The ANC Brief: Death and despair

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Posted at Jul 25 2019 05:44 AM

The issue of death penalty in the country has risen from the ashes. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Crime and extreme punishment

The Catholic Church’s prison ministry is asking lawmakers not to heed President Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said the death penalty won't deter crime and is anti-poor. The Senate is divided on the issue and Senate President Tito Sotto said a death penalty bill could pass in a “squeaker” vote. The debates on this measure should be interesting and will have far-reaching consequences for our society and lives.

Incentives

Economic managers championing a bill seeking to bring down corporate income taxes and rationalize fiscal incentives said the bill will not force foreign investors out of the country and will not lead to job losses. Some business groups are opposed to the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities, or TRABAHO law, because it would remove incentives and make the country less viable for foreign investors. But Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said ease of doing business and new infrastructure will make up for loss of some incentives for the business sector. 

Vice in a vise

Larry Gadon, lawyer of Peter Joemel Advincula, said the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) actions in “giving advice” in the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and others should not be seen as oppressing the opposition. Coincidentally, Social Weather Station (SWS) released its survey conducted in the second quarter of this year showing the number of Filipinos satisfied with the performance of Robredo fell.

All’s well

On July 16, President Duterte rejected the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) as the SEA Games due to allegations of corruption. But on Wednesday, the Palace said it was not convinced on the corruption charges against PHISGOC headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano which is tasked to organize the coming SEA Games. Is a probe forthcoming to finally settle the matter once and for all? In any case, a press released by PHISGOC said it is united with Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee and that “all is well that ends well.”

Dividing assets

As recent stories about the Tys and Tans would tell us, estate planning is an exercise that must be carried out responsibly and as soon as possible. Warren de Guzman writes for ANCX about the many considerations that make this exercise a necessary chore.