April sees more jobs; quality wanting
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-05
Ruben Carlo O. Asuncion, chief economist at Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), noted that agriculture "has always been a laggard, so this is not surprising." "It must be noted that employment in agriculture and its measurement is very tricky ...

Anthony Alden S. aguilar
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Anthony Aguilar a senior partner of The Tax Offices of Romero, Aguilar & Associates and a former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. He is a member of the MAP National Issues Committee and MAP Task Force for Taxation.

Senate relocation to BGC defended
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Gatchalian added that many government agencies are also relocating to the area, citing as examples the Supreme Court and Energy Regulatory Commission.

Duterte to S. Korean businessmen: You'll be safe in PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) -- President Rodrigo Duterte allayed fears of South Korean businessmen who want to invest in the Philippines, saying they would be safe in the country. Speaking at an event in Seoul Tuesday, the President ...

SC to hold oral arguments on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court
Rappler - 2018-06-05
It is tricky business because when the Philippines signed the Rome Statute in 2011, there was no provision mandating the Senate's concurrence in the event that it would be terminated in the future. In February 2017, 14 senators filed Senate Resolution No ...

SolGen has 5 days to comment on Sereno's ouster appeal
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) -- The Supreme Court (SC) ordered Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday to comment on the appeal filed by Maria Lourdes Sereno against her ouster "within the non-extendable period of five days from notice".

Court rejects arrest of Korean Air 'nut rage' matriarch
Rappler - 2018-06-05
She later served a short prison sentence. Earlier this year, her younger sister Cho Hyun-min was accused of throwing a drink at an advertising agency manager's face in a fit of rage during a business meeting. Their father, Cho Yang-ho, issued a public ...

Environmental lawyer praises ruling on landfill
philstar.com - 2018-06-05
CEBU, Philippines -- Environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa, Jr. commended the Court of Appeals for issuing a Writ of Kalikasan against the controversial landfill in Barangay Inayawan in Cebu City. The writ essentially bars the city government from reopening ...

Plastic pollution a multifaceted problem, calls out companies to take action
Greenpeace International - 2018-06-05
A report by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), released in September 2017 and entitled "Fueling Plastics", details how over 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels [4]. As plastic and fossil fuels ...

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
"Today's decision is remarkably narrow, and leaves for another day virtually all of the major constitutional questions that this case presented," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

What to expect at Monday's Apple event
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
Still, there's a chance he could mention immigration, gun control, or just wish everyone a happy Pride month. It wouldn't just be the CEO speaking from his heart. If limited product announcements are scheduled, Cook could drum up more coverage around the ...

Bam Aquino: People in tears over higher prices of fuel, goods
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
He added that the government could still make up for the ?70 billion it is expecting to collect from excise taxes by fixing the efficiency of government spending and the efficiency of collection by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

Fish & Richardson Adds Distinguished Intellectual Property and Patent Litigator Esha Bandyopadhyay to Silicon Valley Team
The Business Journals - 2018-06-04
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson has announced that Esha Bandyopadhyay has joined the firm's Silicon Valley office as a principal in the Litigation Practice Group. Bandyopadhyay brings close to two decades of experience ...

The war on corruption
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-04
Sereno did not submit a complete set of Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, starting from when she was a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law. This amounted to a violation of the Constitution, a betrayal of public trust.

Group says conditions ripe for picking new telco player, initiating reforms
newsbytes.ph - 2018-06-04
In a letter sent to Department of Information and Communications Technology ... "At any rate, bringing in the new player early allows it to already start building a core radio network and basic infrastructure, which in any event would be a pre-requisite ...

U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case
Rappler - 2018-06-04
WASHINGTON, USA - The US Supreme Court on Monday, May 4, ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in a closely-watched case pitting gay rights against religious liberty. In a 7-2 decision, the high ...

Tax Notes: Filing excise tax returns for invasive cosmetic procedures
Sun Star - 2018-06-04
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a tax advisory amending the provisions on filing the excise tax on cosmetic procedures. Effective May 18, excise taxpayers must use BIR Form No. 0605 - Payment Form, indicating alphanumeric tax code (ATC ...

Aquino at Dengvaxia hearing: We did what we did to save lives
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-04
FORMER President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday showed up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to seek the dismissal of the criminal complaints filed against him and 44 others for their alleged role in the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccine mess. At the ...

Wrong policies that keep oil prices and power rates rising
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-04
"From a policy perspective, there was no reason to privatize PNOC Petron even at the time. Why would a government in dire need of cash be willing to let go of a good source of income? PNOC was the biggest government corporation in terms of revenue.

Charges against Aquino hints at presidential cycle of prosecuting predecessor
InterAksyon - 2018-06-04
Former President Benigno Aquino III and former Health Secretary Janette Garin face reporters after they were summoned by the Commission on Elections law department to shed light on the Dengvaxia mess. (Photo by Edd Gumban/Philstar.com) Former President ...

Doing business in the Philippines made easier
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-04
It will be interesting to see the effect of RA No. 11032 in the months and years to come. Note that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), through its issuances, is striving to align with the objective of helping taxpayers streamline their registration ...

Owwa releases P7M for livelihood of OFWs
Sun Star - 2018-06-04
AS of May this year, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Davao Region has released more than P7 million for the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program that aims to assist distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned home.

Fewer students enroll in Boracay schools amid closure
Rappler - 2018-06-04
Fernandez availed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development educational assistance, and had worked for the emergency work program of the Department of Labor and Employment. The social welfare department had already provided P910,000 worth of ...

Ex-President Aquino: Supreme Court 'forced' Sereno ouster
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) -- Former President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno did not go through the proper process unlike the impeachment of her predecessor. "Masyadong pilit ang ...

Bunye: Swim at your own risk
Sun Star - 2018-06-04
Years ago, alarmed bay area residents filed a petition with the Supreme Court to compel the authorities to stop the further degradation of Manila Bay. The Supreme Court responded by issuing a continuing mandamus directing 11 government agencies ...

Anti-migrant party in front in Slovenia election
Rappler - 2018-06-04
Early elections were called in March after Cerar threw in the towel following months of public-sector strikes and internal wrangling within his coalition, with the last straw coming when a supreme court verdict on a flagship infrastructure project went ...

NPC seeks okay to hike power rates, cites TRAIN
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-03
Earlier, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported that the net gain from the implementation of the TRAIN reached P12.5 billion in the first quarter of the year. "As crude oil prices [rose] dangerously in the world market, so did our revenues. since we ...

BIR seeks to speed up transactions
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-03
The Bureau of Internal Revenue led by Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay -- seen here at the left in a Feb. 13 official photo of the Senate with his boss, Finance Sec. Carlos G. Dominguez -- is one of key government offices that has been simplifying procedures ...

ERC: Power supply agreements without ECCs to be dismissed
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-03
Inc. It also has a PSA with St. Raphael Power Generation Corp., its joint venture with Consunji-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. Meralco is also seeking approval for PSAs with Central Luzon Premiere Power Corp., Mariveles Power Generation Corp., Panay ...

Volatile trading expected this week
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-03
Weekly top price gainers were Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., which rose 6.9 percent to P6.95; SM Investments Corp., which advanced 4.5 percent to P906.50; and Megaworld Corp., which climbed 4 percent to P4.90. Weekly top price losers were Petron Corp ...

Lawmaker: 'Disconnect' in how economic managers see TRAIN
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-03
Tinio's satements come after labor groups called for wage increase. In the House of Representatives, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed on Thursday a bill to increase the minimum wage nationwide by ?320. The Makabayan Bloc on ...

De Lima: Probe 'influx of Chinese nationals' in Philippines
Rappler - 2018-06-03
With the Philippines relying on Chinese labor and clients, De Lima warned that "any change in policies by the China government could effectively stall, if not cripple, our local economy." The problem with illegal workers: De Lima added that the Chinese ...

Duterte to UN expert on judicial independence: Go to hell
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) -- President Rodrigo Duterte blasted United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Diego García-Sayán early Sunday, telling the expert on judicial independence to "go to hell." "Sino 'yang rapporteur na 'yan?

Even the smartest millennials are stumped by Danish visa rules
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-02
DRUGS giant Novo Nordisk says lowering the drawbridge is essential to running a multinational business. Economists say immigrant workers have taken up 40 percent of new jobs created in Denmark over the past five years, helping the country avoid a ...

New lawyers warned about criticizing courts
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) -- Be careful in criticizing the courts, an associate justice warned over a thousand new lawyers who took their oath Friday. "[The] right to speak in criticism cannot be unbounded," Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin ...

Bacolod can avail P4-B loan with Finance department
Sun Star - 2018-06-02
Ramos, chairperson of the City Council committee on sports, said the DOF study showed that Bacolod is entitled to apply a loan of P4 billion which is based on the city's Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and local sources of funds. "Bacolod is entitled to ...

Difficult work ahead to reconcile Senate, House versions of BBL
Rappler - 2018-06-02
MANILA, Philippines - "Significant differences" of the Senate and House versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may mean more heated debates among legislators in the coming weeks. In a statement on Saturday, June 2, Senate Minority Floor Leader ...

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught
Rappler - 2018-06-02
WHISTLER, Canada - The EU on Friday, June 1, launched its first counteroffensive against Washington's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs while the US began meetings in Canada with outraged finance ministers from its top trading partners. Meanwhile in ...

PLDT begins validating employees for regularization
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-02
PLDT, however, clarified it is still seeking a review of the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) order, as its appeal is pending in the Court of Appeals. In a statement released on May 2, PLDT said: "Certain aspects of the decision were ...

Substantial wage hike, a question of survival for workers
Bulatlat - 2018-06-02
MANILA - Whenever the Filipino labor sector drums up their ... at the expense of the working poor. Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia recently announced the 6.8 percent Philippine economic growth for the first quarter of 2018 to be among ...

New lawyers risk contempt with purple ribbon at Supreme Court rites
Rappler - 2018-06-02
Ng and several other batchmates from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law wore the purple ribbon on their hands and wrists during the oath-taking. She said Bersamin's warnings did not scare her, but surprised her instead. "We all knew that ...

COA flags P10 million excess allowances paid to OSG
philstar.com - 2018-06-01
Based on COA records, at least four client agencies directly paid the OSG lawyers in 2017 - Development Bank of the Philippines (P1.6 million), Occidental Mindoro State College (P148,500 ... "Confirmation with Accounting Division disclosed that ...

Jay-Z Wins Copyright Infringement Appeal Over One Of His Classic Songs
AllHipHop - 2018-06-01
(AllHipHop News) Jay-Z has scored another legal victory in a copyright infringement battle over his song Big Pimpin' after an appeals court sided with the rapper. The "99 Problems" hitmaker and producer Timbaland were slapped with a copyright infringement ...

Prince's estate sues Yukon man for copyright infringement
NewsOK - 2018-06-01
Prince's estate is suing a Yukon man in Oklahoma City federal court. The music icon's estate is accusing Phil Shadid of committing copyright infringement for profit. The estate is asking a judge to permanently ban Shadid from distributing Prince's works.

Micro-enterprise training for repatriated women OFWs held in Kuwait
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-01
It is the first-of-its-kind that provides a step-by-step entrepreneurial training, business counselling, and self-assessment for the OFWs to determine the most appropriate business model and scale based on their skills and resources. "This is our way of ...

TRAIN as TREN
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-01
Interest rates are the price for money given out as loans by the banks. Higher interest rate means higher cost of doing business, which adds to inflation. Interest rates should be higher than inflation rate. Otherwise, the banks lose money. If inflation is ...

Bangsamoro at the crossroads
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-01
Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform ... poverty-stricken ARMM and its nearby areas the highest economic growth in the Southern Philippines the following year. The Neda forecast that the Bangsa­moro region ...

Actually, the US can afford welfare programs for elderly, poor beneficiaries
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-01
This accounting entirely ignores Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs, which I realize may bring to mind the phrase "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?" But I think it comports with the public ...

Tax all Church properties
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-01
or educational purposes shall be exempt from taxation." Worth noting is when the Constitution exempted the Church properties from tax, that sent a foreboding warning that the Filipino people will not be having a democratic, but a clerico-elitist government.

Napoles deserves to be heard --Calida
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-01
Napoles is detained at a detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City after a legal intervention of Calida paved the way for her acquittal by the Court of Appeals in May last year. She spent only two years at the Correctional Institution for Women ...

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