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Consumer group questions legality of TRAIN law before Supreme Court

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 22nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The tax reform law is “unconstitutional”.

This is the reason given by a consumer group that filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the said law.

In a 43-page petition, the Laban Konsyumer Incorporated appealed to the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order against the TRAIN law.

Laban Konsyumer president, Vic Dimagiba said that some provisions in the Constitution were violated by the TRAIN law itself and this will result in more sufferings for many Filipinos.

Dimagiba added that the reform in the income tax does not make sense because with it is the increase in excise tax on petroleum products.

And with the increase in prices of oil products is the rise in prices of basic commodities, jeepney fare and more.

“Hindi po balance. Hindi po equity. Hindi equitable ang trato sa mga low income at poor families (It’s not balanced. The treatment of low income and poor families is not equitable),” said the advocate.

Dimagiba hopes that the Supreme Court justices will carefully study their petition.

Meanwhile, one economist agrees with the argument of the consumer group.

According to economist, Ranilo Balbieran, the government must not impose higher taxes on oil products.

“Hindi sana gaano’ng kataas yung tax sa petrolyo kasi lahat tayo apektado halos lahat ng ginagawa natin dito sa mundo parang may langis. Yung iba naman sana mas mataas yung tax gaya nung sa tobacco sa sigarilyo. Hindi naman talaga yan kailangan sa buhay,” said Balbieran.

On the other hand, Balbieran believes that the TRAIN law will have a good effect on the economy in the long run.

Balbieran sees that the country has shifted from a consumption-driven to an investment-driven economy.

This means that the administration is looking ahead to the future by investing in infrastructures for the benefit of all Filipinos and generations to come.

The consumer group, on the other hand, calls on the public to be watchful of the current administration to ensure that the funds raised by the tax reform will be spent on rightful projects. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Solons to seek impeachment of 8 justices over Sereno ouster

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

 

Eight Supreme Court justices in favor of Sereno’s ouster

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Some congressmen are planning to file an impeachment complaint against eight justices who voted to oust Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC.)

Akbayan Partylist representative Tom Villarin on Thursday, May 17, said the impeachment complaint against the eight justices will be filed before session breaks in June. Villarin is among the so-called “Magnificent 7” in the Lower House who, along with other government officials, oppose the SC ruling to remove Sereno through a quo warranto petition.

He stressed that there is no other way to remove an impeachable government official but only through an impeachment proceeding. He added that the SC’s decision was a show of “disrespect” to an independent body such as the Congress. Villarin and his colleagues will need the support of 98 congressmen to support an impeachment complaint.

The eight justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Sereno were Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin and Francis Jardeleza.

Meanwhile, Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocade said, though he agrees with the sentiments of Villarin, he believes there is no point in questioning the High Court’s decision. He added that an impeachment complaint is now useless. He argued that what needs to be done is perhaps to look into the negligence on the part of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) for allowing the appointment of Sereno despite her lack of important documents.

“Ano ngayon ang masasabi ng Korte Suprema doon sa JBC na nagbigay na kulang ang requirements at nangyari nagkaroon tayo ng kaguluhan ng ganito,” Batocabe said.

(What can the Supreme Court say about the JBC that provided incomplete requirements which started this mess in the first place?)

Batocabe warned that a repeated filing of impeachment complaint may weaken the credibility of the Supreme Court as an institution. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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Justice Martires submits application for Ombudsman post

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires submitted his application for the position of Ombudsman.

Martires was the first appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte in SC. He is set to retire in January next year.

Aside from Martires, other aspirants for the position include Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Sandiganbayan Justice Efren Dela Cruz, Davao Judge Carlos Espero II and six others.

Updated list of aspirants for the position of Ombudsman:

  1. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
  2. Sandiganbayan Justice Efren De La Cruz
  3. Davao Judge Carlos Espero II
  4. Atty. Edna Herrera-Batacan
  5. Atty. Rey Ifurung
  6. Atty. Rainier Madrid
  7. SC Justice Samuel Martires
  8. Atty. Rex Rico
  9. Atty Felito Ramirez
  10. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will end her term in July this year. – UNTV News & Rescue

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SolGen asks SC to extend deadline of documents on war on drugs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Bodies of two women believed to be victims of a drug-related killing, were found on a street in Manila.

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend its deadline for the submission of documents pertaining to the administration’s war on drugs.

As of this date, the OSG was able to submit a number of documents but only for several cases.

The SC directed the OSG to submit detailed reports on 3,800 cases of deaths in police operations recorded from July 1. 2016 to November 30, 2017 which are being attributed to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. – UNTV News & Rescue

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