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A response to Prof. Hilbay

“There are not a few comrades doing inspection work, as well, as guerrilla leaders and cadres newly in office, who like to make political...

Assessing TRAIN

The first package of the comprehensive tax reform, also known as TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion), was the most significant yet very...

Take your time, Mr. President

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified...

Public interest over vested interest

Protect public interest over vested interest. This is our call as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is nearing to be...

XXX

For porn lovers, XXX or triple X stands for hardcore sex. But for the religious, XXX can symbolize three crosses. I lean towards the religious,...

Upheaval

As 2017 draws to a close, and even before we celebrate Christmas, the country is bracing itself for an upheaval. Consider the following major developments: 1....

Mugabe and Duterte

The recent ouster of Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s leader after ruling the country for 37 long years with an iron fist offers lessons to...

A family’s stories on the ill-effects of smoking

LEONILA DANS Ever since I can remember, Tatay smoked continuously, consuming 3-4 packs per day. Even before I started medical practice, he was already diagnosed...

How far can your TRAIN take you?

The period of amendments on package 1 of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is about to take place in November...

Lunch with the Yellow Pad: What is UHC?

This time, I try to write differently, patterned after the Financial Times weekly column called “Lunch with the FT,” an institution of what probably...

Slowing down TRAIN

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) is envisioned as a long-term reform program. It aims to generate revenues to finance AmBisyon Natin...

Mighty’s might

A most disturbing development that will affect revenue collection and even the credibility of the tax reform is the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) dismissal...

Angara’s TRAIN of deception

Nakakaloko. This is how I would choose to describe Sen. Sonny Angara’s version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration (TRAIN) committee report in the Senate. The...

Millennials: rendering judgment on martial law, choosing advocacies

THIS essay on martial law is particularly addressed to the millennials, although it is also for  the general audience. It is both a personal...

A critique of the UA&P studies on tax reform

With House Bill 5636 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) well underway at the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, it...

Tattoos, taxes, trains, and, terrorists

I like the alliteration -- tattoos, taxes, trains, and terrorists. I will dwell with each subject -- all headline news in Digong’s Philippines --...

Why we should raise fuel taxes

Yellow Pad By Jerik Cruz Sometime tomorrow morning, some 13 million Metro Manila residents will brave their daily commutes -- both in “Carmaggedon” and the daily...