Inside Manila Daily News Roundup (Tuesday-April 18, 2017)

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED April 19, 2017 10:28 am | UPDATED April 20, 2017 08:23 am

(Inside Manila) These are the latest news and updates Inside Manila has gathered in the last 24 hours:

DOLE rebuffs Duterte’s plan to create department for OFWs
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III rebuffs President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to craft a separate department that will safeguard the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers. Bello said that the department is redundant and may counter the administration's goal to create more local jobs for OFWs in the country.

Pacquiao to settle tax case with BIR
The Bureau of Internal Revenue negotiations and the camp of Sen. Manny Pacquiao are on a possible settlement of the boxing champ’s pending P2.2-billion tax evasion case. Former BIR commissioner Kim Henares filed a tax case against the boxing champion after he allegedly failed to pay P2.2-billion taxes back in 2008 and 2009. The amount now reached P3 billion due to surcharges and interest.

Duterte creates award for his drug and corruption war supporters
President Rodrigo Duterte signed executive order 17 creating the Order of Lapu-Lapu, which will recognize government officials and private individuals’ efforts implementing his campaign on illegal drugs, corruption and criminality. Nominees for the award shall be recommended by head of government agencies.



House panel seeks approval of Public Service bill

(Inside Manila) A substitute measure to a bill seeking to address the changes in the statutory definitions of Public Service and Public Utility has been sought by the House Committee on Economic Affairs.