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A NEW tax bill has been filed in Congress proposing to include in RA 8424, the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines, a R10 excise tax per liter of sugar-sweetened beverages, on top of the 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) that is now being passed on to buyers. The tax bill, filed by Rep. Horacio Suansing Jr. of Sultan Kudarat and Rep. Estrellita Suansing of Nueva Ecija is among a number of tax measures expected to be part of the new administration’s plan for a more equitable tax regime.

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Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

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A perfect prince

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Initially, I thought that I should marry my boyfriend because he’s intelligent, ambitious and kind. But there are things about him that make me think we’re not meant to be. I love him, but I have doubts if our relationship is the one I’ve always dreamed of. I guess what I need to know is, is there even such a thing as a perfect romance? I know I will always be loved by him, but is that enough? Would I be settling if I agree to marry him? Do you think I should talk to him about it?

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Maybe a loved one is sick. Maybe your business is dying and you are on the verge of being bankrupt. You don’t know where you will get the money to pay for your debts. Do you feel like it’s already the end of the world?

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No ‘Phexit’

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So now it’s official. President Duterte will not withdraw the country’s membership from the United Nations (UN) despite its criticisms on his government’s unyielding war on illegal drugs.

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‘Bato’ rocks

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SO everyone expected Senator Leila to beard the lion in his den? As it turned out, top cop “Bato” had the senators lapping up his every word, congratulating him for a job well done and thanking him for his and his men’s sacrifices in the war on drugs.

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