Pot calling the kettle black: Noynoy Aquino warns Manny Pacquiao against using the media to fight the Tax Man

Ironic that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III would warn boxing champ Manny Pacquiao about using the media to gain public sympathy for his tax woes. “If [Pacquiao] did right, then I’m sure he will be able to prove that he did right, and therefore there is no issue,” Aquino said. “So the way […]

Why Lucio Tan gets to keep his loot while Manny Pacquiao’s all remain frozen

On one hand, the issue surrounding the tax evasion case the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is raising against boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is pretty straightforward. The BIR had given Pacquiao two years to submit the documents required of him specific among them are original tax returns from the United States’s Internal Revenue Service […]

Manny Pacquiao should focus on resolving his tax case to be of REAL service to Filipinos

It’s a he-said-she-said situation at the moment as mainstream media focuses its “news reporting” on the basis of soundbytes and snippets of statements made by boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and the Philippines’ chief tax collector Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares. It all started with “reports” following the boxing match between Pacquiao and […]

PNoy misled public on pork barrel funds: It’s still in the budget and legislators still want it

Tax evasion should not be a criminal offense anymore in the Philippines. After all, some of the country’s public servants, those who blatantly steal taxpayers’ money, do not get prosecuted or go to jail. It is even quite baffling how members of Congress made a big deal out of former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s undeclared […]

A sustainable solution to the squatter problem in the Philippines

Judging from the reaction of the readers to previous articles on squatters in the Philippines, there are definitely more decent Filipinos who are fed up with squatters who bite the hand that feed them compared to the number of readers who defended some of the squatters’ parasitic tendencies. After my suggestion that illegal settlers should […]

SC upholds candidates’ freedom to air as much TV and radio political ads as they want!

Perhaps if our “activists” focused more on creating buzzes around real issues rather than on presuming to police the campaign tactics of our politicians and auditing their token fly-by-night “platforms” we’d gain more traction around creating a more issues-based political discourse. Indeed, unless you are as brilliant as Lee Kuan Yew, there is little point […]

Kris Aquino pays top tax dollar in the spirit of Daang Matuwid!

Funny the way presidential sister and Queen of All Philippine Media Kris Aquino comes into the fore whenever Filipino pep for the “right” people needs to be pump primed. Most recently the buzz is her emerging as “top Filipino taxpayer” paying a whopping (by Philippine standards) 49.87 million pesos (USD1.2 million) to the Philippine government. […]

Taxing Coke and Pepsi Flavored Condoms?

A few days ago I came across a news article saying that the government is mulling higher taxes on soft drinks. This isn’t new as increases in levies on soft drinks have been brought out for discussion and proposed in the past. The motivation for increasing the tax on soft drinks was tied up to […]