Malacañang ensures investigation on corruption allegations vs PH ambassador to Nigeria

admin   •   February 28, 2018   •   3425

FILE: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has assured that the corruption allegations against Philippine ambassador to Nigeria, Shirley Ho-Vicario, will be investigated.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that actions will be taken by the Office of the President.

The staff from the consular office in Nigeria filed the complaints against Ho-Vicario because of alleged corruption and unethical practices.

Some consular staff complained that Ho-Vicario had obliged some personnel to pay for their travel expenses while the Filipino community had spent for her consular missions and frequent travels outside Nigeria.

“It will be investigated. The President takes this very very seriously,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

9 women and girls freed in Nigeria from ‘baby factory’

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 1, 2019

Police in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, announced on Monday (September 30) that they had freed 19 women and girls from captivity. They say they suspect most of them were abducted and impregnated by captors planning to sell their babies.

The girls and women, aged from 15 to 28, were brought from all over Nigeria with promises of work as domestic staff, officers said. Four babies were also found.

A spokesman for the police, Bala Elkana, said male children were sold by the traffickers for 500,000 naira ($1,630) each, with girls being sold for 300,000 naira ($980).

“Baby factories”, as such premises are widely known, are most common in parts of eastern Nigeria.

The spokesman said the raid had taken place on September 19 but had been kept secret to enable the police to apprehend suspects. Two women aged 40 and 54 were arrested in connection with the case and police are still looking for a third.

One of the freed women, who did not want to be named, said she had been impregnated by her boyfriend and told by her aunt that there was a job for her in Lagos.

She said a woman to whom she was introduced to had induced labour when she was seven months pregnant. Her baby died shortly after.

Elkana said the state criminal investigation department would take over the case and was working with other agencies to resettle the women, girls and their babies.

Last week, around 400 boys and men, some as young as five and many in chains and scarred from beatings, were rescued from a building in the northern city of Kaduna that purported to be an Islamic school. (REUTERS)

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Duterte orders revamp at BuCor due to corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the revamp of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Wednesday (September 18) due to alleged corruption.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has confirmed that the president plans to remove all the officials and employees at BuCor.

“It’s total revamp. He’ll remove all of them there,” he said. Panelo explained that BuCor officials and employees will be placed on floating status.

“Because of the corruption there. He [Duterte] wants to stop it,” he added.

BuCor is currently facing corruption allegations after 1,914 heinous crime convicts were released through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

During the Senate hearing, several BuCor officials also admitted other irregularities including the “hospital pass for sale” scheme.

The revamp, Panelo said, would give way for the newly appointed BuCor chief Gerald Quitaleg Bantag to freely select the people he would want to work with in BuCor.—AAC

Duterte pitches for gross taxation to address corruption in gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the use of gross taxation system over net tax collection in a bid to eliminate corruption in the government.

Duterte floated the idea on Thursday, saying the adoption of gross taxation system would significantly reduce corruption, starting in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The president previously made mention of this proposal during a media interview in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Pag gross, wala na. ‘Yang mga examiner, wala nang trabaho ‘yan. Dito ka sa neto eh kasi may mga ano, bayaran, exemption ganun,” he said.

“Kung sinsero talaga kayo and you are on my side to stop corruption, if media would really help government and the Filipino people, all you have to do — tayong lahat, we agitate Congress, gross na tayo,” he added.

The president, however, did not elaborate on how the suggestion will be implemented.

Gross income tax is a tax assessed against the money somebody earns and is applicable to income from a job, as well as to funds that are set aside in an estate or trust.

While net taxes, are levied on production less subsidies received. It also paid to the government less transfer payments.

Net taxes are a simple version of a checkbook balance for governments as they measure the inflows and outflows of the state’s tax activities.

Duterte said that the need for examiners will be eliminated if the computation system of corporate taxes will be changed.

“I guarantee you, ‘pag pumunta tayo ng gross, wala ng examiner, wala ng deduction then they do not haggle for anything. ‘Pag nandiyan na ‘yung resibo, ‘yan na ‘yun,” he said.

The chief executive said this form of tax is already being used in foreign countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

In response to Duterte’s suggestion, the Department of Finance (DOF) said it will look into shifting to gross taxation.

Aside from adopting new system of taxation, the president earlier suggested the removal of brokers in the Bureau of Customs to curb corruption.

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