Trade Secretary Lopez studying Recto tax bill
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-25
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez is studying an exporter-supported bill proposing to immediately reduce corporate income tax from 30%. The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said in a statement that it supports Senate Bill No. 595 filed by Senator Ralph G. Recto. The bill applies segmented tax rates according to companies ...

Why visitors feel right at home at Gambian consulate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-24
Sleek symmetry plus cool greens and whites spell tranquility in the Asian-themed guest bedroom. The elements are held together by a ... and student visas to Gambian students wanting to enroll at the International Rice and Research Institute in Laguna. Huibonhoa notes that former Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy studied small-scale industrial ...

House vows to pass rest of tax reforms next year
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-24
According to Salceda, the committee also seeks to improve tax administration by studying structural reforms in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC). "We will, likewise, try to raise taxpayer morale by studying digital transformation of the revenue-collection agencies. We want to make taxpayer experience seamles ...

Over 1,500 prisoners awaiting GCTA review stay jailed this Christmas
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-24
Though the BuCor already has a manual on the processing of GCTA published two years ago, it was not yet updated to take into consideration the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled on the retroactive application of RA 10592. RA 10592 amended several provisions in the Revised Penal Code (RPC), and authorized the credit of preventive ...

November budget deficit widens to P60.9B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
Expenditures on public goods and services surged by more than a fifth in November such that the national government posted a wider budget deficit of P60.9 billion during the month. However, the impact of government underspending due to late budget approval at the start of the year lingered on until end-November as the 11-month budget deficit ...

The water privatization contracts -- respecting the rule of law
philstar.com - 2019-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- In a sprawling house in a posh and exclusive village in Metro Manila one recent cold December night, some tycoons gathered to discuss the biggest issue to knock out the business environment under the Duterte administration - the move to cancel the decision extending the existing 1997 water privatization contracts ...

MORE Power asks Iloilo judge to resolve motion for inhibition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
MANILA, Philippines--MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has asked Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular of Iloilo Regional Trial Court Branch 35 to immediately resolve its motion for reconsideration seeking his inhibition from handling the expropriation case it filed against rival Panay Electric Company (PECO). MORE asked Amular to ...

Tesco halts work at Chinese factory over prison labor claim
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
LONDON -- The U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco said it halted production at a factory in China on Sunday after a British newspaper reported the factory used forced labor to produce charity Christmas cards for the supermarket. Tesco said it also launched an investigation of the Chinese supplier it hired to make the holiday cards, Zheijiang ...

SC rejects bid to nullify reclaimed land sale to MBDC
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-22
Rodante D. Marcoleta, covering land in ParaƱaque City sold by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) to MBDC. The 410,467 square-meter site located along Roxas Boulevard, Seaside End is otherwise known as Central Business Park II. Over time, the land was divided into 15 titles: eight belonging to MBDC, three to government-owned corporation ...

Mendoza: Legally right, educationally correct
Sun Star - 2019-12-22
Alberto Muyot, CD Asia Vice President Atty. Maria Theresa Libunao, Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Supreme Court Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, State Solicitor Atty. Leney Layug-Delfin of the Office of the Solicitor General, Atty. Richard Fulleros, CPA, MBA of the Commission on Audit, Atty Kristine Jazz Tamayo of Rainbow ...

Ampatuans, et al ordered to pay heirs of 57 victims a total of PhP 155.5-M
MindaNews - 2019-12-22
In the case of People of the Philippines versus Andal Ampatuan, Jr., et al, the court said "it appears that no reservation was made by the prosecution before it presented evidence, to institute the ... Salaysay of Mindanao Gazette, Cotabato City; Subang of Socsargen Today, General Santos City; Teodoro of Central Mindanao Inquirer, Tacurong ...

Make each day count!
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-21
During the recent Christmas party of the retired justices of the Supreme Court, I was asked to deliver a message, which I think may be relevant to all seniors. So, I will sum up my talk within my limited space. (Original at cjpanganiban.com, then click "Speeches") As retirees, we love to reminisce about our happy days in the Court when we ...

Marquez, 5 Court of Appeals justices nominated to SC post
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has nominated Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and five Court of Appeals justices to the remaining vacancy in the Supreme Court. The JBC transmitted its nomination letter to President Rodrigo Durterte on Friday. The appeals justices nominated were Manuel Barrios, Samuel Gaerlan ...

Gonzaga: Victorious Victorias
Sun Star - 2019-12-20
The City though smaller compared to Bacolod and Silay, has the biggest K7-12 enrolment and population of students ... Furthermore, one State University has a branch in Victorias, the Central Philippine State University. Soon, the first Veterinary College, and Animal Hospital will be established in the city. Regarding risk management, it is ...

Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2019
Law360 - 2019-12-20
Christian Charles sued Seinfeld in 2018 for infringement, but the judge ruled that the case was actually a dispute over copyright ownership -- a crucial distinction, since claims of ownership have a strict three-year time limit. "Plaintiff's infringement claim is squarely rooted in his contested assertion of an ownership interest in the ...

Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon
KAKE.com - 2019-12-20
This program started in 2017, is free and gives rights owners tools to help manage and protect their brands, including the ability to search their global listing by word or image and flag potential ... which uses the ecommerce giant's machine learning technology. Amazon describes the program as giving brands access to a "self-service ...

BIR sues fake tax ID seller preying on Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
Tax aithorities haled to court a woman who had allegedly been selling counterfeit tax identification (TIN) cards to Chinese workers in Manila. In a statement on Friday (Dec. 20), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said its office in the city of Manila last Dec. 17 lodged a criminal complaint against Marjerie Reyes Rasgo at the Office of the ...

Post-promulgation: Solons flag still-potent threats from the 80 accused still at large
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
Since the conviction is just at the RTC level, Barzaga said it will surely be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, with the process taking years again. He also called for the judiciary to adopt measures to expedite legal proceedings and improve the administration of justice. "They [accused at large] too must be tried so corresponding ...

Government expedites small-scale mining regulation
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is intensifying the regulation of small-scale mining operations in the country, particularly in monitoring undisposed residual stockpiles outside mining sites as it continues to revamp the extractive industry. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through attached agency Mines and ...

DoLE claims more than 580,000 workers gained regular status since 2016
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-19
"This is the most vital achievement of our department and that is the regularization of 580,539 contractual workers and for your information, we would like to emphasize that we have inspected 219,141 business establishments," Mr. Bello told reporters on Tuesday. Mr. Bello said in the past that more than half of those regularized gained ...

Timeline: A decade-long call for justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines-After almost 10 years of waiting, justice will finally ring for the 58 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, as Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes hands down on Thursday ...

Trump on trial: jurors set rules, outcome not in doubt
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
"There is zero chance that the president will be removed from office," McConnell added. John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, will be sworn in to preside over the trial. He will require the 100 senators who will sit in judgement to swear an oath. "I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the ...

DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Romblon
Gov - 2019-12-19
Meanwhile, Emmylou Magno, Regional Project Officer of CFCR, reiterated during her message the rulling of the Supreme Court increasing the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs). She also added that implementing the rulling will ...

Deployment of household workers imperiled by provision in bill creating OFW department
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-18
He said the provision aims to limit its deployment of Filipinos abroad. Estrelita S. Hizon, the private sector representative in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board, however, warned that the provision may backfire and lead to even more OFWs abuses if signed into law. She noted many Filipinos still aspire to ...

Scrapping water deals, waiving award dangerous -- economist
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is sliding into a dark path where it may be unable to attract new investors--except for "cronies" -- if the government could easily disregard the ...

Dole asked to provide safety nets for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Migrant workers advocate and former labor official Susan "Toots" Ople has asked the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to ensure safety nets to minimize the possible adverse effects of plans to scale down the deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia next year. An alternative destination must be identified ...

Who is Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, the judge who took on the Maguindanao massacre case?
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-18
The proceedings wrapped up on July 17 and Solis-Reyes submitted the case for decision in August. She was expected to hand down the verdict ahead of the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, but she asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to review the "voluminous records" of the trial against the defendants, including primary ...

Ampatuan back in jail ahead of Maguindanao massacre verdict
Sun Star - 2019-12-18
"Strict security protocols will be observed inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City particularly at the courtroom, the venue of promulgation in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court," he said. Ampatuan was rushed to the hospital on October 21, 2019 due to cardiovascular disease infarct secondary to cardiac dysrhythmia or ...

What is intellectual property?
Mondaq - 2019-12-18
Intellectual property rights and registrations allow companies to protect their core business and research and development activities, while creating a stronger negotiating posture for cross-licensing and counterclaims. Intellectual property rights and registrations also allow a company to block competitive products, dissuade potential entrants ...

Maguindanao massacre verdict: Ampatuan still in hospital
philippineslifestyle.com - 2019-12-18
Ampatuan has been in the hospital since October 22 due to Cardio Vascular Disease [Infarction] Secondary to [Cardiac] Dysrhythmia. SC approves Maguindanao massacre verdict live media coverage The Supreme Court approves the request of various media organizations to allow live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation tomorrow.

Dominguez to agriculture sector: Think out of the box to boost farm yield
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-17
This regular exchange of ideas between the government and private sector has helped the Duterte administration carry out its zero to 10 point socioeconomic reform agenda aimed at providing a safe and comfortable life for Filipinos, and formulate and implement a Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, a national ID system, the Ease of Doing Business ...

Northrail up for abolition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
A 2005 study of the UP Law Center showed that the Northrail contract had been improperly packaged as an executive agreement to evade public bidding. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that CNMEG-Northrail agreement was not an executive agreement, hence CNMEG was not immune from suit.

Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail on eve of promulgation
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
Security personnel have been assigned by the Supreme Court to ensure the safety of the judge since the start of the trial in 2010. But more uniformed personnel were seen outside her courtroom since the schedule for the promulgation of judgment was released earlier this month. Earlier, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said police escorts ...

Woman who ran a multi-million dollar 'birth tourism' operation released from jail after serving less than a year
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
The operation coached families on what to say in their visa interviews, created ways for them to bypass immigration controls and housed them in upscale apartments in California for up to three months. Li pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration ...

Germany looks outside EU for nurses, other professionals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Like many other European countries, Germany is trying to strike a balance between the needs of its labor market, an aging native population and concern about immigration. The far-right Alternative ...

3 Manila universities pay P150M in back taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Three universities in Manila have paid the city government more than P150 million in tax deficiencies through an amnesty program that waived penalties and surcharges for land and business owners. Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso thanked representatives from Far Eastern University, the University of the ...

Four Canada-bound illegal aliens intercepted at Naia
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
File photo: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal or NAIA. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced the arrest of two Chinese and two Hong Kong nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for allegedly using fake travel documents in their bid to travel to Canada. BI port operations chief Grifton Medina ...

January-October remittances hit $24.9 billion, up 4.6%
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
In this file photo, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fall in line at the immigration counter of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in ParaƱaque City. CASH remittances ...

Fake passports get 4 foreigners barred from PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred four foreign nationals from entering the country after they were found to have conspired with each other to travel to Canada using ...

Real-property tax on trees
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
With the accrual of annual real-property tax drawing near, I take this opportunity to tackle the question on the imposition of RPT on trees. Is this sanctioned under our laws? As it stands now, some local government units (LGUs) have adopted their own schedules on how to tax trees in their respective jurisdictions. In one City Tax Ordinance ...

Piracy Crackdown: FBI Shut Down Two Massive Illegal Film And TV Streaming Sites
International Business Times - 2019-12-16
The FBI has traced two sizable illegal streaming sites to a pair of Las-Vegas-based programmers after an investigation. Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, have pleaded guilty to charges of copyright infringement for their part in running the sites ...

Revisiting taxation of onshore and offshore POGOs
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
News reports have sparked renewed public interest in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and have raised questions on the applicable tax compliance requirements and tax regime for POGOs. POGOs, based onshore or offshore, are entities duly licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to provide and participate in ...

Death toll from 6.9 earthquake in Davao del Sur climbs to 5, more fatalities feared
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
He said he is optimistic that the inspection would cause long delay in the progress of the prosecutorial work. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it still has an available P300-million fund to provide emergency assistance to workers displaced from the 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which struck Davao del Sur last Sunday ...

Davao de Oro capital signs agreement with LANDBANK for e-payment system
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-16
NABUNTURAN, the capital of Davao de Oro province, has signed an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and systems provider Rameses Systems Office for an electronic payment scheme for business permits and other fees. Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao de Oro provincial director, said the ...

7 years after Delhi gang rape, brutal India attacks continue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Four others were sentenced to death by hanging, including one man whose appeal for mercy - an appeal available only in capital punishment cases - remained pending with the Supreme Court.

4 Canada-bound aliens busted at Naia for travel document fraud
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines--Four foreigners from China and Hongkong bound for Canada were arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for misrepresentation and a failed bid to use invalid travel documents. The four aliens were apprehended at the Naia Terminal 2 on Friday after they arrived aboard ...

98.9% of 2019 budget released as of November -- DBM
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management said Monday it has released 98.9% of the 2019 national budget as of end-November in a bid to swiftly implement government projects and programs. In a statement, the DBM said P3.6 trillion of the P3.7 trillion outlay for this year has been released to government agencies as of last ...

Aga Muhlach: From Teen Heartthrob to Famed Actor
PEP - 2019-12-16
Aga soon stopped pursuing a Commerce degree from San Beda College to focus on his showbiz career. He was paired in a loveteam with Janice de Belen, and they co-starred in the movie Super-Wan-Tu-Tri (1986). It wasn't long before it was revealed that Janice was pregnant by Aga. They were both 17 years old. In an interview with the late Inday ...

Exporters back taxing firms based on their income tiers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
Exporters are backing a Senate bill that will tax the income of each company based on its ability to pay, similar to how an individual is taxed depending on how poor or rich he or she is. The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) said in a statement last week that they preferred this setup over the one proposed by the Department ...

Ping vows to bring up pork issue with Duterte
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-15
Lacson said over the weekend he is set to meet Monday with Senate President Vicente Sotto III before going to meet with Duterte, hoping to provide the President a clear presentation of what could be considered for line-item veto, following guidance of the Supreme Court decision outlawing pork barrel. On the other hand, if the Palace finds the ...

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