BSAIII’s ‘Anyare’ and Bureau of Customization

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ROLLY G. REYES

Making a statement by asking a question that may bounce back betrays a clueless handler and principal. These headlines were missed by Mayor Digong’s predecessor.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law three bills – one extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years, one extending the validity of driver’s license to five years, and the third establishing free internet access in public places.

(Known to few, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was the main author of the bill on the extension of passport validity. She said that considering the tedious process and the cost required to renew a passport, Filipinos should be given unimpaired exercise of their constitutional right to travel.)


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Duterte signs free tuition bill into law. The law also covers other school charges, namely “library fees, computer fees, laboratory fees, school ID fees, athletic fees, admission fees, development fees, guidance fees, handbook fees, entrance fees, registration fees, medical and dental fees, cultural and other similar or related fees.”

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President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill imposing stricter penalties on those who refuse to administer initial medical treatment and support to patients in emergency or serious medical conditions without a deposit.

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Earlier this year, the President also signed a Freedom of Information order. After six years, it should be PRRD who should ask BSAIII “what happened?”

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DFA limits access to passport courtesy lane. According to Undersecretary Montales, around 45 percent of applicants were endorsed by DFA employees. Montales stressed that endorsements by DFA employees also “fuel perceptions that DFA employees are doing it for profit.” I have experienced this myself a few days ago when I renewed my passport. I observed that seniors have to wait longer and give way to “express” courtesy lanes for younger applicants.

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Stem cell procedure confirms that “Wealth is Health.” No money, not healthy?

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We all want to give Faeldon the benefit of the doubt but I have these questions lingering in my mind: If there were legislative pressures during his watch, why were these not exposed before? Is this the only drug shipment that passed through the green lane given the number of times that EMT was accorded the special treatment? Are Magdalo men and friends the only qualified people to help curb corruption at the BoC? Is his action of hiring athletes really necessary or just because he wanted to win in sports competitions? And we are only talking about illegal drugs here. What about oil, cars, garments, poultry products, rice and others? We are not asking. We are demanding an explanation.

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I am proud that I still have a sharp memory. That’s as far as I can remember.

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On peace process: “It is hard to shake hands with clenched fists.”

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Tagalog words that I did not know exist:
Pook-Sapot – Website
Sulatroniko – Email
Pang-ulongHatinig – Headset
Panginain – Browser
Pantablay – Charger
Miktinig – Microphone
Kawingan – Hyperlink
Initsigan – Thermodynamics
Duyog – Eclipse
Danumsigwasan – Hydraulics
DagibalniingLiboy – Electromagnetic wave
Bilnuran – Arithmetic
Asoge – Mercury
Anluage – Carpenter

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18 crates of shabu worth P22.5 billion are missing. “There were only five crates that were raided by the BoC. But in the documents there are 23 packages. But only five crates were recovered. Where are the 18 crates? Lost and found and then found and lost?

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PRRD: “I will file economic sabotage cases against swindlers.” There must be convincing reasons to say this.

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A short backgrounder:
Amid a 2015 Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) order compelling Sunvar to vacate the Mile Long property and pay the government P478.2 million in back rentals and a P3.2 million monthly rental to the government until it leaves the property, its owners were able to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals (CA) last year.

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The National Power Corp (Napocor) owns the Mile Long property which was leased to the Technology Resource Center Foundation Inc. (TRCFI) for 25 years from Jan. 1, 1978 up to Dec. 31, 2002.

Shortly after the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolt, TRCFI, whose rights to the property were taken over by the Philippine Development Alternatives Foundation (PDAF), entered into a sublease agreement with Sunvar that put up commercial facilities on it.

Napocor advised PDAF and Sunvar in 2002 that it would not renew the lease upon the expiry of the contract and asked Sunvar to vacate the property since the government plans to sell the prime lot to raise government revenues. Despite a notice from the Solicitor General, Sunvar ignored the government’s order.

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Mr. Duterte said he would revisit the agreement between the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Golden Donuts Inc., the Dunkin’ Donut franchise holder in the Philippines regarding the food firm’s P1.8 billion in back taxes of which only P8 million was settled.

“About five years ago, they were assessed one billion eight hundred (million pesos in) back taxes. Believe it or not they made an appeal, they resorted to a run-around, when it reached (former BIR Commissioner Kim) Henares, they were only assessed eight million four hundred something (pesos),” the President said.

The owners selling The Inquirer projecting an “oppressed image” is nonsense and pure “dramatics.” We know that they are just using the paper to protect their interests. We are not “probinsyano.”

Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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