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Subsidy Woes: Will you Pay your Philhealth Dues after Hearing this?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by GMA News




PhilHealth, posibleng bangkarote na sa 2022 kung hindi matatapos ang COVID pandemic

Philhealth Subsidy Woes

PhilHealth’s funds will allegedly run out by 2022. This is if the COVID-19 pandemic continues next year. PhilHealth officials admit this at the Senate hearing. The senators also scrutinize the anomalies on billions of PhilHealth funds that are lost due to possible corruption. The question is: Wil you still pay your premiums after hearing this? The government immediately assures the public that a subsidy is one immediate resort to keep it afloat.



Not Contribution but Subsidy

A Philihealth official said that it needs more contribution to save the agency from bankruptcy. However, Senator Franklin Drilon stresses that a subsidy is more likely. During the pandemic, people are spending tightly because of economic uncertainties. Therefore, delinquent and tardy premiums are more likely.

Corruption Investigation

The state-run agency’s former anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith resigns due to his claim of “widespread corruption.” He said that “mafia members” are responsible for the anomalous transactions. The whistleblower believes that the total amount of such deals reaches around ₱15 billion. The senators have a full plate on this one.


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Gov. Imee Marcos’ Tips on How to Bring Down Commodity Prices at the SONA

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The country’s best governor, Gov. Imee Marcos responds positively on the price hike question. This was during an ambush interview at the recent SONA of President Rodrigo Du30. She urges everyone not to put the blame solely into the TRAIN law. Instead, she shares her strategies in dealing with the local agricultural production of her province. The sister of VP protester, Bongbong Marcos is expected to run for senator in 2019. She is literally a lady in waiting.






Youtube video by; MARK MATIAS TV

[VIDEO]:  Governor Imee Marcos attended the SONA 2018




Not Just the TRAIN Law

The TRAIN law certainly has some effects on the current price hike of commodities but it is not the ultimate reason, said Gov. Marcos. In fact, corporate earners and professionals benefitted largely from it. Their income taxes are greatly reduced. There might be a need to exempt the basic needs for value-added taxes imposed but the most effective tax shield is to ensure that sales agents are brokers won’t take advantage of the farmers’ proceeds.




The World’s Gasoline Crisis

The ongoing switch from gasoline to hydrogen fuel evident in the sales of hybrid cars in Japan signifies that there’s an immediate need to do so. The Japanese government even offered a subsidy for new buyers of this environmentally-friendly transportation system. It is not a secret that the country is a vital source of deuterium, a rich source of hydrogen fuel. It is already waiting for the extraction permit from the  DPWH. Since gasoline is dwindling, a replacement is needed asap.

Gasoline Subsidy could be a SONA Highlight

Gov. Marcos wishes that the gasoline subsidy by the government during her father’s regime be implemented during the present time. This is to prevent the prices of the daily needs to increase tremendously. Perhaps an ideal highlight for the next SONA. It is also a clear proof that the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ priority was for the people’s welfare.









Local Strategy

The good governor is hands-on when it comes to the agricultural undertakings of Ilocos Norte. They are the main producer and supplier of rice. She is proud to say that there is a substantial price difference if one compares the rice prices of other provinces to her bailiwick. Their local prices are much cheaper than the others.




Power Struggle

CGMA’s take over as the House speaker during the SONA recently is a wake-up call that the allies of President Du30 are not taking the oppositions’ destabilization efforts sitting down. Cong. Alvarez is set aside. Earlier, they are already successful in ousting the appointee of PNoy, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court. Senator Tito Sotto also replaces Senator Koko Pimentel as Senate President. SolGen Jose Calida is also working on Bongbong Marcos’ case. However, Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa continues to charge the younger Marcos with questionable fees. He would probably need those funds while on possible exile later on.