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December 28, 2013

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)

We are aghast and dismayed at the statement made by Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla urging Meralco to appeal the 60-day TRO issued by the Supreme Court.

Petilla made the call reportedly due to concerns that Meralco will have to resort to borrowing to pay their energy suppliers, the interest on which would be passed on to consumers.

Such line of reasoning reveals that Petilla himself considers the rate increase to be legitimate and above board, when it is in fact the subject of an ongoing investigation by the DOE. Petilla has therefore preempted his own investigation and exposed it as a sham with a predetermined conclusion.

Furthermore, Petilla is preempting the Supreme Court itself, which is yet to rule on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the unprecedented rate hike.

With this statement, Petilla has revealed his true colors as an apologist for Meralco and the handful of players that dominate the power industry. For millions of ordinary Filipino consumers already reeling from some of the highest power rates in the world, this is the last thing they need.#

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[ 28 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]
December 27, 2013
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio sent the following communication to Department of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro today following concerns raised by public school teachers in Tacloban City and Leyte province that the 6-month moratorium on loan payments of members to Government Financial Institutions such as GSIS and Pag-IBIG had not been implemented for their November and December salaries:

Dear Sec. Luistro,

Teachers of the Tacloban City Division and Leyte Division have brought it to my attention that the 6-month moratorium of Government Financial Institutions on loan payments for their members in areas worst-hit by Typhoon Yolanda, as provided for in Malacañang’s Memorandum Circular No. 59, dated Nov. 26, 2013, has not been implemented for their November and December salaries.

Specifically, monthly loan payments to GSIS and Pag-IBIG are apparently still being deducted.

For its part, even before the issuance of the Memorandum Circular, GSIS announced that:

The pension fund is granting a six-month loan moratorium on all outstanding loans of its hardest-hit members to enable them to use the deferred payments on their GSIS loans for rebuilding their homes and other urgent needs.

Loans covered under the moratorium include consolidated loans, housing loans, policy loans, and eCash Advances. The loan moratorium will be extended from November 2013 to April 2014. The payment for existing loans of members will thus resume in May next year. [http://www.gsis.gov.ph/news.php?id=371]

I understand that implementing the said moratorium may require additional administrative work and the overcoming of technical constraints. However, it is clear that the moratorium will indeed provide urgently-needed relief to thousands of Deped teachers and employees in the calamity-stricken areas. Needless to say, the moratorium should include not just Eastern Visayas but all other areas badly-hit by Typhoon Yolanda.

I hope that your office can ensure implementation of the said moratorium at the soonest possible time.

Para sa guro, kawani, at bayan,

Rep. Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers

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[ 19 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]


19 December 2013

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)


Militant solon Antonio Tinio welcomed today Senator Sonny Angara’s push for laws for greater tax relief for lower- and middle- income earners, despite opposition from Malacañang as voiced by Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.

Angara chairs the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee.

Said Tinio, “The Senate is making a vital and timely endorsement of the demand of  workers and employees to take home more of their incomes.”

“Giving tax breaks to lower- and middle- income earners is one sure way to redistribute wealth and address the glaring income inequality prevailing in society,” added Tinio.

He challenged Angara’s counterpart in the House of Representatives, Marikina 2nd District Rep. Miro Quimbo, to take a similar stand and immediately set for hearings proposals that will raise the tax exemptions and lower income tax rates.

This includes Tinio’s House Bill 247, “An Act Increasing the Allowance for Personal Exemption for Individual Taxpayers, Amending for the Purpose Section 35 (A) and (B) of Republic Act 8424, or the National Internal Revenue Code,” and House Bill 248, “An Act Increasing the Ceiling for the Total Exclusion from Gross Income of 13th Month Pay and Other Benefits to P60,000, Amending for the Purpose Section 32 (B)(7)(e) of the National Internal Revenue Code.”

If enacted, HB 247 will raise the basic personal exemption granted to all taxpayers from P50,000 to P75,000 and the additional exemption from P25,000 per dependent to P40,000.  HB 248, on the other hand, will raise from P30,000 to P60,000 the ceiling of exempted bonuses and benefits such as the 13th month pay. ###