Solons won’t push for legislation of proposed “vanity tax” any longer

admin   •   January 17, 2017   •   3608

The authors of the proposed vanity tax withdraws from pushing the controversial bill amid the criticisms on social media.

“Hindi na po namin isusulong ang Vanity Tax Bill dahil sinasabi naman po ni Secretary Ben Diokno na may sapat na pondo ang pamahalaan at hindi na muna kailangan ang buwis,” said Ako-Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe, one of the authors of the House Bill No. 4723.

(We are not pushing through with the Vanity Tax Bill because Secretary Ben Diokno said that the government has enough funds and therefore does not need the taxes.)

Under the said proposal, 10 to 30 percent excise tax will be imposed on cosmetic products.

The suggestion received criticisms on social media and from co-lawmakers.

According to Rep. Batocabe, they listen to the sentiments of the people especially to sectors that will possibly be affected.

The proposed vanity tax is seen as an alternative to the administration’s plan of increasing the excise tax on petroleum products as part of the tax reform package.

Batocabe said they will now focus on improving the collection efficiency of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs, seeing that according to lawmakers, the collection efficiency of the government on value-added tax or vat is only 50 percent. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Video of woman doing aerobics amid Myanmar coup went viral

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

A woman went viral on social media recently after one of her aerobics videos showed military presence on the background the same day as the military takeover in Myanmar.

Khing Hnin Wai is a Physical Education teacher and has regularly been shooting videos of her doing aerobics.

In one of her videos, it showed military vehicles passing on her background.

The video was shot on Monday (February 1) when the country’s military staged a coup and has detained several members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

On her Facebook, she clarified this has been her daily routine after her video went viral. –AAC

Child advocacy group raises concerns over dangers of trending photo challenge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2020

A children advocacy group warned against the dangers of participating in trending photo challenges on social media.

Save the Children Philippines CEO Atty. Alberto Muyot said cyber criminals target photos and videos of children online to sell them or upload on pedophile sites.

“Mayroon nga pong mga samples na nagpapakita ng photo ng kanilang anak na bata nililIguan and then suddenly kumalat na iyon doon sa sites ng mga pedophiles as part ng sex trafficking ng mga bata, child pornography, (There were instances where they uploaded a photo of their child bathing and then suddenly it became viral in pedophile sites as part of child sex trafficking, child pornography),” he said.

Muyot also lamented that the Philippines has become the center of online sexual exploitation of children in the world. Based on the data of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cybercrime Division, the number of sexual images of Filipino children in social media sites increased from 45,645 in 2017 to around 600,000 in 2019.

“We are sure na ngayong na babad na babad po ang mga bata, mga tao, adults, doon po sa internet at tataas pa po iyong numbers (We are sure that the number would further increase given that children and adults these days are spending more time online),” Muyot said.

Authorities advise the public to immediately report any information regarding cybercrime activities to the following:

PNP-ANTI CYRBERCRIME GROUP:
Email: acg@acg.pnp.gov.ph
Cellphone No:  0998-598-8116

NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CYBERCRIME DIVISION:
Email ccd@nbi.gov.ph
Telephone No. (+632) 8523-8231

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CYBERCRIME OFFICE:
Email: cybercrime@doj.gov.ph
Telephone No. (+632) 8524-8216

BI eyes deportation case against Chinese woman who hit a Makati traffic enforcer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the deportation of the Chinese woman who went viral for hitting a traffic enforcer and a biker in Makati City.

Immigration acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac reiterated that foreign nationals staying in the Philippines should also follow the law. There will be no special treatment and no exceptions for them, Mabulac said.

Hindi po ibig sabihin ay isang dayuhan siya ay may espesyal siyang batas. Kung ano ang batas na pinatutupad po sa isang ordinaryong Pilipino, dapat sundin po ng kahit sino pang dayuhan na nandito sa ating bansa, (It does not mean that foreign nationals have a special law. The law followed by an ordinary Filipino should also be followed by any foreign national here in the country),” he said.

Authorities have also discovered that the Chinese woman identified as Dong Li is only under a tourist visa and has not followed the necessary requirements to update her status. The Immigration cited overstaying and disrespect to authority as grounds for deporting Dong.

Basically, dalawa po ang tinitingnan natin. Siya po ay overstaying at the same time, iyong undersirability. Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, at naging viral pa naman, iyong disrespect sa authority. Bawal na bawal po iyan (Basically, we are looking into two (violations). She is overstaying and, at the same time, there is undesirability. It is clear in the viral post on social media that she disrespected a person of authority. That is prohibited),Mabulac said.

The agency already recommended to their legal division the filing of appropriate cases for Li’s deportation. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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