Revisiting the local tax on holding companies
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-20
Holding companies are plainly not subject to local business tax due to the parameters specified in our local tax code. As early as 2015, our Court of Tax Appeals (Court) en banc seem settled already as to the nontaxability of dividends and interests income ...

Trade chief warns against regional wage hikes
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez warned against the possible negative effects of a regional wage increase. This comes at the heels of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announcing that minimum wages in the ...

Lawyers: Supreme Court cases with tiebreaking Sereno vote can be questioned
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) -- Supreme Court cases with a close result -- particularly those where ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gave a deciding vote -- can now be questioned, two lawyers said on Wednesday. This comes after the ...

DOLE investigating Pepsi, Jollibee for retrenchment of workers
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-20
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is investigating beverage giant Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines for its alleged violation ... Toplis Solution Inc. (TIS), after getting word of their plan to form a labor union.

DOLE mega job fair hires 252 job applicants
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-20
Likewise, 13 POEA-licensed overseas manpower agencies also offered 5,139 vacancies on skilled workers and nurses mostly bound for Miiddle East and United Arab Emirates ... Technology of Bukidnon State University-Gingoog City External.

Duterte names new Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals justices
Rappler - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan associate justice and Emily AliƱo Geluz as Court of Appeals associate justice. Hidalgo's appointment was signed on Monday, June 18, while Geluz's ...

Rappler Talk: Sereno on disbarment, Midas Marquez, Justice Leonen and not having regrets
Rappler - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines - Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sits down with Rappler on Tuesday, June 19, the day that the Supreme Court affirmed her quo warranto ouster. Up until Tuesday, Sereno evaded questions, saying they were covered by sub judice.

Stop & Go Transport Coalition seeks recognition of their own rehabilitated jeepney
UNTV - 2018-06-20
The one-stop-shop is located on the 16th Floor of Columbia Tower in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, near the building of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) along EDSA. The facility houses government agencies concerning the PUV ...

Only indigent seniors entitled to TRAIN subsidy - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Not all senior citizens in the country will receive the P2,400 subsidy for those who will be affected by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Acting Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo clarified that only ...

Bello obtains Ombudsman clearance just in time for JBC interview
Rappler - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was able to present on Wednesday, June 20, an Ombudsman clearance that states he no longer has pending cases before the Office of the Ombudsman. Rappler earlier reported that according to ...

Anish Kapoor sues NRA for copyright infringement
The Art Newspaper - 2018-06-20
Anish Kapoor has followed up on his condemnation of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which used of an image of his Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate (2004) in a promotional video, with a copyright infringement lawsuit aimed at the US gun lobby. "These ...

Australian missionary gets temporary relief, fight vs deportation continues
Bulatlat - 2018-06-20
Australian missionary Patricia Fox attends a solidarity gathering for Moros June 19 at the University ... Quezon City. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea/Bulatlat) "BI seems very determined...but we are also determined to keep on appealing." MANILA ...

Sereno bares alleged harassment by House leaders
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Aside from calls for resignation "mounted by" the President himself, Sereno revealed that leaders of the House of Representatives, in August 2017, threatened to suspend deliberations of the judiciary's budget if the Supreme Court (SC) will not give the ...

Copyright In Architectural Works Is Gaining Traction In Canada - 2018-06-20
Further, while utilitarian features of a copyrighted work are not typically actionable for infringement (pursuant to s.64.1(1)(a) of the Copyright Act), this exception cannot apply to architectural works which always incorporate core structural ...

Jardeleza: Why not take same-sex marriage battle elsewhere?
Rappler - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines - For at least one justice, the Supreme Court (SC) may not be the best venue to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines. As he closed his interpellation of lawyer Jesus Falcis during the SC oral arguments on same-sex marriage ...

CHS: Microsoft's copyright infringement claims are barred
Becker's Hospital Review - 2018-06-19
Microsoft sued Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems in March, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract. In a recently filed answer to the complaint, CHS denies most of the allegations and asserts nine affirmative defenses.

Taxation by LGUs emerging as a key TRAIN concern
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-19
Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. and the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters, Inc. are among the business groups that are seeking to remain shielded from LGU taxes, while ...

Sereno to lead 'people's movement' to hold Duterte accountable - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Hours after the Supreme Court rejected with finality her motion for reconsideration on its decision to oust her as chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno said that she was ready to lead a "people's movement" that would hold the ...

WiseWear founder's new employer wins auction for its intellectual property
The Business Journals - 2018-06-19
The company that hired the founder and former CEO of bankrupt smart jewelry maker WiseWear Corp. is close to owning the intellectual property that the failed startup left behind. WiseWear's intellectual property was made available for sale in late February ...

House to dismiss Sereno impeachment complaint
Sun Star - 2018-06-19
"Without any impeachable officer, there can be no impeachment proceedings," FariƱas stressed. FariƱas issued the statement after the Supreme Court en banc, during its session on Tuesday, June 19, denied with finality Sereno's motion for reconsideration ...

Supreme Court junks Sereno appeal
Sun Star - 2018-06-19
(UPDATED) - The Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday, June 19, still voting 8-6, rejected the appeal of ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and affirmed her unprecedented removal through a quo warranto petition that invalidated her appointment.

Supreme Court junks Sereno's ouster appeal - sources
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- She's out and it's final. Maria Lourdes Sereno was permanently removed as Chief Justice Tuesday as the Supreme Court upheld with finality its earlier decision to oust her from the post, Supreme Court sources told ...

Cheers and Jeers, June 19
New Jersey Herald - 2018-06-19
Last year's inaugural event drew thousands of fans to Newton. Mindful of the need to steer clear of any copyright infringement with the popular franchise created by J.K. Rowling, the merchants group has enlisted the assistance of Big Brothers Big Sisters ...

Voting 8-6, Supreme Court affirms Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 19, affirmed the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a month after it issued the original decision that kicked her out of the Court through the unprecedented quo warranto route.

Former CIA Employee Charged With Unauthorized Disclosure Of Classified Information And Other Offenses
AlexandriaNews - 2018-06-19
The Indictment also charges Schulte with the receipt, possession, and transportation of child pornography, as well as criminal copyright infringement. Schulte, who is presently detained on the child pornography charges, will be arraigned by U.S. District ...

CA junks Sulpicio Lines appeal to restore license to ferry people
Rappler - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals has denied the appeal of Sulpicio Lines Incorporated (SLI) to reinstate its license to ferry passengers. In its decision, the CA's Eleventh Division said that Sulpicio Lines - renamed Philippine Span Asia ...

LIVE: Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage
Rappler - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines - In a historic first, the Supreme Court will tackle same-sex marriage in oral arguments on Tuesday, June 19. In May 2015, only two months after lawyer Jesus Falcis III passed the Philippine Bar, he had filed a petition seeking to ...

UK millennials may be less happy and healthy than their parents by middle age
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-19
a sociologist at the UCL (University College London) Centre for Longitudinal Studies, which was not involved in the study. Henderson's research focuses on the health of millennials, including the impact of zero-hour contracts. "Having a zero-hours contract ...

Suspended ERC commissioners again run to CA - 2018-06-18
The ombudsman found the commissioners guilty of simple neglect of duty for tolerating the misuse of Bill Deposits (BDs) by allowing its commingling with the capital or operation cost of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) contrary to the purpose for which the BD ...

Migration prospects can prevent brain drain -- World Bank - 2018-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor exporting countries like the Philippines can even benefit from the occurrence of the so-called brain drain if their education systems remain elastic to overseas demand and there is continued investment in human capital ...

Supreme Court to vote on Sereno ouster appeal
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- The Supreme Court will decide Tuesday whether or not it would reconsider its decision to oust the former Chief Justice. Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed a motion for reconsideration on May 30 ...

Samsung Threatens U.S. Prosperity By Disregarding Intellectual-Property Rights
Investor's Business Daily - 2018-06-18
Once again Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple hundreds of millions of dollars for infringing that company's intellectual property. But early reaction from Samsung seems to suggest another appeal and yet another round in Apple's six-year-old lawsuit ...

Do You Have a Right To Repair Your Phone? The Fight Between Big Tech and Consumers
Reason - 2018-06-18
In 2012, Lundgren plead guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement for copying and selling CDs for restoring the Windows operating system on broken PCs--CDs that Microsoft gives away for free. So why did ...

Tax amnesty could be a double-edged sword -- Fitch
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-18
THE PLANNED general tax amnesty could yield additional revenues that will help fund development projects, but the government should make sure it does not embolden more people and businesses to cheat the state of its rightful levies, Fitch Ratings said.

Click and save: Websites help Asian maids escape debt bondage
InterAksyon - 2018-06-18
A Hong Kong dollar note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. (Thomas White/Reuters/Illustration/File Photo) GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD HONG KONG/BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- Worn out and empty, it was past midnight when Filipino maid ...

ERC commissioners run to CA to halt suspension order by Ombudsman
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-18
Asirit and Geronimo D. Sta. Ana said the Ombudsman erred in holding them guilty in allegedly allowing the commingling of the bill deposit with the capital or operation cost of Meralco despite its finding that they are not criminally liable for estafa.

Government loses P51-billion ill-gotten wealth case vs Marcos, cronies
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-18
It added a law student could not have finished the law school and passed the bar examinations without knowing such elementary rule. In Marcos-Manotoc case, the Court noted that "despite having the expansive resources of the government, the members of the ...

Are dividends and interest subject to local business tax?
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-18
The person or entity is "authorized by the BSP to perform quasi-banking activities"; 2) The principal functions of the said person or entity "include the lending, investing or placement of funds or evidences of indebtedness or equity deposited to ...

We need whistle-blowers-but they have to be protected!
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-18
It became obvious that compliance officers/security managers will play an increasingly important role in business and government as we move forward. Another issue was also raised and discussed is the need to encourage whistle-blowers to move forward and ...

Labor strikes down 75% in first five months of the year-Bello
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-18
Two of the said cases--Goodyear Steel Pipe Corp. and Ateneo De Manila University--were resolved by the NCMB in Metro Manila. The case of Goodyear ... The last of the three cases, Middleby Philippines Inc. was declared by the NCMB "without the requisite ...

700 OFWs, family members celebrate Migrant Workers Day
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-18
BAGUIO CITY, June 18 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA) - Cordillera Administrative Region treated over 700 Overseas Filipino Workers, returnees and family members to a day of fun, learning and free health and wellness services ...

FB ties up with OWWA for digital literacy, entrepreneurial development of OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-18
FACEBOOK Philippines and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have tied up to hone the digital literacy and entrepreneurship ... Training to assist them in starting and growing their business ventures. To spur social impact, digital-literacy ...

NorMin fisher folks attend labor standards, OSH compliance orientation
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-18
The order highlights employment standards, such as minimum wage, holiday and premium pay, additional premium pay, overtime pay, night shift, differential pay, 13th-month pay, service incentive leave, social security benefits, and other benefits provided ...

House votes 230-0 to approve work-from-home bill - 2018-06-18
Likewise, they shall have the same access to training and career development opportunities as ... The bill mandates the Secretary of Labor and Employment, in consultation with the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) and relevant ...

Sister Fox can stay in PH for now: DOJ grants Australian nun's plea vs Immigration leave order
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) -- The Department of Justice has allowed Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox to stay in the country after it revoked the order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to cancel her missionary visa. Acting on Fox's appeal ...

Laborer training a priority in national infrastructure push, NEDA says
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-18
the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. In a statement on Monday, NEDA Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said, "To fully maximize gains from Build Build Build, the Philippine labor market should be ready to meet the infrastructure program ...

Debt-ridden soldiers to undergo financial management seminar -- AFP
UNTV - 2018-06-18
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a financial management training for its members to prevent them ... and the anti-kidnapping groups of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). "Upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte ...

OWWA scholar from Gensan graduates magna cum laude
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-18
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 14 (PIA) -- A daughter of a seafarer from General Santos City graduated from college with flying colors. Maria Kassandra Villaneza graduated magna cum laude from the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos ...

Nearly 4,500 jobs up for grabs in Independence Day fair
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-18
Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, PAG-IBIG, National Labor Relations Commission, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Tripartite ...

LOOK: Why NutriAsia workers are on strike
Rappler - 2018-06-17
NutriAsia management, in a statement, denied that it was engaging in illegal labor practices. They said they "ensure that B-Mirk group provides all mandated benefits to its regular employees." "For about two weeks, they (workers) managed to prohibit entry ...

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