Mystery of the missing P100-M ‘pasalubong’

It was supposed to be midyear Christmas “pasalubong” (welcome present) for two top officials of the Department of Finance, the Secretary and the newly minted chief of the Bureau of Customs.

Three top port operators (read: smugglers) raised P100 Million worth of pasalubong for these two top DOF officials.

The delivery boy of this P100 Million was a former BOC deputy commissioner in the past administration that was placed on freezer by former Pres. PNoy.

Waterfront sources intimated to Business Whispers  the “pasalubong” is a normal practice at the BOC, like a tradition, the reason the post of BOC chief…

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Group blames Tugade on anomalies in Clark

THE calls for Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to step down from office have gained more traction, with another coalition adding its voice to the clamor for President Rodrigo Duterte to remove the “incompetent” official from office.

This time, however, the clamor is originating from Tugade’s former home turf – the Pampanga-based multisectoral group Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement, which had advocated for the further development of the Clark Economic Zone where Tugade once served.

A news report from the Inquirer quotes PKGM chairperson Ruperto Cruz as stating that Tugade may be on his way out by December.

Cruz blamed Tugade for…

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BUSINESS conglomerate D. M. Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) has donated P23.493 million to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as part of the corporation’s support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. 

DMCI first Vice President Ronald Elepano handed over the check to DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno in a simple ceremony recently. 

The P23-million donation will be used to fast-track the completion of the mega-rehabilitation center at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, which is expected to accommodate some 10,000 drug surrenderees when completed and is expected to be inaugurated by November 15 this year.

Aside from the donation, DMCI also promises to fully support government-sponsored livelihood projects that will ensure that drug surrenderees will continue to become productive members of society.



Read more: Newsbriefs: DMCI hands P23.493 M for mega rehab center

Maza hits PSA decline in poverty incident report

NATIONAL Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) head Liza Maza has raised the possibility that the decline in poverty incidence in 2015 as reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was artificial and instead recommended a more holistic approach to solve poverty incidence in the country.

She noted that the lower poverty level could have been just made up by the past Aquino administration as well as a result of massive electoral spending by the camp of former Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II.

Maza was particularly suspicious on the PSA report stating that the poverty incidence level dropped to 21.6 percent…

Read more: Maza hits PSA decline in poverty incident report

SMC benefits from Congress lobby?

A FULL blown controversy looms in the telecommunications horizon when industry giant Smart Communications unwittingly opened a can of worms when it recently asked the House of Representatives to exempt it from paying local taxes.

To strengthen the basis for their request, lawyers of Smart cited the 25-year franchise Congress reportedly gave to San Miguel Corp.-owned Bell Telecommunications last year that supposedly contained the tax exempt privilege. 

The request however appeared to have opened a Pandora’s Box after the lawmakers realized that they were not aware that a franchise was granted by the previous Congress to Bell Tel…

Read more: SMC benefits from Congress lobby?

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