Cost of producing palay in PHL hits all-time high
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-02
The average cost of producing palay in the Philippines rose to an all-time high of P12.42 per kilogram (kg) last year due to more expensive fuel and labor, according to the Philippine Statistics ...

Reforms to simplify financial tax scheme will put PHL apace with Asean peers: NTRC
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-02
for resident individuals and nonresident aliens engaged in trade or business, while retaining the exemption of domestic and foreign corporations on intercorporate dividends except sole corporations.

LTFRB execs to tackle formula for predetermined PUV fare - 2018-12-02
The TWG, headed by LTFRB Executive Director Samuel Aloysius Jardin, is composed of representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Labor ...

A divorce settlement for Brexit
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-02
The "Canada-style deal" (in the way Canada deals with the EU) proposed that the UK would have free trade with the EU, but no freedom of movement (stop free immigration from and to EU countries, no more reciprocal open visas for travel and business).

Bam Aquino: Senate should take lead in investigation of PH-China deals
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) -- Senator Bam Aquino on Sunday said he hopes the Senate will take the lead in investigating deals of the Philippine government with China. In CNN ...

Only Alejano opposes same-sex unions in TV senatorial forum
Rappler - 2018-12-02
At the House of Representatives, former speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been pushing for a civil union bill. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said during oral arguments that a civil union bill gives the same legal rights and status to ...

CA orders Pagcor to grant license for Waterfront casino
Rappler - 2018-12-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a Manila court ruling which ordered the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to issue a provisional license to Waterfront Philippines Incorporated for a casino-hotel. The CA 6th ...

Department of Justice probes 2 law enforcers, lawyer
Journal - 2018-12-02
They are not even regular or organic personnel of the Bureau of Immigration, to begin with. And yet they allegedly had the temerity to abuse or take advantage of their delegated authority for apparently personnel gain. If true, this is a violation of their ...

Notes from the courtroom
Rappler - 2018-12-02
A fellow reporter also caught him reading How Democracies Die at another hearing. Supreme Court oral arguments are also filled with light moments, believe it or not. Imagine a classroom setting, but instead of one professor, you have 15, and sometimes one ...

Comelec: Junk candidates campaigning early
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-01
The Comelec, however, cannot do anything about this since the Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that premature campaigning was not an election offense. The high court said that this was because one ...

Hope seen for consumers to set power rates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-01
In a statement, Romeo Junia, who filed the petition at the CA seeking a reconsideration of an earlier ruling favoring Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), said the new CA decision was partial victory ...

Government caps off Sulong Pilipinas forum - 2018-12-01
They also asked the government to simplify the processes of the Bureau of Internal Revenue; enhance peace and order through greater police and military visibility in rural areas, intensive monitoring in coastal areas, and continuing martial law in Mindanao ...

Fear, ignorance define AIDS epidemic - WHO - 2018-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- "Fear, stigma and ignorance" are what defined the HIV epidemic that raged through the world in the 1980s, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the world commemorated the 30th World AIDS Day yesterday, WHO claimed ...

PHL ranking in World Talent Report stagnant
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-01
The relatively higher rank of the Readiness factor was mostly driven by the sub-indicators on availability of skilled labor (7th), language skills (20th), and availability of competent senior ...

Go on with suspension of fuel tax hike, Gatchalian urges Duterte
Inquirer - 2018-12-01
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian wants President Rodrigo Duterte to continue with the suspension of the second tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products despite the advice of his economic managers.

Could the Inventions Created by Artificial Intelligence be Protected within the Scope of Intellectual Property Rights?
Lexology - 2018-12-01
Intellectual Property (IP) refers to exclusive rights associated to creations of the mind. These rights allow creators, or owners, of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. But what if these ...

Duterte to confer top civil service award on late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 30) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to bestow the Quezon Service Cross -- the highest civil service award -- to the late Senator Miriam Defensor ...

Insurgency cited for Duterte absence at Bonifacio rite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-30
MalacaƱang did not immediately say where in Mindanao Mr. Duterte rushed off to. If he were alive... Labor groups said if Bonifacio had been alive today, he would be leading rallies against the ...

A hailstorm of fury
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-30
Which leads me to believe that they have done the same with China. Not an unreasonable assumption. If so, then what is the basis for their opinions, as reported by SWS? It has to be their experiences with the Chinese people they meet, plus inherited ...

Fox News Takes A Swing At TVEyes
JD Supra - 2018-11-30
Fox News sued for copyright infringement; TVEyes asserted a fair use defense, which was rejected by the Second Circuit. TVEyes is asking the Supreme Court to overturn that decision. TVEyes based its defense on the contributions its service makes to free ...

Digong and the Golden Rule
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-30
What a delightful day it was for the administration and alumni of the University of the East ... It came to mind when the news that drug dealers in Cebu are offering bounties for every policeman killed! The chief of the Cebu Provincial Police himself ...

Climate change is already here, and heat waves are having the biggest effect, report says
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-30
"High- and low- income countries are affected negatively," said Elizabeth Robinson, professor of environmental economics at the University ... followed by the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia ...

How childhood aspirations translates into motivation to succeed in adulthood
InterAksyon - 2018-11-29
My Dream in a Shoebox is an education initiative established in 2009 by TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines. It supports the dreams of impoverished children by providing them shoe boxes filled with ...

DBCC reverses proposal to suspend oil excise tax hike in 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) -- The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on Thursday recommended that the government push through with the next tranche of fuel tax rate ...

Fewer applicants for drivers, nurses in tourism industry, PSA data show
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-29
Based on the results of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE), the PSA said the total of job vacancies in the tourism sector reached 55,000 between January 2015 and June 2016.

Maria Ressa, Rappler face new tax evasion charges
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed five new tax cases against Maria Ressa, controversial president of Rappler Holdings Corporation, parent ...

DILG, BFAR plan to add teeth to inshore bottom-trawling ban
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-29
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) signed a joint memorandum circular on Wednesday strengthening enforcement of the ban on bottom trawling within municipal waters. JMC 2018-03 ...

Making the workplace safe(r)
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-29
Competency standards and assessment procedures will be established by the Technical Education and Skills Development ... lecturer at the Management and Organization Department, Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business of De La Salle University, Manila.

Maria Ressa, Rappler Holdings charged in court for alleged tax evasion
Rappler - 2018-11-29
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa have been ... correct and accurate information," said the DOJ in its resolution. The first 3 charges are for violation of Section 255 of the Tax Code or failure to file ...

Commentary: Should government enforce total ban on contractualization? - 2018-11-29
The Social Weather Stations survey on joblessness reported that optimism for more available jobs in the next 12 months dropped to 47 percent in June from 49 percent last March; pessimism increased by 3 percentage points to 15 percent. Those who said job ...

Duterte mocks Carpio: He keeps 'hankering' for Hague ruling
Rappler - 2018-11-29
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte explained his decision not to appoint Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice, saying the justice "refused" the post before and was critical of his West Philippine Sea policy.

Angara warns BIR: Recall order taxing health premiums, or else
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has assured the Senate that it would recall its circular imposing tax on health card premiums. If the BIR would not fullfil its promise by next week ...

Groups demand end to info sharing on asylum-seeking children
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-29
HHS and DHS are using information on U.S.-based relatives ... Harrison Rudolph of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School says it effectively puts prospective sponsors ...

How airport authorities replied to theft allegations OFW deported from Saudi Arabia
InterAksyon - 2018-11-28
Please help po???Pakishare po,Last November 17,2018 na deport po ako from Jeddah Saudi Arabia.Ang sabi po sa mga... Being deportees, immigration officials from Jeddah prohibited them to carry any of their possessions with them to the plane ...

Bersamin, not most senior in SC, named 25th Chief Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-28
On the Supreme Court, seniority is based on when magistrates took their seats, not on when they joined the judiciary. President Rodrigo Duterte had said he would choose the most senior magistrate ...

BIR threshes out tax on health card premiums - 2018-11-28
In a text message, Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino said the BIR is reviewing Revenue Memorandum Circular 50-2018, which states that health card premiums are included in the computation of the P90,000 tax-free privilege on employee benefits and ...

The Future Of Intellectual Property Imports In China
Law360 - 2018-11-28
At the China International Import Expo earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will import $30 trillion in goods and $10 trillion in services over the next 15 years. His speech also included a commitment to increase ...

Reforming tourism-related taxes - 2018-11-28
There is quite a furor created when eligible foreigners try to get their refunds. Better still, our travel tax reform initiatives should focus on simplifying taxation on travel. There are quite a number of rules, and perhaps more exemptions, which are ...

CA to hear petition seeking review Meralco-ERC power supply agreements
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-28
THE Court of Appeals has set aside its previous ruling denying the petition of consumer advocate seeking a review of a decision rendered by the Energy Regulatory Commission favoring seven power ...

E-gates go online at Naia, MCIA, DIA
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-28
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said that 13 of these e-gates are now online at the Naia with the recent installation of eight of these computerized devices at Terminals 1 and 2.

CA reconsiders order on intervention petitions on Meralco PSAs; favors consumer
Inquirer - 2018-11-28
The Court of Appeals has reconsidered its earlier resolution denying the petition of consumer advocate Romeo L. Junia for review of an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision favoring Meralco ...

Bersamin: I stand on my own personal record
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- The new chief justice laid any talk about his appointment as the country's top magistrate to rest. In a briefing Wednesday, Chief Justice Lucas ...

Bersamin bests Carpio et al in contest for Chief Justice post
Journal - 2018-11-28
A native of Abra province, Bersamin joined the judiciary in November 1986 when he was appointed as Quezon City trial court judge ... She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law and placed 9th in the 1975 Bar examination.

'Seniority' at the Supreme Court - 2018-11-28
She returned to the Judiciary in 1996 as a judge of the Makati Metropolitan Trial Court The newly appointed chief justice is a graduate of the University of the East law school, finished the 1973 Bar Exams as the ninth placer with an average of 86.3%.

Judges-at-Large idea catching fire
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-28
The figures given were stunning - and they came from no less than immigration and labor officials who claimed that there are some 119,000 of them and they are holding, not working visas, but "tourist" visas. What a wonderful opportunity for a tourist ...

Court of Appeals Justice named new Supreme Court Associate Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang was appointed as the new Associate Justice, MalacaƱang confirmed on Wednesday. Of the 11 ...

Duterte appoints CA Justice Carandang to Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-28
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang as the 181st Justice of the Supreme Court Carandang is the current chairperson of the Appellate Court ...

Lucas Bersamin named new Chief Justice
Sun Star - 2018-11-28
The 69-year-old Bersamin, who hails from Abra, served as presiding judge of the Quezon City RTC Branch 96 in 1986, and was a CA associate justice in 2003 prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009. Bersamin finished law at the University of the ...

Duterte appoints Bersamin as next Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Justice Lucas Bersamin as the 25th Chief Justice. It was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on ...

Bersamin as next chief justice: Questions over seniority, voting history
InterAksyon - 2018-11-28
As associate justice, Bersamin voted in favor of Sereno's ouster, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Heroes' Cemetery, and the Mindanao martial law declaration ... Bersamin graduated from the University of the East College of Law in 1973 ...

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