Faces of rebellion
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
These terror groups, despite their remote locations, have managed to sustain their rebellious activities for decades as they try to establish an independent state--thanks to the levy they impose on any kind of business that operates within their territories. Proof of which, Bernardo cited, was a report from the Department of National Defense a ...

Gadgets for tech giants made with coerced Uighur labor
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets, and Arabic signs advertise halal supermarkets and noodle shops. Yet, the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs who labor in the factory are isolated within a walled compound that is fortified with security cameras and guards at the entrance. Their forays out are limited to ...

Gov't surplus narrows as higher taxes counter faster spending
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration registered a narrower budget surplus in January, benefiting from a surge in revenues generated from higher taxes that offset a pick-up in spending that paled in comparison to a slow start same period a year ago. In a report posted on its website on Friday, the Bureau of the Treasury said the ...

SC imposes preventive measures vs coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has adopted measures to ensure the safety of its employees and officials amid the coronavirus pandemic without abandoning its constitutional mandate.

DOF optimistic of CITIRA passage after Lenten break
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is optimistic the bill lowering corporate income tax and streamlining fiscal incentives would be passed after the Lenten break as legislators are adjourning earlier than expected amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said there is a ...

Senate adjourns for Lenten break, cites key legislation
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
Cayetano also mentioned the passage of tax reform measures that include the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act and the Real Property Valuation and Assessment Act. The General Appropriations Act of 2020, Salary Standardization Law of 2019, Malasakit Center Act ...

SC suspends court hearings until March 18 as virus cases rise
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
In its original order, the Court merely directed all judges and court personnel to allow only entry to halls of justice and court rooms of those with official business in the courts. Those experiencing fever, flu, colds and coughs shall be barred from court premises. It also required executive judges and presiding judges to monitor the ...

BIR: Tax collection unaffected by Covid-19, so far
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said its partial tax revenues for the first quarter of the year still grew to P330 billion despite the negative effects of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on some sectors. As of March 10, BIR Head Executive Assistant Rosario M. Padilla said they were able to collect P332,538 billion. This was ...

442 Filipino evacuees from Diamond Princess cruise ship sent home
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- A total of 442 Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were sent home Wednesday. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent home 442 out of the 445 Filipino evacuees from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship after finishing a 14-day ...

Repatriates from MV Diamond Princess return home after quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
"The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent off 442 of the 445 repatriates from Japan who were quarantined at New Clark City (NCC), Capas, Tarlac," Health Undersecretary and Spokesperson Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the press briefing. Of the 442, 437 were crew members while five are ...

BREAKING: House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- On its last session day before its Lenten break, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment. With 173 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 5832 or ...

Invoking arbitral award, Philippines rejects Malaysian, Chinese claims in South China Sea
philstar.com - 4 weeks ago
Recto Bank is one of the areas being considered for the possible joint exploration of the Philippines with China. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, said the Philippine government should file its own claim, which would overlap with Malaysia's claim. "DFA should do more than that. DFA should file our own ...

SMC unit offers to fully pay capacity charges for Ilijan plant IPPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
San Miguel Corp. has offered to pay two years in advance P22.68 billion in capacity charges for its contract to manage the 1,200-megawatt Ilijan power plant to "help debt-ridden" state firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the government raise funds. SMC president Ramon Ang said this offer was separate from ...

Filipinos stranded in Bethlehem; group from Macau flown home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday night, "As of today, no Pinoy on the cruise ship has been [infected]." There are a total of 518 Filipinos on the ship, all crew members. The vessel has a total of 3,533 people on board, 2,422 of them guests.

Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Set To Weigh In on Fair Use in Two Copyright Infringement Cases
Law - 4 weeks ago
The Copyright Act provides that "the fair use of a copyrighted work ... for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright." 17 U.S.C. §107. Section 107 provides four non-exclusive factors to be considered by courts ...

Duterte refuses to change stance on VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night insisted that his stance on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) would not change even as some senators asked the Supreme Court to compel him to seek Senate concurrence in terminating the key military pact with the United States. "They cannot compel me. I refused to be compelled.

DOLE-Camiguin sets up grievance committee for hotels, resorts
Gov - 4 weeks ago
CAMIGUIN, March 9 (PIA)--To address issues concerning labor and employment disputes in the tourism industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Camiguin instituted the Grievance Committee for the Hotel, Resorts, and Restaurants Industry ...

10 women who matter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
She continues to contribute extensive research and seminars to publishing conferences. Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno: Law (1998) Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno became the second youngest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 2012. She graduated valedictorian of her class at the UP College of Law. Sereno advocated for due process and ...

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in PH -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- One hundred sixty-three Filipinos who were evacuated from Macau arrived in the Philippines through a chartered flight on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Authorities bust illegal cigarette factory in Zamboanga del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
Joint operatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raided the cigarette factory in Barangay Don Jose that produces 50,000 packs a day. PNP Provincial Director Col. Rhode Espero disclosed that a verified information from concerned residents ...

Highlights of complaints submitted to UN human rights body
Bulatlat - 4 weeks ago
(Photo by Tyra Aquino/Bulatlat.com) Leaders of the opposition have been also been targeted by the Duterte administration. The report cited Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted through the quo warranto petition filed by the Solicitor General; Senator Leila De Lima who remains in detention on trumped-up charges ...

Manila requires hiring of seniors, PWDs
philstar.com - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Senior citizens can now land jobs in Manila as Mayor Isko Moreno signed an ordinance requiring fastfood chains to hire the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs). Under City Ordinance 8598, fastfood chains operating in Manila are required to provide temporary employment to qualified senior citizens and PWDs "for ...

Business groups call on Congress to pass corporate tax bill
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Ten business chambers issued a joint statement on Thursday to call for the approval of Senate Bill 1357 or the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA). The groups said they are looking forward to ending investor uncertainty as the measure remains hanging for years now. The CITIRA bill, which is the second tax package after the ...

RTC grants quo warranto petition vs Koronadal mayor
MindaNews - 4 weeks ago
With Free visual composer you can do it easy. GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 March) - A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has granted a quo warranto petition seeking the removal of incumbent Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena due to an administrative conviction decided by the Supreme Court (SC) in 2016. In a six-page decision issued on Thursday ...

Business groups throw support for critical Citira
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Business groups are urging the government to pass the Duterte administration ... of the Philippines, Foundation for Economic Freedom, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association and the UP School of Economics ...

Business groups bat for lowering corporate income tax
GMA Network - 1 month ago
"We, the undersigned business and professional organizations, jointly express our support for Senate Bill (SB) No. 1357, the Senate version of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA) which is a core component of the Duterte administration ... Philippines, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, and UP School ...

Jobless rate steady, but quality of work improves in January
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The jobless rate held steady in January from same period a year ago, but the government recorded gains in improving the quality of work of Filipinos, a signal that the economy is in strong footing as it braces for impact from the coronavirus. The unemployment rate-- the proportion of Filipinos without work against those ...

Duterte should not be rushed into decision on POGOs - Panelo
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) - President Rodrigo Duterte is unlikely to make a hurried decision on the fate of Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs in the country, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Thursday. "When the President decides on something, he has goods to back up his decision. If he has not received ...

House to probe labor issues raised by hostage-taking security guard
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives will probe the labor issues raised by former security guard Alchie Paray who took hostage at least 50 people inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, earlier this week. The House committee on labor and employment will conduct its motu propio inquiry on Tuesday next week, March 10. Panel ...

Supreme Court to hear plea to free ex-communist leader arrested for murder
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea to free a former top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines arrested in February for murder charges. The third division of the court will hold oral arguments on March 12 on the habeas corpus petition filed by the son of Rodolfo "Commander Bilog ...

Customs collection declines on virus outbreak
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Taxes and duties collected from the importation of oil products slightly offset the decline in revenues caused by the slowdown in imports from China, which resulted from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In a forum in Makati yesterday, Finance ...

Cayetano ally: House panel in electoral tribunal tainted by corruption under Leachon leadership
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The lower chamber's delegation to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal was tainted by corruption under the leadership of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon, an ally of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano alleged Tuesday. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund "LRay" Villafuerte, speaking to CNN ...

Defending $1B Verdict, Labels Say Cox 'Mocked' Copyright
Law360 - 1 month ago
It is one of several such suits against internet service providers such as Cox filed by music owners, which have long complained that tech and telecom giants don't do enough to stop copyright infringement. Following a 12-day trial in December, a Virginia federal jury found Cox liable for willful vicarious and contributory copyright infringement.

With Covid-19 hitting business, Peza seeks Citira deferment anew
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Firms operating in economic zones, mostly multinationals, warned they will be forced to pack up business here and relocate to another Southeast Asian country if their tax perks, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income paid in lieu of local and national taxes, are lifted. This looming capital flight is projected to result in the loss of ...

Business closures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
This was followed by Nokia Technology Center Philippines ... Rounding up the situation, so far, is the termination by Philippine Airlines of the services of 300 employees due to losses caused, in part, by coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The loss of jobs due to the closure of a business is an emotional issue for the affected employees ...

LIVE: Senate probe into 'pastillas' scheme at Immigration, sex trafficking linked to POGO industry
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality will resume its hearing into corruption at the Bureau of Immigration that allows "special privileges" for arriving Chinese nationals in the country for a fee. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in the last hearing that the panel will summon ...

OWWA: Employment of OFWs not affected by COVID-19 epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the employment of Filipinos abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Monday.

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism
Bulatlat - 1 month ago
The Court of Appeals only needs to establish probable cause before issuing preliminary order of proscription within 72 hours from the filing of the said application. Estocapio said that the standard of probable cause is relatively low standard of proof ...

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