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House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Voting on 2nd reading, lawmakers give their nod to the 3rd package under the Duterte government's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

TAX REFORM. Lawmakers are on the move to amend the country's real property valuation system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Prosecutor junks libel complaint vs Maria Ressa, reporter Rambo Talabong

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

A public official should not be onion-skinned, writes Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor Arnel Pabellar, quoting the Supreme Court

LIBEL CASE JUNKED. DAR Secretary John Castriciones is a former undersecretary of the DILG. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong on PH Navy's 'rebirth'

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:59 PM

On Monday, November 4, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong to discuss the Philippine Navy's strategic vision for the future, among others

Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

Pia Cayetano seeks 'sweet spot' for Citira bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Senate ways and means committee chairperson Pia Cayetano plays coy on the bill seeking to change the current fiscal incentives regime, but quips that like love, 'wala ring forever'

House passes Citira bill on 3rd reading

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A total of 170 members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of the Duterte administration's 2nd tax reform package

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.

'Noisy naysayers' vs Citira bill proven wrong by numbers, says DOF

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua says the surge in investment pledges in the 1st half of 2019 refutes claims of critics of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act

Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says naysayers of the Citira bill are proven wrong by numbers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:50 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the Pifita bill 'grossly favors the rich who make fortunes out of thin air in the financial sector'

2nd tax reform package renamed Citira, hurdles 2nd reading in House

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The House of Representatives approves the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) on 2nd reading

House bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes approved on 2nd reading

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Tax Act (Pifita) bill is the 4th package of the Duterte administration's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

PEZA urges Congress not to 'tinker' with tax perks for investors

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:50 PM

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza says the current incentives are already 'globally competitive' and could help the Philippines attract investors as companies avoid the US-China trade war

House panel OKs Trabaho bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda is expected to sponsor the Trabaho bill for 2nd reading on the same day his panel approves it

BUSINESSES. The Trabaho bill aims to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Landbank turns over 354,783 hectares of land to DAR

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Bank of the Philippines, which President Rodrigo Duterte criticized in his 4th State of the Nation Address, says this turnover happened in May 2019

Duterte tells Congress to prioritize Trabaho bill

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Trabaho bill, which aims to reduce corporate tax and rationalize tax incentives, is mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says regulations around who could hold firearm licenses would also be tightened to 'stop weapons falling into the wrong hands'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Recto files bill to write off farmers' debts from CARP

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'

CARP DEBT. Senator Ralph Recto files a bill seeking to write off debt of farmers from agrarian reform loans. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Work on alternatives and growth, before speeding into federal system

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

What we should be speeding up in the second half of the administration is more policy reform and economic growth, not changing parts and engines

Landbank wants to cover more agrarian reform beneficiaries

May 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Land Bank of the Philippines eyes more farmer-beneficiaries after its loans for small farmers and fisherfolk went up to P13 billion in the first 3 months of 2019

Farmers from La Trinidad, Benguet maintain to water there strawberry and vegtetable because of summer heat where they use to get their daily living. The water was come from a water irrigation of the province. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Gov't construction body to evaluate private sector projects too

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Domestic Construction Board is also looking to increase its pool of evaluators to cover more regions nationwide

Workers remove the debris from the collapsed balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo College building in Manila caused by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake as they further inspect the structural integrity of the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How the TRAIN law worsened poverty, inequality

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Taking on the #April15Challenge

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz tells taxpayers what they need to know about filing income tax returns, which are due on Monday, April 15

As fuel prices rise, Angara says TRAIN law 'benefitted millions of families'

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'Siyempre gustong gamitin yan ng ibang partido o indibidwal for political benefit,' says reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Finland government resigns over failed reforms

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila calls the failure to pass the reform 'a major disappointment'

RESIGNATION. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announces his cabinet's resignation in a press conferance at the Prime Minister's official residence Kesäranta in Helsinki, Finland on March 8, 2019. Photo by Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva/AFP

Macalintal, Tañada challenge Angara: Explain why you pushed for TRAIN

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

'Kung ito'y magandang batas, dapat sana hinaharap kayo ni Senator Angara, 'di ba?' Otso Diretso candidate Romy Macalintal tells the crowd at a campaign event

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate bets say no to oil deregulation, fuel excise tax hike

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Reelectionist Senator JV Ejercito, who voted for tax reform in 2017, also calls for the law's review

Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Former Trump lawyer back in Congress for third day of testimony

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Unlike the riveting nationally televised public testimony on February 27, Michael Cohen's appearance on February 28 before the House Intelligence Committee is being held behind closed doors

THIRD DAY. In this file photo, Michael Cohen exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Senatorial bets hit TRAIN law, fuel excise tax

Feb 25, 2019 - 11:17 AM

As fuel serves as a key component in production of goods, a number of senatorial candidates called for a repeal in the fuel excise tax law

A gasoline attendant fills up a passengers jeepney with fuel at a gas station in Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Oil firms earlier in the day hike prices of diesel by P1.00 per liter and gasoline by P1.10 per liter. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DAR to further streamline process in land conversion

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform has formed a task force to further expedite the process of converting agricultural lands for residential, commercial, and industrial use

LAND CONVERSION. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones at the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards to the agrarian reform beneficiaries of Maguindanao on February 11, 2019. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

After Duterte outburst, DAR to probe 'irregularities' in land distribution

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The task force aims to address delays in the awarding of land titles in Pampanga and Tarlac

MAKING UP. Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones ordered to form a task force to investigate the delays in awarding land titles after President Duterte's outburst during the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Photo by Simeon Celi, Jr./Presidential Photo  MAKING UP. Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones ordered to form a task force to investigate the delays in awarding land titles after President Duterte's outburst during the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Photo by Simeon Celi, Jr./Presidential Photo

Duterte steps out of Cabinet meeting after 'outburst' on land use conversion

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte even had to 'excuse himself' to 'rest a bit in the holding room' after a 30-minute tirade about the slow land use conversion process, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Do candidates pay taxes for campaign expenses?

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz tells us when political contributions and campaign expenses are taxable

Duterte to fire 2 agrarian reform officials

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The two officials supposedly sat on an 'application' for two years, something President Rodrigo Duterte says he considers a form of corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stresses at a point as he delivers his speech during the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

#AskTheTaxWhiz: VAT-exempt medicines and other 2019 TRAIN provisions

Jan 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses provisions of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law taking effect in 2019

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

DSWD assures beneficiaries increase in subsidies despite reenacted budget

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:18 PM

10 million households are scheduled to receive raises in cash subsidies to help them cope with the impact of the tax reform law

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 from the government to help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte orders DAR to fast-track land reform in Masbate

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones: 'Tingnan niya ang Masbate, i-land reform niya lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the Palace Guard upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for the courtesy call of Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date on January 8, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Oil price hike on January 8 not due to Train Law – DOE

Jan 07, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Oil companies will hike diesel prices by P0.70 per liter and gasoline by P0.80 per liter amid price movements in the global market

INCREASES. Global market forces force local players to slightly increase gas prices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] New year, new fuel taxes: Do we really need them?

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Not only is TRAIN failing to generate enough revenues as expected, it is also demonstrably anti-poor and anti-environment

DOF's 2019 wish: Passage of Trabaho bill, other tax reform packages

Jan 01, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says they will seek a last push discussion with legislators for the approval of the measures before the 2019 elections

TRABAHO BILL. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says they will "discuss" Trabaho Bill again with legislators for a last push to pass it in the current Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOE: 2nd round of fuel tax hikes don’t cover 2018 stocks

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:36 PM

DOE chief Alfonso Cusi warns oil industry players that applying the 2019 tax rates on 2018 oil stocks may lead to company closure and even estafa charges

THE TRAIN EFFECT. Expect fuel prices to go up by January 1, 2019 due to the Train Law. File photo by Rappler

VAT-free starting 2019: Medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The tax exemption is part of the tax reform law signed in December 2017

TAX-FREE. Medicines prescribed for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol will be exempt from value-added tax starting 2019. Image from Shutterstock.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: New, updated BIR forms under TRAIN law

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the Bureau of Internal Revenue forms affected by the tax reform law

#AskTheTaxWhiz: New interest penalties under TRAIN law

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the new rules on interest penalty under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

Trabaho bill delay will hurt business – tax expert

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Tax expert Mon Abrea says the Department of Finance should be open to lowering corporate income tax without rationalizing fiscal incentives

#AskTheTaxWhiz: What are deductions, exemptions from gross income?

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the changes to allowable deductions under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

Miriam Santiago's People's Reform Party teams up with Sara Duterte's party

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:17 PM

PRP agrees with President Duterte's unilateral ICC withdrawal. Miriam Defensor Santiago was the first Filipino ICC judge.

People's Reform Party and HNP alliance signing. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: What are the new alphanumeric tax codes under TRAIN?

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz consolidates all the new alphanumeric tax codes (ATCs) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law