Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza does not feel alluded to by President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he would fire a female official handling “an economic office” these coming days.
“I don’t feel I am the one being alluded to because I’m just doing my job and my responsibility,” Plaza was quoted as saying in an Inquirer report.
Duterte announced Tuesday that he will fire another official not for corruption but due to poor performance. Although he did not mention any name, he said the “female official handling economic office” he would fire had not been at par with others “in terms of performance.”
“May tanggalin na naman ako. Though she is not corrupt, she is not in parity with others in terms of performance,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.
A rumor has been circulating that Duterte might be referring to Plaza, who reportedly being at odds with the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) over the move to rationalize tax incentives.
Plaza had repeatedly expressed reservations on the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration, which wants to just have one law to rationalize all the tax perks offered by investment promotion agencies like Peza.
The tax package, which will also lower the corporate income tax, is currently called Comprehensive Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira). Peza wants to be exempted from the rationalization of tax incentives, which, it said, might drive up the cost of doing business for manufacturers and call centers.
“I am facing this risk not because of my personal interest. If it is about personal interest, I will keep my mouth shut to keep my job. I am doing this, I am facing all this risk, because I want to protect the interests of the Filipino people,” the former Butuan City representative said, adding that she is seeking an audience with Duterte. By CLC