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Boracay loses P165M to China travel ban

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE travel ban issued by China against the Philippines bled the tourism industry of Western Visayas, particularly Boracay Island.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT-6) regional director, said around 7,000 to 8,000 Chinese tourists cancelled a total of 20,000 room bookings in Boracay between September 13 and September 15.

The bookings covered the lodgings of Chinese tourists from September 13, 2014 to March 2015.

Catalbas said Boracay resorts and establishments may have lost P150 million to P165 million because of the cancellations.

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Councilor Acap defends daughter on traffic woes

By: Wenceslao E Mateo Jr.

THE father of the concurrent operations chief of the Transport Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) defended his daughter from accusations that the traffic situation worsened under her leadership.

City Councilor Lyndon Acap, vice chairman of the council’s committee on transportation, said the accusations levelled by transport groups at his daughter Donna Lyn Acap are “baseless.”

To prove his point, Acap presented during their regular session the TMTRO’s performance report for January to August 2014.

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CREBA pushes reforms to sustain growth in real estate

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

REFORMS to ensure the sustainability and growth of the real property sector will be tackled during the 23rd National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) in Iloilo City next month.

CREBA, the largest organization of the country’s major real estate and housing industry players, will hold its national convention on October 15-18 and will coincide with the celebration of the national housing month.

In a statement, CREBA Chairman Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said “investment and real estate activity in the country is expected to stay robust; investors will continue to see residential,

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SP suspends Maasin mayor

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo approved the three-month suspension of Maasin town Mayor Mariano Malones for simple misconduct.

Malones’ suspension was approved during the regular session of the SP Tuesday as the board adopted the recommendation of the committee of the whole which investigated the administrative case filed against the mayor.

Malones was charged with simple misconduct for his refusal to implement the order of the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Elsa Maternal, former assistant human resource management officer of Maasin.

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Based on the BIR’s investigation, the PNP paid RJP International a total of P77.25 million in 2007 for the services and parts of the armored vehicles.

RJP International, however, only declared sales and service revenues of P10.82 million for 2007.

The BIR computed RJP International’s total deficiency tax at P46.33 million for 2007, including taxes and surcharge.

The BIR also filed two counts of attempting to evade and defeat taxes and eight counts of wilful failure to supply the bureau with correct and accurate information against the Quezon City-based Temps and Staffers Inc. and its responsible officers, Arturo C. Guerrero III (president and chairman) and Vivian A. Guerrero (treasurer and chief operations officer).

Temps and Staffers Inc. has among its clients Samsung, BDO Insurance and Globe Telecom Inc. Based on the BIR’s investigation, Temps and Staffers Inc. supplied services worth P135.4 million to Samsung, BDO Insurance and Globe Telecom. The company, however, declared only P72.6 million for an underdeclaration of P52.43 million.

The BIR computed Temps and Staffers Inc.’s total deficiency tax at P42.65 million, including surcharge and interest, that can be broken down into P29.98m in deficiency income tax and P12.67m in deficiency value added tax.

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Will cops behave if they get a P50,000/monthly pay?

September 17, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Let me be clear - no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.” – Antonio Villaraigosa Read more...

Growing in our faith

September 17, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to understand that as the very beginning of our life with God, our life in the Spirit which is a supernatural life more than just a natural life, our Christian faith has to be taken care of, nourished and developed to full maturity. Read more...

Iloilo city’s problem with urban congestion
September 17, 2014 12:54 AM
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
WITH the passage of the ordinance creating the Iloilo City Senior Citizens and PWDs Council last Sept. 9, the concerns of these two sectors, I am sure, may already be properly attended to. Read more...
Bully

September 17, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

IT WAS a confrontation that was bound to happen.

Senate President Franklin Drilon is not a man who takes criticism lightly. He takes any issue dwelling on his integrity as a personal affront.

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Piecemeal war

September 17, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

POPE FRANCIS last week commemorated World War I with Mass at the Military Monument of Redipuglia, Italy. Beside it is the cemetery where 14,500 Italian soldiers are buried. Read more...

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