Duterte to public on being taxed: ‘Your money is safe under my term’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 6, 2018   •   4082

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the awarding ceremony for the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC), at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (December 5) appeased public concerns on the impact of the administration’s tax reforms.

“Do not be so sad about being taxed,” he said in a speech during the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) in Malacañang.

“Your money here during my term is safe. I will not allow corruption. I have fired so many Cabinet members for just an infraction,” the President said.

On Tuesday (December 4), the President approved the proposal for the government to proceed with the second tranche of oil tax hikes in 2019.

This, despite calls to suspend its implementation in view of a possible rise in inflation next year.

Economic managers of the Duterte Administration projected in October that the price of Dubai crude oil would hit the threshold of $80 per barrel.

However, its price dropped in November prompted a series of roll backs in local oil prices and the decision to suspend the implementation of next year’s oil tax hike.

Now that it is given the green light, the second tranche of additional excise tax on oil under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, will add P2.24/liter for gasoline and diesel.

This is broken down to P2.00 excise tax plus P0.24 value added tax (VAT).

The additional levy on oil products will take effect on January 1, 2019.

The (TRAIN) Law has been criticized for causing a shoot up in inflation which in October hit a nine-year high of 6.7%.

Inflation eased to 6% in November which the government took credit for as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “We attribute this to the President’s empathy to public clamor and his decisive action in response thereto, which includes the issuance of Administrative Order No. 13 to streamline procedures on the importation of agricultural products, including rice, as well as Memorandum Order (MO) Nos. 26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable levels and maintain their sufficient supply in our markets.” – Marje Pelayo

Duterte sets to work even during holiday break to focus on recovery, rehab efforts

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he will be going around areas severely affected by Typhoon Odette during the holiday break to focus on the recovery and rehabilitation efforts and closely monitor the distribution of relief goods to calamity victims.

Duterte made the announcement during his visit to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan which was also ravaged by the typhoon.

“So titingnan namin, hanggang pasko magtatrabaho ako. Hindi ako mag-new year. Talagang lalabas ako. Sabi ko mag-overtime kami gobyerno, hindi magsara maski na pasko,” Duterte said.

“Sabi ko magsakripisyo na muna tayo tutal marami nang pasko sa buhay natin, sobra-sobra na. Itong pasko na ito ibigay natin sa tao,” he added.

Aside from Palawan, the President also visited Cebu, Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Negros Occidental, Leyte, and Bohol.

The Chief Executive also apologized for the delay in the government’s response.

“Maghingi ako ng tawad na napatagal ang response sa gobyerno. Sa totoo lang, hirap din kami dito sa taas because of the so many places scattered around at malalayo. Pati yung pera. Alam mo kasi maraming nagsasalita. Yung calamity fund, up to sa mga mayors, kailangan may report ang damage ng isang lugar bago ma-release ang pera,” he explained.

Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report, around 52,000 families were rendered homeless by the typhoon this holiday season. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte visits areas affected by Typhoon Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (December 18) visited the areas severely battered by Typhoon Odette.

The President was accompanied by Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go and other government officials.

In a brief statement sent to reporters, Senator Go said that they first flew to Maasin in Southern Leyte. There, the President met with local government officials and heads of concerned national government agencies to assess the situation and damage brought by the typhoon.

They then proceeded to Surigao City in Surigao del Norte where he also met with local government units and with Dinagat Island officials.

The President and his team conducted an aerial survey in the typhoon-stricken areas and saw the damage firsthand.

Go said that the president summoned the officials of the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Social Welfare and Development, Public Works and Highways, the National Housing Authority, and the Office of the Civil Defense.

Go reported that there were many people stranded in Siargao.

The senator also noted the vast damage in infrastructure, as well as trees toppled by the strong winds brought by the typhoon.

Go said electric power and telecommunications were cut in major areas in the said provinces.

According to the senator, the President plans to visit Bohol and Cebu provinces on Sunday (December 19).

On Friday, the President expressed concern over the state of the people in the said typhoon-stricken areas.

“I’m not so much worried about damage to structures, infrastructures of government. Ang takot ko is maraming namatay,” the President said. —/mbmf

House aims to pass bill on oil excise tax reduction before session break

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Before the session breaks in December, the leadership in the House of Representatives is determined to approve the proposed legislation that seeks to reduce excise taxes imposed on petroleum products.

House Deputy Majority Leader Representative Jesus ‘Bong’ Suntay said they also expect the Senate to do the same.

“I’m sure mapapasa namin yan before December on the part of the House. Pero ang mga kasamahan natin, mga senador natin, want to give it as a Christmas gift to Filipinos who have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Suntay said.

In the House version of the consolidated bill, the solons are pushing for a zero excise tax to be imposed on gasoline, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for six months.

Excise tax on low octane gasoline used in tricycles, on the other hand, will be reduced to Php 4.35 per liter.

Suntay said the House leadership is determined to approve this the soonest time possible, noting that it is not only the transport sector who is being affected by the high price of petroleum products but the general public as well.

“Hindi naman yung transport sector who carries the burden of this additional excise tax. Lahat ng tao hindi lang public utility vehicle driver o jeepney drivers ang tinamaan, kundi lahat ng tao tinamaan ng pandemya. I believe kailangang naman na ibalik natin, di ba?” Suntay explained.

He further clarified that the Lower House is not seeking for the suspension of the excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law but to just cut a small percentage of the tax imposed by the said law. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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