Dulay wants BIR erased from most corrupt list

FED UP with persistent reports of anomalous and highly irregular activities among its own personnel, the leadership of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has decided to form a special disciplinary body tasked with investigating erring revenue officers especially those involved in questionable tax audits.

To recall, BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay bared last month his plans to rid the agency of bad eggs, especially among its tax examiners even as he also ordered “no gift policy” in the agency.

He however promised to conduct a thorough performance evaluation of all tax examiners to determine and identify the bad eggs. Records…

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Trade liberalization blamed: Group demands more support for farmers


BLAMING trade liberalization as the main culprit in the continued deprivation of local farmers, an umbrella group of farm workers and stakeholders has called on the government to pursue genuine development of local agriculture industry.

Rosendo So, convenor of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) was reacting to the planned removal of import quotas for milled rice noting that it would not cut prices of the staple grain.

The import quota system—which will expire on June 30, 2017, with or without the government’s consent would allow the entry into the Philippines a minimum of 805,200 tons of imported rice yearly.

In…

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Court halts review of P69.1 –B Telco deal
PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan

THE APPELLATE COURT dealt a major blow in the government’s initiatives to protect the public that has long been suffering from slow and inefficient internet services after it ordered the competition agency to stop the review of a landmark deal between two giant telecommunications firms.

The decision is seen by many as major obstacle in the government’s campaign to ensure a level playing field for business and in protecting the interests of the consuming public.

In its August 26 resolution, the 12th Division of the CA granted the request of PLDT, Inc. (formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone…

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Jail Andrew Tan?

This is a story of how the very rich make their money multiply thousand folds. This is a story told by Berteni Cataluna Causing in his FB post.

This is a story of ANDREW TAN losing a court case over land ownership in Nasugbu, Batangas province.

This is a story if a poor old woman, who, over a decade ago, found out that her ownership to a parcel of land was “transferred to Fil-Estate, now owned by this billionaire (Andrew Tan) despite the fact that the original owner’s copy of the title has been kept by the original owner, and…

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Scandal-hit NFA opts out of rice importation game

KNOWING that its continued existence has been under extreme scrutiny from top government authorities and policy makers, the scandal-tainted National Food Authority (NFA) is planning to moderate its role from being a rice importer and industry player to regulator and overseer.

Under the plan, the NFA will stop importing rice bought at a high cost from overseas but sold locally at low prices -- a long-time practice that raised the agency’s debt exponentially.

Instead, rice importation will be left to private traders but under the tight watch by the NFA whose primary mandate is to ensure the country has ample…

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