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Rappler Talk: Dr Tony Leachon on health reforms under the Duterte gov't

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Dr Tony Leachon discusses the benefits and risks of medical marijuana, a higher sin tax on cigarettes, and a comprehensive mental health package for Filipinos

Students urge undecided senators to back proposed tobacco tax hike

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Students write letters to undecided senators, hoping to convince them to support the move to raise the levy on sin products, especially tobacco

GIVING A TRY. Students from different organizations write personal letters to the senators who have yet to decide on the tax reform bill to convince them to champion the increase of tobacco tax

P24B in salary hike awaits qualified gov't workers in 2018

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The government allots P24 billion for the 3rd tranche of the Salary Standardization Law to be out by January 2018, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

[Gameplan] Reformer Pilates for beginners

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Is Reformer Pilates the exercise you need to #JustStart your fitness journey?

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Will employees benefit from TRAIN?

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz proposes a salary tax exclusive to employees

SSS eyes benefits for unemployed in proposed charter amendment

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:45 PM

SSS Chairman Amado Valdez says they are studying the creation of an insurance program for Filipinos who are unemployed through no fault of their own

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. SSS says its aims to provide the necessary benefits to cover for situations where no employment is available. Rappler file photo

Tax rollout delayed to November 2 as U.S. Congress braces for overhaul

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:44 AM

The delay in the unveiling of the Donald Trump-backed tax overhaul signals potential trouble ahead

TAX HQ. A view of the Internal Revenue Service's headquarters March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Diokno not alarmed over funding for Build, Build, Build

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Some economists are concerned that less revenues from the proposed tax reform package could jeopardize the Duterte administration's P8-trillion infrastructure program

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during the Dutertenomics Forum at the Fairmont Makati on August 10, 2017, highlights the increased government spending for various government projects. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is 'the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines'

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Mariano urges Duterte not to appoint ex-military officer to DAR

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano is concerned that a former military man would likely reverse 'important' orders he issued at the DAR

ONE MONTH AFTER. Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano speaks during a media forum held by farmer leaders to commemorate Peasant Month. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

2 ex-DAR secretaries liable for misuse of P70 million – COA

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:55 PM

P70.3 million from the Agrarian Reform Fund was used to pay for medical benefits of DAR personnel, which are not allowable expenses under agrarian reform laws

FUNDS MISUSE. The Commission on Audit holds liable two former Department of Agriculture secretaries for unlawful disbursement of state funds.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Advice on tax reform for our lawmakers

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz gives his comments on Senate Bill 1592 or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), and his advice for lawmakers before their bicameral conference

Redirecting TRAIN against inequality

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Channeling resources toward sectors and regions with many economically disconnected poor and low-income Filipinos will allow tax reform to bring about inclusive growth

Pernia wants changes in Senate version of tax reform bill

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

There could be fewer infrastructure projects if the Senate version will be adopted, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

ALMOST HALF. According to DOF estimates, the Senate's version of tax reform would only yield P59.9 billion in total incremental revenues. This is less than half of the P133.8 billion under the version approved by the House of Representatives in May. Rappler graphics

Ex-agriculture chief Proceso Alcala barred from gov't service

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman, in two separate decisions, finds Alcala guilty of grave misconduct

File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into misuse of DAR funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The case involves the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) which was used for P61.5 million worth of incentives and other cash benefits from 2007 to 2009

NOTICE OF DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) affirms the notice of disallowance it issued against the use of the agrarian reform fund to pay cash incentives to DAR officials from 2007-2009.

NBA reforms draft lottery to discourage tanking

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:05 PM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was also given the power to slap teams with a hefty fine for sitting healthy players.

CHANGING THE ODDS. The Philadelphia 76ers have rebuilt through the draft lottery. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

ADB retains PH growth outlook, sees no signs of economy overheating

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Asian Development Bank retains its forecast of 6.5% GDP growth for 2017 and 6.7% for 2018, while noting that infrastructure investment and receding inflation will fuel the economy

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

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Senate files version of tax reform bill seen to exempt 3.2 M Filipinos from income tax

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 PM

The Senate ways and means committee estimates that its version of the bill will earn the government P148 billion in revenue despite exempting an estimated 64% of workers from paying income tax

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UP Board of Regents approves GE reform proposal

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:09 PM

UP Board of Regents authorizes reduction of required GE units of UP Diliman students from the current 45 units to a minimum of 21 units

GE REFORM. From 45 required minimum GE units, the subjects would be trimmed down to 21 required units

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Immigration reform divides America again

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:18 PM

US immigration levels are similar to those in 1890 with one change: Most immigrants are from Asia and Latin America not Europe

People look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Reynaldo de Guzman, Mariano, Robredo | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Farmers' groups condemn CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Mariano s rejection is another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte s fealty to landlords and oligarchs says the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas a group formerly chaired by Mariano

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

CA rejects Rafael Mariano as agrarian reform secretary

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A nominee of the Left Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 4th member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Tax on sugary drinks? Nutritionists say they help poor meet dietary needs

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Senator JV Ejercito suggests imposing the tax based on the drink s sugar content not volume

ANTI-POOR? A bill pending in Congress proposes to impose a P10 tax per liter of sugar sweetened beverage. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

RAM members ask Duterte for amnesty

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Malacañang cannot say for sure if the President intends to grant the request of members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Senator Gringo Honasan during a meeting with members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Joining Honasan are RAM officers including Retired Capt. Felix Turingan, Resigned Capt. Glen Agudo, Retired Commo. Rex Robles, Retired Col. Marcelino Malajacan, Jr., Retired Col. Hernando Caraig, Retired Col. James Joven, Retired Police Director Victor Batac, and Engr. Jegie Pereda. The President, meanwhile, was accompanied by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the President Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, and Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes. Malacañan Photo

Taguiwalo: CA rejection due to my fight vs pork barrel, tax reform

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

‘I have served the people well I gave my all and I’m proud to say that my integrity is intact ’ says the social welfare secretary

Funds from DICT, DAR, DOTr eyed for use in free tuition law

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their spending pattern – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years

FUNDING FREE TUITION. Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles heads efforts to source funds for the free tuition law. Rappler file photo

BPOs 'safe' from tax reform, sugar-sweetened milk under deliberation

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says incentives for BPO companies will remain The fate of milk products in the proposed tax reform package however is still up in the air

Duterte gov't eyes taxes on coal

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:53 PM

As senators express concern about effects of higher fuel prices on basic commodities they ask the Department of Finance: Why not prioritize taxes on coal the dirtiest fuel instead of petroleum products?

COAL-FIRED POWERPLANT. The Duterte administration seeks to increase taxes on coal, considered the 'dirtiest' but cheapest power source. File photo

LIVE: Senate hearing on tax reform, 10 August 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

P1 billion aligned for poor families to be hit by proposed tax reform – DSWD

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This will be given in cash to 10 million poor households once the tax reform proposal is signed into law

CASH AID. Over P1 billion is allocated to aid poor families who will be affected by the proposed tax reform package. Malacañang photo

LIVE: House hearing on electoral reform

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators 3 hour meeting with the Chief Executive

TRO ON IMPLANTS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in appeal to lift the temporary restraining order on 2 brands of implant.

Duterte warns Congress about 'new' ISIS plots in Mindanao

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte has also requested additional 20 000 soldiers in Mindanao

Malacañang file photo

EU takes legal action against Poland over court reform

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission comes down hard on Warsaw to prevent what it says is not just an increasing threat to Poland s democratic standards but those across the 28 nation bloc

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

3 U.S. senators balk at health bill, putting reforms in peril

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The sudden announcement by Senators Lindsey Graham Ron Johnson and John McCain throws into disarray their party s years long effort to overhaul Barack Obama s health care reforms

This file photo taken on June 28, 2017 shows protesters against the US Senate Republicans' healthcare bill holding a rally outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Senators set to grill gov't agencies on underspending

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the issue of government underspending is crucial in the Senate debates on the tax reform bill

File photo