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Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Gov't panel prepares for resumption of talks with communist rebels

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Government peace negotiators have reached out to their counterparts in the National Democratic Front and scheduled meetings to discuss conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte

GREEN LIGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with government negotiators after ordering the resumption of talks with communist rebels. Malacañang photo

Citizen advocates raise issues in FOI rollout

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition also reiterates its call for the passage of a Freedom of Information Law

FOI PRACTICE. The Right to Know Right Now Coalition presents its findings on the implementation of the executive order on the FOI on Friday, September 22, in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

The PH economy under Duterte’s watch (Year 1)

Jul 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Only time will tell the impact of such sweeping policies on growth inflation and unemployment But before they cause any irreversible damage to our economy their rationale and effectiveness should not escape scrutiny today

What Duterte development plan ignores: Local industry, accessible social services

Jun 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Under the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 PH s agriculture and mining industry cater to foreign economies while its people look for jobs abroad according to IBON Foundation

Gov't, Reds fast-track difficult talks on free land distribution

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Communist rebels say they will only agree to implement an interim joint ceasefire after talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio Economic Reforms are completed

PEACE TALKS. The government and the National Democratic Front held the 4th Round of Talks in The Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Raul Francia/OPAPP

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Jan 31, 2017 - 11:10 AM

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PH, NDF talks: Both sides need to make painful compromises

Jan 30, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Government and NDF negotiators begin talks on CASER the heart and soul of the peace process that seeks to draw a roadmap to address widespread poverty in the Philippines

3RD ROUND. Negotiators of the government and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines are in Rome for the 3rd round of peace talks. Photo from OPAPP

Health advocates: Pressure needed to stop 'weak' cigarette tax bill

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Those who oppose the proposed two tier excise tax structure on cigarettes urge Filipinos to rally behind a unitary tax rate of P40 by 2018

PH, NDF talks hit a snag but camps remain committed

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The NDF hits the delay in the grant of general amnesty to political prisoners and blocks government inputs in the outline of socioeconomic reforms

CONTENTIOUS. Round 2 of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front gets underway in Norway on October 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

Argentine unions to lead protest against president

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:24 PM

Unions say 100 000 workers have lost their jobs in the public and private sectors since Mauricio Macri took office

MACRI. A handout picture provided by the Presidency of Argentina shows Argentinian President Mauricio Macri speaking in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26 April 2016. Photo by Presidency of Argentina/EPA

Expanding PhilHealth benefits: Where will presidential bets get the money?

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

PhilHealth President Alex Padilla welcomes proposals to expand benefits but he says revenues from the sin tax law alone won t be able to sustain these promises

Adjusting fuel tax to inflation could net PH P20B

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:15 AM

While the measure would raise fuel prices it could have the same effect on traffic as the sin tax has had on health says the Action for Economic Reforms Group

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Mar 08, 2016 - 12:02 PM

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S&P: Change in PH leadership unlikely to reverse economic reforms

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:34 PM

The credit rating agency and local and US based business leaders express confidence the country s next leaders will not disrupt economic momentum

5th Arangkada forum: Bolder, inclusive reforms for the PH economy

Feb 22, 2016 - 4:57 PM

The forum will be held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on Tuesday March 1

FOI bill: Marred by misconceptions

Nov 16, 2015 - 5:56 PM

How can the public trust a government that cannot provide clear procedures for citizens to know what their government is up to?

Jokowi's trip to US aims to change Indonesia's corrupt image

Oct 20, 2015 - 5:09 PM

They are hoping the visit sends the message that the restrictive and unfriendly regulatory environment is changing in Indonesia

TRIP TO US. President Joko Widodo will try to change the opinion on Indonesia during his US trip. Photo by AFP

Steve Forbes: 'America wants a can-do guy'

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:23 PM

Donald Trump is so popular because this is a guy who shake things and make things happen the former presidential candidate and Forbes Media chairman says

IMAGE OF SUCCESS. Forbes says billionaire real-estate developer Donald Trump is a popular presidential candidate as Americans are motivated by the spectacle of his success in entrepreneurship. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NPA claims seizing 74 firearms from Comval mayor

Apr 18, 2015 - 3:46 PM

The NPA punished Mayor Brillantes for his overt participation in the commission of various crimes against the people in the furtherance of his economic and political interest in Monkayo an NPA spokesperson says

File photo by Karlos Manlupig

‘Institutionalize economic reforms before Aquino steps down’

Mar 04, 2015 - 12:10 PM

With the Aquino administration on its homestretch a long term strategy that draws more investment to diversify the economy is needed the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines says at the 4th Arangkada Forum

JFC pushes for urgent reforms before Aquino administration ends

Business groups urge Aquino to act on 8-point economic reform

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry asks Aquino to focus on pressing matters like the 2015 energy crisis port congestion and ASEAN integration

Aquino: Philippines ‘more open for business’

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:45 PM

In his 5th SONA the President urges his ‘bosses’ – the Filipino people – to choose a successor who will continue the economic reforms of his administration

Aquino: Yolanda rehab is top priority

Feb 18, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The President says rehabilitating Yolanda ravaged areas is aligned with the administration s plans to sustain Philippine economic reforms

CHALLENGING CHINA. In a New York Times interview, President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the Philippines will not apologizes to Hong Kong, nor will it surrender the West Philippine Sea to China. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

An odd coalition to fight joblessness

Feb 17, 2014 - 11:46 AM

How come unemployment is rising despite the high economic growth rate and favorable policy reforms?

Health advocates hail shutdown of Mighty cigarette warehouse

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Mighty has been accused of lowering the prices of its cigarettes through technical smuggling

MIGHTY WAREHOUSE SHUTDOWN. Filipino-owned Mighty Tobacco sells its cigarettes for P1 per stick.

A year of sin tax: More work ahead

Dec 21, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Even with an increase in excise taxes since the sin tax law was enacted the country s cigarette and tobacco prices are still among the lowest in the world

Ukraine bankrupt without 'historic' Moscow deal – PM

Dec 19, 2013 - 12:32 AM

Ukraine said its prime minister couldn t have signed the shelved pact with EU as it would mean unfeasibly stringent IMF conditions for economic reform

Biz groups to gov't: Enact more economic reform bills

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Business groups say the passage of bills on customs modernization and rationalization of fiscal incentives among others are crucial to sustaining economic growth

Anti-tobacco group demands Recto's resignation

Oct 10, 2012 - 9:53 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Recto defied the Aquino administration s reform agenda by endorsing a watered down version of the sin tax bill

Higher cigarette taxes: A promise compromised?

Sep 15, 2012 - 2:39 PM

House Bill 5727 had sought to replace the 4 tiered system of taxing tobacco and alcohol with a unitary one but it was watered down