By Robert JA Basilio Jr.

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

The Duterte government is pushing for a bill cutting the corporate income tax in exchange for strict limits to tax perks enjoyed by investors. Economists however warn against eroding the revenue base at a time of a pandemic, when funds are needed the most.

What you need to know about this story:

● A proposed law will cut income tax rates to help companies preserve jobs during the pandemic.

● The bill will also remove the special 5% gross earnings tax enjoyed in perpetuity by investors.

● The Philippines is at the bottom half of an index measuring inequality, indicating lower spending for social protection. …

The New Normal of Commuting

By Benidict Prodon and Audrey Garin

Edited by Dana Eunise Cruz and Coleen Danielle Natividad

Frontliner sourcing by Jell Reyes

Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was enforced, a huge number of people were displaced from their jobs. However, government staff like Paulo Dela Rama continued to work under the threat of being infected with COVID-19.

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Poster by Rannel Valdez

Paulo is a tourism staff member in the City of Meycauayan, Bulacan. He works under the City History Arts Culture and Tourism Council (CHACTC), which is responsible for conserving historical places and promoting its rich history for people to learn.

However, since the pandemic, tourism went dark as ECQ was placed. It restricted leisure and any outside activities. Despite this, Paulo hasn’t stopped coming to work. …

Behind the Guns and Bullets

By Janelle Boquida and Kristian Rivera

Edited by Coleen Danielle Natividad

Frontliner sourcing by Lara Galang

To serve the people for security and peace is one of the given priorities of police men. These people spend miles away from their families, in order to serve the country. They currently serve in the frontlines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Poster by Hazel Nobleza

Police Corporal Bartolome Bangibang has been with the police for 8 years in the same position. Chief Bangibang, as he is known, has three kids and a wife currently residing in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. On the first time that they heard about the news on the pandemic, he was already frightened by the idea of catching the virus, which can infect his family and fellow police men. “Hindi namin alam ang aming kalaban” (“We do not know our enemy”), referring to the deadly and contagious virus. …


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