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 ...

SC allows live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation on Thursday
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-10
The faƧade of the Supreme Court Building on Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila. THE Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to allow live media coverage of the promulgation of the decisions of the ...

No, I will not be your scapegoat
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-10
A person who represents himself as a spokesman of the industry recently issued a press release, and I quote: "The joint committees rail-roaded like a bullet train the deletion of 39 provisions, like an oversight committee for the OWWA [Overseas Workers Welfare Administration] Fund, blacklisting of foreign employers, safeguards for the OWWA ...

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 ...

Duterte unwilling to compromise over "onerous" water deals
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to get to the bottom of the issues concerning water concessionaires and will meet with their officials to ...

Senate approves bill granting night differential pay to government employees
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- The Senate passed on its third and final reading a bill that would grant night differential pay for government employees. Senate Bill No. 643, or An Act Granting Night Shift Differential Pay to Government Employees Including Those in Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and ...

Palace hits granting of political asylum to Filipino couple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-09
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the decision of San Francisco Immigration Judge Ila Deiss was "misplaced," for granting asylum to Philippine-born couple Rene and Joy Flores for fear of persecution from the government if they are sent back to the country. The Flores couple went to the United States in 2000 to visit relatives ...

Ombudsman Martires insists on prioritizing corruption prevention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-09
It is better to prevent than to prosecute or investigate," he said. Martires, who is also a former Supreme Court associate justice, added: "If we continue, if we will be successful in our program preventing corruption, we will be able to abolish one court in the Philippines and this is Sandiganbayan." As the body tasked to investigate ...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-09
The Labor Department said employers added 266,000 positions, well above estimates of 184,000. The report also showed unemployment falling to a 50-year low. Separately, an index that measures how ...

Love for life, creation and the courage to defend it binds the 10 SUN awardees
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-09
The 76-year-old widow of journalist Jose Burgos Jr., whose trailblazing Mosquito Press publications during the Marcos dictatorship led the International Press Institute (IPI) to honor him in year 2000 ... The feisty leader, dubbed by some as the "Gabriela Silang of Mindanao," has never buckled down in her fight against illegal loggers ...

Pope appoints Cardinal Tagle to global Vatican post
InterAksyon - 2019-12-09
Tagle, a progressive who sees eye-to-eye with Francis on social issues from poverty to immigration, has already had decades of pastoral experience as a priest, as bishop of the Philippine city of Imus and later as archbishop of Manila.

Palace: Talks in PH should not be an issue to Joma
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-08
Last week, Duterte directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, head of the government peace panel, to reach out to CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison, who is in self-exile in The Netherlands ...

CTA denies Duty Free appeal of tax refund ruling
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-08
The PSALM ruling found that under Presidential Decree No. 242, all disputes and claims solely between government agencies and offices must be settled by the Secretary of Justice, the Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel depending on the issues and agencies involved. The CTA said that the interpretation of the provisions of PD ...

Peralta, Bernabe head FLP boards of judges
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-08
The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena PS. Yaptangco.

NPA declares 1-week ceasefire in typhoon-hit Bicol region
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Communist rebels in the Bicol region have declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire to give way for the delivery of aid to typhoon-ravaged areas.

MWSS to water firms: Defer New Year rate hikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-07
"The concessionaires have challenged this in court, and it is still pending at the Supreme Court." Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., one of the most outspoken Cabinet members, backed the ...

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by Nativity scene
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-07
Nativity scenes have triggered legal battles in the US when erected on public property over the question of the separation of church and state. Controversies have made their way to the US Supreme Court. In one recent case, a small city in the US state of Delaware ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property.

Guardians of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-06
After aligning with the agenda, SHDA was recognized for its central role in the first housing boom in the country between 1987 ... Housing Industry Plan 2012-2030 in cooperation with the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. In the plan, SHDA said the housing backlog can peak at 12.5 million units ...

34 substantive and procedural laws on condominium units
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-06
Demand for residential property, particularly condominium units, has steadily increased in the Philippines. According to real estate research company Global Property Guide (GCG), the take-up of pre-sold condominium units in Metro Manila has reached 54,000 units last year, or more than the previous record-high of 52,600 units in 2017. Starting ...

Agriculture chief endorses passage of CITIRA
philstar.com - 2019-12-06
He said the Department of Agriculture would launch early next year a national agripreneur program catering exclusively to graduates of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agribusiness college courses. Groups from various industries are opposing the CITIRA bill as they will be compelled to pack up operations here and relocate to another ...

70% of Pinoys worried over rise of Chinese workers -- SWS
philstar.com - 2019-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven in 10 Filipinos expressed concern over the increase of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The poll, taken last September and released on Thursday, found 70 percent of Filipinos were "worried ...

Nun tagged in Esperon perjury complaint posts bail
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6)-- An 80-year-old nun has posted bail on Friday after she was tagged in a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Sr.

SWS: 7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue closed down three Pogo service providers. On Nov. 30, President Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government. --INQUIRER RESEARCH

SC orders Sandiganbayan to try Lapid in fertilizer case
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-05
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the trial of the graft charges filed against Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and three officers of a trading firm in connection with ...

Moving on at Clark
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

Supreme Court reverses dismissal of graft case vs Senator Lito Lapid
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a graft case against a lawmaker. In a decision promulgated August 19, 2019 and released to the media Thursday, the court ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate and resolve the multimillion-peso fertilizer scam involving Senator Lito Lapid.

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation pressed
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
VARIOUS media outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case set on December 19, 2019. In a three-page letter sent to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Media Freedom ...

Hundreds of foreigners working sans permit face deportation-DOLE exec
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
and their service providers that the said FNs are not documented with the DOLE and Bureau of Immigration (BI). The said FNs were given due time apply to secure their Alien Employment Permit (AEP ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts
philstar.com - 2019-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds. In a memorandum order, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay revoked the provisions ...

Finally, a Carolinian in the Supreme Court!
philstar.com - 2019-12-04
We learned that with the filling of the two vacancies created by the retirement of Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeliza, President Duterte now has 12 members of the Supreme Court who owe their seats to him. By 2022, only two of 15 high court members will be non-Duterte appointees. Justice Delos Santos had served as Court of Appeals (CA ...

SC issues TRO vs lower court ruling that stopped expropriation of Peco assets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
ILOILO CITY--The Supreme Court has stopped the enforcement of a lower court decision that would have prevented the takeover by a new power distribution firm of assets and facilities of Panay Electric Co. (Peco) under a new franchise. In an en banc resolution issued on Dec. 3, the high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop ...

Supreme Court asked to allow live media coverage of court ruling on Ampatuan Massacre
MindaNews - 2019-12-04
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) - Print, television, radio, and online news agencies across the country have asked ... The petition was signed and submitted by the officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ...

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