BOC chief wants forwarding firms to help screen balikbayan boxes

MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) — Bureau of Customs (BO) Commissioner Alberto Lina on Tuesday said the agency will seek the help of freight forwarders after President Benigno Aquino III order the bureau to push back the implementation of the random physical inspection on...

DOJ told: Smuggling a bigger problem than pork barrel scam

MANILA (Mabuhay) — “Smuggling is bigger than PDAF,” so said Senator Cynthia Villar, who on Thursday expressed her disappointment at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) continued failure to file cases against suspected smugglers. At the hearing of the Senate committee on...

SC asked to stop govt from paying Maynilad, Manila Water

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Bayan Muna party-list on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to stop the government from paying Manila Water and Maynilad for the alleged losses the concessionaires incurred after they were disallowed from recovering their corporate income taxes by hiking...

Gov’t posts budget surplus for second straight month

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government posted a budget surplus of P67.3 billion in May, the second straight month a surplus was recorded. May’s budget surplus was P55.6 billion higher than the surplus registered last year. Year-to-date, the budget balance was at a surplus of P86.4...

PHL, US agree to share bank account info

Citizens who have $50K or more are subject to probe MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Philippines and the United States on Tuesday formally agreed to share information on the bank accounts of each other’s citizens to help fight tax evasion. Under the intergovernmental agreement (IGA),...

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pays courtesy call on President Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during a courtesy call in Malacañang Palace on Tuesday morning. Queen Maxima, who is also the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive...

Aquino didn’t have a fight with Mar over Ochoa, Purisima’s dismissal: Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III did not fight with his close ally, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, over the latter’s supposed demand to dismiss Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima,...

PHL economy bounces to 6.9% in Q4, second fastest growing economy in 2014

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine output rebounded sharply in the fourth quarter last year, growing as the second fastest economy in Asia – next to China – for the whole of 2014. This is on the back of the robust growth of the three productive sectors and the fulfillment of...

Aquino cancels South Korea visit due to storm

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Philippine President Benigno Aquino has cancelled a trip to South Korea for an ASEAN summit this week to deal with the damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit, his spokeswoman said Monday. Aquino was scheduled to attend the Association of Southeast Asian...

PNoy’s Singapore trip to cost P11.6M

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III’s two-day trip to Singapore will cost the government P11.6 million, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said Tuesday. In a statement, Ochoa said the amount will cover transportation, accommodation and food...