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SEN. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao wants the Senate to investigate the deaths of at least eight overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait since 2016 as well as the government’s labor and foreign policies in relation to the deployment of migrant workers. He filed Resolution 626 on February 13 urging the Senate…

TO JUSTIFY TAX ON PRIZES

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will ask the help of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in justifying the imposition of 20 percent tax on all sweepstakes prizes. PCSO General Manager Alex ander Balutan said the agency will invite tax experts from the BIR to defend the newly imposed…

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The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading five resolutions concurring the ratification of five treaties, including the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime which would prevent syndicates from making the Philippines a “haven” for their illegal activities. Senators also unanimously ratified four treaties covering the Philippines’ Double Taxation Avoidance…

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An agreement with the Papua New Guinea government allowing Filipino rice farmers to plant rice in the 46-million hectare nation with a population of only 8 million will improve the rice industry in the Philippines, according to Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. “The proposed project will not only…

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, has allocated $300,000 for the conduct of a study on food production and food consumption in the face of rapid population growth in the Philippines. The study will focus on determining…

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THE governments of Taiwan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany have opened more than 1,000 job opportunities for Filipino workers under a government-to-government program. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) disclosed that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health alone is looking for a total of 500 female specialist nurses for neonatal…

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has sought stricter monitoring of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against abuses and slavery after news broke out last week about a Filipino housemaid whose lifeless body was discovered inside her employers’ freezer in an apartment in Kuwait. In a statement, CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana…

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Lawmakers should not allow themselves to be stampeded into approving House Bill (HB) 4334 or the Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 that would give emergency powers to different departments of the government to address the seemingly unsolvable traffic mess. “Let’s go slow on this bill’s approval. This is not the…

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa has assured the public that he will not extend his term unless President Rodrigo Duterte tells him to stay put as the country’s No. 1 law enforcer. If it were only up to him, De la Rosa said at the Philippine…

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DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima has pushed for the establishment of a debt management system to save the Philippines from “debt trap.” She recently filed Senate Bill (SB) 1675 establishing a Comprehensive Debt Management System that would ensure transparency and accountability on all government borrowings. De Lima said Congress should…

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