34.8 C
Manila
Thursday, May 28, 2020
 
Home News Nation Malacañang thumbs down proposals of ex-finance execs

Malacañang thumbs down proposals of ex-finance execs

 

MALACAÑANG on Monday dismissed as nothing new the open letter of former finance executives urging President Arroyo to impose emergency measures that will stem the country’s fiscal problems.

Communications Director Silvestre Afable said that even before the letter was published, the government had been consulting with members of the House of Representatives on how best to tackle the fiscal problem.

The former finance exe­cutives, in their open letter to the President, suggested that raising some taxes, imposing a 3-percent surcharge on imports and withholding about 10 percent of revenue allotted to local governments would help the country get out of the rut.


“These measures are already being studied by the government since before [the letter came out] and [the measures] are being subject to consultations with Congress so that a compre­hensive revenue program can be pushed forward,” Afable said.

With regards to the proposed 10-percent reduction of the local government’s internal revenue allotment, Afable said there is no need to ask the local government units to make a contribution to resolving the fiscal problem.

“They [local executives] are willing to take this deferment while they try to influence the legislative process and try to persuade their friends in Congress to pass the revenue programs of the President,” Afable said.

Ma. Theresa Torres

 

DFA to stream ballet production of ‘Mir-i-nisa’ on May 29-30 on YouTube

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will stream online for 48 hours the Philippine Ballet Theater’s production of “Mir-i-nisa,” in celebration of Eid’l Fitr...

LOOK: GCQ preparations

Pasig City employees undergo rapid testing on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, as part of preparations for the resumption of work on June 1. Metro...

Former Manila Times editor Maniego, 57

Former Manila Times editor Gianna Maniego died on Tuesday night, her daughter, Catriona, confirmed through her Facebook page. She was 57 years old. Maniego died...

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

BRUSSELS: The EU's executive is proposing a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help the bloc's economy through the painful recession triggered by...

California sues over sex misconduct on ‘Criminal Minds’ set

LOS ANGELES: The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the...
 

Weather

Today's Front Page