Liberal Party finalizes presidential bet, senatorial and lineup
The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is planning to choose its vice presidential candidate and finalize its Senate slate. Senators Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III and Ralph Recto and former senator Francisco Pangilinan are among the senatorial bets of the various LP regional chapters, including those from Luzon, Metro Manila and Mindanao, while they nominated Mar Roxas as the party’s presidential candidate. It is also expected that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Joel Villanueva are included in the senatorial lineup.
Palace to secure DOJ’s handled cases when De Lima resigns
Malacanang assured on Saturday that the Department of Justice will not be affected in case Justice Secretary Leila De Lima decides to leave her position. In a radio interview with Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, she mentioned that the cases the DOJ is handling will continue even if De Lima resigns. On the other hand, De Lima has yet to announce whether she will run for senator in the 2016 elections even if the last SWS survey lands her into the top 12.
BIR suspends LBC branches due to unpaid taxes
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ceases operation in 33 branches of LBC subsidiary due to three years of unpaid taxes, thus amounting P145.7 million. The BIR said LBC Express-SMM violated provisions of the Tax Code or the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 because of the alteration or modification of “point-of-sales (POS) machines without prior notification.” The LBC main office along Alabang-Zapote road has already been suspended, together with its subsidiary’s branches in southern Metro Manila, eight in Las Piñas City, eight in Taguig City, six in Muntinlupa City, six in Parañaque City, four in Pasay City, and one in Makati City.
Aquino to consider long term impact of lowering taxes
The Aquino administration is becoming cautious on supporting the proposition for lower taxes because of its potential impact on government programs. At a press briefing on Saturday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara and Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo have already met with President Benigno Aquino III but has yet to share how the meeting went. Valte added that the proposition shall be studied carefully first by the executive department. However, the president has already said that the government might force to raise the value-added tax to 14 percent if the proposition is approved.
NU sweeps Ateneo in Game2 of Shakey’s V- League Finals
The National University Lady Bulldogs sweeps the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the second game of Shakey’s V- League Season 12 Collegiate Conference Championship yesterday, September 26, with the score of 3-0. The Lady Bulldogs unleashed a straight win in the whole three sets with 25-22, 25-17, 25-17 that left shock to Lady Eagles after they defeated the Bulldogs in game 1. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Myla Pablo who was hailed as the Player of the Game with 12 attack points and with the Best Scorer, Jaja Santiago who contributed 13 points, including 8 hits and 4 aces. The third and final game will be held on October 4, Sunday in which the victor will be hailed as the season’s champion.