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Foreign firms must be convinced to stay

Foreign firms must be convinced to stay

  THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has yielded to what appears to be a firm administration stand on the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA). PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza had opposed CITIRA’s move to remove the 5 percent Gross Income Earned (GIE) tax that foreign companies operating in the […]

One reason drug problem remains despite PNP drive

  PRESIDENT Duterte had initially vowed to end the drug problem in the country within three months, only to find that it was so huge that he finally said it cannot be eliminated even by the end of his six-year term. In the course of the anti-drugs drive, thousands have died, many while resisting arresting […]

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Any new ideas for EDSA   welcome, says MMDA

    THE five-minute drive from Ayala in Makati to Cubao, Quezon City, which President Duterte hoped would be possible by December was premised on the completion of public works projects that would absorb much of the present traffic along Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA). It does not look like it will be achieved, […]

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Vaccine issue continues to stir controversy

  THE vaccine issue which had its beginnings in the previous administration continues to stir controversy today not only in connection with the national health program but also in the halls of Congress where two Congress members clashed early this week. During the House of Representatives plenary session last Tuesday, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza […]

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Any gov’t pay increase should be welcomed

  WHEN President Duterte arrived at the Davao Airport from his state visit to Moscow, Russia, last Sunday, he once again assured the nation’s teachers they would get their long-promised salary increases this year. “It is coming – ang increase nila, but hindi doble,” he said. “The last time they were discussing was about 35, […]

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Efforts continuing to ensure poll transparency

  A NEW effort to ensure transparency, auditability, and credibility in Philippine elections has been launched in the House of Representatives with the filing of House bill 3896 by Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte, for a combination of manual voting and counting and electronic transmission and canvassing of results. The adoption […]

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