Gatchalian sees rise in smuggling cases

AHEAD of the Duterte administration’s plan to hike excise taxes on luxury vehicles, Senator Win Gatchalian warned the Bureau of Customs to be on the lookout for a possible higher incidence of car smuggling.

Gatchalian said shrewd stakeholders in the automobile industry are likely to engage in the underground trading of high-end vehicles to dodge paying exorbitant excise taxes.

"In my view, the incidence of smuggling will also go up when higher excise taxes are imposed on luxury cars. If this happens, it should not be 'business-as-usual' for the Bureau of Customs. The BOC should be ready to deal with…

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Productive gov’t retirees
Photo from the Pangasinan LGU website

THERE’S life after retirement from government service. 

This is what Congress wants to demonstrate with a bill recently approved at committee level giving government retirees who opt to venture into entrepreneurship ample support from the national government.

Thus, the House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, led by Misamis Oriental representative Peter Unabia, recently passed a substitute bill promoting the skills of government employees to ensure their productivity after their retirement from government services. 

The bill, which substituted House Bill No. 3335 authored by party-list congresswoman Victoria Isabel Noel, is now under a…

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Stricter vetting system for foreign aid pushed

STRESSING the need for stricter vetting of foreign aid to ensure the balance between economic growth and national interests, Senator Win Gatchalian has called on his colleagues to take a second hard look on the existing system.

He made the call after a recent hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs concerning investment deals made during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China last year.

During the hearing, the senator noted a “loose” vetting system for foreign-funded investments, which according to him has allowed scheming foreign firms to pull off one-sided trade contracts to the detriment of the…

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Bam, Ping censure Aguirre over ‘fake’ news

DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II found himself in a “hot seat” following his disclosure on the alleged meeting that transpired in Marawi, few days prior to the attack of the Maute group, involving some known opposition personalities.

The possibility of being formally charged for peddling “fake news” is not remote as one of those he implicated, Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, floated the idea of resorting to legal action, even if Sec. Aguirre already apologized to him, given the seriousness of the accusations.

 

Aguirre Must Resign

Such seems to be the legal remedy available, unless…

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‘Eventful’ 17th Congress closes

DESPITE the numerous controversies and wrangling among senators, the upper chamber managed to end the first regular session of the 17th Congress an eventful one with the passage of a number of landmark bills.

“It has not only been an eventful session, it has been a productive session as well,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said in addressing his colleagues before banging the gavel Wednesday night to signaling their adjournment sine die.

“We may have this majority-minority division, but in actuality, we are one big family. Because of your efforts, our beloved institution would stand proud before the President…

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