Sunday, February 24, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo was also a convicted plunderer and was on hospital arrest but was later acquitted by the Supreme Court. See https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/140221-timeline-gloria-arroyo-plunder-acquittal.
And former First Lady Imelda Marcos was also convicted of graft and corruption. See https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/10/1867352/imelda-marcos-found-guilty-graft-faces-arrest.
The Ressa arrest is due to a cyber libel filed by businessman Keng. A case between two private individuals. While the Duterte administration may be correct in saying that they just want to follow the rule of law in the Ressa arrest, they cannot say they also followed the rule of law for indirectly sponsoring the release of the convicted Senators.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
N. Korea will learn a lot from VN -- from privatization of many state-owned enterprises to large-scale exports to (and imports from) the rest of the world, to being a member of a regional (ASEAN) free trade, zero tariff area.Note also that the two Trump-Kim summit are held in the ASEAN, SG last June and VN this month. So a NKorea-ASEAN FTA will not be far fetched.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DocTony said that they want total ban for tobacco but there is need to convince the Northern Luzon bloc to stop producing tobacco. I asked, why not say and advocate that? We have laws on ban prostitution, ban illegal drugs, ban illegal gambling, why not call for a law to ban tobacco? They cannot advocate ban tobacco precisely because they want more tobacco taxes, billions of pesos yearly. There is double talk in the advocacy.
At P30/pack tax under RA 10351 (sin tax law of 2012), smuggling was high. At P35/pack under RA 10963 (TRAIN law of 2017), smuggling became higher. Now they push P60/pack, P90/pack.
"tobacco companies themselves are complicit in illicit trade."
An example perhaps wasthat P2 B+ tobacco smuggling in Brgy Portic, Bugallon, Pangasinan raided only last November. The 3-term Pangasinan Governor, his son Mayor of Bugallon, they live (or used to live) in that barangay. All these years they didn't know there is a multi-billion smuggled tobacco factory in the barangay?
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Some of the many news stories when GND was publicly unveiled.
Friday, February 08, 2019
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Monday, February 04, 2019