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Duterte anti-poverty program launched

The National Anti-Poverty Commission yesterday launched the Kilos Sambayanan, the Duterte administration’s flagship anti-poverty program.

In his recent official trip to countries in the Middle East, President Rodrigo Duterte announced before the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) the creation of “Department of OFWs” – a national government agency that will be responsible for the design, production and delivery of services to Filipinos working abroad. Such services obviously include interventions on OFW problems like illegal recruitment, employer maltreatment, and criminal case convictions.

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No more 5-6?

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The Duterte Administration recently announced that it would stop to the 5-6 business in the country. It basically involves lending money with a twenty percent (20%) monthly interest and is generally identified with Indian nationals who are into such business.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it is seriously looking into alleged coup attempts against the Duterte administration.

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On tax reform

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Lowering the individual (personal) and corporate income tax rates is not easy nor is it simple. The government needs to find additional sources of revenues, assuming that government expenditures will remain at the same level, to offset the “lost” revenues from income tax.

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Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is cool to the proposal for a Senate investigation into the alleged “riot” that recently occurred inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that led to the death of one high-profile inmate allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade.

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