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2 presidents, 2 different tax cases

  BY some coincidence, President Donald Trump of the United States (US) and our own President Duterte found themselves facing questions about their incomes this week. President Trump has never disclosed his income tax returns despite repeated promises during the 2016 election campaign. Previous American presidents have done so, but Trump chose to ignore this […]

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Global oil prices raising inflation fears

  WHEN market prices started rising last year, critics blamed the administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) which, while lowering personal income tax rates, imposed a tariff of R2 per liter on diesel and other fuel imports where there had been none before. The new tariff raised the cost of diesel, thus […]

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PDEA should welcome offers of SC, DoJ

  THE government has come up with several narco-lists – one with 45 lo­cal government officials, a second with 10 prosecutors, and a third list with 13 judges. There is also a list of celebrities but these are drug addicts – victims, rather than per­petrators and protectors of the drug trade in the country. After […]

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Brunei’s new law on stoning to death

  THERE is a story told by St. John in the New Testament of the Holy Bible about a group of Scribes and Pharisees who sought out Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. They brought to him a woman found in adultery, and said she should be stoned to death according to the Law of […]

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SC issues new order on drug cases

  THREE years after the start of the all-out drive against illegal drugs which went by the name “Tokhang,” some questions continue to be asked about the cases of some of those killed in the drive. Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the government to submit all documents pertaining to the drive, particularly on the […]

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35 years of the annual Balikatan Exercise

  THE annual Balikatan exercise between Philippine and American armed forces began last Monday. It is the 35th time the exercise is being held, with 4,000 Philippine and 3,500 American troops joined this year by 50 members of the Australian Defense Force. Five years after the Philippines achieved independence from American colonial rule in 1946, […]

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