Tobacco Growers, Di Dapat Agrabyado sa Sin Tax Bill – Senado

admin   •   August 16, 2012   •   2198

 

FILE PHOTO: Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (UNTV News)

PASAY CITY, Philippines — Sinimulan nang talakayin sa Senado ang Sin Tax Bill na isa umano sa mga priority measure ng Pamahalaan upang mapagkunan ng pondo para naman sa mga programang pangkalusugan.

Ang nasabing panukala ay magpapataw ng karagdagang buwis sa tobacco at alcohol products. Sakaling maging batas, may pondo nang mapagkukunan para sa health services ang pamahalaan kabilang na ang para sa mga Philhealth Ward.

Ayon sa Department of Finance, nasa P60-B pesos ang initial revenue target collection sa naturang panukala.

“We’ve allocated 15% of the increase in revenues for this purpose including for farmers,” pahayag ni Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

Dumalo rin sa pagdinig ang mga kasapi ng Philippine Tobacco Growers Association.

Ayon kina Senador Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr at Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, mahalaga pa rin sa kanila ang kapakanan ng mga tobacco farmer sa bansa.

“Mataas nga ang buwis at makakakolekta sila ng mas marami pero sa kabilang panig naman baka kung ano ang epekto nito sa mga farmers. Dapat makatulong tayo para di sila mapinsala,” paliwanag ni Marcos Jr.

“Mababawasan ang income nila eh yun ang pinanggagalingan ng extra income nila. Crust craft nila ang tobacco. We are not against (them). Dapat pare-pareho lng ang treatment. May papaboran tapos ang iba’y pahihirapan di ako papayag nyan,” pahayag naman ni Enrile.

“Dito nahahanda tayo na makinig muna sa mga presentation ng magkabilang panig. Pero sa palagay ko may concensus naman na magkaroon ng karagdagang buwis na magagamit lalo na sa kalusugan,” pahayag naman ni Senador Manny Villar.

Matapos ang unang hearing, ipinahayag ni Committee Chairperson Senator Ralph Recto ang ilang napagkasunduan na ng komite hinggil sa naturang panukala.

“The ideas to come out with the fair responsible measure that will generate revenues as well for Philhealth and for the other health needs of the health sectors,” pahayag ni Recto.

Ayon pa kay Recto, aabutin pa ng dalawa hanggang tatlong pagdinig ng Senado bago magkaroon ng rekomendasyon ang Senate Committee On Ways And Means sa Sin Tax Bill. (Ito Ang Balita ni Bryan De Paz/Marje Navarro, UNTV News)

DOH signs IRR of Universal Health Care Law

Freema Gloria   •   October 10, 2019

Patients receive medical attention inside a hospital in the town of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province. EPA-EFE/JEOFFREY MAITEM

The Department of Health (DOH) has signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Health Care Law.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III led the signing of the IRR of the UHC law or the Republic Act 11223 which was witnessed by various health sectors.

The said historical event marks the implementation of the UHC law following its publication.

Under the Universal Health Care law, all Filipinos will be automatic members of Philhealth as direct or indirect contributors and will equally benefit from the no balance billing (NBB) once they have been admitted to the hospitals’ basic or ward accommodation.

Secretary Duque stated, the implementation of the said law will be gradual due to budget constraints.

At least P257 billion will be the required fund for its first-year implementation, yet only P167 billion has been approved.

By the year 2020 to 2024, the department will be needing more than P1- trillion fund for the operation of universal health care.

Duque added that the Philhealth premium rates will increase by 0.25% per year from its current 2.75%.

Philhealth, on its part, will consider giving new benefits for those who are paying their contributions which will be different from the beneficiaries of the Universal Health Care Act. — FSG (from the report of Nel Maribojoc)

Roxas tells Enrile: Public office ban is for those facing plunder charges

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas

MANILA, Philippines – Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday twitted former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, saying those accused of plunder or stealing from government coffers should be the ones banned from seeking or holding public office.

“Ahem. Yung dapat barred from public service at makulong, yung may kaso ng plunder,” Roxas said in a Twitter post.

Roxas’ remark was an apparent response to Enrile’s statement that Roxas and detained Senator Leila de Lima should be “disqualified forever from holding public office” for the mess brought about by the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they drafted for the Republic Act 10592 or the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

READ: Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas perpetually barred from public office for GCTA mess

Enrile earlier blamed Roxas and De Lima, then Justice Secretary, for the irregularities in the implementation of the law which led to the questionable release of 1,914 heinous crimes convicts since its enactment in 2013.

“They should be disqualified forever from holding public office. Sila ang may kasalanan sila ang gumawa eh the people below them are being guided of what they did,” Enrile said in a media interview at the Senate on Wednesday.

The former lawmaker said the law clearly states that convicts involved in heinous crimes are among those excluded from availing of the early release rule based on good conduct credits.

Enrile said the IRR crafted by De Lima and Roxas, which supposedly added heinous crime convicts as GCTA beneficiaries, was “unconstitutional and void ab initio (from the beginning).”

But according to Roxas, the IRR faithfully reflects the RA 10592 and the Revised Penal Code, stressing that each provision corresponds to specific parts and paragraphs of the statute particularly on exclusion of inmates convicted of heinous crimes.

“Allegations that the IRR has strayed from the law on which it is based are unquestionably unfounded,” Roxas explained in a letter responding to the Ombudsman’s request on the matter.

Roxas cited Rule 4, Section 6 of the law’s IRR on provisional release while under preventive imprisonment, which states that: “Whenever an accused has undergone preventive imprisonment for a period equal to the imposable maximum imprisonment of the offense charged to which he may be sentenced and his case is not yet decided, he shall be released immediately without prejudice to the continuation of the trial thereof or the proceeding on appeal, if the same is under review, except for the following: ‘recidivist, habitual delinquent, escapee, person charged with heinous crimes’.”

Enrile, 95, is facing a P172-million plunder charge before the Anti-Graft court in relation to the P10 billion pork barrel scam which involved businesswoman Janet Napoles and other public officials.

He is currently out of prison after the Supreme Court granted him temporary liberty in 2015 for humanitarian reasons.  

Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas perpetually barred from public office for GCTA mess

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday said that detained Senator Leila de Lima and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas should be perpetually barred from seeking public office for the alleged confusion created by the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they crafted for the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Enrile blamed De Lima and Roxas for the irregularities in the implementation of the law which led to the questionable release of 1,914 heinous crimes convicts.

“They should be disqualified forever from holding public office,” the former lawmaker said when asked by reporters at the Senate about the possible liability of De Lima and Roxas over the mess.

The former senator said the Republic Act 10592, which expanded the GCTA given to inmates, clearly states that convicts involved in heinous crimes are among those excluded from availing of the early release rule based on good conduct credits.

Enrile said the IRR crafted by De Lima and Roxas, which supposedly added heinous crime convicts as GCTA beneficiaries, was “unconstitutional and void ab initio (from the beginning).”

Enrile was the Senate president when the GCTA law was approved in 2013.

“Sila ang may kasalanan sila ang gumawa eh the people below them are being guided by what they did,” he said.

The 95-year old former lawmaker said heinous convicts wrongly released under the GCTA law who continue to refuse to surrender to authorities could now be hunted since they are not supposed to be released in the first place.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier set a 15-day deadline for these convicts to surrender for investigation and recomputation of their good conduct credits.

The ultimatum, which Duterte issued on Sept. 4, will lapse on Sept. 19 (Thursday).

The president earlier warned GCTA-freed heinous criminals who remain at large will be treated as fugitives from justice if they failed to comply with the order. He also pushed through with his plan to offer P1 million bounty for the capture of each heinous crime convicts.

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier asked De Lima and Roxas to explain or clarify in writing the implementing rules they drafted for the law as part of their ongoing investigation on the matter.

But De Lima said the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction or authority over her as a sitting senator, citing Section 21 of the Ombudsman Act of 1989.

She also said she has no official capacity to reply to the Ombudsman’s query on the GCTA issue as she is no longer the Secretary of Justice.

“[I] would like to clarify that I am no longer the Secretary of Justice. I am now a Senator of the Republic. I cannot in my official capacity as a Senator reply to a query that exclusively pertains to official business of the Department of Justice whose present Secretary is Menardo Guevarra,” De Lima said in a statement.

READ: De Lima says Ombudsman request for explanation on GCTA rules ‘highly irregular’

Guevarra, however, refused to blame any body about the mess, saying they already revised the law’s implementing rules to specifically state who among the convicts are ineligible from availing GCTA grants.

“We at the DOJ won’t dwell on things that had come to pass, much less waste our time on an unproductive blame game. The revised IRR reflects our best interpretation of RA 10592 as it was actually crafted, finalized, and signed,” he said in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)

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