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Wrong Political Move to Run After Hero’s Taxes

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
English: Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao at th...

I can’t believe hearing from the taxi driver his disgust over the government in freezing the bank accounts of Manny Pacquiao and his wife due allegedly to over 2 billion pesos alleged unpaid taxes.. The boxing idol of the Philippines announced on TV that he has to borrow one million pesos to fulfill his pledge to donate to the Yolanda victims in Tacloban. Here’s the full news:

Manny Pacquiao’s bank accounts frozen by Philippine authorities in tax row

By: Agence France-Presse in Manila

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said on Tuesday authorities had frozen all his domestic bank accounts over allegations of unpaid taxes from lucrative fights in the United States, leaving him financially paralysed.

“This is harassment,” the former eight-division world champion said in an interview on ABS-CBN television, as he disclosed for the first time a freeze order issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue in recent months.

Most of his fights during the peak of his career happened in the United States where the Philippines has a tax treaty with. This is to prevent double taxation on the payer. Since Manny got the income from a foreign source and paid taxes there, why is the Philippine government running after him? Customs, bank fees and remittance charges may already include the tax payments when the award money were transferred locally depending on which method he used for money transfers – but no matter how unclear the speculated tax evasion case is, it is very clear in the eyes of the public who love Manny that the government must be so corrupt and dumb for doing just that!

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Not Much Evidence that Aids for Tacloban are Getting In

By: Elena Grace Flores

Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14]
Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14] (Photo credit: DVIDSHUB)

Tacloban aids are pouring in from around the world but there’s not much evidence that they are received by the the victims. This is an additional grief for the the country. People are getting discouraged from the public system. One can’t imagine why their loved ones are still not eating after few days of abundant donations. Read and watch videos from this link:

Aid operations pick up pace in Philippines


TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES Relief operations in this typhoon-devastated region of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but still only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies were making it to the hardest-hit areas.

No one can control the natural disaster but, sufferings can be alleviated if there’s genuine love for public service. Criticisms to the government may be unfounded but why can’t they facilitate relief efforts faster than the others when they should know their country better? Let’s help in our own little way – and perhaps we can influence the ones in authority!

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The Philippine Government’s Flood Management Plan for Metro Manila

By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Flooded waters during the height of T...
English: Flooded waters during the height of Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You might be asking – what is the government doing with the flood problems in Metro Manila? So, I think that it is best to post something on this subject and I was lucky to come across with this comprehensive plan initiated by DPWH or Department of Public Works and Highways. Read this report:

DPWH report: Flood management master plan for

Metro Manila and surrounding areas


After the flood events brought about by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in September and October 2009, respectively, that caused severe damage in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, the World Bank has provided a technical grant in the amount of $1.5 million under the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Trust Fund of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Comprehensive as it may seem, most plan of actions herein are very general and they normally involve the participation of community residents. It got me thinking that when you have the slightest flood problem in your area – and no one is responsible enough to do something about it, it is your duty to report it to authorities. This is because – according to PD 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines, all bodies of water belong to the government and it is their duty to manage it  using taxes or the People’s money.

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Homeowners Association Operation is Not Easy

By: Elena Grace Flores

Westover Hills Homeowners Association, Oct 21,...
Westover Hills Homeowners Association, Oct 21, 2009 (Photo credit: aaronx)

There are many things in life that we often take for granted. If you are living in a well-organized community, consider yourself lucky! The people behind a homeowners association who made such efforts must be recognized – because for sure they have gone through various difficulties and sacrifices to create that kind of environment.

Different Personalities
More heads are better than one they say – but when too many personality clashes are happening, nothing can be done. All homeowners would like their village improved and maintained properly – but how many are willing to devote their time and some hard-earned money to make necessary projects a reality?

Cannot Please Everyone
There would always be people who will excel in their field – and it’s the same in community service. The only problem is, no matter how good they are – they can never please everybody. Criticisms, gossips and other negativity can ruin a determined volunteer if not supported by the majority.

Legalities and Politics
Paper works for registrations and taxation are pains in the neck. Never start making everything legal when you think, you cannot continue it in a long run. However, if all the rules and regulations of your local government is followed. It will work to your advantage. You just have to gather support if you ever think of organizing an association. It is important to be able to get the approval of the majority of the board of directors.

Lack of Resources
Money is power when running a homeowners association – but this doesn’t mean that you cannot implement one if you do not have the money. In lieu to cold cash, you should have the charm to seek for funding. There’s nothing a group can’t do when strongly united.

Yes, operating a homeowners association is never easy – but it’s very fulfilling! This is the best way of giving back to society for the great things that you have achieved. This will also ensure the younger generations that they will still experience  the goodness of their forefathers’ efforts – and it’s your legacy that will make them continue what you’ve started.

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