5 to compete in B-pop challenge
Sun Star - 2018-08-06
B-pop stands for Bisaya pop. The five acapella groups that made it to the finals are the Premiero, The Sync Singers, Vox Anima-Cebu, The Technical Department and The UP Serenata. The B-Pop: The Acapella Challenge is the first acapella competition in Cebu.

ROCK SOLID: Standing up to China
MindaNews - 2018-08-06
As the Philippine lawyers said, international environmental law was still an infant when UNCLOS was negotiated. The book addresses why President Aquino decided to take China to court. A number of people had openly opposed the arbitration saying that it ...

ROCK SOLID: Unpacking the complicated territorial dispute between Philippines and China
MindaNews - 2018-08-06
Vitug. Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, Rock Solid, among others, unpacks the complicated territorial dispute between the two countries by providing previously unreported details on the developments before and after the July 2016 ...

Duterte: National ID to cut red tape, fight crime
philstar.com - 2018-08-06
"Admission to any government hospital, health center or similar institution, application for admission in schools, colleges, learning institutions and universities, whether public or private, application and transaction for employment purposes ...

Smuggling buster: Customs creates task force to lead preparations for fuel marking system
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-06
In Photo: A gas-station attendant does his work in this BusinessMirror file photo. Fuel smuggling will soon be checked by a fuel-marking system. THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has created a task force to oversee the preparation of the fuel marking system or ...

PLDT workers lose regularization case at Court of Appeals
Rappler - 2018-08-06
In a decision promulgated on July 31, the CA 10th Division said that janitorial, maintenance, security workers and messengers are not necessary to the principal business of PLDT, and therefore, they may be contracted. "Consequently, the janitors ...

Carandang to appeal MalacaƱang dismissal
Rappler - 2018-08-06
Carandang has the option to raise the case to the Court of Appeals, and all the way to the Supreme Court, but according to Martires, AO No. 7 requires the enforcement of the dismissal. ACT-Teachers Partylist Antonio Tinio noted that former ombudsman ...

No derailing TRAIN as Package 2 moves forward
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-06
Eventually Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III filed his own version of Package 2 in the form of Senate Bill 1906, or the "Corporate Income Tax Reform and Incentives Reform Act." It has been reported that Senate Bill 1906 seeks, among others ...

Nanay Leti: The grandmother who stood in solidarity with NutriAsia workers
Bulatlat - 2018-08-06
"Even if the policemen were the ones who threw rocks at Nanay Leti, their officers and Labor Secretary [Silvestre] Bello even had the guts to cover-up [the incident] and accuse Kadamay of starting the violence," Beltran said. Since the ...

Copyright Infringement and Theft - The Difference
TorrentFreak - 2018-08-06
A common recurring theme in the comments here on TorrentFreak is that P2P file-sharing is 'stealing'. While such sentiments are often expressed by the industry lobby groups, it's completely at odds with the law. It could also be the very LAST thing those ...

Immigration arrests 3 more foreigners with fraudulent documents
philstar.com - 2018-08-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration on Monday said three foreigners would be deported and placed on the country's blacklist for using fraudulent travel documents. Immigration agents arrested Malian Moustapha Harry Dicko, Mexican Gabriel ...

Palace saddened by CA decision vs PLDT workers: We are for their regularization
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) -- The Palace has sided with the workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the regularization order issued by the Labor Department. "Ang desisyon ng ...

Germany's Triple Win Project to hire 400 Pinoy nurses
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-06
MANDALUYONG CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is now accepting applications for nurses under the Triple Win Project of Germany. The Triple Win program is a bilateral diplomatic project between the Philippines and Germany ...

DOLE to help repatriate distressed OFWs seeking amnesty in UAE
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
In a statement, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide airport and cash assistance to the repatriates. He also said the concerned OFWs could also be given local and ...

The judiciary under a federal system
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines vests judicial power in one Supreme Court and such lower courts as may be provided by law. At present, the Supreme Court is composed of one Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices, or a total of 15 sitting in ...

AER pushes corporate income-tax cut, rationalization of fiscal perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
Fiscal policy reforms group, Action for Economic Reforms (AER), urged Congress to hasten the passage of the second tax-reform program, aimed to lower corporate income-tax (CIT) rates while rationalizing fiscal incentives, to finally correct the inequity ...

The legislative agenda for business
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-05
President Rodrigo Duterte at his third State of the Nation Address (SONA ... Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Displaced PLDT workers cry foul over CA ruling on regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) -- Employees of a telecommunications company are disappointed after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the Labor Department's regularization order. [Translation: We are angry at this decision. We are very angry, why ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

Foreign placement agencies told to pay escrow for household workers
Manila Standard Today - 2018-08-04
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it has issued POEA Memo Circular 10-A requiring foreign placement agencies hiring domestic workers for Kuwait to deposit a minimum $10,000 as escrow deposit in a bank authorized by the Bangko Sentral ...

Primer on draft charter: Part Fifteen
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
Congress shall therefore canvass regional returns. Q: Does the Supreme Court remain the Presidential Electoral Tribunal? A: Not anymore. It is the Federal Electoral Court to which all contests relating to the election, returns and qualifications must be ...

Building a crypto nation
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
To fully understand blockchain, Justo Aboitiz Ortiz (left), the President of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines and the chairman of ... its users secure by the use of cryptography or the art of making codes to conceal a message.

Napoles' kid back in Philippines as cases pile up
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
She earlier faced a P17.5-million tax evasion case filed against her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the pieces of real property in the United States and the Philippines under her name. Due to her non-payment, her liability has ballooned to P32 ...

Group warns vs scrapping perks
philstar.com - 2018-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Scrapping the incentives under the Renewable Energy Law of 2008 will further slow down the development of clean and indigenous resources and only promote coal-based projects, advocacy group Center for Energy, Ecology and Development ...

Stranded in paradise: How hundreds of parishioners of a notorious South Korean church ended up stuck in Fiji
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The group also invested $5 million to Fiji National University to promote organic farming ... South Korean authorities said they have asked Interpol, the international police agency, for assistance in securing the safety of its citizens in Fiji.

Spies in the suburbs: Inside the CIA's secret defector unit
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The CIA's defector program has existed since 1949 when Congress passed a law authorizing the agency to resettle up to 100 foreign nationals in the ... In one case, the CIA helped a man who wanted to go to college by providing fake records he needed to ...

South-East Asian fall?
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-08-04
A quarter-century before the Arab Spring of 2011, there was a democratic spring in South-East Asia: the Philippines in 1986 ... non-violent revolution of 1988 was thwarted by a massacre of students worse than the one carried out by the Chinese Communist ...

Pala: Being missionary
Sun Star - 2018-08-04
The only work I take part in is in the building of the Kingdom of God. If the immigration officer asked me what my business is and I begin with that I would probably confuse him or get myself thrown out of the country. Yes, we are all called to be workers ...

Draft charter downgrades Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Arguably the most renowned court in the world today is the Supreme Court of the United States. Its importance lies in the fact that it stands at the top in a hierarchy of state and federal courts, while its prestige owes to the fact that it has the power ...

Napoles daughter back in PH
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Jeane was previously cleared of a P17 million tax evasion case by the Court of Tax Appeals ... the earnings from which she allegedly transferred to California accounts to buy assets and business shares. Jo Christine and James Cristopher are facing a ...

Napoles' daughter back in PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- Jean Christine Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, has returned to the country, the Justice Department confirmed Saturday. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said the ...

PH Navy to deploy task group for Filipino hostages in Libya
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Philippine Navy is sending a task group to Libya to help rescue three Filipino hostages there. "As your Philippine Navy completes the facts on the ground, it is also preparing for the deployment of a Naval ...

Napoles' daughter has left PH before U.S. indictment - immigration bureau
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Bureau of Immigration confirmed on Friday that the daughter of Janet Lim Napoles, Jeane Catherine, left the country on July 27. Jeane, along with her mother Janet and four others, were indicted for ...

DoJ to consider extradition of Napoles, kin upon request of US court
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-03
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday said his department will consider extradition, upon request by a US court, of Janet Lim Napoles and five other relatives who have been indicted in the United States in connection with a $20-million money ...

Duterte vows safe business climate for investors
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
MANILA, Philippines -- As the top economic managers aggressively work for congressional approval of the second tranche of the tax reform package this year, President Duterte has vowed to protect businesses in the country by ensuring they will enjoy a ...

401 employees lose jobs as PhilHealth fail to re-accredit BOLMSH
Sun Star - 2018-08-02
THE employees union of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLMSH) hit the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for having no mercy on them by not acting on time on the motion for reconsideration of the hospital regarding its ...

House panel approves TRAIN 2, hopes to dampen inflation impact
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
It would also repeal exemptions under the National Internal Revenue Code on government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), educational institutions and hospitals, regional or area headquarters (RHQs), regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), income ...

Sotto files TRAIN 2 bill
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) -- A bill for the second tranche of the Duterte administration's tax reform program has been filed in the Senate. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto filed on Thursday Senate Bill 1906 to introduce reforms in the ...

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters
Rappler - 2018-08-02
We neither know him nor the guards.) What will happen? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier ordered NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers from its contractor AsiaPro Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The order is not yet final and executory.

RTWPB presents new wage order for Cordillera
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
RTWPB - CAR Chairperson, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman and Vice Chairperson, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the said forum, both affirmed that the wage order has undergone a rigid process that includes ...

Siquijor forges commitments against human trafficking
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
It is done for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. To report suspected ...

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018
Rappler - 2018-08-01
The Bureau of Internal Revenue's target collections for the year is at P2.039 trillion. Government disbursements reached P1.6 trillion, or 20.5% higher than the P1.33 trillion in the same period in 2017. Disbursements for infrastructure hit P352.7 billion ...

CA upholds money laundering cases vs Boratong, wife
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the money laundering cases against convicted shabu flea market operator Amin Imam Boratong, his wife Memie and several others. In a five-page resolution promulgated on July 10, the former ...

Striking workers in NutriAsia, supporters dispersed and arrested amid regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- Twenty workers in NutriAsia and supporters calling for their regularization were arrested by members of Meycauayan, Bulacan police on Monday following a violent dispersal. They were arrested for direct assault ...

MalacaƱang sacks Deputy Ombudsman
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-01
Sought for comment, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman law professor Antonio G.M. La ViƱa said this is the "first test" for new Ombusdman Samuel L. Martires who officially assumed his post yesterday. "This is actually his first test whether ...

Land developer ready to go back to real-estate business after SC ruling
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
THE camp of property developer Delfin Lee has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) that downgraded the criminal charges filed against him and several others from syndicated estafa to simple estafa on accusations that they availed themselves of ...

N.B.A., MGM Resorts strike betting deal
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
MGM and other casino operators are moving aggressively to be able to capitalize on the US sports-betting market, which is expanding after the Supreme Court ruled in May that states could take sports bets if they wanted. MGM has made three significant deals ...

DFA chief: Draft framework for joint exploration with China in West PH Sea out by September
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31 ... we have to make sure that it passes the scrutiny of the Supreme Court," he said. "We're rushing it cause FIlipinos only have a one-term six-year presidency, and if you want to get it done the best time ...

DBM urges job seekers to fill in 264,000 government jobs
UNTV - 2018-08-01
Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino agreed with Diokno saying investors are more focused on other aspects they perceived beneficial to their business such as tax rate, infrastructure and more importantly, measures against corruption being imposed b ...

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