Palace says visit of US President an opportune time to strengthen ties with our ally
Malacanang said on Sunday that the forthcoming visit of United States President Barack Obama is an opportune time for the Philippines to further strengthen its ties with our ally.
“Ang nakatakdang pagdalaw ni Pangulong Barack Obama ay magsisilbing magandang pagkakataon para palakasin at gawing higit na matibay pa ang masinsin na pakikipag-ugnayan ng Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in press briefing aired over government radio dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
He said the United States is a valuable partner of the Philippines in the field of defense and security, an economic, livelihood and business partner.
“Batid natin na ang Estados Unidos ang ating pangunahin at istratehikong partner sa larangan ng defense at security, at isa rin pong partner ng ating bansa sa larangan ng ekonomiya, kabuhayan, at negosyo,” Coloma noted.
He added that both Filipinos and Americans see that the visit will further boost friendship between the two countries.
“At maraming dekada na ang pakikipagkaibigan ng mga Pilipino at Amerikano kaya’t umaasa po tayo na ang darating na pagdalaw ni Pangulong Barack Obama ay higit pang magpapatibay at magpapalakas sa pagkakaibigan at pakikipag-ugnayan ng dalawang bansa sa isa’t isa,” Coloma said. PND (rck)
Malacanang advises Filipinos to take extra precaution as they commemorate Lent
Malacanang on Sunday advised Filipinos who will commemorate Lent to take extra precaution, especially when travelling during the long vacation period.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing aired over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that government institutions such as the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Metro Manila Development Authority are on alert to assist all motorists who plan to make the Lenten trek to the provinces.
“Sa pagsapit ng Semana Santa, ipinapaalala ng pamahalaan sa ating mga mamamayan ang ibayong pag-iingat, lalo na sa mga luluwas sa kani-kanilang lalawigan upang gunitain ang mga Mahal na Araw,” Coloma said.
“Nakahanda at nakaantabay ang lahat ng kaukulang ahensya ng gobyerno sa pangunguna ng DOTC, Kagawaran ng Pagawaang Bayan at Lansangan o DPWH, MMDA, at ang hanay ng Pambansang Kapulisan (PNP) upang tiyakin ang ligtas at matiwasay na paglalakbay ng ating mga kababayan,” he added.
Coloma said Lent is time for reflection and prayer and expressed hope that after the season, they return refreshed and determined to continue towards a better tomorrow.
“Ang Semana Santa ay panahon ng pagtitika at pagninilay para sa mga mananampalataya. Nawa’y pagkatapos nito magkaroon tayo ng ibayong lakas at determinasyon na makamit ang ating mga minimithi para sa isang maaliwalas na kinabukasan,” Coloma said. PND (rck)
Malacanang congratulates Pacquiao for his victory over American Bradley
Malacanang congratulates Congressman Manny Pacquiao for winning the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight title in a rematch against the undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley, Jr.
In a statement Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, said “the Filipino people celebrate the victory of Congressman Manny Pacquiao, this time against Timothy Bradley, Jr. After twelve rounds, the strength and skill of our people’s champion prevailed.”
“Manny’s triumph further proves that as long as Filipinos pour their heart and soul into their respective fields and disciplines, they can overcome any and all setbacks and challenges that may come their way.”
Pacquiao won in a unanimous decision with three ringside judges scoring 116-112, 116-112 and 118 -110 to reclaim the WBO Welterweight crown.
Valte said that Pacquiao serves as an inspiration to all Filipinos and is now the “symbol of our recovery” from the disasters that devastated the country in 2013.
“While vicious storms may knock us down, we will always stand back up. The deep faith, solidarity and strength of will of the Filipino people will always prove strong,” said Valte. PND (ag)
Malacanang urges public: Pay taxes before April 15 deadline
Malacanang urged the public to pay their taxes before the 15 April 2014 (Tuesday) deadline.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a press briefing aired over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, also warned the public that non-compliance has its legal consequences.
“Ang sinumang hindi makapagsumite at makapagbayad ng kanilang income tax ay pagmumultahin ng 25 porsyento ng kanilang kabuuang kita at karagdagang 20 porsyentong interes bawat taon,” said Coloma.
He reminded the public that the taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is the lifeblood of the country’s economy and the main source of funds for the government’s programs and projects.
Coloma said this year the BIR’s target revenue is 1.4 trillion pesos, which is nineteen percent (19%) higher than the government’s goal last year.
BIR is campaigning and encouraging individuals, groups and business owners to file their Income Tax Returns and pay their taxes on or before the scheduled deadline.
“Ang kampanya ng pamahalaan na ibayong pag-igtingin ang paglikom ng wastong halaga ng buwis ay bahagi ng pagpupunyagi na itaas ang katumbas na halaga ng buwis sa kabuuang gross domestic product (GDP) ng bansa o tax-to-GDP ratio sa pagitan ng 16 hanggang 18 porsyento sa taong 2016,” Coloma explained. PND (ag)