May 7, 2023
The Philippine inflation rate has further eased in April after the 14-year high of 8.7% in January, but it will likely remain high and volatile because the government has not taken decisive steps to lower prices.
May 6, 2022
The fastest consumer price increases in over three years makes cash aid ever more urgent. Yet the Duterte administration keeps reneging on its promised aid to families.
August 14, 2021
The Duterte administration can use revenue generated by its regressive TRAIN law to fund emergency cash assistance. TRAIN’s new taxes increased the prices for goods and services consumed by the majority poor Filipinos even amid the pandemic and the revenues can be used productively while the law remains.
November 26, 2020
The Duterte administration doesn’t really care to stimulate the economy and is still taking care of big business instead of the economy or the people.
March 22, 2019
WHO’S SCARED TO DEBATE THE TRAIN LAW? The TRAIN Law implemented since 2018 increased the tax burden on tens of millions of the poorest Filipinos while lowering taxes on higher income families including the country’s richest. Some lawmakers have reconsidered but others still defend the indefensible. Most aspiring senators are justifiably critical. Who’s who?
January 14, 2019
December 31, 2018
December 19, 2018
December 4, 2018
Research group IBON said that even with recent oil price rollbacks, the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law (TRAIN) increases fuel prices with an inflationary effect burdening the poor more than the rich. IBON pointed out that rollbacks have always been proven to be temporary and stressed that TRAIN’s taxes make fuel […]