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Duterte won’t stop TRAIN

Suspending or scrapping the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will undermine the delivery of basic services, President Duterte said yesterday as he defended the implementation of the controversial tax measure, widely blamed for soaring prices of commodities......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 13th, 2018

Duterte won’t stop TRAIN

Suspending or scrapping the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will undermine the delivery of basic services, President Duterte said yesterday as he defended the implementation of the controversial tax measure, widely blamed for soaring prices of commodities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

‘If you don’t like TRAIN, then don’t pay’ but…, Duterte tells critics

      President Duterte has dared critics of his administration's tax reform law to stop paying taxes if they object to it so much.   But they should also face the consequences of their actions, Mr. Duterte said.   During a private meeting early on Tuesday, Mr. Duterte noted that there continued to be protests against the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.   The TRAIN Act adjusted income taxes that led to increases in workers' take home pay, but also imposed excise taxes on diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, and kerosene that led to price hikes.   "If you don't like TRAIN, then don't pay. It's simple. You'r...Keep on reading: ‘If you don’t like TRAIN, then don’t pay’ but…, Duterte tells critics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

‘Train and Fetish for Coke’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: FINANCE Secretary Sonny Dominguez took the personal initiative to explain the impact of the landmark Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion. This after some artists attempted to tweak the real and equitable benefits that Filipinos will derive from TRAIN. It is rather sad that some quarters are muddling up the positive impacts of the new tax reform law but funny enough to make the increase of the price of Coca-Cola as their principal issue as though it is the national fetish of Filipinos. Truth is, imposing higher tax on the sweet drink is a panacea to what seems to be an incurable proclivity of Pinoys for coke. The Cola, just like cigarettes, is among the top causes of affliction and death of us Pinoys – diabetes. By the way those who are now dependent on drugs for their diabetes the news is the prescribe drugs will be tax free and therefore expect the price to plummet. In summary and in sum, those who earn P250,000 keeps their P50,000 tax which they use to pay.Those in the upper bracket enjoy tax benefits too. We have to emphasize this as this is where the largest population of wage earners belong. The thousands of public school teachers will celebrate once the get hold of their take home pay. The burden now is actually transferred to the rich and they better not dodge paying the right tax otherwise life will be a little bit more difficult for them under the Duterte regime and while the Department of Finance is under the watch of Secretary Dominguez. Why make an issue about the luxury cars being taxed a little less. Just how many luxury cars can one have in his garage. But think about the other incentives if you are really hunting for a car. An environment friendly vehicle like an electric car is even tax free and a hybrid variety with so little tax. Incentive is the key word. In short when the team of Secretary Dominguez crafted TRAIN, they are not only looking for money to fund the massive infrastructures that we are so in dire need of, they are also looking after the health of the nation. Those who find fault in TRAIN will not just stop with Coke which they had raised to underscore the negative impact of the tax reform law on the poorest of the poor. It is actually belaboring the issue but to answer the idiotic question DSWD actually has funds for them and their will be corresponding adjustments that is provided for by TRAIN. What maybe they would raise next are the beggars in the streets. These poor and the mendicants are not in the radar screen of TRAIN when it comes to tax but just the same they are part of the inclusion. The revenues that TRAIN will raise is primarily for infrastructures. Railways, roads and bridges, airports, seaports and irrigation among others. In addition to the billions of pesos that TRAIN will raise are cheap loans from Japan and China. Never in our history do we have this availment of cheap money which comes with an incredible terms that give the country a holiday of over ten years before we start paying the loans. That is why under the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program the momentum of development could be much faster that our usual expectation. Even with the implementation of the projects, expect shortages in skilled personnel especially in the railway projects. Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transporation had advanced the idea of setting up a Railway institute while construction is ongoing because managing and maintaining railways are something strange to Filipinos. Other infrastructures, like roads, bridges and building would be needing thousands of workers. With network of infrastructures expect productivity to rise above normal levels. These will generate if not motivate people to produce more as access to the markets will now be cheaper and their profits doubled. The entire nation is celebrating the prospects and the dawning of the new era. The surveys say it all. An overwhelming number of Filipinos look up to 2018 and beyond with unprecedented optimism. This is only shadowed by the results of the surveys which show an all time high in the TRUST and SATISFACTION ratings which are pegged in the grade of “Excellence”. No matter how and what the opposition and critics will do no amount of demonizing and rallies can diminish that trust and satisfaction or derail the programs of the Duterte administration. The President is focused on his agenda, and his Cabinet members are on track. Even the players in telecom industry which had been so laggard and so inept for decades and have become a national shame are now uneasy with the mere announcement of the entry of the 3rd Telecom player. The duopoly suddenly came out with series of announcement that they are pouring in billions of dollars to address the sluggish internet speed, drop calls and inadequate availability of telecom service in the country. Oh well, these duopoly thought they have the monopoly of and knowledge of the telecom technology and how to run it. Early in the Presidency of Duterte, one of them had the temerity of telling the President to leave telecom alone as this is an area where the duopoly has the sole expertise. To there surprise this President, whom they thought is so […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Aquino urges Duterte to heed people’s cry due to high prices of goods, services caused by TRAIN law

Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to also heed the cry of the people, especially the poor, about high prices of goods and services caused by TRAIN Law. Aquino urges Duterte to heed people’s cry due to high prices of goods, services caused by TRAIN law Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino… link: Aquino urges Duterte to heed people’s cry due to high prices of goods, services caused by TRAIN law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News43 min. ago

Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings

The Duterte administration should heed the call of 38 nations under the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop and probe the killings in its drug war, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros urged on Monday. In a statement, the Akbayan senator said she welcomed the UNHRC's call to the Duterte administration to end the drug war killings and cooperate with international bodies in investigating human rights abuses. READ: 38 nations ask PH: Stop killings, probe abuses "I am happy that more and more countries are adding their voice in the fight to end the climate of killings and impunity in our country," she said. She dubbed as "ridiculous" Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan P...Keep on reading: Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 9 min. ago

Iriga City poised to become Bicol’s volleyball center next year

Iriga City bids to become a sporting mecca in the Bicol Region with the construction of a 5,000-seat gym in this city 400 kilometers southeast of Manila. Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen, owner-manager of the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons, said the gym is under construction and will be finished by December.       “Maybe next year the PVL on Tour could go to Iriga now that we will have the facilities to host some of its games,” she said, referring to the league’s program to bring the league's matches to the provinces, which started last year.      Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said Iriga City’s strong partnership with the PVL organizing outfit continues to serve “…our vision of promoting and upgrading volleyball in the country.”  Among others, the Iriga City gym will provide excellent facilities in volleyball as part of the mayor’s vision to restore Bicol’s lofty position in volleyball. “It used to be that Bicolanos were highly regarded in the sport and regularly picked for the national teams,” she said. When the sports arena finally rises six months from now, it will occupy pride of place with Iriga’s new city hall, already transferred to its new home in barangay Sta. Cruz Sur, new library, new public market and new slaughterhouse as part of the more concrete legacy the mayor wants to leave to her constituents.   But it is in sports where the sports-minded chief executive of this multi-awarded city wants to involve her young constituents to develop physical fitness, character and mental toughness, prerequisites, she said, to making the young transform into productive citizens and ideal leaders and followers of the future.   High sports awareness      At no other time has sports awareness in Iriga City been this incredibly high and involving as it is now.  Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen fittingly provides the face to this exciting sports phenomenon happening in her city of birth, where generations from her side of the family have served and continue to serve their people through holding public offices.    The well-loved first and only woman mayor of Iriga said she keeps her balance by finding time to indulge her passion in sports. She is into a lot of sports for recreation or for competition. She still plays volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton. At one time in elementary and high school she took up softball as a shortstop and even football. It was her serious intent to lure primarily her youthful constituents into sports that led Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen to form her own club team that proceeded to compete in the 2016 nationally telecast season of the Sports Vision-organized V-League.    After seeing their mayor, her prodigy Grazielle Bombita from Camarines Sur and fellow Bicolanos tangle with the best players in Manila in a big time league on television for the first time ever, parents from even as far as Sorsogon and the Visayas, Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen said, would see her at the city hall or stop her in her tracks to recommend their daughters for training under her volleyball program.      As a result, the city government has tied up with elementary and high schools in Iriga to train kids of all genders not only in volleyball but in basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis and football as well. Scholarships are given to training program participants from San Miguel Elementary School, University of St. Anthony, University of Northeastern Philippines, Ceferino Arroyo High School and Rinconada National Technical and Vocational School.   Multi-awarded city    Daughter of the late Camarines Sur Rep. Ciriaco R. Alfelor, granddaughter of the CamSur Gov. Felix O. Alfelor, and niece of ex-Iriga City Mayor Emmanuel R. Alfelor, Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen became Iriga’s first woman mayor in 2004. She served for three consecutive terms via the biggest margin of votes in Iriga’s political history.    Younger brother Ronald Felix Y. Alfelor, an electrical engineer by profession, was voted into the same position next before she assumed the office again.     Under her leadership anchored on an advocacy on good governance and responsible citizenship, Iriga City has distinguished itself with several awards from national and international organizations.  Among these are the 2009 Award of Excellence in Good Local Governance given by the DILG; 2010 citation as among the Top 10 performing local governments under the component cities category from the DILG; 2010 citation as a Galing Pook Award finalist; 2010 citation for Best Practices given by the Asia Foundation and British Embassy for the city’s programs on people’s participation, revenue generation and environment protection; 2011 Region’s Best Outstanding Local Government Agency award given by the Civil Service Commission; and the 2011 Outstanding Human Resource Management award. Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen finished BA Humanities in the University of the Philippines, BS Biology in Far Eastern University, but instead of proceeding to study medicine, she took up law in the University of Santo Tomas, a course she didn’t get to finish because of she said she was ‘sidetracked’ by marriage.   Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen’s children, all Ateneo students – Maria Cenen, 23; Brendan, 20; and Brian, 18 – may not have inherited her one-of-a-kind passion for sports but they support all her sporting decisions and endeavors.   Her only daughter gets to flex some athletic muscles, though, during university intramurals. Eldest son Brendan is team captain of the popular Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion. Brian, the youngest, helps her mom manage and cheer the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons in the PVL if he’s not busy with his commitment as a Star Music talent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Malacañang confirms new landing of China plane in Davao

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Malacañang confirmed that a Chinese plane landed again in Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, for a "refueling stop" this weekend. "All licenses, permits, and protocols issued and observed," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.  This was also the case with the Chinese ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

‘Duterte, Cabinet to gain P8,500 a month from TRAIN law’

President Duterte, Cabinet members and other bureaucrats receiving huge salaries are benefitting from the controversial Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to the tune of P8,500 a month in income tax reduction......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Duterte warns ‘corrupt’ BI personnel: One more mistake, I’ll kill you

          President Rodrigo Duterte warned Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel to stop extorting money from foreigners or they would be killed or reassigned to Jolo, Sulu.       "Itong immigration, 'pag ang turista nakalabas na ng airport, nakatatak na, and he's given so many days, huwag na huwag ninyong lapitan lalo na ang mga Koreano pati Intsik," Duterte said in a speech in Cabatuan, Iloilo.       He said only Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente could give theorder to BI officials and not to do things on their own.       "Only your director can do it, si General...Keep on reading: Duterte warns ‘corrupt’ BI personnel: One more mistake, I’ll kill you.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue

Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday scored politicians for grandstanding on the issues in the West Philippine Sea exacerbated recently by China's increased militarization of the area and the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen in the disputed waters. Gordon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to convene members of Congress in a private meeting in Malacaang to shed light on the country's foreign policy on China. "Dapat sa Malacaang iyon at dapat mag usap-usap lahat na walang mag-grandstand. Walang magpapa gwapo. Pag-usapan muna para magkaintindihan na (It should be Malacaang's role and there should be an agreement to stop politicians from grandstanding)," he said over DZBB radio. ...Keep on reading: Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Help poor cope with hard times, Duterte urged

A ranking House leader and the chief of the National Anti-Poverty Commission said more Filipino families were in danger of falling below the poverty line due to the steep rise in the cost of living as they called on President Duterte to either suspend or scrap the controversial Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.   The Duterte administration's new taxation and economic policies are taking their toll on the country's poor, which comprise 21.6 percent of the population, they said.   Antipoverty Secretary Liza Maza said higher transport fares and rising prices of basic goods would increase the number of families experiencing hunger this year---we...Keep on reading: Help poor cope with hard times, Duterte urged.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018


Duchess Meghan makes first joint appearance with queen

LONDON (AP) --- The former Meghan Markle is making her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II on an official royal visit to the northwest of England. The queen and the Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, traveled by a special royal train for a series of events Thursday. Their first stop featured a performance by local schoolchildren in the town of Widnes, near Liverpool. The duchess, who wore a beige Givenchy pencil dress, sat next to the queen for the performance. It will be followed by events including the unveiling of a plaque to officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge. The duchess, a former actress on the TV show "Suits," is easing into royal duties a...Keep on reading: 
Duchess Meghan makes first joint appearance with queen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Lawless elements sow division by killing priests

Malacañang yesterday said lawless elements are out to discredit government efforts against criminality by sowing division through acts such as the killing of priests. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop his verbal attacks on the Catholic Church….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Palace sees hand of lawless elements in priests’ killing

MALACAÑANG yesterday said lawless elements are out to discredit government efforts against criminality by sowing division through acts such as the killing of priests. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop his verbal attacks on the Catholic Church….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Gov’t eyes imports to stabilize prices

The country's agriculture chief has issued a warning to "market speculators" to stop using the new tax law to increase prices in the market, adding that he would not hesitate to resort to importation to stabilize prices. "Let this be a warning to speculators and those using the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law as convenient scapegoats to speculate and spike prices of commodities in the market. The government will act," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol said in an interview. The statement came after the Sugar Regulatory Administration, which is under the agriculture department, issued a new sugar order allowing the private sector to import 200,000 metric tons ...Keep on reading: Gov’t eyes imports to stabilize prices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

No PRRD Order to Halt WPS Patrols: Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Duterte did not issue any order telling the military to stop its patrols in the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday. He made this remark when asked on claims made by Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was ordered to stop patrolling the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Manila hits at fish snatching

The Philippines has demanded that China stop confiscating the catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed South China Sea, calling the practice unacceptable.The remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

DND, AFP deny alleged Duterte orders to stop West PH Sea patrol

DND, AFP deny alleged Duterte orders to stop West PH Sea patrol.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Duterte to Loot: Stop drug activities

Mayor Vicente Loot of Daanbantayan, Cebu should stop his illegal drug activities, President Duterte reiterated on Friday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

AFP ordered to stop patrolling West PHL Sea, says Alejano; not true, says Lorenzana

Opposition lawmaker Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Saturday claimed that the Duterte administration has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to stop patrolling the disputed West Philippine Sea. Source link link: AFP ordered to stop patrolling West PHL Sea, says Alejano; not true, says Lorenzana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018