Jen speaks up about gov’t proposal taxing online sellers


    ‘Jennylyn sells cookies she herself bakes and she’s not really earning that much there compared to what she earns in acting.’

    JENNYLYN Mercado complained about the government’s proposal for online sellers to register their home-based business so they can be taxed. Even Sens. Joel Villanueva and Riza Hontiveros squawked about this proposal when the government is very lenient to Chinese-owned and managed Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations or POGO that has unpaid taxes running in billions of pesos.

    Sen. Joel wrote in his social media account: “Mas dapat tutukan ng BIR ang POGO na may utang na P50 billion na tax last year pa. Pasalamat nga tayo at madiskarte ang mga Pilipino. Wala na ngang ayuda, i-ta-tax nyo pa. Hindi naman milyon milyon ang kinikita ng maliliit na online sellers.”

    And this is what Sen. Riza said: “Bakit ba ang luwag natin sa POGO, pero ang lupit pagdating sa mga Pilipino? Kahit na may P50 billion unpaid taxes sila, at kahit na di essential, pinayagan pa ring mag-operate sa ilalim ng ECQ, gayong ang dami ng local business ang nagsara dahil sa lockdown.”

    Many celebrities have started selling food online and now, the government is running after them. Jennylyn sells cookies she herself bakes and she’s not really earning that much there compared to what she earns in acting.

    She wrote: “Nakakalungkot na pati pala online sellers ay ita-tax na rin ng BIR. Kundi ka naman kasama sa tax bracket kakailanganin pa rin kumuha ng Mayor’s permit at magregister sa DTI na gastos din.

    “Kawawa naman ang mga Pilipinong madiskarte na gumawa lang ng paraan para kumita ngayong madaming nawalan ng trabaho at nagsaradong businesses. Sa mga lumabas na articles online, baka naman pwedeng mas unahin muna nilang i-tax ang POGO at hanapin ang mga illegal na POGO na hindi nagbabayad ng buwis.

    “Baka pwede iba muna ang kuhanan ng pondo ng BIR. Huwag naman muna sana ang mga Pinoy na nakahanap ng paraan upang kumita ngayong pandemya.”

    And she does have a valid point there.


    Andrea Torres just laughs off rumors that she is pregnant. Ever since she and Derek Ramsay admitted that they were going steady, every now and then, rumors that she’s already infanticipating crops up.

    “Like I’ve always said before, I will never get pregnant outside of marriage,” she says. “I believe in the importance and sanctity of marriage, kaya puede lang ako magbuntis kapag kasal na ako.”

    She adds she and Derek have not seen each in person for a long time because of the lockdown. “But nitong mag-GCQ, he was able to go out and visit me sa bahay namin, so somehow, reunited kami.”

    She even posted their photo together looking so happy with their reunion and this is the caption she wrote: “My little piece of heaven.”

    It will be recalled that they admitted going steady in September of last year, after the airing of their primetime show, “The Better Woman.” Andrea doesn’t hide the fact that she’s ready to get married. After all, she’s 30 while Derek is now 43 years old. But a netizen, who obviously wants to annoy them, says she doesn’t believe their relationship will end in front of the altar as proven by Derek’s past relationships with many other actresses before that ended nowhere. The heckler added that “he is more married to his toys.”

    Andrea didn’t bother to answer the basher anymore and just said she is looking forward to meeting Derek more frequently when they start taping their new show, “Sanggang Dikit,” for GMA-7.


    Sheryl Cruz and her cousins Donna, Geneva and Sunshine Cruz are all set to work together in a project, possibly a song or a music video, since they’re all singers coming from the well-known Cruz musical family. This should disprove earlier rumors that they’re not in good terms. They’re taking advantage of Geneva’s currently being in town so they can collaborate in one project. Geneva is based in the US, just like Sheryl before, but she’s now available to do local projects.

    Sheryl is currently making waves for playing the role of Veron, the scheming business executive who steals the much younger Jeric Gonzales from his wife, Klea Pineda, in the hit afternoon soap, “Magkaagaw,” that’s currently in hiatus because of the quarantine.

    As GMA celebrates its 70h anniversary, Sheryl shared her feelings about being a Kapuso.

    “To be a Kapuso is to belong to a home that shares the same dreams, hopes, and ideals as you do,” she said. “I started with GMA in the early ‘90s as a teen star doing shows like ‘GMA Supershow’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ and I’ve done so many dramas with them since then, lalo na when I came back from living in the States. I first did ‘Bakekang’ and after that, nagsunod-sunod na, like ‘Sinasamba Kita,’ ‘Luna Mystica,’ ‘Rosalinda,’ ‘Grazilda,’ ‘Strawberry Lane,’ ‘Buena Familia,’ ‘Impostora,’ ‘My Guitar Princess’ and now, ‘Magkaagaw.’

    I will forever thank them for all the good projects they’ve been giving me.”

    She’s proud to be part of GMA-7 who’s helping a lot of needy people in this time of the corona pandemic. “GMA really has a big heart. I’m proud to be part of an entertainment network that helps other, specially health workers and frontliners and our poor suffering countrymen during this pandemic,” she said.