Abigail Valte


Undersecretary Abigail Valte

It is a learning process, this facing the TV Camera.

As we can see, she has learned much already.

Malacanang is practically putting its best foot,

I mean, the best face, forward whenever

she comes up to face the camera.


Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo

gloria274In this occasion, she demonstrates a very economical, environment-friendly method of getting rid of pests—–let loose a gecko inside the place. The gecko will eat the pests and other insects. Sort of a maintenance-free exterminator.

(I had no idea till now that she had a problem with pests in Malacanang>)

Frozen Gas Prices?

The next threat by the oil companies is an announcement that there is enough oil to last only 13 days. This is after malacanang puts out the executive order that decrees a price freeze on gasoline and lpg. The price of gas fluctuates and it depends upon the international supply and demand. Still, malacanang has the public in mind when it promulgated this executive order. There will now be an impasse in the price of gas within the next coming days. Who will blink?

A compromise solution may be in the offing, however, if both sides would only listen.

Instead of freezing the price of oil products, malacanang might do better to impose a limit on the profits of the oil companies to, say about the same profits the oil companies would receive should they put their monies in the banks?

Simple, isn’t it? And the oil companies have now gladly offered to open their books! The price of gas will fluctuate, but the profits of the oil companies will not, and so the interests of all sides will be met.


Regulate the profits, not the price!

Campaign Tax?

Now I am sure that some people’s lids have flipped.

Malacanang has decreed that all those campaigning for the coming national elections will be taxed from the expenses that they incur. They will not get taxed by the amount of donations they receive for their campaigns, but for the amount of money they spend from these contributions. The BIR, short for Bureau of Internal Revenue, explains that this tax is a form of withholding tax wherein the candidates will withhold a percentage of the amount spent on the campaign and then remit this amount to the BIR.

 Now, taxes may be withheld from employees by their employers, from merchandise sales by the vendors, and maybe from some specialized transactions which are made for the purposes of making a profit, each occasion has the seller withholding the tax.

 To remit to the BIR these specific campaign taxes would imply that the candidates are to be considered employers engaged in service or sales to the public and may generally be engaged in business for profit. These candidates will therefore have to be registered and given  a BIR number to which they are going to send the withholding tax remittances.

But of course, if malacanang will consider the candidates as engaged in business already, the profit in question would be realized in the future, IF  AND  AFTER they win their public positions.

 In which case the ‘profit’ we are talking about is just the plain and simple ‘kupit’.


Two Feast Dinners

Or was it two dinner feasts?

This topic is dragging on. Para tayong mga bata (na naman).

Malacanang puts the press staff on rotation to explain the unexplainable and defend the indefensible. The two dinners in the US that cost a total of $35,000 is truly a bit expensive and the Filipino people did not like the splurge. This is normal, referring to the resentment, although what was dined on is not exactly a bit to the liking as regards the price. The wine and the ambience, the la dolce vita, is wots done it to jack up the price.

When the people expressed their disapproval of the eating spree, Malacanang attempted to do damage control. This was the mistake. The damage control did more damage than the original damage. Malacanang could have ignored the swipes by the people, after which the whole thing would have died down and go away, leaving the media with merely the effort to raise their periscopes on the two dinner hosts to watch out for the favors in cash and kind that these two will receive from the Administration in return. But no they did not do this. Instead some lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, even dinged the media for raising the furor about the feasts, or dinners, or whatever.

That was the biggest mistake—-the media is a legitimate usiseros and tsismosos of the country and, their sole function of which is to inform the people of just about anything. The power of the media, however, lies in the fact that it can choose which particular bit of information will be given the bigger spread. And now, the topic of the overstated Bacchanalian feast has been given some emphasis by the media because of the unwarranted ding by Macalintal.

Furthermore, the Speaker of the house, Nograles, now admits that he signed the order for the other House members to go with the entourage, adding that the members of the entourage now will have to pay for their own expenses if the people disapproves. This is an insult to the people. This is analogous to telling the people kung-ayaw-nyo-huwag-nyo! He forgets that when he signed the order for the Representatives to go, this makes official their going, and therefore Congress should foot the bill.

How stupid. The more they open their traps, the deeper they get trapped.

But it is true, and I say that it is true, that this is their last dolce vita, if not their last gasp, as politicians!