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UHC-Tobacco Tax, an #AlagangAngara Legacy?

Yellow Pad By Rio Henri Aquino Dayao   The bill to substantially increase the tobacco tax has gained momentum. President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet have certified as urgent Senate Bill 1599, sponsored by Senator Manny Pacquiao, which will increase the current rate of tobacco tax from P35 to P60. Senators JV Ejercito and Wyn […]

Cancer and Tobacco Tax

Yellow Pad By Carlos Jacinto   In January 1975, the Department of Health (DoH) and the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS) launched the first ever National Cancer Consciousness Week. The week-long campaign held every third week of January was instituted as a means to educate Filipinos on the dangers of cancer and raise awareness on the […]

UHC at risk without new sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana Last Jan. 18, leaders of 30 Philippine medical societies gathered to call for the Senate passage of a bill increasing the excise tax on cigarettes to at least P60 per pack. “The increase will provide crucial funding for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act that will benefit the current and […]

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 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 … […]

The conservative yet unconventional Governor

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III Nesting Espenilla is a low-key Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). He avoids the limelight, and that’s the way it should be for the head of an independent, non-political Central Bank. But unavoidably, he becomes headline news, especially during uncertain times when prices and the […]