Duterte administration

IBON: DOF insistence on its tax package confirms anti-poor, pro-rich Dutertenomics

September 15, 2017

Research group IBON said that the Department of Finance’s (DOF) resistance to even minor changes in its proposed tax reform program confirms the anti-poor and pro-rich character of the Duterte administration’s economic policies. The Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed minor changes to shift some tax burden from the poor to the rich at its […]

Majority not in favor of tax reform proposals – IBON Survey

September 13, 2017

The latest survey of research group IBON showed that majority of Filipinos do not approve of almost all proposals under the first package of the Duterte administration’s proposed tax reform program. Survey respondents were informed that the government has a proposed tax reform package. They were presented with a list of some of the tax […]

Under TRAIN, the majority poor do not gain from income tax reforms (TRAIN Infographic #3)

September 11, 2017

The DOF’s estimates of personal income tax gains for the poorest Filipinos erroneously assumes that the poorest Filipinos currently pay income tax. This is untrue because the BIR’s records indicate only some 5.6 million taxpayers at present who are wholly from the highest income brackets. The poorest Filipinos do not pay income tax now so, contrary […]

Under TRAIN, the poor bear the greater burden (TRAIN Infographic #2)

September 7, 2017

Under the tax ‘reform’ package which is currently being deliberated by the Philippine Senate, the poorest 60 million Filipinos will pay Php47.0 billion in additional taxes next year which is 2.3% of their combined family income of some Php2.0 trillion. The highest income 40%, meanwhile, will pay Php47.6 billion which is only 0.8% of their total family […]

DOF insistence on anti-poor tax package for free educ hit

August 31, 2017

Research group IBON said that the Department of Finance (DOF) should not use free education as a pretext for the Philippine Senate to pass a full version of the administration’s anti-poor tax reform package. The group also said that the administration should instead decisively tax the country’s wealthiest for national development needs. Finance secretary Carlos […]

Under TRAIN, the poorest will have less and the richest will have more (TRAIN Infographic #1)

August 30, 2017

That the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) is progressive and pro-poor is all hype. Under TRAIN the highest-earning 40% including the richest will have more money in their pockets every year, while the poorest 60% of Filipino households will have less money due to changes in personal income tax, VAT, oil excise […]

2nd quarter growth rates point to economic headwinds

August 22, 2017

Research group IBON said that the recently released 2017 second quarter national accounts underscore the serious headwinds facing the Philippine economy. The group said that the Duterte administration should focus on building sustainable domestic foundations of growth and development rather than depend on external factors such as remittances, cheap labor business process outsourcing (BPO), and […]

Budget cuts will worsen shelter problem–IBON

August 17, 2017

Research group IBON said that the decreased 2018 housing budget will worsen the housing problem in the country. Amid a persistent housing backlog and disproportionate and rapid growth of urban population, the Duterte administration’s proposed housing budget cuts could affect millions of Filipinos in need of homes. The group said that it is the government’s […]

Federalism Cha-cha weakens nationalist provisions–IBON

August 16, 2017

Research group IBON criticized the weakening of nationalist provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the proposed federalism charter of pro-administration solons. The group said that the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” in portions restricting foreign participation in essential sectors threatens prospects for the Philippine economy to develop independently. Introduced by […]