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Ombudsman clears Duty Free officials in plunder, graft cases

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:53 AM

The resolution, approved by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on November 4, 2019 but released only recently, states the charges had 'no probable cause'

CLEARED. Incumbent Chief Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala has been cleared by the Ombudsman of all charges. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks P1-B civil case vs Marcoses

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The case is related to Bienvenido Tantoco, his family members, and former Tourist Duty Free Shops chairman Dominador Santiago who were allegedly used as dummies for the Marcoses to obtain P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth

DISMISSED. The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division dismisses a P1 billion civil suit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos related to Bienvenido Tantoco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duty Free employees urge Ombudsman to resolve complaint vs top officials

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The complainants are seeking the preventive suspension of DFPC Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala pending the Ombudsman's investigation of their complaint

FIESTA MALL. The facade of Duty Free Philippines' Fiesta Mall. Photo from the Facebook page of Duty Free Philippines

Anti-corruption body asks Duterte to probe Duty Free 'smuggling' scheme

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission recommends the filing of charges against Duty Free officials who are behind Supply and Delivery Agreements which allegedly allow private firms to use tax-free privileges to bring in high-end goods

Duty Free to open new stores in Palawan, Bohol in 2019

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Duty Free Philippines Corporation also records a 2% increase in sales in 2018

PHILIPPINES' FINEST. Duty Free Philippines Corporation COO Vicente Angala says most homegrown products will be added at the 'Philippines' Finest' kiosks in line with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's thrust. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Leicester's Thai boss killed in helicopter crash

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – the man credited for the club's Premier League title in 2016 – was among 5 people killed

BIG LOSS. Leicester star Jamie Vardy pays tribute to club boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Photo from Instagram (@vardy7)

Binay seeks to stop misuse of Duty Free funds amid Teo controversy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the Governance Commission for GOCCs should 'take seriously' its job to coordinate policies of government corporations

ACCOUNTABILITY. Senator Nancy Binay, chairman of the Senate committee on tourism, said the Governance Corporation for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations needs to strengthen its fiscal practices over the Comission on Audit's findings on the misuse of Duty Free funds. Photo from the Office of Senator Nany Binay

COA: Teo illegally used Duty Free tourism funds to buy bags, cosmetics

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Merchandise bought using Department of Tourism funds include beddings, appliances, canned goods, branded bags, luxury brand cosmetics, and chocolates

DUTY FREE. Resigned tourism secretary Wanda Teo used DOT profit shares at Duty Free to buy merchandise and pay for a consultant according to the Commission on Audit. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LOOK: Duty Free Philippines to open luxury store at SM Mall of Asia complex

May 07, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Aside from Luxe Store at SM Mall of Asia, Duty Free Philippines Corporation will open Landside Store at NAIA Terminal 3 in June

ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE of the Luxe Store, which is expected to open at the SM Mall of Asia complex in June 2018. Image courtesy of Duty Free Philippines

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

Holy smoke! Pope Francis bans selling of cigarettes in Vatican

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:24 PM

'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement

NO SMOKING. Pope Francis blesses a faithful during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

COA orders 28 gov't firms to return P626M in illegal allowances

Nov 02, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The top 3 offenders in COA s list are the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Duty Free Philippines Corporation and Metro Cebu Water District

Angara seeks higher tax exemption for balikbayan box items

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The chairman of the Senate ways and means committee seeks to increase from P10 000 to P150 000 the ceiling of tax and duty free items and goods from OFWs

Puregold to spend P5.5B in capital expenditures for 2015

Dec 09, 2014 - 11:58 AM

The amount will be used to finance store expansion and possible acquisitions

New x-ray machines boost NAIA revenue collections

Jul 07, 2014 - 12:08 PM

NAIA books higher taxes and duties levied on goods detected in the luggage of passengers

REVENUE BOOST. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) saw an increase in its revenue for May-June, attributed to the new x-ray machines deployed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) that detect highly taxable items. File photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse