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Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Response to Winnie Monsod's criticism of TRAIN"

Our popular economics professor, Winnie Monsod, has written again about the current comprehensive tax reform program, also known as TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion). Her latest column titled "An antipoor tax package" (22 July 2017, Philippine Daily Inquirer) criticizes the proposed tax reform legislation that the House of Representatives had already passed and that the Senate will soon tackle......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJul 23rd, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "A response to Winnie Monsod"

Winnie Monsod's recent series of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) columns on the tax reform bill (House Bill 5636 or TRAIN, which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has stirred debate. The position of Action for Economic Reforms, Foundation for Economic Freedom, and like-minded groups is that despite the bill's imperfection (legislation of a difficult reform is almost always a product of compromise), the bill retains the essential good features......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 18th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Tax Reform Bill: A Big Advance"

The House of Representatives has finally passed on third reading the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program called TRAIN (which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion)......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Significance of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program aka TRAIN"

I wish it had been the talk of the town, that it would become the focus of the Rodrigo Duterte administration. I refer to what is generically called the comprehensive tax reform package (CTRP). But to distinguish it from the old CTRP (passed in 1997) duri.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 6th, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta Ana III: "Mocha, Ariana, and free college education"

Mocha Uson does not need an introduction. But a rule in journalism is not to assume that a reader is familiar with a public figure. So, here's a sketch of Mocha: an assistant secretary of Presidential Communications Operations, and a concurrent Facebook blogger who has 5.2 million likes, and an ex-movie actress who starred in Seksing Masahista, which perhaps presaged her current behavior of massaging the news......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 7th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "'Dutertenomics'"

"Dutertenomics" is a recently coined term to describe President Rodrigo R. Duterte's economic policies. The term is associated with programs and policies to achieve "the golden age of infrastructure.".....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Whiff of Corruption?"

"Even a whiff of corruption, I will fire you." This statement and variations on the theme of the "whiff of corruption," have become President Rodrigo Duterte's byword......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Tax reform, the Vice-President, and impeachment"

The comprehensive tax reform package requires multi-stakeholder and multi-partisan effort. The comprehensiveness of the reforms manifests itself in its having several packages, which cover, among other things......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Pass the tax reform package without undue compromise"

Soon, probably tomorrow, we will know whether our economy will advance or falter......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 12th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Illicit drugs and the work force"

President Rodrigo Duterte insists that drugs, the illegal ones, destroy the country. He argues that the war on drugs and the killings are necessary to save the next generation of Filipinos......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Populism, the bad and the good"

Populism has acquired a dirty meaning. Its poster boys are usually fiery strongmen like the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Donald Trump of the United States of America, and our very own Rodrigo Duterte......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 19th, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "The House bill on tobacco tax is dangerous -- for Duterte and for the cou

The House of Bebot Alvarez, Rudy Farinas, Eric Singson, Dakila Cua, et al rubber-stamped a weak and controversial tobacco tax bill. Attempting to supplant the historic Sin Tax law passed in 2012 that corrected the structure and rates of the tobacco tax, t.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III and Madeiline Joy Aloria: "Defend the unitary excise tax for cigarettes&quo

Seeking to attain health and revenue objectives, the government and reformers in civil society, the health community, and the private sector pushed for and succeeded in legislating the Sin Tax Law in 2012......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 27th, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "Duterte: the flawed Godfather (Readings from The Godfather, part III)&quo

In BusinessWorld's "Readings from the Godfather: Reading Duterte," part 1 (June 27, 2016) and part 2 (July 12, 2016), I wrote my observation that President Rodrigo Duterte is the Filipino version of Mario Puzo's Don Corleone......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 18th, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "The killings and the impact on investments and growth"

A BusinessWorld story titled "Killings prompt 'hesitation' among European investors" (Aug. 19, 2016) merits deeper discussion. That news item is as significant as the current headline news regarding President Duterte's accusation that Senator Leila de Lim.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 21st, 2016

Opinion: Yellow Pad -- Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III: "My thoughts on the war on drugs: Stop the killings, decriminalize drug us

I am afraid that amid our indignation over the spate of killings, we have not clearly articulated the effective way to stop the killings......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 24th, 2016

After yellow vest protests, Macron eyes referendum in May

PARIS, France – President Emmanuel Macron is considering organizing what would be the first referendum in France in 14 years in May as part of his response to "yellow vest" protests , a report said on Sunday, February 3. The Journal du Dimanche newspaper added to persistent rumors that Macron was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Solons divided on their opinion on the deployment to BOC of soldiers in active service

The Bureau of Customs plan to deploy active soldiers to do customs work drew support and criticism in the House of Representatives. Solons divided on their opinion on the deployment to BOC of soldiers in active service The Bureau of Customs plan to deploy active soldiers to do customs work drew support and criticism in… link: Solons divided on their opinion on the deployment to BOC of soldiers in active service.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Cardi B slams pro-border wall commentator in height of US gov’t shutdown

Cardi B found herself in a heated Twitter exchange with conservative commentator Tomi Lahren after the latter poked fun at the "Bodak Yellow" rapper for sharing her opinions on the United States' government shutdown. The government shutdown began on December 2018 after Trump and Democrats failed to reach a budget agreement when it came to his demands for his $5.7 billion U.S.-Mexico border wall, meant to ward off immigrants. The impact of the shutdown has been felt throughout the country, as 800,000 federal workers missed their pay checks on Jan. 11, relying instead on various GoFundMe pages run by private citizens to pay for rent, food and other needs. Cardi B made her opinion know...Keep on reading: Cardi B slams pro-border wall commentator in height of US gov’t shutdown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Paris vows tough response to new protests | The Manila Times Online

PARIS: France braced for a fresh round of yellow vest protests across the country on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), with the authorities vowing zero tolerance for violence after weekly scenesREAD The po.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Ilocos Norte youth office holds first aid, disaster response training

CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) - In its bid to train and equip young Ilocanos during emergency occurrences, the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) conducted first free aid and disaster response tra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018