P30-B SMOKE

By Ehlorra Mangahas, Trainee

NOT enough.

This is how economists and tax experts have described the proposed P30-B settlement by giant cigarette firm Mighty Corporation to the government over its alleged non-payment of correct taxes.

They said the P30-B settlement was comparable to the smoke from the cigarettes sold by Mighty Corporation using fake stamps that subsequently vanished into thin air.   

The observers added the government could have bargained for more from the firm to punish it for its past sins of deliberately refusing to pay the appropriate taxes during its several decades of operations.

 

Major Player    

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LTFRB VS UBER, GRAB

PUBLIC interest must be upheld at all times, even if it means sacrificing the convenience of daily commuters.

As Congress steps into the controversial issue of transport network vehicle services (TNVS), lawmakers are reminding the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that public safety and efficiency should be the paramount considerations in granting franchises.

The same admonition was also given to the ride-sharing services, Uber and Grab, whose runaway growth has caused more hardship than convenience for Metro Manila commuters.

Too Many Cars?

During a hearing conducted by the House committee on Metro Manila development chaired by Rep. Winston…

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PASSING MARKS

PRESIDENT Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte might be the antithesis of what a Traditional President should be. 

But to the tens of millions of his adoring supporters, he is their hero and they have complete trust in him. 

The kind of adulation that President Duterte receives from the people is truly amazing almost bordering to obsessive idolization.

A traditional leader comes dressed in elegant clothes and cultivates an almost immaculate public image while talking in carefully chosen words.

Digong in complete contrast comes wearing ordinary clothing and has no qualms cursing those who he believes are against his program of…

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MSMEs MAKE STRIDES

By Mico Agustin

IF the recent developments in the economic front are to be the gauge, then the Duterte administration’s promise of change is indeed happening.

Credit therefore should be given to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who has been working tirelessly to effect changes in the lives and livelihood of the people with his innovative and efficient leadership.

 

Under the Radar

While some of his fellow top officials are basking in the glow of the limelight and controversy, Lopez prefers to operate under the radar while delivering the results desired from him by President Duterte and the people.

Recent…

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DUTERTENOMICS ROLLS ON

By Mico Agustin

ECONOMISTS and political observers are unanimous in declaring that the daily traffic jams especially in Metro Manila is one of the reasons why the country could not seem to take off economically.

In fact, a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) some three years back indicated that the country is losing some P4 –B daily because of   traffic gridlock plaguing the streets of Metro Manila.

Aside from huge economic costs, traffic jams also result to untold frustrations among those who have to endure them daily not to mention the social costs they entail among…

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