The Court of Tax Appeals has blocked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from seizing the properties of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s lawyer, Atty. Tranquil Salvador, said the court has ruled in favor of their petition to lift the warrant of garnishment issued by the BIR. The warrant was issued to allow the government to freeze Pacquiao's assets so he could pay his tax liabilities, which according to BIR, is amounting up to P3.3 billion.
Manila, Philippines – Suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles yesterday may have tightened the noose on Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla Jr. when she reportedly executed an affidavit linking the three senators to the P10-billion scandal.
In the affidavit she signed and submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Napoles, currently under hospital arrest and preparing to undergo surgery today, also implicated 19 legislators, past and present, as having actively participated in the scam.
Napoles’ written admission is perhaps the biggest breakthrough the government has been waiting for, coming as it does from the main suspect and the mastermind of the kick back operations that have engulfed the most prominent members of the Senate.
In the past, Napoles has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the scam and claimed that her wealth was earned from her various business interests. But in a sudden development that may have caught even the government by surprise, Napoles sought out Secretary de Lima and said she was ready to tell all.
Manila,Philippines — Some members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the same panel that conducted an inquiry into the P10-billion pork barrel scam, are among those implicated in the controversial fund scandal.
This was revealed yesterday by Atty. Bruce Rivera, one of the lawyers of suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, as Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago disclosed “a vast, costly, and sinister disinformation operation” to help those implicated in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
For me, this is the single most important issue facing this generation.
The Philippines is at a fork road and the people of this great nation must decide whether to keep the status quo and the culture of corruption or take that giant leap forward in creating a better and honest government.
A nation is only as good as its people and it is time for the people of the Philippines to take action and have a mindset of 'Country First' before any individual or political party.
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