the contribution of civil society […]