BIRProtestors in front of the BIR office  in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City* (Archie Alipalo photos)

Protestors slam BIR
raw sugar, coop tax


About a thousand Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and members of small cooperatives staged a protest in front of the Bureau of Internal Revenue office in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, yesterday to call for the scrapping of Revenue Regulation 11-2014, that they said has only worsened their plight.

The revenue regulation that imposes a 1 percent creditable withholding tax on locally produced raw sugar upon withdrawal from the mills, has caused the non-buying and release of their sugar, the protesting small farmers said.

Jose Ric Cabrera, chief legal counsel of the BIR Regional Office 12, said the BIR closed the gates of their office for security reasons during the protest.moremoremore

NBI nabs 4 for
scam vs. lending firms

The National Bureau of Investigation yesterday filed complaints against four women arrested by its agents in an entrapment operation in connection with the use of fake government identification cards to allegedly swindle lending firms, Arnel Pura, NBI Bacolod special investigator, said.

Nabbed were Marites Villagonzalo de Leon of Barangay Poblacion, San Eruique; Marivic Sumague Gayanelo of Barangay 29, Bacolod City; Cristina Batoleno dela Peña of Barangay Taloc, Bago City; and Andrea Panes-Parreño of Barangay 5, Cadiz City, Pura said.

Pura said the NBI filed a complaint against de Leon, Gayanelo and de la Peña before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office for attempted estafa through falsification of public documents..moremoremore

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PPA denies imposing add’l
fees in Sibulan port terminal


The Philippine Ports Authority  denied  that it is imposing additional charges and fees  at the port terminal in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental.

 Eliezer Calingacion, division manager of the Port of Tandayag in Amlan, whose jurisdiction covers the ports of Sibulan, San Jose, Amlan and Ayungon in the province issued the statement following complaints that port users, including rolling cargos coming out of the Sibulan wharf, were issued tickets, termed as “environmental fee”.

 Calingacion said such tickets were issued by personnel from the local government unit of Sibulan and not by the shipping companies.moremoremore