Solons caution DOF on excise tax hike

SOME lawmakers are convinced that the plan of the Department of Finance to hike excise tax on fuel products will hit consumers hardest prompting them to express their reservations on the proposal.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said the proposal would certainly raise the excise tax for fuel products to up to P10 per liter which they said would affect the poor the severely.

Under the DOF’s proposal, excise tax on gasoline and related fuel products will be raised from P4.35 to P10 per liter diesel and the other essentials from P0…

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Andanar Hits Bigtime

One industry sector where consumers’ abuse is rampant is on communications. Did not realize this until lately when one of our trainees (on the job training) from PUP asked me if he can write about prepayments in cell phone load getting captured or forfeited by Globe and Smart and other carriers after expiry date.

I am no techie so I was briefed on how carriers rob their customers. It’s appalling that billionaires take the trouble of robbing centavos if not few pesos from students and worse the poor.

When one buys a load, he deposits sum of money with the…

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BIR loses case vs gaming outfit in SC

INTEGRATED gaming resort developer Bloomberry Resorts Corp.has succeeded in clearing Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) out of its way after the Supreme Court on in its favor over the latter’s bid to subject casinos to the regular 30 percent corporate income tax.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Bloomberry said the SC had granted the certiorari petition of its unit Bloomberry Resorts & Hotels Inc. (BRHI) against the imposition of corporate income tax on BRHI as a licensed casino operator of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

A petition for writ of certiorari is a document…

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The Press and the Presidency

FIRST, I want to say that I like the changes being made by President Duterte.

Secondly, I am not being paid for this article. He is actually doing what the people have voted him to do. To place the nation first and foremost.

That means surnames, colonial ties, and family business connections always take second place

I downloaded his press tirade about how the Philippines is not a colony anymore. I agree with him. He must do what was expected of him by the people of the Philippines.

With all that said, will someone please send President Duterte to a…

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DTI orders Telcos to remove expiry dates on prepaid cards

By Rosemarie Señora

APPARENTLY suddenly coming to its senses, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has said that it will soon direct telecommunications companies to remove the unlawful expiry periods on their cellular-phone prepaid load cards.

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said it is about time that telecommunications companies return to the consumers what they rightfully deserve.

“Business establishments have already removed the expiry periods for [GCs]. Now, we will tell Telcos to follow and remove the expiry dates for mobile phone prepaid load cards…in principle, you already paid that,” said after the budget deliberation of the DTI last…

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