The officers, including retired Rear Admiral Cecil Chen, allegedly violated the Government Procurement Reform Act
The Philippines is currently a signatory to 41 tax treaties that address double taxation situations
As we approach the tax month of April, check if you know enough about the Philippine tax landscape
The Philippine Tax Whiz shares what the public must know about the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill
The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance
House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144, if passed into law, would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue
The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations
This comes as the Energy Regulatory Commission faces corruption allegations and a threat from President Rodrigo Duterte to have it abolished
A bail bond of P30,000 has been recommended by the Ombudsman
(UPDATED) State auditors say the Office of the Ombudsman had unimplemented procurement worth P183.9 million or 65% of its Annual Procurement Plan for that year. The Ombudsman says no procurement regulations were violated.
President Rodrigo Duterte says he has told state auditors that he would not follow the rule on awarding contracts to the lowest bidder – which is mandated by law – as it is 'the source of corruption' in government procurement
Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to 'level the playing field in the political arena'
The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project, says the Ombudsman, which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office
Mayor Lucilo Bayron and members of the city's bids and awards committee face a complaint before the Ombudsman over an allegedly questionable bidding process
'It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait,' says Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair of the Climate Change Commission
The Election Service Reform Act allows the Comelec to tap other employees, such as private school teachers and national government workers, for poll duties
'Bulok ang administrasyon natin,' lawyer Lorna Kapunan tells former energy chief Jericho Petilla
(3rd UPDATE) An official of the Department of Finance, however, refutes the civic group's claims, saying that debt indicators are 'at the best they have ever been since 1986'
'It’s really part of their patriotic service to the community to ensure that we have clean elections,' says Comelec chairman Andres Bautista
Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali says the department is right on track in its preparations for the 2016 elections
Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti-political dynasty provision
A sister company of AboitizPower's Therma South Incorporated says Mindanao needs at least 300 megawatts of new power capacity annually for the next 5 years to address the power deficit
President Aquino says while he is an advocate of developing renewable energy, 'right now, we cannot wean ourselves completely from relying on coal'
The Ombudsman says that in 2012, BuCor executives split the project into 4 contracts to evade the required public bidding. They awarded them to preferred suppliers who are also facing charges.
(UPDATED) Ex-GSIS president Winston Garcia, a candidate in the 2016 polls, questions the case's timing
'You need rules. CSP is where everything is a level-playing field and everybody competes other than just negotiates,' the former energy secretary and senatorial candidate says
Come ASEAN integration by yearend, the Philippines will have the most uninviting tax system in the region
The Bureau of Fire Protection combats fire lacking basic protective gear
A citizen-led power system will steadily serve as a threat to private companies and will dismantle monopolies in the power sector in the long run
Aside from entering into procurement contracts without public bidding, state auditors found the Philippine Navy paid for the transactions through cash advances - a practice prohibited under current rules
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says that the beneficiaries of the P60.2 billion in back wages were mostly rehired after their termination anyway
PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla acknowledges there will be 'transition difficulties' as they implement the new PhilHealth law, but government wants to implement it as soon as possible
(UPDATED) The joint resolution granting special powers to the President to address a looming power crisis is eyed for passage in the House of Representatives by end-November
The energy department is banking on 4 options to help avert a power shortage in 2015
The new law removes the qualification that a senior citizen has to be an indigent before being covered by PhilHealth
Rep Reynaldo Umali says a joint Congressional resolution will allow President Aquino to deal with the looming energy crisis, but without the option of contracting additional capacity
The chairman of the House Committee on Energy says that as far as the House is concerned, it will approve in October the joint resolution seeking special powers for President Aquino to avert a power crisis in 2015
It would be safer if Congress puts to law the President’s emergency power 'and have a certain margin that we can actually control,' says the House Speaker
Meralco has to pay its Interruptible Load Program participants, thus its customers may have to shoulder an additional 7.5 centavos for monthly generation charge
The House opts for a congressional hearing over the outright grant of special powers to President Benigno Aquino III to address a looming energy crisis in 2015
The joint resolution needs the concurrence of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it can be approved
The report will disclose mining contracts, revenue streams and export data of major mining companies and show how much mining contributed to the Philippine economy
But the business group calls for a ‘limited’ implementation of Section 71 of EPIRA to avoid any abuse
Temporary measures to mitigate the looming power crisis in Luzon are fine for as long they are acceptable to all, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry says
President Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address earns raves, rants from business groups and a former Cabinet official
By summer of 2015, there will be a power crisis – 20 days of rotating blackouts won't be remote. Emergency powers for the President is deemed to be the ‘fastest’ solution for now
'You cannot fault someone for not following standards if those standards do not exist,' Senate public works committee chair Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says
Escudero files a bill prohibiting government from selling Napocor's remaining power assets
A 'wide, non-formal practice,' anyway. Research says 70% of interviewed election officers admitted to appointing non-public school teachers as a BET member.