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Tuesday, 28th July 2015
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Pres. Aquino prods Congress to pass anti-dynasty bill, but misses FOI in SONA

By: Louine Hope Conserva

PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III asked Congress to pass the anti-dynasty law in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) July 27.

Pres. Aquino said he once opposed passing a law preventing a person from running for office just because of his last name or family but his fear of a “greedy leader” is the very reason why he thumbed down the proposal to extend the term of presidents.

"Bakit nga naman tayo gagawa ng batas para pigilan maglingkod ang gustong maglinkod? Pero napapaisip po ako, may mali din sa pagbibigay ng pagkakaton na habang buhay na magpakasasa sa kapangyarihan ang isang tiwaling pamilya o indibidwal. Hindi tayo makakasiguro kung malinis ang intensyon ng mga susunod o kung nanaisin lang nila na habang buhay na maghari-harian para sa pansariling interes, panahon na para ipasa ang isang anti-dynasty law," Mr. Aquino said, eliciting a loud and long applause from the gallery.

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Triune’s bidding papers ‘missing’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) failed to submit the complete documents pertaining to the purchase and installation of traffic lights in the city.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, chairman of the committee on good government which leads the probe into the traffic lights project, said the office of BAC chairman Joren Sartorio delivered a bundle of documents around 10:15 a.m. July 25.

But Gonzales said the documents he received pertained to the transaction with KIV Marketing.

“Not a single paper was about the transaction with Triune Electronics System,” he added.

The deal with Triune, which supplied four sets of traffic lights, is under fire after the firm received P14,820,439.64 when its contract was only P13,936,023.56, or an excess of P884,416.14.

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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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Great expectations

July 28, 2015 03:18AM

“IT'S a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” – Danny Boyle

Mr. Boyle was right after all. President Benigno S.C. Aquino III offered us expectations but he came short of reviving our hope. Read more...

Protest vs. DAR-2

July 28, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ASIDE from the absence of a legal Notice of Coverage, the second basis for this protest is the “unresolved question of the validity of issuance of notice of coverage of subject landholding. A valid notice of coverage is a mandatory requirement before any further action maybe done to implement the program.” Read more...

Good from evil, evil from good

July 28, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THE twists and turns of life today have been such that we can derive good from evil, and vice-versa, evil from good. We have to learn how to properly deal with this peculiar phenomenon so that we can manage to reach our ultimate goal without getting lost along the way.

Hard to believe

July 28, 2015 03:02 AM

OUR “road warrior”, D’Observer, sent this corner another list of experiences on the traffic management (or the lack of it) in Iloilo City. Read more...

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