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 ...

CA junks petition questioning libel acquittal of 2 broadcasters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
ILOILO CITY, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals has dismissed a petition for certiorari filed by former Iloilo Rep. Ferjenel Biron questioning a Quezon City court decision that acquitted two Iloilo broadcasters of libel. In a three-page resolution promulgated on Nov. 19, the Special Ninth Division of the CA dismissed the petition filed by ...

Jail to be locked down for massacre verdict
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will lock down the jail facility inside its Camp Bagong Diwa headquarters in Taguig City on Thursday for the much-awaited hearing where the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) is set to hand down its verdict on the 116 men charged for the 2009 massacre in Ampatuan ...

Why Tagle called to work 24/7 in Vatican
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
Congratulations to new Supreme Court Justices Mario V. Lopez and Edgardo L. Delos Santos. I remember Justice Lopez quite distinctly because he took his oath as a Court of Appeals magistrate before me, as chief justice, on June 9, 2006. Another incumbent, Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, also took his oath before me on Jan. 6 of the same year as a ...

2 Plead Guilty To Charges In Illegal Streaming Services Case
Law360 - 2019-12-14
Law360 (December 13, 2019, 7:11 PM EST) -- Two computer programmers behind massive illegal television and movie streaming services that cost TV and movie copyright owners millions of dollars have pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Darryl Julius Polo, 36, and Luis Angel ...

Filipino seafarer dies as Togo pirates release Greek ship - company
Rappler - 2019-12-14
ATHENS, Greece - Suspected pirates in Togo have released 3 crew members of a Greek oil tanker seized in November, but a fourth crew, a Filipino, died in captivity, the ship managers said Friday, December 13. European Products Carriers Ltd said the 3 men ...

Usec Villar inhibits from DOJ review of water concession deals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
A provision allowed the water companies to pass on their corporate tax obligations to consumers and another charged consumers for various company expenses not directly related to water distribution. The DOJ also said the extension of the concession agreements to 2037 was irregular because it was negotiated in 2009, years before they were to ...

4 Reasons Software Copyright Lawsuits Are On The Rise
Law360 - 2019-12-13
First, the ease and cost of registering a copyright versus obtaining a patent is significant. In order to claim copyright infringement, a party must register its copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.[1] Once registered, the duration of a copyright is ...

11 Chinese nabbed in Tacloban for working illegally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
TACLOBAN CITY--At least 11 Chinese nationals were arrested on Monday by authorities led by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) here for working without visas. The Chinese nationals did not resist arrest, said Robbin Docena of the BID-8. "They were working in various establishments here and yet they do not have working visas.

Chacapna: Magalong Boys vs City High coaches, balls and lesson plan (epilogue)
Sun Star - 2019-12-13
Most of all he should not forget the undying taxation doctrine from Aesops "do not kill the hen that lays the golden egg." Lastly, let me add the words "but gently tap the balls of the rooster that permeated the egg." And according to my friend Jun Dalog, Mayor Magalong actually belongs to the "kankanaey" tribe. His father keeps on ...

3 alien fugitives to face deportation for various crimes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Americans and a Korean wanted for various crimes in their respective homelands are set to be deported, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. In a statement, BI ...

SC allows live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines-The Supreme Court has allowed the live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre promulgation judgment on Dec. 19, 2019. In a notice made public Friday, the High Court has set guidelines for the live coverage and broadcast of the promulgation in various media platforms. The Maguindanao massacre case trial has stretched to ...

Chinese illegal workers arrested in Tacloban
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested 11 Chinese nationals working in Tacloban City without work permits and visas. The BI on Friday said the Chinese nationals were apprehended at their workplace along Zamora Street in Tacloban City. They were arrested while they were selling various goods ...

Joma Sison: Issues still hound peace talks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
LUCENA CITY--Top rebel leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison on Thursday said he agreed with Labor Secretary and government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III that there was a 90-percent chance that aborted peace talks between the government and communist rebels would resume, but that the remaining 10 percent of unresolved issues could still ...

Australian firms awaiting resolution of CITIRA uncertainty
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-12
AUSTRALIAN companies are seeking "clarity" on legislation proposing to reduce the corporate income tax (CIT) and streamline fiscal incentives, now pending before the 18 th Congress. "Australian businesses are interested in the CITIRA (Corporate ...

The Philippine Embassy in Madrid Launches Embassy App
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-11
Another highlight of the application is the overseas Filipino worker or OFW Corner, a section that features various services that address employment and contract verification concerns, as well as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) benefits for accredited members. The eFILIPINAS app is now entering its third phase of development ...

How To Mitigate Copyright Risks Of Video Game Streaming
Law360 - 2019-12-11
Unfortunately, as often is the case with new media, the law has not kept pace with the rise of this content, leaving copyright owners, streaming services and individual content creators in a legal gray area with respect to intellectual property ownership and infringement. In this article, we examine the potential harms copyright owners may seek ...

HSBC agrees to pay $192M to resolve decade-long probe
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-11
The amount of undeclared assets rose to $1.26 billion in 2007, before dropping by half three years later. HSBC Switzerland offered a variety of traditional Swiss banking services that helped clients cheat the IRS, including advising clients to withdraw less than $10,000 to avoid reporting requirements, and providing credit, debit and travel ...

PNP, BI coordinating with Chinese counterparts to identify Chinese criminals in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) are closely coordinating with their Chinese counterparts to identify the Chinese nationals allegedly involved in criminal activities, including kidnapping, so they can be deported. DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete, who has supervision over the BI ...

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesperson lashes out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
The appeals court rejected those arguments and also upheld his classification as a sexually violent predator subject to lifetime supervision. Cosby, 82, can now ask the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal. He recently said he is prepared to serve the full 10-year sentence rather than express remorse to the parole board. The long-married ...

Economic team crosses fingers for 6-6.5 percent GDP growth in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
Predictions estimate Philippine economy to grow between 6 and 6.5 percent this year largely because of easing inflation though tugged in part by slow growth in external trade. In a report on ...

Jeremy Corbyn will nationalize UK utilities in 100 days. 'Simply huge' changes loom if Labour wins the election
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-11
Even so, IFS economists said they doubt that Labour can bring in as much tax revenue as promised over the long term, especially if the party's policies harm business confidence. They also warn that certain tax and spending pledges were not covered in Labour's funding plan. Corbyn is trailing Johnson in the polls, but the memory of the 2017 ...

Kim Kardashian Says 'Orgasm Doctor' Infringed Her Image
Law360 - 2019-12-11
Law360 (December 10, 2019, 7:38 PM EST) -- Reality television star Kim Kardashian West on Monday accused an Alabama doctor -- who allegedly calls himself "the orgasm doctor" -- of illegally using her name and likeness to sell his "Vampire Facial" cosmetic procedure, according to a copyright infringement suit lodged in California federal ...

2019 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards complete list of winners
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-12-11
RADIO JOURNALISM AWARD-BEST REGULAR RADIO ... with Ms. Carmelita Nuqui of the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW), Dr. Celia Reyes of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), Dr. Edna Co of CIFAL Philippines, Prof.

House panel backs plastic tax bill for plenary okay
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-10
THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday endorsed for plenary approval the measure imposing an excise tax on single-use plastic, which could generate additional revenues of P4.8 billion for the government. Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, the panel chairman, said the substitute bill will impose a levy of P20 per kilo on single-use plastic ...

Charter change gets support of citizens and 256 local officials
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-10
"The window of opportunity is getting smaller because of the dynamics of the 2022 elections," he said at the same briefing. The task force earlier asked Congress to institutionalize a Supreme Court ruling that the just share of local government units must come from all national taxes and not just from national internal revenue taxe

Alleged Chinese drug lord nabbed at NAIA
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- Authorities prevented a member of a big-time Chinese drug syndicate from leaving the country Sunday. A report from the Bureau of Immigration (BI ...

Senators urge PNP to scrutinize alleged Makati abduction case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Senators Joel Villanueva and Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to take a closer look at the alleged Makati kidnapping incident ...

Payment of bills, real property taxes, now made easier for ManileƱos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-10
The City Government of Manila recently sealed an agreement with CIS Bayad Center, Inc. and MultiSys Technologies Corporation to be able to provide utmost convenience to ManileƱos for payment of ...

Pagcor, BIR not yet closing illegal POGOs despite Duterte's ultimatum
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) - The state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Bureau of Internal Revenue have not yet ordered the closure of some Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs that have failed to pay their corresponding tax obligations. This is despite President Rodrigo Duterte's warning last ...

Hontiveros: China 'in charge of the nuts and bolts' of PH power grid
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-10
State Grid Corporation of China holds 40 percent stake in NGCP ... the government is losing money while NGCP is raking in profits due to tax exemptions. The solon also called for a cybersecurity audit of NGCP operations following the statement of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi that China can potentially shut down the country's power transmission ...

Provisions of water concession agreements raise a lot of issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-09
This interpretation allows them to pass on to consumers their business expenses, including corporate income taxes. Unfortunately, the "legal interpretation" is still pending today in the Supreme Court.Second, the "mere agents" explanation allows these companies to increase their return on investment to more than 12 percent (an ...

BI to launch Naia e-gates, this time for departures
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-09
Manila, the Philippines - March 28, 2019: A321 airliner from Philippine Airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 2, in Manila. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) will inaugurate electronic gates (e-gates) -- for departing passengers this time -- at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas to hasten the ...

SC launches judiciary help desk
philstar.com - 2019-12-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) launched yesterday its Judiciary Public Assistance Section (JPAS) to address complaints about questionable conduct of judges and delayed court proceedings. A pet project of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, the JPAS is composed of three units: the help desk, hotline and e-mail messaging. The JPAS ...

CHMSC to hold career, job fiesta
Sun Star - 2019-12-09
THE Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) is conducting the Career and Job Fiesta at CHMSC Talisay Campus Gym on December 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The activity is in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Western Visayas, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) - Talisay, Talisay City Government ...

Is it the start of something new?
philstar.com - 2019-12-09
The year is almost over and it will be another year since the passing of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Throughout this year, the government has been deliberating on other tax reforms; i.e., Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) and Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act ...

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