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  • BAYAN MUNA CONDUCTING LECTURES AGAINST DOF TAX REFORM PACKAGE Says poorest 60 million Filipinos would be hardest hit by DOF measure

    Bayan Muna Partylist, led by Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, is currently conducting a series of forum-cum-dialogue lectures all over Metro Manila to educate people against the “anti-poor tax reform package of the Department of Finance (DOF).”
    This activity will also serve as preparation for the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.

  • ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on SWS survey showing majority support for martial law in Mindanao:

    It's not surprising, given the long-standing stereotype of Mindanao in many people's minds as a land wracked by violence. Add to this the deliberate exaggeration of the threat posed by the ASG and Maute groups and playing up of the alleged links to ISIS.

    The survey also revealed that support for the President's declaration is mixed, with 40% believing that martial law should have been more limited in scope and not covered the entire island.

  • ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, House Ways and Means Committee member, on BIR failure to implement excise tax stamps for alcoholic beverages:

    We deplore the abject failure of the BIR to implement a system of excise tax stamps for alcoholic beverages. It's been five years since the enactment of the sin tax law, which mandates that such stamps are affixed on every bottle of locally-produced distilled or fermented beverages, as proof of payment of excise tax. Up to now, not a single bottle sold in the country has the required stamp. This means that the consumer paying the higher price has no assurance that the sin tax actually went to government.

  • Youth solon condemns plans for martial law extension to 2022

    Kabataan Partylist vehemently condemns proposals from House Speaker Alvarez to extend martial law up to 2022.

    “It is becoming more apparent that the ‘counter-terrorism’ bogey is merely a pretext for a nationwide all-out offensive against the people, that has long been floating around their heads.
    Even the AFP’s head honchos have admitted that the real purpose of martial law is to target NPA rebels and other most wanted targets,” said Sarah Elago, Kabataan Partylist representative.

  • New circular to allow more endo in government -solons

    ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro slammed the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for issuing a circular that allows government agencies to hire personnel on Contracts of Service (COS) and Job Orders (JOs) instead of ending contractualization in the public sector.

    The three agencies issued Joint Circular # 1, entitled 'Rules and Regulations Governing Contracts of Service and Job Order Workers in the Government,' dated June 15, 2017.

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