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A survey on smoking

June 23, 2014

Social Climate By Mahar Mangahas (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) June 21, 2014   Our newly posted report, “First quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Survey on usage, attitudes and behavior of Filipinos towards smoking” (www.sws.org.ph, 6/18/2014), backs up the Department of Health’s announcement last May 30, the day before World No Tobacco Day, that smoking among […]

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PHL shows ‘sin’ tax can curb smoking among youth–WHO

June 3, 2014

Business Mirror June 3, 2014   The World Health Organization (WHO) drew inspiration from the Philippines, and has proposed for an increase in tobacco taxes worldwide. The local “sin” tax coalition in the Philippines, composed of organizations like the think tank Action for Economic Reforms (AER), said the WHO’s global petition was launched after the […]

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A call to paranoia

January 27, 2013

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (BusinessWorld) January 27, 2013   2012 SHOULD GO down in Philippine history as a magical year. In the first semester, PNoy wagered his whole presidency on the removal of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and beating the odds, won. A move of sheer genius on hindsight, it was a […]

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Palace Lauds Swift Passage Of Sin Tax Bill

November 22, 2012

(Manila Bulletin) November 22, 2012 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Wednesday hailed the swift passage of the sin tax bill by the Senate, saying it is a “vital step forward in improving and expanding public health safety nets for all Filipinos.” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the approval of the sin tax measure “complements the […]

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FEF Statement on Recto Committee Report

October 12, 2012

We, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, joins other civil society organizations and the Executive branch of government, in expressing our deep disappointment with the Recto Committee report. The Recto Committee bill, by setting a three tiered tax system and lower tax rates than the original House bill, will fail to achieve the original sin tax […]

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AER, medical community call for Recto resignation

October 12, 2012

In the wake of the heroic act of BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, issuing a strong statement accusing Senator Recto of betraying the Aquino administration, Action for Economic Reforms (AER) reiterates its call to Senator Recto to resign as Chair of the Senate ways and means committee. It is most unethical for Sen. Recto to continue […]

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Drilon calls for the passage of the Sin Tax Bill

August 16, 2012

Senator Franklin M. Drilon today called on his colleagues to pass a bill rationalizing excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. The hearings on House Bill 5727 “An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco Products,” otherwise known as the Sin Tax Bill, started today. This bill would simplify and update excise taxes […]

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Ex-Secretaries, civil society figures forge new multi-sectoral manifesto for Abaya sin tax bill

May 24, 2012

SEVEN SURE-FIRE “wins” await Filipinos if excise taxes for tobacco and alcohol products are extensively restructured in 2012. These are the new fighting words that past and present supporters of sin tax reforms, including former top government officials, have rallied beneath for HB 5727. As the Abaya sin tax bill bats for a second reading […]

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House approves sin tax bill; to raise P33-B instead of P60-B

May 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] – The Aquino administration welcomed the passing of an “amended” excise tax reform bill at the committee level of the House of Representatives, moving this priority legislation closer to becoming a law by end-2012 and generating additional revenues of P33 billion a year. In a statement on Wednesday, May 9, the government […]

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WHO supports higher tobacco taxes in Phl

March 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official expressed today “full support” for the Department of Health’s efforts to raise tobacco taxes and prices. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional director for the Western Pacific, said in a statement, “Higher cigarette prices would discourage young people from starting and encourage smokers to quit.” WHO advocates a tax of […]

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