The Money Trail at the Ports

By Chito L. Junia

 

WHOEVER thought that only Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) officials, customs brokers, port and warehouse operators and truckers are getting a slice of the millions of pesos that exchange hands at the ports daily, either legally or illegally?

Apparently, the money trail at the ports goes all the way up from the lowly security guards up to high officials of the government and private port stakeholders. 

There was a time at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) when the “haoshiaos” (pseudo operators and employees) flourished as they allegedly handled the illicit…

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Inclusive economy to sustain PHL growth

INCLUSIVE growth is necessary in order for the Philippines to sustain its growth momentum according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

In a recent speech before the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP), Dominguez pointed out that in the Philippines, market information and other issues related to the economy are kept from ordinary Filipinos and exchanged within a narrow section of the population, “a testament to our economy being an exclusive rather than an inclusive one.”

“This situation cannot persist for too long. Unless our economy becomes truly inclusive, with ordinary folk making market decisions and shaping economic…

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Freedoms of the Air

The signing of the Chicago Convention on International Aviation in 1944

By Romeo N. Dyoco 

WHEN nation-states began to be established on the face of the earth, one immediate concern was to establish jurisdiction and control over their territorial coverage. 

This was obviously politically and economically strategic. In fact, many ambitious nations sought to expand their territories even to the extent of waging wars against other nations. Conquests and colonization became major policy and strategic undertakings.

Each country, in most cases, easily defined the coverage and limits of its territory in terms of the land and the sea (waters).…

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Weak Philippine Labor Movement

THE Philippine government is not a socialist state despite President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s claims that he is a “socialist” or a “leftist.”

Thus, a true Marxist, or even a veteran bearer and advocate of Mao Tse Tung Thought, should know that Duterte’s promise to end contractualization in the country when he was still campaigning to win the May 9 elections will not be carried out.

A politician’s promises are part of his tactic to win votes. Duterte was not exempted from that dirty old tactic.

Remember that Duterte made the promise to end contractualization once he becomes president not…

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Brokers slam ATI's ‘faulty’ booking system

By Chito L. Junia

CUSTOMS brokers doing at business Asian Terminals, Inc. have scored what they described as error prone booking system more popularly known as Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS).

One of the brokers who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals complained that he has lost money over “unexplained and mysterious reasons” while trying to facilitate a booking for their cargo vehicle.

He claimed that he allegedly lost an earlier deposit for TABS without getting a clear explanation from ATI why and how it happened. 

The broker alleged that when he was trying to get a booking schedule…

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