Christmas Season heightens benevolence

The Christmas season has one particular feature that highlights its significance in the midst of gross commercialism that characterizes its observance. To some, the religious flavor of the One who gave us his life as the supreme gift to save mankind from eternal damnation and...

Real estate magnate Villar, other trapos want Duterte to run

The presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appears to be gaining ground as support from people from all sectors of society, as well as from disgruntled political leaders, continue to swell everyday. A few days ago, the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Partido...

Migrante holds ‘zero remittance day’ protest near Malacañang

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Overseas Filipino workers on Friday gathered a few meters from Malacañang in Manila as part of the simultaneous “zero remittance day” protest on Friday. Led by the group Migrante, overseas Filipino workers held placards condemning the Bureau...

Customs most corrupt gov’t agency — SWS

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) ranked as the most corrupt among the government agencies in a poll conducted among executives of companies according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday. The survey involved face-to-face interview of...

Manila court stops BOC from cancelling P650-M data base contract

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A regional trial court of Manila has stopped the Bureau of Customs from cancelling the P650-million contract on the Integrated Customs Processing System. The Omnibus Order from the Manila Regional Trial Court-Branch issued the preliminary injunctioni on...

Boxer ‘hurt’ after Customs imposes P6k tax on championship belt

MANILA (Mabuhay) – With the Bureau of Customs (BoC) still under fire over the now-aborted random inspection of balikbayan boxes, a Filipina boxer and mixed martial arts fighter expressed disappointment after she was told that she still had to shell out money to get her...

Sugar millers’ group joins call for Lina’s resignation from BOC

MANILA, Aug 27 (Mabuhay) – An association of sugarcane planters and sugar millers on Thursday called for the resignation of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, claiming smuggling has become rampant under his watch. “All I know is [during the time of] the old commissioner, walang...

New guidelines on balikbayan box inspection out next week

MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — Commissioner Alberto Lina of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) will sign next week the new guidelines on the inspection of balikbayan boxes. The signing will take place on Wednesday, September 2, after the BoC finalizes the details of the draft on...

Palace: Congress should review rules on balikbayan boxes

MANILA (Mabuhay) — After the Bureau of Customs (BOC) drew flak for its plan to conduct physical inspections on balikbayan boxes, Malacañang said Wednesday that it is high time for Congress to review existing rules on these packages. At a press briefing, Communications...

Palace defends Customs, MMDA chiefs amid resignation calls

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday defended Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Alberto Lina and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Francis Tolentino amid calls for them to resign from their respective posts. In a statement, Communications Secretary Herminio...
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