Return of the undead .... p.5 Palace mourns death of ex-Senator Ernesto Herrera... p2 Bullet-planting scam at NAIA upsets Palace, vows to probe the issue p.5 STI-Bacoor hailed champion in the 24th Philippine Statistics Quiz.. p3 VOLUME XXXII No. 17 Nobyembre 02-08, 2015 P6.00 Kapirasong Kritika...p 4 Car wash service operators need to install septic tank TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE – The Cavite Provincial Council (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) passed an ordinance requiring all car wash operators in the province to install industrial standard septic tank as a requirement in securing business permits from the city and municipal government units. Provincial Ordinance No. 129 authored by Board Member Rex D. Mangubat was unanimously passed by the council and approved by Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla, Jr. almost two months ago aimed to lessen the environmental impact of wastewater including solid wastes. Sediments of residue and lubricants coming from car owners who often visit car wash shops to clean their vehicles. All existing car wash facilities are required to install industrial standard septic tank upon renewal of their permit. Likewise, all city/municipal engineer/building official shall conduct inspection prior, during and after construction of the septic tank and shall approve and issue certificate of compliance. Car wash discharges wastewater through the drainage continued on page 2 President Aquino appoints Lawyer Emerson Carlos as New MMDA Chief Governor Jonvic Remulla approved the ordinance requiring all car wash operators in the province to install industrial standard septic tank Palace calls on critics not to politicize income tax issue, gov’t pro-poor initiatives A PALACE official appealed to government critics to stop politicizing the government propoor programs as well as the income tax law as the country gears towards elections next year. Some government critics said not acting on calls to lower the income tax rate mean lack of sympathy for lower or middle income individuals. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. even called on the President to make the lower income tax as Christmas gift to ordinary workers. But in a radio interview on Saturday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda clarified that the government is not against giving workers higher take home pay but reforming the income tax law needs a thorough study. The government must look at the entire picture of the tax system and determine the cause and effect of adjusting income tax rates. “Walang debate na kailangan nating repasuhin ang mga tax law. There is no debate on that,” Lacierda old dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. “So let’s not mislead people to saying that ang administrasyon, si Pangulong Aquino, ang pambato ng Daang Matuwid ay hindi sang-ayon diyan. We need to reform… We need to have a comprehensive review of the tax law.” For those criticizing the administration saying it does not have sympathy for ordinary people, Lacierda said the government has carried out many pro-poor programs in the last five years and will continue to do so in the remaining days of the Aquino administration. For instance, he said that the government have invested P75 billion for conditional cash transfer (CCT) assisting 4.4 million families considered poorest of the poor. This is equivalent to more than 20 million of the country’s population, he said. As a result of better tax collection system, the government was able to increase the allocation for CCT, widen PhilHealth coverage, and build more classrooms, he noted. The administration carried out such programs without raising taxes except for the sin tax, he said. He added that they will not allow some sundan sa pahina 3 PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III announced on Friday the appointment of Atty. Emerson Carlos as the new head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), replacing Francis Tolentino. During an interview here, the President said Carlos, who has served as MMDA assistant general manager for operations, was recommended by Tolentino, who is gunning for a seat in the Senate in next year’s national elections. Asked how the government would manage the traffic during the country’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and the Christmas holidays, he said the government is implementing both short- and long-term measures. The President noted that the holding capacity of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) has increased from 13,600 per hour to 18,000 per hour. He admitted that he himself experiences what motorists and commuters have to endure when travelling along EDSA. The Christmas holidays, he added, would be a nightmare, considering the sales and other promotions that malls along EDSA would be offering during continued on page 2 Opening and blessing of our Imus Fitness Center last, October 27 at Barangay Bucandala 3 headed by our City Sports Unit.