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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An efficient VAT refund system: Will it see the light of day?

ON January 4, 2019, the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued a revenue memorandum circular (RMC 3-2019) publishing the joint circular issued by six government...

The people want globalism, not populism

The headline was intriguing: “Majority of World Population Supports Globalism, Survey Finds.” The first sentence read: “Maybe populist political movements don’t have as much...

Reenacted budget per se is not bad

The Philippine government is effectively operating on a reenacted budget in January 2019 after the House of Representatives and the Senate failed to pass the...

Courage and Mr. Sy

ON Saturday, Mr. Henry Sy Sr. died at the remarkable age of 94. We offer our condolences and prayers on his passing. Over the next...

Remembering a prayerful leader

When we think about great men and women who have passed on, we usually think of the lessons that we gain from studying their...

Telecommuting Act

President Rodrigo Duterte on December 20, 2018, signed into law Republic Act 11165 known as the “Telecommuting Act” also referred to as the “Work...

Moving forward with Cipag

Part One ON August 14, 2018, I turned over my chairmanship of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy (BOA) of the Philippines to the appointed...

Timings and delays

Most airlines are measured by their on-time performance. And, to a large extent, Customer Satisfaction Score is directly proportional to OTP. Obviously, passengers are...

Talking without Thinking

WE live in a time when there is great concern about individual privacy. The stories of identity theft are frightening. Nowadays, a person’s life...

‘Justice for a few?’

MY brothers and sisters, “life has become so cheap.” This is a message from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after the murder of her fellow congressman,...

‘Gloomy Sunday,’ or the song that kills

Sunday is gloomy My hours are slumberless Dearest the shadows I live with are numberless Little white flowers Will never awaken you Not where the black coach Of sorrow has taken...

VAT-free medicines

Just before 2018 ended, the Department of Finance, the Department of Health (DOH), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Food and Drug Administration...

Bloodier

It’s a disturbing development. Starting from the 2010 elections, all the way to the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, we’d been seeing a...

Enhancing human capital

THE most significant investments that people, firms and governments can make in the changing nature of work are in enhancing human capital, the World...

A sea of tranquility

Usually reading several gazillion web sites every day, I am not inclined to look at Asean regional newspapers. I decided to on Wednesday. The front...

The unsinkable Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Duterte’s denigration of the Catholic Church is but a part of his idiotic ambition to destroy this 1,900-year-old institution. I would not debate...

The boy as the model

Every year on the third Sunday of January, we have a Filipino liturgical celebration of our own—“extending” the Christmas season—the Feast of the Santo...

Wanted: A Labor Code for all workers, not just for a segment of...

President Duterte recently signed  into  law the bill on “telecommuting”. Republic  Act No. 11165 recognizes the legitimacy of work from  home that  is voluntarily...
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