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How is gov’t spending EVAT?


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…” (Colossians 3:12, the Holy Bible).

CONGRATS, DFA’S MS. JOCELYN BATOON GARCIA: I congratulate Ms. Jocelyn S. Batoon Garcia, a classmate of mine from UP Diliman, for her nomination by President Aquino to become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotenciary to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Jocelyn, who is right now a Chief of Mission, Class 1, at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), literally rose from the ranks. She deserves the nomination and the new post.  If I am not mistaken, after graduation from UP, she went straight to DFA. Even as a student, she was already outstanding, and was noted for humming tunes while inside the UP library. Congratulations, Jocelyn.

HOW IS THE GOV’T SPENDING EVAT? So Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas and Deputy Presidential Spokeswomen Abigail Valte are both saying the Aquino government cannot lift the 12% expanded value added tax (EVAT) on oil so as to fight spiraling gas prices, on the ground that the money from EVAT is being used for social services.
Unfortunately for the Filipino people, however, both Roxas and Valte refused to disclose what these social services are, how much really are being spent for them, and who are the specific beneficiaries of these services. Roxas and Valte also did not say how much billions of pesos is the government exactly receiving from EVAT. It is therefore not clear how the EVAT money is being spent. My question is, why this secrecy about EVAT?

CLEAR POLICE SKETCHES: I am amazed at the capacity of the police now to come up with nearly perfect sketches of crime suspects, like that in the case of Peter Jairron Cruz, an Associate in Arts student of UP Los Banos, Laguna who was robbed and stabbed last March 9. Cruz described his attacker, and police sketch artists, using computers, came up with a clear picture of the assailant. Now, all that the police have to do is to find the criminal!

PCA FIGHTS COCO INSECT INFESTATION: The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is spending some P1.4 million to implement immediate and extensive measures to fight the rampaging scale insect infestation of coconut trees in 41 barangays of seven municipalities in the province of Batangas.
PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes said PCA is now furiously acting to to prevent the infestation to reach epidemic level, so it will not affect nearby provinces which are also into coconut farming, like Laguna and Quezon, according to information coming from Thelma Tolentino, public information officer of PCA.
The coconut scale insects are also known as aspidiotus destructor signoret are small insects which are plant parasites. These insects cause yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall, and low yield because it continuously siphons off the plant sap with their specialized mouthparts. Thick sooty molds grow on the honeydew excreted by these insects, preventing photosynthesis.

DOJ, NBI MUST INHIBIT: The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) must give-in to the request of the Reglos family for them to desist from investigating the death of Marvin Reglos in the hands of members of a fraternity liked to top DOJ officials. It is bad enough that Reglos family members suspect that a whitewash is being made, but what is worse here is the erosion of their faith in the judicial system if DOJ and NBI will not inhibit themselves.

by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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