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BIR destroys seized cigarettes, machines worth billions of pesos

August 23, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has vowed to go after those involved in the illegal manufacturing of tobacco products and other consumer goods as cigarette-making machines and various counterfeit cigarettes estimated to be worth more than a billion pesos were destroyed Thursday. BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said the destruction of equipment and cigarettes was a message to those who are engaging in illicit activities that the government will not hesitate to make necessary arrests and confiscations. “We want to send the message to our taxpayers who are not registering with the BIR that they are doing this illicit manufacturing of cigarettes. The government is really bent on running against these illegal activities of people who are manufacturing cigarettes without paying excise tax,” said BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa. He said: “”This is to show the perpetrators that the government is not sleeping on its job to really curb this manufacturing of illegal [cigarettes] because with this we can stop the production and therefore we can collect the right taxes, because we need these taxes for our Build Build Build project.” Guballa said it was the first time that the destruction of the equipment and cigarettes was conducted in Mindanao. During the destruction, the boxes of cigarettes were shredded while the various cigarette-making equipment were smashed using a heavy-duty jackhammer. BIR Strike Team chief Remedios Advincula said the tobacco products were estimated to be worth more than a billion pesos, which would include penalties. The machines’ total worth was pegged at P120 million. BIR regional director for Northern Mindanao Nuzar Balatero said the destroyed products and equipment were confiscated in three separate raids at various locations on May 26, 2018, on the strength of mission orders that allowed bureau operatives to conduct raids. The cigarette factories were located at the Alwana Business Park in Barangay Cugman and in Barangay Poblacion, Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental. “The destruction of these machineries is mandated by law to ensure that these devices can never be used in pursuing illegal manufacturing of cigarettes,” Balatero said. Advincula said various charges for violation of tax law, particularly unlawful possession of fake stamps, were already filed at the Department of Justice against the people behind the production of counterfeit tobacco products. He, however, did not name the respondents only saying that there foreign nationals as well as Filipinos involved.

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Marketers urge tech gens to tell their stories

August 23, 2019

IN an effort to commercialize the technologies from research and development institutes (RDI), the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) organized a technology portfolio and mentoring workshop on August 15, 2019 at the Herald Suites Hotel Solana, Makati City. The activity is in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) under the project on market matching of DOST-PCAARD-funded technologies in support to the technology transfer activities of the Department. “The DOST wants your technologies to reach the target users as public goods or through commercialization,” said Mr. Noel A. Catibog, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST-PCAARRD, during his welcome remarks. The mentoring workshop secures and finalizes the business model canvas of the technology in view of providing technology generators with the necessary knowledge on efficient marketing techniques and development of technology portfolio. Mr. Ruben Lanot II and Mr. Neal Tieng of Go Negosyo served as resource speakers and mentors who explored the details of market assessment and strategies, and marketing hacks and business model among the technology generators. “No matter how innovative your technologies are, at the end of the day, investors would always want to know your story and the story behind your technologies,” said Lanot. He also emphasized the importance of speaking the language of inventors or adoptors to be able to effectively communicate the benefits and features of the technologies being pitched to them. Ten technologies on agriculture hope to be commercialized at the end of the year when offered to investors namely: impeller rice mill, Chevon products in retort pouch, rice combine harvester, FertiGroe, rice transplanter, dewormer for native chicken, infrared grain dryer, micro algal paste as aqua feeds, rice seeder, and LAMP kit for shrimp pathogens. “I hope that the first batch of technologies become an avenue to open doors and opportunities for more technologies to be commercialized,” said Eilleen S. Fernando, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST-TAPI during her closing remarks. (JundRian A. Doringo/DOST)

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Convicted murderer, rapist of UP students maybe released soon

August 22, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital, August 21) - Convicted murderer and rapist of 2 UP students, former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, maybe released from prison, a top official of the Department of Justice said. This, if his good conduct time allowance would pass the computation according to Department of Justic Secretary Menardo Guevarra. He said  “Mayor Sanchez’s good conduct time allowance is being recomputed pursuant to the new law and a recent Supreme Court ruling.” Guevarra said that aside from Sanchez, there are also 10,000 inmates who may also qualify said commutation of sentence, based on Republic Act 10592, the law that increase GCTA given as privilege to inmates who have been changed while inside the prison. The GCTA gives additional time to be deducted from the inmate's sentence as his award for conducting good behavior. “Hindi lang prospective but retroactive ang application so that benefits lahat ng nakakulong na preso kasama si Mayor Sanchez na matagal na ring nakakulong mae entitle doon sa recomputation kaya baka makalabas na sya,” the Justice Secretary pointed out. The DOJ secretary said they are now computing the prisoner's GCTA in close coordination with the Bureau of Corrections. “Libu-libo yan. So marami ang kino-compute na GCTA…So I guess madami ang makaka-labas. Ang tingin namin within the next two months, thousands of persons under detention would be released,” Guevarra claimed. Meanwhile, the mother of the UP student who was raped and murdered in an interview with abs cbn said she was sad upon hearing the news that the rapist and murderer of her daughter would be given a chance by the government. She claimed the justice system in the Philippines is very unfair. "Bakit pa makakalabas ang isang taong convicted of murder and rape? she asked. 

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Police kill 2 in shootout; seize P6.8-M shabu in Pasig

August 22, 2019

MANILA (National News digital, August 22) - Anti-drug police operatives killed two alleged drug dealer and seized P6.8 Million worth of illegal drugs known as shabu during a drug buy-bust Thursday morning in Pasig City. Police operatives identified the slain drug dealers as Sampuano Rason and Jalal Salamoden and they also seized illegal drugs during the raid. Investigation disclosed that joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), together with the members of Pasig City Police office and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency - National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR) conducted a drug buy-bust along Felix Avenue in Barangay Dela Paz around 2 a.m. The suspects reportedly sensed the presence of police operatives during the buy-bust and fired at an undercover agent which also resulted in a brief exchange of gun fires. The drug suspects, Rason and Salamoden died on the spot, the police reported. The joint team recovered from the slain suspects a motorcycle, two guns, ammos, marked money and one kilo of shabu.  General Guillermo Eleazer, NCRPO chief, said the slain suspects belong to a drug syndicated headed by a certain Amim Imam Boratong, who is currently detained at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP).     

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Cebu's top comedian "Teban" dies of cardiac arrest

August 22, 2019

CEBU CITY (Visayas News digital, August 22) - A veteran comedian-turned politician in the Visayas, most popularly known as "Teban Escudero," died of cardiac arrest on August 21, 2019. Julian Daan in real life was 74. "Teban's name became a byword among the ordinary people in Visayas and Mindanao during a longer-staying radio drama aired over DYHP Cebu City and simulcast all over Mindanao, popularly known as 'Esteban Escudero' with his long time comic duo Goliat - Allan Nacorda in real life. The radio drama series became a hit early in the morning as it tells the daily grind of life among Filipinos coupled with the comic antic of both comedians. Teban and Goliath show became popular as both Julian and Allan regularly visited many barangay during fiestas and Christmas as per invitations of politicians all over Visayas and Mindanao. Prior to his death, Teban or Julian Daan was a three-term duly elected board member Cebu Province before he was also elected as City Councilor of Talisay City, Cebu Province in 2016. He ran for his second term in the last midterm elections and he also won the same position as City Councilor until his last breath. Teban is indeed an icon in the Visayan radio drama and his comic antic would remain in the hearts of the millions of fans in Visayas and Mindanao.

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Bambi urges party mates to serve people honestly

August 22, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental--Provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano urged Padayon Pilipino party mates to serve honestly while reminding them that “political mudslinging” and “intrigues” are destructive and anti-development. Emano issued the statement in reaction to reports reaching his office about the resurgence of various unfounded intrigues [not coming from Padayon], which are politically motivated. “We [Padayon] must be conscious of what we say and be careful of the things that we interpret, especially if these accusations border on truth and hearsay,” Emano said during the flag raising ceremony one Monday morning. He said that his administration always adheres to the principle of the Padayon Pilipino political party, which is always receptive to complaints and is willing to rectify its shortcomings. In consonance with the Padayon Pilipino’s avowed political teachings, “I am encouraging all members of the Padayon to get rid of politicking, especially if doing so would insinsuate political conflict and misunderstanding,” Emano said. He said that the Padayon, as a respected political party, never thrive on political actions that intend to mock and besmirch the dignity of the political adversary. The Padayon Pilipino has been an object of black propaganda during the midterm election in May this year, the bulk of the mudslinging was directed to the programs of the Emano administration. In spite of the endless political attacks that went down to the gutter level, the Padayon party mates have taken the political affront and rudeness with humility while explaining the party’s program of the government to the people. “Our [Padayon] commitment to the people is to serve them with honesty and pride that we must now allow ourselves to succumb to the pitfall of political aggrandizement and destruction,” Emano said. -0- [Cris Diaz with a report from Louie Maliza]

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