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‘APEC MANIA’

Iloilo City, Boracay gear up for high level meetings

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TWO areas in Western Visayas are in frantic state in preparation for high level meetings for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippines.

Based on information from the APEC-National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC), six regions in the country are officially designated as APEC sites.

The host regions are Metro Manila representing the National Capital Region; Bagac, Bataan and Clark, Pampanga in Central Luzon; Tagaytay City in Cavite for CALABARZON; Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol; Boracay, Aklan and Iloilo City in Western Visayas; and Metropolitan Cebu in Central Visayas.

Iloilo City has been assigned to host meetings on Small Medium Enterprises (SME) on September 21-25, 2015 and Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) on September 28 to October 6, 2015.

Both meetings have a combined attendance of 1,600 delegates who will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center in Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao district.

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PDEA: Some foreign students involved in drug syndicate

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILONGGAS with foreigner boyfriends, beware!

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said it is monitoring foreign exchange students in Iloilo who might have links to an illegal drug syndicate.

PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma particularly warned Ilonggas who are in a relationship with foreign students to be wary of their partners.

Ledesma said they received a report from the PDEA national office on the presence of foreign students who are believed to be members of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS).

Ledesma said it is possible that these students might marry Ilonggas and use them as drug mules.

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What to expect from PNoy’s SONA

By: Louine Hope Conserva & Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ASIDE from a list of achievements and promises, people can expect protests when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 28.

It is expected that President Aquino will brag about his administration’s feats but the public is anticipating a renewed defence of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional.

The President is also expected to throw brickbats at his critics and to blame the previous administration for the country’s woes.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. expects the President to take up the pork barrel and DAP issues aside from the anti-poverty programs he initiated.

Atty. Raul Anlocotan, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) assistant regional director, said they want PNoy to discuss the economic growth of the country.

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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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A decade of commitment

July 26, 2014 12:08 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

TIME flies so fast.  It seems like yesterday when this column first appeared in this paper on July 23, 2004.  Ten years - a full decade - had passed since then.

The topic of that first article was on the decision of the Philippine government to withdraw the tiny contingent of Filipino troops in Iraq.  Iraqi militants kidnapped Filipino truck driver Angelo de la Cruz and threatened to behead him unless Filipino troops leave their country.  Read more...

Desiring and getting what we want properly

July 26, 2014 12:06 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13,44-52

THE Liturgy of the Word continues to talk about the Kingdom of God. Last Sunday, Jesus Christ used three parables to help his listeners understand what the Kingdom of heaven was all about – namely, the parable of the weeds and the good seed, Read more...

Quota-bound

July 26, 2014 12:05 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IN AN open letter July 21, A. Steven Chan called the export program of the Philippine sugar industry “fiction” since the sugar that is exported is actually replaced by imports.

Simply put, we export our sugar and then import to replenish what we exported. Seems unsound but if we export and get a high price and import at a low price, then there is profit for the exporter-importer. Read more...

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