13 rescued from alleged prostitution den in Makati

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020   •   1327

Patrons of a KTV bar allegedly being used as a prostitution den are led outside by authorities.

MANILA, Philippines – Around 13 Filipino women allegedly working as entertainers were rescued from a KTV bar at Barangay Poblacion on Friday, local police said.

Makati City Police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said they raided the establishment after receiving information that the bar was being used as a prostitution den.

The bar also allegedly lacked necessary permit to operate.

A Taiwanese national who owns the KTV bar, and two Filipinas who work as bar managers were arrested during the operation.

The owner, however, denied allegations that the establishment was being used for prostitution.

The rescued women also refuted accusations they were offering “special services” other than entertaining patrons.

Police said they will get statements from 16 foreign customers and six other employees for further investigation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

Makati subway project to get tax incentives – DOF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rail operations of the Makati City Subway project will be granted a four-year income tax holiday followed by five years of enhanced deductions and duty exemption on importation for the construction, operation, management, and maintenance of the project, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday.

In a statement, the DOF said the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) has approved the grant of tax incentives for the P81-billion Makati City subway project, which is expected to begin commercial operations in January 2026.

 The DOF said the board approved the tax incentive grant last month.

“In deciding to approve the project, the FIRB took into consideration the projected increase in economic productivity of P24.4 billion per year once the subway system becomes operational in 2026,” the DOF said.

“This will be monitored, along with the other projected benefits, in accordance with the principle of granting incentives based on merit or performance embodied in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law,” it added.

Finance chief Carlos Dominguez, however, clarified that this package of incentives is confined only to the activity applied for, which is the rail operation.

“The incentives approved will not apply to the other business activities that would be generated from the subway operations, such as the lease of retail areas and advertising, which should be subject to the regular corporate income tax rate and other applicable taxes,” the DOF said.

The subway project is seen to help ease traffic congestion by providing an alternative transport service to up to 700,000 commuters, and reducing the volume of vehicles plying the city streets.

Throughout the deliberations for the project, Dominguez also said that the Makati City government and the Department of Transportation should work out the details of how to connect the proposed subway to the Metro Manila Subway project of the national government, the DOF said.

Makati mayor on viral video of incorrect vaccination: ‘It was human error’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday confirmed that the viral video showing a nurse who was not able to properly administer a COVID-19 vaccine dose was taken at a vaccination site in the city.

She said the incident occurred on June 25 but was immediately corrected.

“We acknowledge the video. It was human error on the part of the volunteer nurse. Volunteer po siya na nurse. It was immediately corrected,” Binay said during the Palace briefing.

Binay said the woman was able to receive a vaccine dose on June 26 after she reported the incident to the city government.

The viral video showed a health worker injecting a needle into the arm of a vaccine recipient without pushing the plunger.

Binay asked for the public’s understanding as she empathized with the strenuous labor being faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

“Maawa naman po kayo sa nurse na nagkusang loob na nag-volunteer ng kaniyang oras para lang po magsilbi sa ating kababayan. Tao lang po ang ating frontliners, napapagod, nagkakamali,” she said.

“Pero mahalaga po na itinama namin agad ang pagkakamaling ito at humihingi po siya at kami ng patawad at nagbibigay din po kami ng assurance na hindi na po ito mangyayaring muli,” she added.

The mayor also appealed to some people to stop criticizing the nurse and the city government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ang nakakalungkot din po dito ay siymepre mag-e-eleksyon na po next year at ang iba pong nagkakalat ng video ay tuwang-tuwa sa nangyari at ginagamit po itong paraan para po siraan ako at para siraan ang vaccination program ng Makati,” she said.

“Pero hindi ho nila nakikta na ang vaccination rollout ng Pilipinas po ang maapektuhan kung sisisraan po naitn ang kredibiliada ng vaccination po natin,” she added.

The Department of Health earlier said it was probing the incident, which it described as “a clear breach of vaccination protocol.”

The agency also assured it has taking measures to improve the vaccination protocol. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Makatizens may now avail of cheaper RT-PCR tests at P2,950

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Abigail Binay has announced that residents of Makati City can now avail of polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for P2,950.

In My Makati Facebook post, Binay reported that the price of the RT-PCR test in the city is much lower than those offered in hospitals and private clinics around Metro Manila which usually costs around P4,500 to P8,000.

The city government made it more affordable, allowing asymptomatic individuals and those having no close contact with positive patients to be tested as well.

The said move is part of the city government’s mass testing efforts to break the chains of transmission while waiting for the vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). MNP / Rhussel Egano

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