Sunday, May 22, 2011

Would Capitol still be sued on the amended RPT?

Senior Board Member Von Mark Mendoza, a last termer dad and groomed to run either for congress or the mayoralty of Lingayen, explained to me his plan and of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on the amendments of the rates of the acrimonious Real Proper known as Provincial Ordinance No. 12-2011 that was hurriedly passed last May 16, 2011.
He said if a tax payer used to pay P1000 in the past he is supposed to pay P2000 (P1000 old-rate plus P1000 additional 100% increased) this year. But the Board will mitigate this by billing only the taxpayer 50% (P1000) for 2011, 75% (P1, 500), and 100% (P2000) for 2013.
Because Von Mark kept calling me sir, and telling all the media men in that press conference in Jollibee-Lucao, Dagupan City that he should be under my tutelage in political science when I was a professor at Lyceum, I forego to do a flushing knockout of Manny Pacquiao against his justifications because of his down-to-earth demeanor. Hereunder are my supposed refutations to BM Mendoza:
1)      His  P2000 example  does not represent the reality of the Realty Tax that soared at an average of 300% all over the province;
2)      The old rate of P1000 became P4000 (P1000 plus 300% or P3000 equals P4000);
3)      This means First Year would be P2000, Second Year, P3000, and Third Year, P4000;
4)      He and the Board amendment’s plan is still a kick on the groin of the hoi-polloi who used to pay in the hypothetical P1000;
5)     With economic crises here and abroad gnawing the budgets of the already hard-ups Pangasinenses, I do not know if would-be court litigants farmers’ party Abono, Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Pangasinan Chapter,  brokers’ organizations, and others would forego their plan to sue Capitol.
(Oh, Abono Party boss Sendong So reacted on my computation after he reads this column at our website. He text me that if 300% is the averaged increased from BM Mendoza’s P1000 then it should be P3000. He said the 50% in the first year is P1, 500, second year is P2, 250, and third year is P3000. He also said that if RPT runs to 700% in some areas, the 50% is p3, 500 for first year, P5, 250 for the second year, and P7000 for the third year.)
On the answer of Von Mark that the Capitol did not blink because of the public uproar led by former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, Abono Party-list chair Rosendo So, this paper, and the scathing TV ads that continue to snap-out the chances of the governor, and the members of the provincial Board, well that was his opinion.
“The governor is a principled man. He went head on with the unpopular like those fish pens where he collided with their owners…” he told us.
The mere fact the governor asked the SP to amend was understood that he succumbed to pressures from different sectors.
Fish pen owners are few. Tax payers of the RPT are everywhere. The former can be tolerated; the latter can not because they can change the electoral landscapes.
A staff member of Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim said I should not have included her patron in my April 10, 2011 column “Don’t Re-Elect SP Members.”
Somebody said I should not include Board Member Bosyong Humilde and Calimlim because they were not at the SP when the infamous Ordinance 146-2010 was voted on by the provincial dads.
I should not have included these two honorable men had I construed their silence and absence not as an implied act of agreeing to the part and parcel of the law. There was deafening silence from them from the time the ordinance was ‘railroaded” in the only two deliberations (where the SP leadership only settled for resource speakers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and associations of brokers, and not the bigger organizations from the farmers) up to the time Governor Amado T. Espino signed the dotted lines on December 10, 2010.
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