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Strict rules in the European Union, US, Japan, and Australia are forcing government and food exporters to impose stringent rules on processing to compete in these markets. Speaking at the Agribusiness Investment Forum at the Department of Agriculture (DA) this week, Karen Roscom of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Products Standards (BAFPS) said the detention of food exports could potentially harm Philippine corporations and reduce its share in countries with highly clinical standards.

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The Arroyo camp has assailed the Department of Justice (DoJ) directive reinstating the watchlist order (WLO) against former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel “Mike“ T. Arroyo, which had previously been withdrawn before the Supreme Court (SC) could rule on its constitutionality.

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Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reshuffled 55 tax fraud officials and investigators based in Metro Manila and nearby provinces yesterday to strengthen the drive against various forms of tax-dodging rackets and enhance voluntary compliance.

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The government launched the Inter-Agency Anti-Kotong Task Force (IAA-TF) and the “Kotong Hotline” yesterday to combat the bad practice of mulcting or “kotong” among policemen and traffic enforcers.

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The House Committee on Bases Conversion has approved a bill seeking to stop the government’s plan to privatize Camps Aguinaldo and Crame both in Quezon City. The House panel chaired by Kalinga Rep. Manuel Agyao gave its nod to House Bill (HB) No. 4712 and endorsed it for plenary discussions.

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) issued yesterday a watchlist order (WLO) against former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo and her husband, former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel “Mike” T. Arroyo, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos Sr., former Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, and several other election officials and private individuals charged with election fraud in the 2007 elections.

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