“It’s not just because of the Duterte administration, it’s because of decades of accumulating policies which started during the Marcos dictatorship.”
The stinginess of the Philippine government’s COVID-19 response only reflects how thoroughly the state has internalized its role as prioritizing the interests of capital over the working classes. It is not spending what needs to be spent on COVID-19 containment, health measures, assistance to distressed families and small enterprises, and others.
“Substantial revenues can be raised by taxing the country’s super-rich who can well afford to contribute much more to COVID-19 response and other needs. This is aside from how the administration can realign funds from bloated infrastructure, military and police, and debt servicing items in the proposed 2022 budget.”
Aside from the fact that the biggest chunk was not used specifically for the COVID-19 response, it is the taxpayers who will suffer the most in paying off these debts.
“The Aquino government wants to make the production of cheap labor even more systematic with the K+12.”
CenPEG noted that President Aquino’s biggest backers saw their wealth increase three to four times as large as when his presidency started.
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Failed promises of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001.
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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
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By IBON FOUNDATION
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