Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act okayed

THE Senate has passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to reduce the requirements and streamline the processes in starting and operating businesses to create a more conducive business environment in the country.

 

Overwhelming Approval

Senate Bill No. 1311, or the "Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act of 2017" sponsored by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship and co-sponsored by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, was approved overwhelmingly with 17 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and no abstention. 

According to Zubiri, the bill seeks to amend the existing Anti Red…

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Taguiwalo’s ironic rejection

OPPOSITION senators could only frown upon the rejection of the confirmation of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Judy Taguiwalo especially since those who thumbed her were mostly administration allies.

The development did not escape the prying eyes of members of the Liberal Party (LP) in the Senate led by its president Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, saying that the Duterte administration lost a committed Cabinet official.

“In the 14 months that Taguiwalo was at the helm of the DSWD, we have seen her continue the Aquino administration’s successful conditional cash transfer (CCT) or 4Ps program which benefitted 4.4…

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Bautista couple marital tiff has more than meets the eye

IN A HIGH SOCIETY marital fight that was supposed to be confined inside their bedroom, Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista and his wife Patricia suddenly swung their door open and let the public entered for them to see what she called as the ‘dirty’ secrets of her husband.

In doing so, their private marital disagreements became very public with wide and far-reaching national and political implications.

This after the wife revealed that Bautista has more than P1-B in an unexplained wealth which impliedly could have come from his shady dealings relative to the 2016 elections.

 

Revelations

Her revelations therefore naturally piqued…

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MEMBERS of the House of Representatives investigating the shipment of P 6.4 billion worth of shabu in the country have recommended the dismissal of Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon due to “gross incompetence and corruption”. 

Surigao Rep. Robert Barbers, chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs noted that Faeldon centralized all powers in his office by creating a command center.

The said office reportedly has sole control of all operations in the agency despite being created without the permission of the Department of Finance (DOF) even as he did not release a memorandum order when he created it. 

Barbers said it was a clear sign of incompetence and that Faeldon should be replaced by somebody who is up to the tasks required of a BOC chief.

President Rodrigo Duterte however earlier said that he believes in the integrity of Faeldon but sadly he was surrounded by some corrupt officials in the agency. (Ehlorra Mangahas)

Read more: Faeldon faces dismissal

 Angara’s predicament

 

WITHOUT him wanting it, Senator Sonny Angara has suddenly found himself under intense scrutiny and immense pressure after President Duterte implied in his recent SONA that he was not doing enough to hasten the passage of the administration’s proposed tax measure.

The President has taken Angara to task in his capacity as chair of the Senate ways and means committee, warning that his chances in the next elections are in jeopardy if he will not ‘behave accordingly’.

President Duterte’s proposed tax reform for acceleration and inclusion (TRAIN) was already approved at the House of Representatives last May 31, before Congress’…

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