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Espino blinks, extends RPT payment to 5 years

Espino blinks, extends RPT payment to 5 years

LINGAYEN—Gov. AmadoT. Espino Jr. said the province is inclined to effect a staggered scheme of implementation of the general revision on real property taxes in five years from 2011 to 2015.

This is in response to the clamor of the Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay to the provincial government to implement a gradual application of the general revisions of the real property tax assessment.

He said that the Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay is requesting for a 3-year staggered implementation of the revision of the real property tax.

“In my earlier talks with the provincial board, the Governor bared that rather than extending the implementation to three years, they may do it in five years,” he said in a press conference with selected reporters.

The governor said he will also push for another provincial ordinance through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to condone all penalties of the taxpayers on their present and previous unpaid real property taxes.

Espino called the press conference to clarify previous issues made by some sectors on the general revisions implemented by the province to update real property tax values based on provincial ordinance 146-2010 of the SP or the General Revision of Real Property Assessment (RPTA) and Classification for the Province.

He reiterated that the revision of tax assessment was an act on the part of the province to comply with the law which provides that local government units must implement general revision of RPTA every three years.

He said the tax update cannot be postponed anymore due to the memorandum from the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Finance reminding the province of Pangasinan to update its real property tax assessment.

The provincial chief executive lamented that some sectors have been using the farmers to malign the provincial government saying “it’s unfair for the provincial government to be slapped with malicious and unfounded speculations when in fact the current administration has done its part in making things lighter for Pangasinense taxpayers.”

He also said that he had no chance to dialogue with the opposing sector because they went directly to the media without consulting with the provincial government.

Amid the anti RPT issues, Gov. Espino noted that the province is yet to receive a formal complaint against the tax revision “not even on the part of the farmers,” the governor stressed.

May 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

Guv asks Board to amend RPT, Abono holds civil case

A mayor of a third class town told me that he and all the members of his municipal council are bracing for a P60 million loan at the Land Bank of the Philippines to rebuild their town hall that looks like a haunted house-dilapidated storage building all combined.

But there is a glitch: The vice mayor (who used to be the long reigninghizzoner of the town) would not allow his dads to pass the resolution.

“You’re the mayor now! You can do what you want!” a fellow mayor “shook” the sorry mayor.

The young mayor doesn’t know that the sorry-mayor used to be the errand boy of the seasoned vice mayor when the latter was the mayor of the town which is known to be one of the lousiest in the province.

When the vice mayor was the mayor, he told me before that even his town hall looks like a haunted house “occupied by “antique” looking employees who twiddled their fingers because of inactivity in their antique chairs and tables, his constituents do not pay debts from any yearly amortization that runs for years because of a loan from the bank.

“I could not allow my people to pay any loan for years in the bank!”

But the vice mayor and the zealous members of the council see otherwise.

Are these people bothered how their town looks with a “state-of-the-art town hall no matter that it is built from a bank loan that will take her to pay up to ten years with the principal and the prohibited interest?

Or are they bothered that without the loan, they are deprived of up to half-a-million pocket money as an SOP to each of them for their vote as customarily done with other towns, cities, and provinces in this sorry country?


The decision of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino to ask the Provincial Board to amend the average 300% spikes of the controversial Real Property Tax is commendable.

It is a politically correct thing to do if the governor and the members of the Sangguniang Panglalawigan want to win their re-election bid in 2013 poll.

The land tax issue was so emotional that even former congressman Mark Cojuangco called it as excessive. Not to mention the TV ads that brought bad lights to the occupants of the Capitol.

“The governor said he will also push for another provincial ordinance through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to condone all penalties of the taxpayers on their present and previous unpaid real property taxes,” the e-mailed press release said.

One person I found satisfied with the act of governor was Abono chieftain Rosendo So who told me that he put in abeyance his plan to sue the governor and the provincial dads on the new RPT that saw the sorry hoi-polloi cringed at the background.


The word wars between Dagupan City Hall and owners of educational institution, who asked for business tax exemption, lead by Atty. Gonzalo Duque become juicer.

I saw Atty. Gonz recently, at the cable-TV owned by Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, rabble roused in his fires and brimstones style before the cheering and applauding Belen-friendly members of the city council.

His declamation hit a snag when a grim-looking City Administrator Vlad Mata rushed there and refuted him when Duque called people (school owners) not to pay taxes to the city.

“I am aghast with your statement! That was irresponsible,” Mata hissed something like that.

“I’m not angry, but I’m hungry because it’s already 12 pm aggravated by your irresponsible statements too,” Gonz countered Mata something like that in the August Chamber worsened by a brewing summer heat as its air-conditioning system bogged down — not because of the comedies, stupidities, and tragedies that ensued there in the past but because of mechanical malfunction.


“They are idiots!” This is my take for the supporters of the consolidated House Bill 4244, or the “Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Bill, opposed heaven and earth by our acrimonious and out-of-sync Catholic Clergy.

These priests are not only stupid but are responsible for the worsening penury of the Filipinos.

Every time I pass in an alley inhabited alongside by shanties of squatters I could only shake my head on the sea of children that hamper the flow of traffic.

“How many children I would be seeing here roaming around five years from now?” I usually asked my self as I maneuvered my car’s steering-wheel.

These mostly malnourished children are from couples who could hardly meet both ends because their pathetic below poverty line income could not feed their offspring’s who averagely numbered up to seven.

But with a law that allows free contraceptives at the clinic in the village hall, population explosion poverty, and peace and order problems would be mitigated.


A city official smarted by telling me that he conditioned himself to watch a bloody Pacquiao-Mosley tiff because I told all and sundry at TV stations GMA-7 and ABS-CBN that the fight of Filipino Superman would be his toughest compared to his gory outing with Eric Morales (1), and competitive tussle with Juan Manual Marquez.

Although I did tell through the boob tubes the public that the younger Manny Pacquiao will win, the tussle was an outright flop.

My fight with my sister when we were tots were more violent.

I told the official that his frustration was synonymous with those spectators who bought tickets at MGM. They were guys who paid for their hotel accommodations, and who chalked-up a hair raising airplane trips from places as far as the Philippines.

Everybody thought before that the pugilistic encounter would see bloods splattering everywhere from the two warriors, thus bleachers at MGM overflowed that tickets have been sold-out weeks before the fight.

I saw the tiff in two different ways:

First, Manny’s left was too powerful for Shane to absorb, thus Shane’s became a one-left arm pug as he stuck his right glove all night long to his right chin to repel any nuclear-backlash from Pacquiao’s left hook or straight.

Second, has somebody written at some news sites about a word “fixed” or “swindled”?

If Antonio Margarito’s face particularly absorbed all the things including the bleachers and the ring posts Manny thrown to him before, why could Shane not absorb all the punches of Manny when he could absorb all the punches of Margarito and hard hitting Miguel Cotto when he(Cotto) was undefeated during their encounters?

Holly Molly, even those syndicates selling pirated DVDs worth P40.00 (0.83 U.S cents) at the sidewalks of Dagupan City would not bite selling this fight to the public.

“Masyadong buuuring ang laban ni Pakyaw, mukhang nabayaran si Muuusley na tumakbo buong gaaabe (That fight was a bore. It seems Mosley has been paid to run all night),” emphatically told to me by my Tagalog halting speaking Muslim-vendor pal.

Was there a backdoor negotiation that Mosley was asked to run while Manny chases him for a knock-out?


Is boxing the Red District of sports? Maan, we could only speculate.

Anyway, the Pinoy Superman, Batman, Captain Barbell, Bruce Lee, Justin Bieber all combined won by more than $20 million inclusive of Pay-Per –View.

And, yes, my dear Shane “Shame” Mosley wins too, by $6 million inclusive of the PPV.

Former world champions Kelly Pavlic and Jorge Arce , who were part of the under cards, could only cry their hearts-out. They were paid a minuscule $ 120 thousand, $250 thousand, respectively, while Bob father Arum earns more than what Manny had.

The losers, son of a gun, were those people I mentioned who went to Vegas, and those who paid an arm for the $55 PPV for a fight dubbed as one of the “greatest swindle (?)” in modern boxing history.

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May 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

BIR RD wants simplified VAT system

BIR Region-1 Director Arnel Guballa interviewed by a TV reporter (Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza

By Mortz Ortigoza

CALASIAO-The regional director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Region 1 wants a simplified Value Added Tax against the present complicated VAT which he said has a lot of leakages.

Lawyer Arnel Guballa said based on experiences, VAT is hard to implement.

“Very complicated ang mechanics ng VAT. Ang VAT natin technically marami siyang rates . Mi 12%, 0%, exempt, iba-iba iyan. Generally, 12% (the VAT), pero meron ding zero,” he said.

He said the 6% and 7% are for government contracts.

But he clarified that his sentiment does not reflect that of the bureaucracy. He said that an individual who is quite familiar with the tax system needs an easy implementation of the tax law.

“You would rather go sa mas madali. Siempre, walang leakages hindi siya complicated.”

He asked the tax payers to support the administration of President Benigno Aquino III who promised in the last national poll that he would not impose new tax measures in his first year in office.

“Since the government has no new sources of revenues wala ng pagkukunan kung hindi tayo-tayo na lang ang magtutulungan”.

Meanwhile, Guballa agreed with the statements of some congressmen like Rep. Rufus Rodrigues (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro) that the Annual Information Return (AIR) is not provided in the tax law.

“What is not included in the tax code can not do that because the Constitution said all revenues should emanate from Congress.”

He said that principle is based on the basic principles of the law.

Guballa is known in his stint in Manila as a buster of tax cheaters.

He is the father of the bureau’s lethal weapon Run After Tax Evader (RATE).

At the aged of 45, he is not only the youngest regional director, but has been known to file the most tax evasion cases in the annals of history of the bureau.

“Five years ago sa RATE program, I was the one who introduced that when I was the chief of the National Investigation Division. The new commissioner came in so meron kaming reinvigorated (effort). Three na ang na-i-re-file ko sa CAMANAVA (Caloocan-Malabon-Valenzuela area ),”

May 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

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