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Advancing fiscal incentive reform

THE rationalization of fiscal incentives is a long-overdue reform. It is a necessary reform for several reasons.

The Peace Talks and the Communist Party’s Economic Program

A good friend of mine gave me a copy of the book from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) titled Draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (January 2018). This document is also known in its abbreviated form: CASER.

Tambay

I object to Senator Leila de Lima’s description that President Duterte is the “pambansang tambay.” Here is the press statement of Senator de Lima.

Insights into the World Bank’s Insights

The World Bank has come out with a Philippine poverty assessment report titled Making Growth Work for the Poor (2018).

The tragic consequences of suspending the oil excise tax

Some quarters led by politicians (it doesn’t matter whether the politicians are pro-administration or anti-administration) have called for the suspension of the increase in the fuel excise tax brought about by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

Cooly explaining inflation

Being the coordinator of Action for Economic Reforms (AER) or being an advocate, I have to cut a public persona. That means I write...

The Supreme Court: A dictator?

The majority of the Supreme Court Justices are turning the Court into a dictator. They are making the Supreme Court the absolute ruler. We must...

Good trip, bad trip

I thought last week was going to be a good week. On the rare occasion that I read the newspaper, I found good news. The...

The Crucifixion

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has an immediate relevance to present-day Philippines -- the war on drugs, criminality, terrorism, and killings. Why was Jesus crucified?...

Sereno’s removal does not serve Duterte’s interest

I address this to the pro-Duterte partisans and to President Rodrigo Duterte himself. I wonder whether President Duterte has weighed the costs and benefits...

Inflation has become a bogeyman

The recent news that the inflation rate increased from 2.7% in January 2017 to 3.95% in January 2018 (year over year or YOY) raised...

No regrets

“No regrets,” written by Edwin Batongbacal, is the last chapter (or the penultimate one, if we count the “Afterword”) of A Time to Rise:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 --...