OFWs in Vietnam have differing opinions on Duterte admin’s take on West PHL Sea issue

UNTV News   •   July 23, 2018   •   3550

FILE PHOTO: West Philippine Sea, a marine wealth of the Philippines

 

VIETNAM – It’s been two years since President Rodrigo Duterte visited Vietnam and met with the Filipino community there.

Like the Philippines, Vietnam is also one of the claimant countries in the disputed territories in the South China Sea, however, Filipino migrant workers in Vietnam have different views and opinions on the issue.

Under the Duterte administration, the Chief Executive shelved temporarily the maritime dispute and instead, developed a better relationship with China for economic inclination.

The government of Vietnam took a different route.

On May 2018, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam formally pressed on China its withdrawal of military equipment and military activities on the disputed area in the South China Sea.

Some OFWs in Vietnam agree with the steps that the Duterte administration has taken — others do not.

Filipino migrant worker Dale Orocio believes that, “Dapat din talaga kung talagang atin yun, ilalaban talaga yun (We should fight for it if it is really ours).”

While OFW Mae Laolao said, “Hindi ko masasabi na pakikipagmabutihan sa China, I wouldn’t call it that, pero para sa akin siguro mas okay yung ganoon. Kasi lahat tayo the nations around the border of South China Sea, ano tayo eh, nagde-depend din tayo dun sa dagat na yun. So, siguro mas titingnan ko na lang siya as shared stewardship kumbaga.”

(It’s not that we’re cozying  up to China,  I wouldn’t call it that.  But I think it’s better that way because all the nations around the border of South China Sea depend on that sea. So, maybe it’s more of shared stewardship.

Another lady OFW said, “Para sa akin lang naman po no, kung talagang atin po talaga yung lugar na yun, wala naman po sigurong masama kung iki-claim natin sya. Para sa atin yun eh. Ang Pilipinas ay para sa Pilipinas.”

(For me, if that [disputed teritory] is ours, there’s nothing wrong if we claim it because it’s ours. The Philippines is for the Philippines.)

Meanwhile, Vietnam Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam expects China to maintain the peace and order in the East Sea. The installation of missles in the Spratlys is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignity.

According to the Philippine consulate, there are 3,400 Filipinos residing  in Vietnam are eager to hear the President Duterte’s third SONA. — RJ Timoteo / UNTV News & Rescue.

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.

Duterte monitoring 100 more Customs execs linked to corruption

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is monitoring 100 more Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials allegedly involved in corruption within the agency.

In a speech during the launching of Bataan government center and Business in Balanga town on Thursday, Duterte said he received a list of 164 BOC executives purportedly engaging in corrupt practices.

The president then quoted a former Customs’ employee who said that removing these officials would rid the agency of corruption.

“At itong Customs, I was given a list of 164. They have been there already for 38 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years,” he said.

“Sabi nung taong ma-acquit sana, an ex-employee of — sa Customs, ‘itong mga tao na ito, ‘Mayor, kung matanggal mo ito, mawawala ang corruption sa gobyerno,’” he added.

“In the meantime that I am investigating the 64, I think they were already suspended by the Ombudsman, I’m still trying to look for these 100 idiots, these sons of a b****,” the president further stated.

Sixty-four of these officials have already been placed on floating status in July and are facing administrative and criminal charges for unlawful activities.

READ: Duterte orders freezing of several Customs officials, employees

Duterte earlier suggested the removal of brokers and examiners at the Customs bureau to significantly reduce corruption in the agency.

He also suggested that instead of brokers, the BOC may be allowed to accredit or designate individuals or companies to arrange their shipment.

READ: Duterte wants brokers, examiners removed from PH Customs

Following Duterte’s proposal, BOC executives met on Wednesday (Sept.11) but have yet to release any information on their discussion on a new system seeking to eliminate the use of brokers in the processing of shipments in the port area. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte orders adoption of cash-based budgeting system

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the adoption of a cash-based budgeting system beginning this year in a bid to improve the fiscal planning of government agencies.

Under Executive Order No. 91, which was signed on Sept. 9 and made public on Sept. 12, Duterte directed government agencies to shift to a new system from the current obligation budgeting system.

“There is a need to improve the fiscal planning of government agencies through the implementation of an operational cash budget and by setting deadlines for obligation of funds and execution of projects during the fiscal year, in order to speed up the implementation of programs and to promptly deliver goods and services to our people,” Duterte said.

The order states that all authorized appropriations can only be used until the end of each fiscal year while payments for obligations incurred shall be made three months after the end of the validity of appropriations.

Any unreleased appropriations and unobligated allotments as well as unpaid obligations at the end of the year should be returned to the National Treasury and will not be available for expenditure, except by subsequent legislative enactment.

Financial subsidies appropriated to local government units, meanwhile, will be reverted to the National Treasury after the end of the succeeding fiscal year.

Moreover, projects with an implementation period exceeding 12 months shall require a multi-year contractual authority (MYCA) from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) before their procurement, the order said.

The MYCA may also be issued for single-year procurement projects, or those with an implementation period of 12 months or less that are either research or scientific in nature.

The contractual authority shall cover the full project cost and will be the basis of the approved budget for the contract.

The government had long been operating on obligations-based budget which allowed agencies to spend funds even after the year ends.

The DBM previously attempted to shift to a cash-based budget for 2019 but this was thumbed down by Congress.

Duterte, however, insisted the new system believing that this will help ensure the speedy implementation of programs and delivery of services to the public.

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