The New Vat expansion kicks in today. Read Goods and services subject to the VAT. So Oil, power, fare rates up: 12-percent VAT takes effect today. At the same time, Govt calms VAT fears: Dismisses reports of an impending price surge.
Doublespeak: While the Palace says “Opposition misread CBCP“, it also says, Palace to bishops: Let’s talk , and fast, hence: GMA woos bishops, hosts Palace dinner-meet. Perhaps because Anti-Gloria groups, buoyed by CBCP stand, link up.
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Third World Attitude Toward Multinational Corporations (on a semi-related note, Sassy Lawyer delves into corporate foundations as tax shields).
The Inquirer editorial says the bishops are on a Collision course.
Amando Doronila, who knows what it’s like to catch the ire of anti-Arroyo people, valiantly defends Hilario Davide and Jose Abueva.
Emil Jurado on the necessary elements for a succesful coup.
JB Baylon has an amusing column on receiving the official Palace history from the President.
Greg Macabenta on Pinoy boxing greats.
Jarius Bondoc asserts,
It’s ironic that the bishops sent forth their letters only nine days after the departure of papal nuncio Archbishop Antonio Franco. In July last year on the eve of a similar gathering of bishops, Franco had reminded them of Benedict’s displeasure with partisan politics. The result was a pastoral letter that egged both Ms Arroyo and her foes to lead the search for truth in the then-emergent Garci tape. Last Sunday’s follow-up on that unaccomplished search was but necessary. But then, the bishops went overboard and sought to play other chess pieces as well.
In the blogosphere, on a related note, a de brux in a comment, thinks the bishops have crossed the line. Geo, on the other hand, thinks the bishops point to mining as the crucial issue. Philippine Commentary quotes Rizal. Big Mango tries to look at the big, ethical, picture.
Unlawyer on comment threads that won’t die.
Slate Magazine has an article that says the State of the Union address has become a silly tradition.