We Have 10 Years To Prepare For The Next ASEAN Summit

This week is a very busy week for the Philippines. 

It is hosting the 31st ASEAN Summit and the 12th East Asian Summit. It is also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. 

ASEAN is composed of ten countries – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The East Asia Summit is held after the ASEAN Summit on an annual basis since 2005. In addition to the ten ASEAN countries, it includes – China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. 

Prior to the ASEAN Summit, the APEC Economic Leaders…

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BOC Has New System; Will it Work?

By Chito Junia

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is practically moving heaven and earth to curb corruption and smuggling in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

He has ordered the strict enforcement of the “No Tara” policy, scrapped benchmarking, subjected all loaded containerized vans to x-ray scanning, and suspended the green lane. And now, to further enhance the bureau’s anti-smuggling efforts, particularly in scrapping benchmarking, the bureau has adopted a new queuing and status verification system (SVS) that will enable customs clients to monitor the status of entry documents submitted to the Formal Entry Division (FED).

Under the SVS, valuation of imported…

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Victories At Binakayan And Dalahican!

From tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, until Saturday, November 11, we mark the 121st anniversaries of the 1896 twin Battles of Binakayan and Dalahican in Cavite.

Since the “Cry of Balintawak or Pugad Lawin” in late August, the Katipunan, under its Supremo, Andres Bonifacio, had not been successful in battle. He was defeated at Pinaglabanan, San Juan del Monte on August 30, 1896. That is why, he and his rebel troops eventually ended up in Cavite. Binakayan was in Kawit, the hometown of Emilio Aguinaldo. Dalahican was in Noveleta, the hometown of Mariano Alvarez.

There were two factions in Cavite, the…

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Snap Presidential Election?

Miguel Castro (Mang Miguel), a 73-year-old shoemaker from Tarlac City, was jubilant. The self-professed die-hard follower of Digong Duterte bragged to his customers about the armed forces' hard-earned victory in Marawi City, and even cited the grateful message from the head of the US Pentagon that likewise lauded them.

"The President's triumph in Marawi is the triumph of all of the world's freedom-loving peoples over the evil scourge of  Jihadism", Mang Miguel boasted in Tagalog to the delight of his listeners. 

"But I worry about the President's health and advancing age, as well as the yellow opposition's non-stop street…

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Are changes for real at BOC?

WHEN retired general and former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head Isidro Lapena assumed his new post as Customs Commissioner over a month ago, he immediately issued two memorandum orders. 

One of his orders was the imposition of “No Tara” system or (no grease money) while the other was his warning of “one-strike policy” for all customs officials and personnel who would be involved in illegal activities. 

At first, Lapena’s orders were received with skepticism by some customs officials. 

 

Customs Shakeup

But when he started a customs shakeup that involved the reassignment of district collectors, deputy…

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