WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT

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SOME P3.3 billion worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps that were earlier seized by joint elements of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were ordered destroyed by the Finance department. Burning of the 229,428 mastercases or 114,714,000 cigarette packs of Mighty and Marvel…

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A Church leader has expressed apprehension on the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to tap again the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, warning that it could lead to the resurgence of arbitrary killings of suspected drug pushers and drug users. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo,…

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A former labor official urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to consider lifting the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Libya to help ease unemployment. “It has been more than a year since the last assessment and…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena on Monday vowed not only to hit the P627 billion target for 2018 but exceed it as well to put an end to the bureau’s seven-year collection slump. He pointed out that if the Customs bureau will surpass its target at a conservative estimate of P20…

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THE chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) quit his post days after Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña announced a massive reshuffle in the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for alleged non-performance amid reports of continuing corruption in the bureau. CIIS officer-in-charge (OIC) Wilkins Villanueva vacated his office on Wednesday…

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ORGANIZED labor has sought a legislative probe of all aspects of operations of the Social Security System (SSS) amid a controversy hounding the state pension fund that raised doubts on the integrity of private workers’ money. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) made the call on Wednesday, saying…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on the public to take advantage of the last two remaining days of voter registration for next year’s barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) synchronized polls. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Tuesday advised new registrants and those who have election-related…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has issued guidelines for the computation of the salary of workers who report for work on November 30, Bonifacio Day, a regular holiday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Friday reminded private employers to observe proper pay rules, saying, “Proper observance of the…

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ORGANIZED labor has urged Congress to be judicious in its investigation and review of Agribusiness Venture Arrangements (AVAs), including Joint Venture Agreements (JVAs), to protect the livelihood of almost 5 million plantation workers. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) made the appeal over the filing of…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has ordered two Laguna-based Japanese firms to give regular employment status to their over 1,000 workers after they were found to be engaged in the illegal labor-only contracting activities. In a report submitted on Friday to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, DoLE Regional…

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