Para hindi clueless, reinstall the ‘rearview mirror’ provision in GAA –Recto

15 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto today called for the reinstallation of the “rearview mirror” in the national budget so that policymakers and the public would know if projects funded in past general appropriations laws have indeed been implemented. Thick the 5,097-page 2017...

Recto: Even without IRR, P150K balikbayan boxes should be deemed tax-exempt

14 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has no option but to waive the payment of taxes for balikbayan boxes containing less than P150,000 worth of “pasalubong” as the new law prescribing higher tax-exempt rates should be deemed in effect. The absence...

Itemizing ‘mega lump sums’ makes budget FOI-compliant, prevents underspending — Recto

13 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate begins Monday floor debates on President Duterte’s maiden national budget, a P3.3 trillion spending request, with billions in lump sums the Senate minority leader insisted “can still be itemized.” Senator Ralph Recto claims that there is a “bipartisan consensus” to demand...

Future Proofing Our Country: Why DICT is an App We Need

16 March 2015, Comment are Off
Senate Bill No. 2686 Committee Report 113 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: This bill about broadband is not only being pushed by a broad band of groups, but has also benefited from their inputs which were gathered from many meetings. I have to stress the crowdsourcing way by...

From the Farmers to the Farmers: Tapping Coco Levy Funds for the Industry’s Renaissance

09 March 2015, Comment are Off
There are two recommended ways of authorizing the management of coconut levy assets. First is via the executive route, where a factotum who cannot probably distinguish a palmera from a coconut tree will draft an order for the President’s consideration. The other is through...

Making Tax Incentives Transparent

03 March 2015, Comment are Off
Committee Report No. 104  Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) You know that a bill is attracting interest when you begin your sponsorship speech not with the details of the measure but with a disclaimer. This bill will not appropriate tax incentives availed; it...

Statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on the ARMM polls deferment

19 October 2011, Comment are Off
The Supreme Court has finally locked arms with the executive and the legislative departments in sowing the first seeds of reforms in ARMM. By upholding the constitutionality of the ARMM polls deferment, the high court’s magistrates have humbly corrected themselves. It did the...

Addition to the ‘Few Good Men’ in the BOC

16 September 2011, Comment are Off
The appointment of former Rep. Ruffy Biazon to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) could be one of the best decisions made by PNoy. This latest increase in few good men in the BOC is the one increment that would be gladly embraced by the public. Ruffy is an unblemished reinforcement to...