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Makabayan bloc asks SC to stop ‘unconstitutional’ TRAIN

(UPDATE 2 - 1:35 p.m.) Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives asked the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 11, to issue a temporary restraining order and eventually stop the implementation of the Tax Reform for Advancement and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law saying its passage violated both the chamber’s rules and the Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonJan 11th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to stop ‘unconstitutional’ TRAIN

(UPDATE 2 - 1:35 p.m.) Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives asked the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 11, to issue a temporary restraining order and eventually stop the implementation of the Tax Reform for Advancement and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law saying its passage violated both the chamber’s rules and the Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Leftist lawmakers on Thursday, January 11, asked the Supreme Court (SC) to strike down the  Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law. In their petition, the lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc also asked the High Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

WATCH | Supreme Court consolidates anti-TRAIN petitions

MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday consolidated two separate petitions lodged against the passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, or TRAIN. These are the petitions filed by the Makabayan Bloc of legislators and LABAN Consumer, arguing that there was no actual quorum at the House of Representatives when the measure […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

2nd petition asks high court to stop TRAIN

A SECOND petition has been filed by a consumer advocacy group before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to halt the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act. Laban Konsyumer Inc. and its president, former Trade Undersecretary Victor Dimagiba, said the petition specifically….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Makabayan asks Supreme Court to void TRAIN

BAGUIO CITY — ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao petitioned the Supreme Court to “void” the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

WATCH | Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao

The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers was in full force Monday at the Supreme Court, where they filed a petition to stop the enforcement of a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law

      Members of the Left-leaning Makabayan bloc are set to challenge the newly-implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law before the Supreme Court, a lawmaker said Saturday.   ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said progressive lawmakers would file the petition against the "anti-poor" tax law next week and question procedural and substantive issues surrounding the measure.   "Hinahanda namin, yung Makabayan bloc, yung mga lawyers na katulong natin, 'yung petition," Tinio said during the News Forum at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City.   (The Makabayan bloc, together with the lawyers that are he...Keep on reading: Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 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

Left gives Duterte rare praise on irrigation

DAVAO CITY---President Duterte got rare praise from one of his staunchest critics, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, for signing the free irrigation law, an original proposal of the leftist Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives.   "This is a major step in our campaign to better farmers' lives," Casilao said of the new law.   Credit should go to Mr. Duterte, the legislator said.   Sen. Ralph Recto, in a statement, said Mr. Duterte's signing of the free irrigation law should "open the floodgates to an irrigation building spree."   Recto said the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) could actually do this because of its increased budg...Keep on reading: Left gives Duterte rare praise on irrigation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Poe asks Ombudsman to pursue case vs former Transportation chief

Senator Grace Poe has appealed to the Office of the Ombudsman to vigorously pursue the complaint against former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya in the wake of the almost incessant daily glitches hounding the trains of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3). Poe blamed Abaya anew for the suffering of train commuters, noting that it was the ex-Transportation chief who "decided on all the mess" happening with the MRT-3 system today. "Secretary Abaya 'di ka namin nakakalimutan ah, ikaw lahat ang nagdecision ng kapalpakan na ito. Ako'y talagang punong-puno na at nalulungkot para sa ating mga kakabayan," Poe said in a radio interview over dZmm on Thursday. "Sa tingin ko, an...Keep on reading: Poe asks Ombudsman to pursue case vs former Transportation chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 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

House OKs ‘endo’ bill on 2nd reading, but militant solons say it spells ‘bogus security of tenure’

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the security of tenure of workers in the private sector, but militant lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc described it as a “deceitful and bogus security of tenure” measure. House Bill No. 6908 seeks to address the practice of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail - Rappler

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr took his plunder case to the Supreme Court (SC), asking it to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan and to let him post bail. The Sandiganbayan First Division earlier denied Revilla's appeal for instant dismissal, and is set to proceed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Makabayan warns against clipping court s judicial power

MEMBERS of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 17, criticized a House panel’s proposal to cancel the power of the Supreme Court to look into complaints against government bodies in the administration’s planned government shift to federalism. Representative Fredenil Castro, chair of the sub-committee on judiciary under the committee on… link: Makabayan warns against clipping court's judicial power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

DOF: No basis for SC to stop TRAIN

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) sees no basis for the Supreme Court (SC) to slap a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the recent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Stop TRAIN, SC urge

MILITANT lawmakers yesterday asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion which raises duties on fuel, cars and sugar-sweetened-drinks to offset a reduction in personal income tax. In their petition for a temporary restraining order, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, ACT Teachers….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

WATCH | Sister of ‘Lake Sebu massacre’ victim calls for justice; daughter of missing man wants him back

MANILA – The sister of one of the victims in the alleged massacre of eight T’boli and Dulangan Manobo in Lake Sebu on December 3 is seeking justice for the atrocity, while the daughter of a man who went missing in the incident asked authorities to surface them. The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers also sought […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao - InterAksyon

Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

& apos;Makabayan& apos; bloc solons to press for inquiry into deadly Davao mall fire - GMA News

'Makabayan' bloc solons to press for inquiry into deadly Davao mall fire - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018