Thorny death penalty issue

THE ISSUE on the re-imposition of death penalty is proving to be thorny and highly-controversial not only among stakeholders but even among Congress allies of President Duterte.

And from the looks of it, the President’s allies, especially his own party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are likely to be asked to toe the line, if need be, to ensure the passage of the measure that will pave for the return of death as capital punishment in the country.

Insofar as PDP-Laban members in the upper chamber are concerned, it would not be a problem, according to…

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China’s Continued Build-up Raises Alarm Bells

By Tracy Cabrera

CHINA will be building more structures on a reef off the Philippines’ coast, according to defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

This could trigger some ripples between China-Philippine relations since the move would be ‘unacceptable’ to Manila in the flashpoint waterway.

“I believe China would eventually reclaim the Scarborough Shoal, which sits just 230 kilometers (143 miles) from the main Philippine island of Luzon,” Lorenzana disclosed.

Beijing has already built up a number of islets and reefs in the South China Sea, installing military facilities on several of them.

Analysts say that similar installations on Scarborough Shoal could give…

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PNP’s ‘internal cleansing’ is long overdue

IT HAD to take a major blunder of ‘tokhang-for-ransom’ case—where a Korean national was killed by policemen even before ransom was paid—for the Philippine National Police to realize that it needed internal cleansing, which most Filipinos felt was long overdue.

People are saying that the cleansing must have preceded an all-out war against drugs so that the psyche and mindset of the operatives have been more pristine and committed. 

But since the Oplan Tokhang was implemented hurriedly, the expected result of making a business out of this campaign naturally cropped up.

President Duterte minced no words when he said…

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Sin tax amendment faces hurdle in Senate

RAILROADING in the Senate of the bill seeking to amend the sin tax law is very unlikely to happen as the measure lowering the income tax rate will take precedence over all other tax reform package presented by the Department of Finance (DOF).

Sen. Sonny Angara, chair of the ways and means committee in the Senate said the priority, even in the package submitted by the DOF, is the indexation of the income tax in the country.

“Kasi ‘yun (law on income tax), ang tagal na, 20 years na hindi nagalaw eh. Unlike yung sin tax, every year gumagalaw naman…

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SSS P1-B budget cut should go to pensioners
Photo shows SSC Chairman Valdez (3rd from right) and PCEO Dooc (middle) present the Certificate of Appreciation to Congressman Pichay (4th from right) and Congressman Tinio (5th from right) for sharing their insights and valuable advice to further the social security program in the private sector. Also present during the dialogue were (right to left) EVP Rizaldy Capulong, SS Commissioner Gonzalo Duque, SS Commissioner Jose Garbriel La Viña, SVP Voltaire Agas, SVP Judy Frances See, VP Marissu Bugante and SVP George Ongkeko.

IF THE Social Security System (SSS) can cut down on their operating expenses, then they could certainly find…

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