President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Signs the 2018 General Appropriations Act and Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he arrives in Malacañan Palace for the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez prior to start of the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem prior to the start of the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. The President is joined by (from left) Quirino Representative Dakila Cua, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, and House Deputy Speaker Mylene Garcia-Albano. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
(From left) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Department of Social Welfare and Development Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco, Senator Francis Escudero, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, and Mindanao Development Authority Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto sing the national anthem prior to the start of the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is flanked by lawmakers as he leads the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. Joining the President are (seated from left) Bohol Third District Representative Arthur Yap, Parañaque City Second District Representative Gustavo Tambunting, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, Senator Loren Legarda, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, Quirino Representative Dakila Cua, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is flanked by lawmakers as he leads the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017, declares that the first tax reform package is his administration’s biggest Christmas gift to the Filipino people citing that it would benefit most the taxpayers. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017, declares that the first tax reform package is his administration’s biggest Christmas gift to the Filipino people citing that it would benefit most the taxpayers. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (fourth from left seated), House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (fourth from right seated), and other lawmakers following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. Also in the photo are (seated) Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Cynthia Villar, Loren Legarda, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, Quirino Represenative Dakila Cua, (standing) Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Richard Gordon, and Sherwin Gatchalian. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Senator Loren Legarda following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. Also in the photo is Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (second from left seated), House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (rightmost seated), and other lawmakers following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is flanked by lawmakers as he leads the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017, gives assurance that the 2018 national budget and the TRAIN are initial steps to curb poverty in the country. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (second from left seated), House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (rightmost seated), and other lawmakers following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) in Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017, gives assurance that the 2018 national budget and the TRAIN are initial steps to curb poverty in the country. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO