President Benigno S. Aquino III poses with the people who gave their testimony under the K TO 12 program (left to right) Mr. Rowen Dizon Parent of a Senior High School Graduate, Ms. Gina Obierna, Grade 2 Adviser at the Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science Technology High School, Arien Lein Ibardo of Doña Rosario High School Novaliches Q.C. and Ms. Love Basillote during the celebration ceremony of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) dubbed, “Sa K to 12, Kayang-kaya, Sama-sama! A celebration of K to 12 Milestones.” Also in photo are Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman. (MNS photo) MANILA (Mabuhay) – A youth group leader on Wednesday said they would like to meet with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and tell him the other side of the Aquino administration’s K to 12 program. “We are more than willing to fly to Davao and explain to incoming President Duterte why we are opposing the K-12 program. We call on the next president to hear the other side of the story,” said Sarah Elago, who is set to represent the Kabataan party-list in the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress. She said youth groups under the party-list are seeking an audience with Duterte in Davao City to personally explain their opposition to the K to 12 program. Duterte on Monday night said that he had a change of heart on the K to 12 program after the “bright” guys from the Department Read More …
MANILA (Mabuhay) – The legal team of leading vice presidential aspirant Rep. Leni Robredo on Wednesday said candidates win elections based on votes counted not graphs showing the voting trend. Robredo’s legal team made the statement after the camp of Sen. Bonbong Marcos showed a V-shaped graph indicating the shift of the lead from Marcos to Robredo. “Graph is not a basis. Winning one election is not based on graph but based in votes counted,” said election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal at a press conference in Quezon City. Macalintal said they expect the same voting trend to show up once Congress, sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC), starts canvassing the votes for president and vice president. Macalintal said Marcos will most likely take the initial lead in the partial and official tally as the votes from the senator’s bailiwicks came in first while the votes from Robredo’s bailiwicks followed later. Meanwhile, former Justice Secretary and newly elected Senator Leila De Lima, who is also part of Robredo’s legal team, said the voting trend does not show any evidence of fraud. “Purely speculative, no proof at all. No evidence at all na naapektuhan ang resulta,” De Lima said. De Lima noted that the burden of proof or the need to present evidence of fraud lies with the Marcos camp. (MNS)
Maxene Magalona (MNS photo) MANILA (Mabuhay) — Maxene Magalona took to Instagram on Monday to express her admiration for screen veteran Dawn Zulueta, one of the lead stars of the upcoming Star Cinema film, “Love Me Tomorrow.” On her Instagram account, the 29-year-old Magalona revealed that she will play the role of Zulueta’s daughter in the romance film, which also stars Piolo Pascual and Coleen Garcia. She posted a picture of her with Zulueta taken during the film’s press conference on Monday. In the caption, Magalona described Zulueta as a “classic beauty” and a “stellar actress.” “What an incredible honor it is to play the daughter of Ms. Dawn Zulueta in #LoveMeTomorrow! She is a stellar actress, I tell you. So natural, so real,” she wrote. Magalona added that she was in awe of Zulueta throughout the making of the film. “It was like I was watching a movie WHILE doing the movie. That’s why I am so sure you guys will love this film.” In “Love Me Tomorrow,” Zulueta plays a fashion designer who finds herself falling in love with a younger man (Pascual). She faces competition from Garcia, a socialite who is in a no-label “connection” with Pascual’s character. Directed by Gino M. Santos, the film is currently being shown in cinemas nationwide. (MNS) See trailer : courtesy of Youtube Star Cinema Channel
Sid Lucero (MNS photo) MANILA (Mabuhay) — Actor Sid Lucero added another feather to his cap after he was named best actor at the 19th Los Angeles Comedy Festival Awards over the weekend. Lucero won for his performance in the independent film “Toto,” which was also adjudged best foreign film. Directed by John Paul Su, the movie tells the story of Antonio “Toto” Estares (Lucero), who will do everything for his American dream. The movie also Thou Reyes, Mara Lopez, Blake, Boyd, Bembol Roco, Bibeth Orteza and Liza Dino. (MNS)
INCOMING President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s choice as Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel F. Piñol, said he will allow private traders to import rice after all, but will impose more rigid safeguards against smuggling.
THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will undertake a two-year joint project that will help develop plans to improve the Philippine auto industry, helping it win a place in the global value chain (GVC).
We often hear the phrase: “Taxes are the lifeblood of the Government,” as the main reason why collecting them is essential. However, there are instances when this should give way to the taxpayer’s right to claim a tax refund or credit. One such instance is a claim for tax refund or tax credit on input Value-Added Tax (VAT) arising from VAT zero-rated export sales. A taxpayer claiming this type of tax credit or refund must present at least three types of documents, as follows:
Vice president-elect Leni Robredo leads a Holy Mass in commemoration of her late husband Sec. Jesse Robredo’s 58th birthday Friday at Eternal Gardens in Naga City, hours before Congress finished canvassing of votes for president and vice president. Robredo’s victory was affirmed when she garnered 14,418,817 votes, 263,473 votes ahead of closest rival Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who got 14,155,344.(MNS photo) MANILA, May 30 (Mabuhay) – Set to be proclaimed vice president, Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo has urged her closest rival, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to “move on” and stop the lies on supposed poll cheating. “Sa akin, pakiusap ko lang, tama na iyung pagsisinungaling, tama na iyung mind-conditioning kasi naapektuhan lahat,” Robredo said, hours ahead of her proclamation at the House of Representative. “Hindi lang naman ako iyung biktima ng ginagawa nila, hindi lang iyung 14 million na bumoto sa amin, kundi buong sambayanan. Sana mag-move on na tayo,” said Robredo. Robredo said that instead of making “unfair” accusations through the media, the Marcos camp may take their complaint to the proper forum, where they will be forced to provide evidence of alleged irregularities in the elections. “Mas mabuti ngang ihain niya nang pormal iyung reklamo kaysa idinadaan sa media. Kasi tingin ko unfair, hindi lang sa akin, pero pati sa taumbayan na binibilog iyung paniniwala, binibilog iyung kaisipan sa mga bagay na wala namang pruweba,” she said. Final vote tally on Friday showed that Marcos lost the vice presidential contest to neophyte rival Robredo by just over 263,000 votes. Read More …
A congressional staff arranges ballot boxes containing the Certificates of Canvass and Election Returns during the Joint Session of Congress Presidential and Vice Presidential Canvass at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Friday. The canvassing of votes was completed Friday evening.(MNS photo) MANILA, May 30 (Mabuhay) — A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said the commission welcomes the supposed whistleblowers on the alleged cheating operations in Quezon to favor certain candidates. Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said Comelec was ready to accept those who had knowledge on the alleged irregularities in the just concluded polls. “Everyone is welcome here. But we encourage them that they should be able to present us evidence,” he said in a media briefing on Monday. With this, he urged the individuals to present sufficient evidence to prove their claims. “We only appeal for them to have some sense of responsibility. There is no problem. As long as they have enough bases, the Comelec is prepared to help look into the problem,” he added. On Monday, Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA) President Pastor “Boy” Saycon, together with three people, went to the Senate and revealed the supposed poll cheating operations. The whistleblowers claimed that votes from all precincts in the Quezon province were diverted and changed in favor of candidates of the administration
— Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (right) presses hands with admirers during his speaking engagement at the Unibersidad de Manila on Wednesday. Marcos is touring universities to talk about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which his committee handles in the Senate. (MNS photo) MANILA, May 30 (Mabuhay) – The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos on Monday urged incoming-president Rodrigo Duterte to create a body to investigate the allegedly high number of undervotes in the heated vice presidential race. “We are urging president-elect Duterte to probably create a body to take a look at this because we are not talking just about the elections now, we are talking about the impunities and the irregularities and the vulnerabilities that happened as a result of this automated election system implemented this 2016,” Marcos’ campaign adviser, Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, said in a television interview. Dela Cruz added they will file an electoral complaint to clear out the issues and concerns that have transpired during the vice presidential contest. “We have thirty days to do that. The winner has to be proclaimed first before we can file any case,” he said. Based on the official count of Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo won the race with 14,418,817 votes compared to Marcos who had 14,155,344 or with by slim margin of 263,473 votes. During the canvassing, the Marcos camp had repeatedly pointed out the undervotes for each certificate of canvass for the vice presidential Read More …