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BoC: No more tax credit ‘tara’

BUREAU of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has assured a stop in the ‘kickback’ or “tara” in the processing of tax credit certificates (TCC), saying it is among his priorities in pursuit of “transparency” in all agency transactions. “For the…

PH wins praise over Marawi

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CLARK, Pampanga — US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday praised the Philippines for its successes in battling Islamic State supporters, as he began an Asian trip aimed at reaffirming American support for regional allies. Mattis echoed Philippine President Rodrigo…

Unite for Marawi rehab — Romualdez

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday called for unity as the Duterte administration begins rehabilitating Marawi City. Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and a three-term Leyte congressman, said now is the opportune time for all sectors…

Combat ops terminated — Lorenzana

CLARK, Pampanga - - A five-month battle against Islamic State supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,100 lives has ended following a final battle inside a mosque, defense chiefs said on Monday. The conclusion of the conflict…

Cops’ heroism in Marawi lauded

OFFICERS and men of the Philippine National Police who played a key role in the 5-month combat operations in Marawi City will be gradually pulled out from the war-ravaged city as officials lauded the honesty and bravery they displayed in…

Save our kids, Women–– ‘Bato’

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday ordered the PNP Women and Children Protection Center to intensify the campaign against women and child predators as he admitted that the drive literally was sidelined when…

House panel action

Funds vs HIV/AIDS okayed TO address the worsening problem of HIV/AIDS, a House panel approved the proposed funding for programs to stop infections. Chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the House committee on appropriations supported the funding requirements…

Alvarez hits FATE

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez gave radio interviews to deny allegations against him of the Filipino Alliance for Transparency and Empowerment (FATE). Alvarez lambasted the group and linked it to the camp of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno saying it aims to divert…

Trillanes charged with libel

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV was charged with libel for implicating former vice president Jejomar Binay in a “ghost senior citizens” issue when Binay was still mayor of Makati City. The case was filed against Trillanes before the Makati City regional…

Pope wants Church drug program to continue

MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has disclosed that Pope Francis wants the Church’s drug rehabilitation program, Sanlakbay Para Sa Pagbabagong Buhay, to continue. Tagle said the Pope told him that the Archdiocese of Manila should continue the parish-based rehabilitation…

Comelec chief out

INSTEAD of vacating his post on December 31, Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista has been forced to pack up earlier than he wanted. Bautista disclosed that a letter from Malacanang had informed him of President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to…

‘Atak’ accused of groping male hotel employee

POLICE arrested a 45-year-old comedian and TV personality for allegedly groping a hotel employee Sunday in Paranaque City. Atak, who is Ronnie Arana in real life, of No. 12 New Manila, Quezon City, is facing a case for acts of…

Anti-Elder Abuse Act gets funding

THE House Committee on Appropriations is supporting the proposed Anti-Elder Abuse Act by providing the funds for its implementation. Chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the committee approved the funding provision of a substitute bill seeking to protect…

PH commits to protect state workers’ rights -- DFA

THE Philippines has affirmed its commitment to protect the rights of employees in the public service to organize, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. The DFA said this is through the ratification of ILO Convention No. 151, the Convention…
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