The Department of Finance (DoF) said an efficient tax system free of leakages would eventually allow the government to impose a lower value-added tax (VAT) rate on goods and services, currently at 12 percent. Over time, once we have addressed the exemptions, we may reduce the VAT rate. Thailand, he said, has 35 lines of exemptions while the Philippines has 59 under the Tax Code, and 84 special laws with VAT exemptions. Because Thailand has done the basics of making its tax system simpler, fairer and more efficient, it can afford to provide its citizens lower tax rates and corporate investors an enticing tax incentive to relocate there, he added. So our tax system really is very inequitable in that sense.
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Its source of the intelligence report was not disclosed. In lightof this disturbing information, we are constrained to ask: Where is our National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)? At the time, Sen. Richard Gordon remarked, “If this is the state of intelligence in the country, we really are in trouble”. In his remarks at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on October 17, Gordon said that NICA had given the Senate panel a faulty “faulty” intelligence report in the previous hearing. The shortcomings of NICA coupled with the mysterious absence of the national security adviser rise in gravity as the fighting in Mindanao has gotten more complicated.
June 26, 2017 16:18 UTC
Recently, Senator JV Ejercito, one of the eight senators flying to Paris next week, said that the parliamentary visit will be an opportunity for the senators to renew ties between the Philippines and the European Union of which France is a member. However, a diplomat-source who refused to be named said in a separate interview that if the senators would like to renew ties with the EU, they should visit Brussels and not France. “The main schedule of the visit will be climate change and the amendment of constitution,” Mathou said. As you know you have 24 members, so it means that a quarter of the Senate of the Philippines will visit France,” the French envoy added. Mathou said the Senate’s French counterpart in Paris is organizing their visit.
An elderly member of a Christian community in Zamboanga Sibugay also said his kin had met strangers offering recruits anywhere from P25,000 to P100,000, depending on the level of commitment to participate in terror missions. A statement released by the RRUC-ARMM today said money-baited recruits would then become potential “victims of deliberate misguidance to misrepresent Islam [through] senseless killings, particularly of civilians.”BOMB RUNS. AFP“We call on our brothers and sisters and our own children to resist … tempting offers in terms of financial [rewards] to become [terrorists],” the statement said. The Bangsamoro and these Arab nations have had different experiences as peoples distinct [from] each other,” Sema said. The RRUC-ARMM statement also said it condemns the recent bombing of the Golden Mosque in Talayan, Maguindanao, and the reported desecration of Christian places of worship in Marawi City and in Pigcawayan, Cotabato.
When I’m asked what the cure for fake news is, I always say: You already have it between your ears. Villanueva last week filed a bill seeking to punish the malicious creation or spreading of fake news. Why come up with a new law just because spreading fake reports is in vogue again? And not only because he and the his fellow bishops declared that spreading fake news is actually a “sin.”Villegas’ declaration coincided with the release of a CBCP pastoral letter which condemned fake news as sinful. Is Rappler using Villegas and the CBCP to foist yet another piece of fake news upon its readers?
He said that the people in Marawi needs help and understanding from everybody. At least six barangays in the city have received evacuees from Marawi since the war erupted last May. “For those who would like to help, they can go to their barangay hall to give their donations. Meanwhile, Hontiveros lauded the 8-hour truce implemented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Marawi City in observance of the Eid’l Fitr. “I laud the AFP for exercising religious sensitivity even as it continues with its effort to defeat the Maute terrorist group.
Resort to martial law, however, requires the existence of an invasion or rebellion, and public safety must require it. The second anti-martial law sentiment is the possibility that President Duterte will expand martial law to include Luzon and the Visayas if Proclamation No. So the mere fact that nationwide martial law is a possibility, is beside the point. Martial law under the current Constitution is hardly the authoritarian martial law contemplated in the 1935 and 1973 charters. Martial law under the current charter is for a limited duration, and is subject to congressional and judicial review.
THE food caterer for the inmates at the National Bilbid Prison questioned on Monday the Bureau of Corrections' blacklist order against it. He hit out at director general Benjamin delos Santos, saying Mang Kiko had been “singled out and discriminated” since he assumed office in January, and that Mang Kiko was even accused of food poisoning. In the past 11 years, Mang Kiko has been supplying food to 40,000 inmates at the NBP and four regional penal colonies. On May 15, Mang Kiko wrote President Rodrigo Duterte, informing him about the irregularities at BuCor. Lorna Kapunan, Mang Kiko lawyer, alleged a conspiracy within the bureau to get back at Mang Kiko.
As it is, Sarmiento noted that the DOT's thrust only seems to be centered on how to generate tourists but not on how to protect the country's tourist destinations. “The massive influx of tourists and the explosive population growth in the island places it at the risk of destruction. This is highly detrimental as our citizens are reaping numerous benefits from the thriving tourism industry in the area. Moreover, the environmental degradation is a proof of the State’s failure to preserve our natural resources,” Sarmiento added. In the case of Boracay, Sarmiento said that the DOT should start setting up specific parameters in terms of capacity and start limiting the number of resorts and inns that are coming out like mushrooms even in interior areas.
Santa Banana, as I look back to my six decades in journalism, I cannot forget the fact that I hold the record of having been cited for contempt twice by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court immediately said that I should show cause why I should not be cited for contempt since the decision had not yet been promulgated. After a week or so, the Supreme Court came out with a decision citing me for contempt, not as a journalist but as a lawyer and officer of the court. ***The other instance I was cited in contempt was when I wrote about a senior justice accepting a favor from a known drug dealer and smuggler in Binondo. For that exposé, I got another notice from the Supreme Court asking me to explain why I should not be cited for contempt.
The three-digit number coding scheme was first proposed last year but was rejected by members of the Metro Manila Council, the governing board and policy-making body of the MMDA, citing the lack of time and preparation to implement the scheme. He pointed out that he is not a “time-bound” official of the government for the public to expect an immediate traffic solution from him. This must be implemented until the end of the Three Kings’ Day celebration, when we will revert to the two-digit number coding scheme.”“I can already anticipate the resistance by many. The window hours refer to the five-hour (10 am to 3 pm) period, but removing this means the vehicles covered by the Number Coding Scheme may not pass EDSA and other major thoroughfares. MMDA officials admitted that the increasing number of private vehicles is the major cause of the traffic jams along EDSA.
It’s good and bad.”Following the title, I frame my presentations around a no-frills outline—The Good the Duterte government has done or is doing, The Bad happening, and The Uncertain (like constitutional change and presidential health). I also propose options for citizens - what we can do to correct the bad, support the good and consolidate the gains, and manage the uncertain? After highlighting the good done in Duterte’s first year, I then point out the bad that must be corrected and reversed. First on my list is constitutional change as the time frame is narrowing even as it is still possible. It always does and the country must move on, learn the lessons, repeat the good but not, never again, the bad.
That is why Congress expects Malacañang to submit the proposed national budget as early as possible during the year preceding the twelve-month period covered by the budget. Before mid-year is usually the time when Malacañang sends the proposed national budget to Congress. For 2018 the Department of Budget and Management, which prepares the national budget, projects a deficit of P532 billion. The P532 billion deficit in the 2018 national budget will be financed on an 80-20 basis. On the correctness of this projection will the outturn of next year’s national budget largely depend.
The Palace has to stop telling the people that the President’s absence, for days on end, is no big deal. Many of the President’s supporters defended his absence by attacking the motives of the people questioning his disappearance. And now people do not know where Mr. Duterte is or how he is again. Aquino is a story in his own, of course, and this response does not make President Duterte’s unexplained absence more acceptable. Malacañang should realize that questions on the whereabouts of Mr. Duterte are legitimate.
But Perez noted that the impact of the tariff hike will not just be on motorcycles but on other goods as well such as chicken, rice and flour. The PPA board last week gave the green light for MNHPI’s request for a 24 percent tariff increase, which will be implemented in three tranches. Perez appealed to BCT clients to reconsider their plan to transfer to Manila if the cargo handling tariff adjustment pushes through. “There was no adjustment for cargo handling tariff for six years. Baking insisted that the impact of the upward adjustment on basic commodities will be minimal.