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Smoking gone?

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The Aquino (Part II) administration collected a hefty amount in excise tax last year, the first year of the new “sin tax” on cigarettes and alcohol, with total revenues estimated at about P42 billion—almost double the projected target of P23 billion.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

The coast is clear

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It seems that the Department of Transportation and Communications, or the DOTC, is aching to push for its version of the “winner” in the bidding for the 25-year contract for the P17.5-billion international airport terminal in Cebu.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Traffic of cancel

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And now the good news: A new technology in toll collection, which is an electronic system using “stickers” embedded in the windshield or headlamp of vehicles, may also offer a more viable scheme to manage the horrendous traffic in Metro Manila.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Bidding a better mousetrap

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Okay—it is now a brinkmanship game in media among lawmakers, government agencies, and the bidding consortia in the much-delayed P17.5-billion passenger terminal project at the Mactan Cebu International Airport—yes, the MCIA.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

DOTC: Delaying antics

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Now it hits the fan, this P17.5-billion project of the Aquino (Part II) administration to build and operate a badly needed new passenger terminal at the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

In road daylight

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A few days ago the company called Manila North Tollways Corp. launched the second segment of its P12-billion project known as the “port connector road,” linking the congested Manila port area with NLEx—yes, the North Luzon Expressway.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Train behind the thrown

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All of a sudden, the erratic Department of Transportation and Communications was changing its plan to build the common station for light rail transits MRT 3 (Edsa line) and LRT 1 (Taft-Rizal-Edsa line) at the mall called SM City North.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Rock and rule

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The Supreme Court, in a recent landmark decision, seemed to have scolded the Bureau of Internal Revenue over its practice of imposing its rules over and above international agreements such as tax treaties.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Tax me notch

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Early this year, the Aquino (Part II) administration boasted about some minor “improvement” in its tax effort, noting that revenue hit 13.4 percent of the GDP last year, versus the target of 13.5 percent.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Right of weigh

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In 2008, the cute administration of Gloriaetta awarded a little known BOT toll road project to a company called PIDC, or Private Infrastructure Development Corp., a joint venture between the San Miguel conglomerate and the construction giant DMCI.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

History repeals itself

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Believe it or not, our favorite Meralco wants to go back in time. Frustrated by the Supreme Court in its attempt to collect an additional P6 billion from its 5.3 million customers, Meralco is asking the ever-acquiescent ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) to cancel the trading results in the electricity spot market a few months ago.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Read alert

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Sooner or later, believe it or not, we can all watch public television—and more—with our mobile phones. Now, who in this country does not have a mobile phone, right?

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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