Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order
Rappler - 2018-07-25
MANILA, Philippines - Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, 72, said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) "prejudged" her case when it ordered her deportation by citing President Rodrigo Duterte's "false and unfounded" statements against her. Fox made this ...

Ex-Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. dies
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Former Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. died on Wednesday, his family confirmed. He was 95. "Today, my dad, Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., joined his Creator. WE LOVE YOU DAD!" his son Robbie Puno said in a ...

Charter change, tax reform not included in Senate's priority agenda -- majority leader
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- The Senate's priority legislation this year will not include charter change and the second package of Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

Lawsuit brought against The Shape of Water by playwright's estate dismissed
Syfy - 2018-07-24
The copyright infringement suit was filed in February and claimed that del Toro's film, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, lifted the story, characters, and themes from Zindel's play. The piece centered around a lonely woman who works as ...

The Duterte administration after two years: Assessing prospects for higher growth - 2018-07-24
There are many provisions on taxation and commerce that are included in this draft constitution when existing laws already provide them. General principles could displace specifics and details. The coming into the picture of the Bangsamoro state entity ...

The 2019 budget: Building a bright future for the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
By contrast, it was a high of 74.4% in 2004 and 52.4% in 2010 ... largely of the requirements for the premium subsidy of health insurance premiums under the National Health Insurance Program of the PHIC (P67.4 billion), Tax Reform Cash Transfer Project ...

How Can We Make Intellectual Property Rights 'Smarter' With The Blockchain?
Forbes - 2018-07-24
Did you know back in 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") received over 440,000 new trademark applications? There's no question that individuals, SME's and larger corporations are flooding the USPTO with applications. My proposed solution ...

Davao council unlikely to reverse new business tax rates, but considering relief measures for small businesses
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
MARKET VENDOR associations are among the groups claiming to have been adversely affected by the new business tax rates in Davao City. -- BW FILE PHOTO THE DAVAO City council has vowed to come up next month with a solution to the complaints of local ...

The Bangsamoro Organic Law: Everything you need to know
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), or simply the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. University of the Philippines Islamic law and politics professor Jamel Cayamodin said the Bangsamoro law is designed ...

From Speaker Arroyo to prime minister? - Senators warn
UNTV - 2018-07-24
Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines --The Supreme Court (SC) has granted the petition of former President Gloria Arroyo to nullify the watchlist order issued against her by former Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima.

PLGU Isabela donates lot for SSS building
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-24
Dooc expressed his gratitude to Governor Bojie Dy III for the donation and acknowledged Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III, one of the Commissioners of SSS, for coordinating and initiating the lot donation from the ...

Terminated workers troop to PLDT to insist rights under DOLE order
UNTV - 2018-07-24
Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ... a result of the finding of labor-only contracting takes effect by operation of law, and is not subject to any condition." DOLE further warned that "Any act ...

Makati posts P12-B revenue in June; hits 77 percent of 2018 target
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-24
Revenue collected from other sources included Interest Income (P134.82 million), Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA (P569.04 million), Share from Economic Zone or PEZA (P138.35 million), and Share from PAGCOR/PCSO (P3.48 million). Moreover, the treasurer ...

Biz sector happy, optimistic with Sona; labor dismayed
Sun Star - 2018-07-24
THE THIRD State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn opposing reactions from the business and labor sectors in Negros Occidental. While the local businessmen are happy with the outcome of his report, labor groups have ...

Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies
Rappler - 2018-07-24
Aquino had sin tax but it had limited coverage ... "When I was President, I focused on closer economic and business ties with China. That is the policy of President Duterte today, very similar to mine," she said in a television interview in March.

Can Alvarez file a quo warranto petition vs Arroyo?
Rappler - 2018-07-24
Arroyo took her oath as Speaker Monday afternoon in an apparent move to oust Alvarez. But in 1949, the Supreme Court (SC) denied the petition 6-4 because the majority justices said the Court does not have jurisdiction over the case, given its political nature.

Duterte urges Congress to pass law ending contractualization
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
so they don't need to regularize them on the sixth month as mandated by the Labor Code. As a result, millions of workers are not granted with benefits that regular employees have as provided by law.

Administration submits proposed ?3.757 trillion 2019 national budget
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... a cash-based budget would mean that contractors and service providers of government agencies will be paid on time. To offset the proposed 2019 spending, the administration expects P3.208 trillion in revenues, 94 percent ...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on his 3rd SONA
Manila Channel - 2018-07-23
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and the justices of the Supreme Court; my fellow workers in government; mga kababayan. About two years ago, I solemnly took my oath as a worker of the national government. I was as inspired to institute real changes for ...

Nintendo Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against ROM Sites
eTeknix - 2018-07-23
Nintendo is apparently going after several console ROM websites for copyright infringement. Namely, and, who stand accused of causing millions of dollars in potential damages. In a 76-page document filing obtained by TorrentFreak ...

MTI Counters Theaterpalooza's Responses to Lawsuit
BroadwayWorld - 2018-07-23
Music Theatre International filed a federal copyright infringement complaint against Theaterpalooza Community Theater Productions, Inc. on June 1, 2018, after Theaterpalooza ignored repeated requests over a period of 3-1/2 years calling on it to halt its ...

Nintendo Thwomps LoveROMs and LoveRetro with Multimillion Dollar Infringement Lawsuits
Shacknews - 2018-07-23
According to a report from Games, Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against Jacob Mathias and Mathias Designs LLC, the alleged operators of LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, citing multiple counts of copyright infringement, trademark infringement ...

Fiscal deficit widens to P193 billion in 6 months - 2018-07-23
This was also eight percent higher than the first half revenue target of P1.30 trillion. The Bureau of Internal Revenue accounted for the bulk of total tax collections with P964.5 billion, 14 percent higher than the P848 billion in the same period last ...

MEC campaigns to spread intellectual property culture
Gulf Times - 2018-07-23
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has organised a series of awareness campaigns in youth and cultural centres with the aim of spreading the intellectual property culture among the centre's members and enhancing its concept. The campaign comes ...

Nintendo Sues ROM Sites Over Copyright Infringement
Tom's Hardware - 2018-07-23
Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against the alleged creator and owner of two ROM sites, seeking up to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over emulations of games for its systems. The sites, LoveROMS and LoveRETRO, are being sued in Arizona federal ...

Duterte: No stopping TRAIN law
Rappler - 2018-07-23
The Department of Finance (DOF) proposed to make incentives performance-based, targeted, time-bound, and transparent. Business groups earlier warned that the removal of incentives would scare away potential foreign investors. Duterte also called for ...

Market declines in mixed trading - 2018-07-23
PLDT Inc., the biggest telecommunications firm dropped 2 percent to P1,344, while Puregold Price Club Inc. of retail tycoon Lucio Co. declined 2.5 percent to P45.25. San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc. jumped 12.9 percent to P70 after parent San Miguel Corp ...

Minimum wage hiked in 9 regions; NCR still assessing - 2018-07-23
THE daily minimum wage for workers in the private sector in nine regions will soon be raised, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Sunday. "Daily minimum wage adjustments vary across regions as per recommendations of [their] respective [regional ...

PHL jobs situation much better today
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-23
While the Philippines remains a net exporter of labor ... Locally, the completion of new hotels, resorts, spas, and other leisure establishments have opened job opportunities for thousands of Filipinos. I believe that with proper education and skills ...

DFA assists 34,579 Pinoys
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-23
During the onslaught of hurricanes Irma and Jose, the DFA also facilitated the evacuation and eventual repatriation of 136 Filipinos from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Sint Maarten on Sept. 14 to 28, 2017. The DFA chartered a Philippine ...

DAR renovates 2 farm-to-market roads in Leyte
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-23
He likewise encouraged the recipient barangays to allocate funds from their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the maintenance of the roads. (DAR) The Philippine Information Agency is the official public information arm of the Government of the Republic ...

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace
Rappler - 2018-07-23
The bill seeks a 75-25 wealth sharing between the Bangsamoro and national governments. This means 75% of the national internal revenue collection would go to the Bangsamoro, and 25% to the central government. An annual block grant, pegged at a 5% share of ...

Cha-cha: More chances for dynasts to steal - 2018-07-22
Example: Father runs for national Congress representing the district of Kami-Kami; son runs for governor of their home province of Pa Rin; and favorite nephew and niece, who are cousins, run for mayors of the capital ... Victor Abola, University of Asia ...

Business cites issues ahead of 3 rd SONA
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-22
"Although under way, we also hope that the second tax reform package will make the Philippines more attractive to investments and in turn, facilitate job creation and poverty reduction," he added, referring to the move to slash corporate income tax ...

Cebu ports remit P300M to Treasury from 2017 income
Sun Star - 2018-07-22
Last year, the CPA made more than P700 million net. After they paid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, they split the balance of more than P600 million, of which half went to the National Government. Verdan said the CPA, which has its own charter ...

Kuwaiti blogger faces blacklisting - POEA - 2018-07-22
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head Undersecretary Bernard Olalia yesterday said employers who refuse to comply with the bilateral agreement signed between the Philippines and Kuwait should be blacklisted from hiring Filipino ...

Cha-cha, Bangsamoro, budget top Congress list
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-22
and Agriculture (DA), the Judiciary and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Meanwhile, House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Roger G. Mercado of Southern Leyte said his committee will begin this week hearings on the draft ...

Nintendo Sues Popular Console ROM Sites Over Egregious Copyright Infringement - 2018-07-22
Nintendo is not a fan of third-party emulators and ROMs, to put it lightly. There is an entire FAQ section on its website that explains Nintendo's stance on emulators and ROMs, but lest the point has not been made, the company is suing two of the more ...

Special Report: Should Filipinos worry about the economy?
Sun Star - 2018-07-22
We still have a long way to go before we can really feel and see the full effect of the changes made in our way of life from these developmental policies," he said. He was worried, meanwhile, about the move to shift to a federal form of government.

Development workers face more dangers under Duterte
Bulatlat - 2018-07-22
Out of the 55 CLANS schools, only 14 opened this June because of the ... by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on October 19, 2017 in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

POEA: Controversial Kuwaiti blogger should be blacklisted
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said a controversial Kuwaiti social media personality should be included in an employer blacklist. In an interview on radio station DWIZ Saturday, POEA ...

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group
Rappler - 2018-07-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) should permanently ban a Kuwaiti social media influencer from hiring Filipino domestic workers, said a nongovernmental organization that specializes in overseas Filipino ...

DOF runs after officials in P11-billion tax credit scam
Rappler - 2018-07-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DOF) vowed to file charges against individuals and companies involved in an P11-billion scam using anomalous tax credit certificates (TCC). The Commission on Audit (COA) flagged allegedly erroneous ...

COA uncovers P11.2-B anomaly in tax credits - 2018-07-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The One-Stop Shop Inter-Agency and Duty Drawback Center (OSS) had erroneously granted P11.18 billion worth of tax credit certificates (TCC) to 33 textile companies from 2008 to 2014, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. Citing a ...

For noncommercialization of Bt eggplant, Filipino farmers losing P33.85 billion
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-21
Filipino farmers are losing as much as P33.85 billion annually due to noncommercialization of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant as the genetically modified (GM) crop could double their net income, according to an economist. Cesar Quicoy, associate ...

DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay
Rappler - 2018-07-21
ALBAY, Philippines - Sixty skilled workers in Oas town were among the recipients of business kits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE distributed P3.2 million-worth of business kits or Kabuhayan Starter Kits to beneficiaries in 3 ...

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