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Telecoms firm gyps its subscribers

/ 10:20 PM March 12, 2012

THIS is the tax season.

This is also the  season when taxmen visit business establishments to look into their books of accounts.

If you are being harassed or have been harassed by investigators from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) even when you have paid the correct taxes, visit  us at “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo.”


Call us at  890-25-83.

I will try to find out if your complaint is valid. If it is, I will help you reach Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.

If you are in a fighting mood, I will even help you file criminal cases against BIR investigators who demand money “for the boys” to put a  stop to  their harassment.

I know it’s difficult for business people or professionals to complain against the taxman because he or she opens himself/herself to reprisal in the next tax season.

But the only way for corrupt BIR investigators to stop their nefarious activities is to expose them, if  not to their superiors, then to the public at large.

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This is also a call for business and professional people to pay the correct taxes so they won’t give corrupt taxmen reason to harass them.

Besides, paying the correct taxes helps the government run the country well.


Tax money pays the salaries of all government officials and employees, including those in the BIR; builds roads, bridges and school buildings and funds other government projects for the nation’s wellbeing.

When you pay your taxes, look up to heaven and affirm: This money will go a long way toward having a better government.

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Some roads in Misamis Oriental province are being repaired when they were in perfect condition before the current renovation.

I was shown photos of Libertad Road leading to Initao town before the repair and how it looks now.

There were also photos of a   two-lane road in Gitagum town before the renovation, which looked fine,  but which is  now in a bad state after  repairs.

In El Salvador, the road was in good condition, except for  minimal damage and unnoticeable cracks, but giant jackhammers bore into the road in preparation for repair work, causing inconvenience to motorists.

Whoever ordered the repairs must be in dire need of money from commissions on the cost of repair.

That’s stealing taxpayers’ money.

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A motorist reported that he once took the road from Surigao City to Marawi City before the repair.

Before the road repair—again an undertaking that was not necessary—travel time took seven hours.

It now takes 16 hours on a bumpy road, to travel the same stretch of road because of the current road repair, according to the motorist.

The director and district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the areas cited should be investigated.

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The Senate should again summon officials of Globe Telecom for continuing to give its subscribers bad service.

I am one of Globe’s subscribers, who number by the millions, and I am being charged for dropped calls, bad signal, error in connection and ring tones that I didn’t ask for.

Dropped calls are calls which get cut while you’re in the middle of a conversation with the person on the other end.

When you call the same line again, you don’t hear the voice on the other end. You call for the third time and the screen says: “error in connection.”

You are told by friends that you constantly change your ring tone, when in fact you didn’t ask for it. Then you are charged for it.

Without knowing it, subscribers are being gypped by this telecoms firm.

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