Senate ratifies tax amnesty bill

MANILA — The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years — including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts – to settle their liabilities. Under the measure, taxpayers availing of … Read More

Ejercito commends PCOO for ‘revitalized’ PNA

MANILA — Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Monday lauded officials of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), led by Secretary Martin Andanar, for instituting the necessary reforms to make the government news service, Philippine News Agency (PNA) regain the respect that it once commanded. Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco of the Office of the President, who is … Read More

Mocha Uson confirms 2019 run

MANILA – Three days before the start of the filing for certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2019 elections, former Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson on Monday confirmed that she would be running for an elective position in the mid-term polls. “Oo, tatakbo na ako (Yes, I will run [in the polls]),” Uson told … Read More

Deaths of 2 mayors may be aimed to shame gov’t: solon

MANILA – Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Wednesday expressed alarm over the killings of two mayors this week, raising the possibility that these might be related and carried out to shame President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. “I’m a little bit alarmed kasi two days dalawang mayor (because two mayors were killed in two days),” Ejercito told reporters in an ambush interview … Read More

Pimentel bats for lower rates on political ads

  MANILA — With mid-term elections slated for May 2019, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Thursday called on media companies to lower rates for political advertisements to allow more candidates to run and provide the people with more qualified aspirants to choose from during the election. “Article II, Section 26 of our Constitution provides that … Read More

Abad, Garin primarily liable for Dengvaxia fiasco : Ejercito

  MANILA — Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Thursday said that former Health Secretary Janette Garin and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad were “the principal conspirators in the anomalous procurement and questionable implementation” of the botched Dengvaxia vaccination program. On the other hand, former President Benigno Aquino III is only guilty of negligence, Ejercito said. “I … Read More

Sen. Aquino to telcos : Address “disappearing” prepaid loads

  MANILA – Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on Monday called on telecommunications companies (telcos) to immedialtely institute clear-cut policies to solve the problem of unwarranted deductions on prepaid mobile loads as subscribers have complained of disappearing load or “nakaw load.” In an interview, the lawmaker said that there were already several proposals forwarded during the … Read More