House to tax text messages

MANILA, Philippines – There is a consensus in the committee on ways and means of the House of Representatives to tax millions of senders of text messages, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said yesterday.

“It’s almost sure: They will go for the tax on text instead of increasing the tax rates on cigarettes and liquor,” he told The STAR.

“I think it’s unfair. If we have to text texters or text senders, we have to tax smokers and drinkers,” he said.

Suarez is the proponent of a five-centavo text tax and an increase in taxes on cigarettes and liquor, or the so-called sin products.

He is the congressman who admitted paying $15,000 for steaks and lobsters that President Arroyo and her large entourage enjoyed in Washington DC two weeks ago.

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Arroyo cancels jet order

Decision comes on heels of controversial dinners.

MANILA, Philippines—Under fire for expensive dinners in New York and Washington, D.C., President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has decided to forgo plans to purchase a new presidential jet to the tune of P1.2 billion.

“I’m formally announcing that the President has ordered the cancellation of the purchase of a presidential jet,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said at his weekly media forum aired on the government-run Radyo ng Bayan.

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Hundreds remember Cory in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. Hundreds came to remember, and to honor former President Corazon Aquino at the historic St. Matthews Cathedral.

Her portrait welcomed churchgoers.

Fil-Ams joined friends and family of Mrs. Aquino who attended the memorial mass. Three cousins of her husband, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., live in the area.

The mass was officiated by Msgr. Ronald Jameson and Filipino priest Jose Opalda.

It was the second time mass was being celebrated for a Philippine president in St. Matthews, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC.

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