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Senate files version of tax reform bill seen to exempt 3.2 M Filipinos from income tax

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 PM

The Senate ways and means committee estimates that its version of the bill will earn the government P148 billion in revenue despite exempting an estimated 64% of workers from paying income tax

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UP Board of Regents approves GE reform proposal

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:09 PM

UP Board of Regents authorizes reduction of required GE units of UP Diliman students from the current 45 units to a minimum of 21 units

GE REFORM. From 45 required minimum GE units, the subjects would be trimmed down to 21 required units

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Immigration reform divides America again

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:18 PM

US immigration levels are similar to those in 1890 with one change: Most immigrants are from Asia and Latin America not Europe

People look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Reynaldo de Guzman, Mariano, Robredo | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Farmers' groups condemn CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Mariano s rejection is another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte s fealty to landlords and oligarchs says the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas a group formerly chaired by Mariano

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

CA rejects Rafael Mariano as agrarian reform secretary

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A nominee of the Left Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 4th member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Tax on sugary drinks? Nutritionists say they help poor meet dietary needs

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Senator JV Ejercito suggests imposing the tax based on the drink s sugar content not volume

ANTI-POOR? A bill pending in Congress proposes to impose a P10 tax per liter of sugar sweetened beverage. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

RAM members ask Duterte for amnesty

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Malacañang cannot say for sure if the President intends to grant the request of members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Senator Gringo Honasan during a meeting with members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Joining Honasan are RAM officers including Retired Capt. Felix Turingan, Resigned Capt. Glen Agudo, Retired Commo. Rex Robles, Retired Col. Marcelino Malajacan, Jr., Retired Col. Hernando Caraig, Retired Col. James Joven, Retired Police Director Victor Batac, and Engr. Jegie Pereda. The President, meanwhile, was accompanied by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the President Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, and Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes. Malacañan Photo

Taguiwalo: CA rejection due to my fight vs pork barrel, tax reform

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

‘I have served the people well I gave my all and I’m proud to say that my integrity is intact ’ says the social welfare secretary

Funds from DICT, DAR, DOTr eyed for use in free tuition law

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their spending pattern – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years

FUNDING FREE TUITION. Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles heads efforts to source funds for the free tuition law. Rappler file photo

BPOs 'safe' from tax reform, sugar-sweetened milk under deliberation

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says incentives for BPO companies will remain The fate of milk products in the proposed tax reform package however is still up in the air

Duterte gov't eyes taxes on coal

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:53 PM

As senators express concern about effects of higher fuel prices on basic commodities they ask the Department of Finance: Why not prioritize taxes on coal the dirtiest fuel instead of petroleum products?

COAL-FIRED POWERPLANT. The Duterte administration seeks to increase taxes on coal, considered the 'dirtiest' but cheapest power source. File photo

LIVE: Senate hearing on tax reform, 10 August 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

P1 billion aligned for poor families to be hit by proposed tax reform – DSWD

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This will be given in cash to 10 million poor households once the tax reform proposal is signed into law

CASH AID. Over P1 billion is allocated to aid poor families who will be affected by the proposed tax reform package. Malacañang photo

LIVE: House hearing on electoral reform

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators 3 hour meeting with the Chief Executive

TRO ON IMPLANTS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in appeal to lift the temporary restraining order on 2 brands of implant.

Duterte warns Congress about 'new' ISIS plots in Mindanao

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte has also requested additional 20 000 soldiers in Mindanao

Malacañang file photo

EU takes legal action against Poland over court reform

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission comes down hard on Warsaw to prevent what it says is not just an increasing threat to Poland s democratic standards but those across the 28 nation bloc

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

3 U.S. senators balk at health bill, putting reforms in peril

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The sudden announcement by Senators Lindsey Graham Ron Johnson and John McCain throws into disarray their party s years long effort to overhaul Barack Obama s health care reforms

This file photo taken on June 28, 2017 shows protesters against the US Senate Republicans' healthcare bill holding a rally outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Senators set to grill gov't agencies on underspending

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the issue of government underspending is crucial in the Senate debates on the tax reform bill

File photo

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country s economic managers

Photo from Office of the Senate President

Legarda defends Angara over tax reform bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It s not Sonny s job singly or it s not his fault at all that we seem slow And we are not slow He s been hearing it says Senator Loren Legarda after the President zeroed in on Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Maintain independence,' Nene Pimentel tells senators

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:43 AM

I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate you cannot dictate to the senators that s my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people

Senate file photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The President tells Senator Angara to watch out in the elections after noticing the legislator did not clap on his request for the passage of the tax reform bill

'WATCH OUT.' Senator Sonny Angara chuckles after President Rodrigo Duterte calls him out for not clapping during the SONA. Photo by Rappler

Duterte accepts Mighty Corp's P25-B tax settlement offer

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the money will fund rebuilding efforts in war torn Marawi and also in Ormoc City which was struck by a strong earthquake

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

The PH economy under Duterte’s watch (Year 1)

Jul 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Only time will tell the impact of such sweeping policies on growth inflation and unemployment But before they cause any irreversible damage to our economy their rationale and effectiveness should not escape scrutiny today

DOF chief says tax reform law must generate at least P130B revenue

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:46 PM

A tax reform law diluted such that it will generate less than P130 billion is not acceptable for one of Duterte s economic managers

Photo from Malacanang

Duterte's coco levy promise: It's time to 'force the issue with Congress'

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:32 PM

During the campaign President Duterte vowed to return the coconut levy fund to poor farmers within his first 100 days Congressmen are getting in the way

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. After a year in office, the promise remains just that. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

For Dutertenomics to work, the President has to take charge

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The President can no longer take the backseat The executive and legislative are in a deadlock over tax reform Dutertenomics financing hanging in the balance

11 Coast Guard officers linked to P27M in anomalous purchases – COA

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The officers including retired Rear Admiral Cecil Chen allegedly violated the Government Procurement Reform Act

Trump slams Democratic 'obstruction' on health reform

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer maintains US President Donald Trump shouldn t expect any support from them in the bid to repeal Obamacare

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP  TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

How will the proposed tax reform package affect Filipinos?

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Take a look at how the Duterte administration s proposed tax reform package will affect your take home pay and the prices of commodities

EFFECT ON FILIPINOS. The proposed tax measure will have an impact on Filipino workers' salaries and the prices of fuel and other commodities.

A year later, the House remains Duterte’s loyal defender

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The House has consistently shown it will protect the President from his critics with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leading the charge

DUTERTE-CONTROLLED HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the House of Representatives, where the President counts at least 267 lawmakers as his allies

What Duterte development plan ignores: Local industry, accessible social services

Jun 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Under the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 PH s agriculture and mining industry cater to foreign economies while its people look for jobs abroad according to IBON Foundation

Duterte's development plan: Recycled, failed economic policies

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 has a simplistic and outdated explanation of the problem with the economy according to IBON Foundation

Without efficient public transport, higher auto taxes 'unfair'

Jun 08, 2017 - 5:15 PM

It s not going to be fair to the commuting public that we don t have that efficient transport system and yet we are shelling out big amounts in order to buy private vehicles says the Automobile Association of the Philippines

AFP file photo

INFOGRAPHIC: How tax reform hits your favorite drinks

Jun 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers says the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the proposed tax reform package is the highest in the world

Venezuela leader promises constitution referendum to calm crisis

Jun 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition says Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro s constitutional reform plan is a bid to cling to power

DEMONSTRATION. Opposition demonstrators mounted on a truck raise their fists during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on June 2, 2017. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Duterte admin's tax reform package a 'big mistake' – labor coalition

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:15 PM

ALU TUCP says the tax reform package just passed by the House is not uplifting because those who are already poor workers would become even poorer

UNEMPLOYMENT. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler