Finally, a Carolinian in the Supreme Court! - 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 ...

Fired Google employees plan to file unfair labor practice charges
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - Four workers who were recently fired from Google are planning to file unfair labor practice charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers will ask the NLRB to conduct an investigation into Google. The filing is expected to be made later this week, according to a representative for the former employees.

US threatens 100% tariffs on French cheese and champagne
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - US trade officials proposed a wave of tariffs on French goods Monday as they released a report finding that a new French tax on digital services -- affecting large American tech ...

Supreme Court scraps PhilSAT
Journal - 2019-12-03
THE Supreme Court yesterday abolished the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) or the uniform entrance examination for law schools for being unconstitutional, saying it was unreasonable and violated the institutional academic freedom. "When PhilSAT is used to exclude, qualify and restrict admissions to law schools, as its present ...

Bzzzzz: New SC justice a USC grad; Batuhan tells who picked 'Manila'
Sun Star - 2019-12-03
He is Conrado R. Seno, executive vice president of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), a business administration and law graduate of University of San Carlos. Totol Batuhan, his colleague at BCDA, finished his law at UP Diliman and his master of laws at Harvard law school. Tell us about it.

Ban deployment of OFWs to Poland, Dole asked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Due to the reported irregularities in the hiring of migrant workers in Poland, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Geneva has asked Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

US stocks stumble amid trade tensions, weak economic data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-02
Technology companies led a broad slide for stocks on Wall Street Monday, handing the market a downbeat start to the month after notching strong gains in November. Industrial, communication ...

Tax obligations of permanent establishments
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-02
The Philippines generally follows the "source of income" rule in identifying the income that are taxable to corporations in the Philippines. For a foreign corporation, whether engaged in business or not in the Philippines, it is taxable only on income derived from sources within the country. The concept of source taxation is premised on the ...

Congress break stalls CITIRA bill passage - DOF - 2019-12-02
MANILA, Philippines -- It would be challenging for Congress to pass the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) within the year following the one-week suspension of Senate sessions, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). The Senate has suspended sessions until Dec. 9 to give way to the Southeast Asian Games and ...

Why students must know about Intellectual Property Rights
India Times - 2019-12-02
Filing for intellectual property rights not only helps innovators protect their invention, but also provides better collaboration and funding opportunities India's research output had an annual ...

Reinventing Corporate Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-02
It also teamed up with the Ty family in the power generation business under Global Business Power Corp., as well as with the Ayala group on the railway business via Light Rail Manila ... about home-building and set up affordable housing developer Camella Homes in 1977. He diversified into middle-income housing through Crown Asia and luxury ...

Ombudsman junks 2nd plunder raps vs Arroyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed another plunder complaint filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several other officials for the alleged ...

DOF seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is pushing for a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes to discourage the youth from buying these products. "Our original position has always been to make sure that the flavors appealing to the youth are not allowed," Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said.

Bello suspends labor inspections in Dececember
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has suspended labor inspections in December to avoid "temptations" to corruption during the Christmas season and dispose of pending ...

PhP 65.6-B budget for Bangsamoro 2020 approved; Education gets biggest chunk
MindaNews - 2019-12-01
Labor and Employment; Human Settlements and Development; Public Order and Safety; Public Works; Science and Technology; Social Services and Development; Trade, Investment and Tourism; and Transportation and Communication. The BPI did not provide a breakdown on the budget but MindaNews was able to obtain a document on the amounts approved for ...

Go assures nurses of pay hike,solid support for health care
Journal - 2019-11-30
Go added that some of the other bills that he filed will surely help nurses further in their professional development and in protecting the health of mothers and children. "These bills seek to amend certain sections of the Philippine Nursing Act to provide for an advanced nursing education program; expand the coverage of the mandatory basic ...

Bongbong says Leonen was never sympathetic to his family
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-30
Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said this Saturday about Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, referring to the electoral protest Marcos filed against Vice President ...

Duterte gives POGOs 3 days to fix tax liabilities
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-29
Metro Manila (November 29, CNN Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte gives Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) an ultimatum -- settle your tax liabilities in three days. The ...

Immigration bureau tightens airport screening of Filipinos traveling to Dubai
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-29
Due to reports that syndicates are using emirate countries as transit points for illegal deployment of OFWs to Iraq The Bureau of Immigration (BI) alerted its agents and frontline staff manning the airport to thoroughly screen every Filipino traveling to Dubai following reports that human trafficking syndicates were using the emirate countries ...

17 Chinese selling farm produce in Divisoria arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
That was why the fruit vendor from Batangas was overjoyed when she learned that 17 Chinese nationals--11 men and six women--were arrested on Monday afternoon by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents who caught them selling produce without permits. "I hope the authorities conduct operations everyday because there are still a lot more illegal ...

Court affirms ruling: GMA talents are regular employees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The group said it was ready to face the network should it decide to elevate the case to the Supreme Court. "If GMA takes the option to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, we will welcome the opportunity to present our case to the high court, and hopefully carve out jurisprudence that can benefit not just media workers, but all ...

Give Filipinos free entrance to SEA Games, labor groups ask
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) on Thursday urged President Duterte to provide free entrance to the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) to all Filipinos, particularly ordinary workers and their families, who cannot afford the cost of watching the games. ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the ...

Court stops liquidation ???of AMA Bank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The Court of Appeals has ordered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the state owned Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) to refrain from implementing their decision to padlock and liquidate the assets of AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong, the banking arm of the AMA Group of Companies of businessman Amable Aguiluz. AMA Bank obtained a 60 ...

DOLE: Off-season job fairs yield fewer HOTS
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-28
Job seekers flock on Thursday (November 28) to the Job and Business Fair, with the theme, "Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan [Jobs, Enterprises and Livelihood]" sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment and the City Government of Pasay, in celebration of the 86th DOLE Anniversary and the 156th Foundation Day of the city. The Department ...

DILG rolls out Constitutional Reform Roadshow in Pampanga
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-28
DILG Pampanga CORE Program Manager Mark Jason Veran explained the first pillar, which focuses on constitutionalizing the Mandanas ruling of the Supreme Court and the revision of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) sharing criteria, as well as the establishment of the Regional Development Authority in the hope of decongesting Metro Manila and ...

CA dismisses GMA Network appeal in regularization case
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) - The Court of Appeals (CA) junked the petition of broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. to reverse an earlier ruling that favored more than 100 of its media workers. In a November 25 resolution, CA Associate Justice Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles denied the appeal filed by GMA Network and its chief ...

More Pinoy nurses wanted in Germany
Gov - 2019-11-28
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Federal Republic of Germany preferred to hire additional Pinoy nurses to address its need for healthcare professionals under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government hiring program administered by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "It has been six years since the ...

Group opposes proposed amendment to VAWC law
Sun Star - 2019-11-28
In fact, ito po ay kasaysayan na pinagtagumpayan ng kababaihan. Even the Supreme Court recognized the need i-respeto ang kababaihan (In fact, this a victorious move for women in history. Even the Even the Supreme Court recognized that there is a need to respect the rights of women)," she said. "Kailangan bigyan sila ng naaangkop na remedyos ...

Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
Since the crackdown on the illegal offshore gambling operators began in September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had closed down three Pogo service providers and collected at least P1.2 billion in corporate taxes before these were allowed to resume operation, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a statement. "Basically we ...

New, modern BIR building to rise by 2022
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
To better serve taxpayers, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will start construction next year of a new, high-rise national office building that is expected to be operational by 2022. Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa of the BIR told the Inquirer Wednesday that the modern, 24-storey building would replace the dilapidated facility currently ...

Lufthansa Technik investing $40M to expand PH capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
who earlier said MRO companies overseas do not pay value-added tax on spare parts, said they have made this position known to the Department of Finance, which is pushing for a new round of reforms under the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act. He added that LTP was taking a long-term view despite the International Air ...

Will we ever learn from past lessons?
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-27
Representatives from the real estate and business-process outsourcing sectors, for example, have expressed concern over the possibility of less than steady supply of electricity in the future.

Government crackdown on POGOs yields additional $25 million revenues - 2019-11-27
In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said a task force led by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has temporarily shuttered three POGO service providers, one of which one has already settled P1.2 billion in tax deficiencies. Dominguez was referring to Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp. (GEGAC) which was closed down last Sept.

Ex-SC Justice Carpio: China gained what it lost from 2016 arbitral ruling
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-27
RETIRED Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said China should not begrudge the ruling of the international tribunal annulling its historic claim to the whole South China Sea (SCS) "because it gained what it lost by having the means to explore the resources of the high seas." Keynoting the 50th Anniversary of the Vienna ...

More Filipino nurses needed in Germany -- DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
The hiring of nurses will be under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government hiring program administered by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). According to data from POEA, Bello said that a total of 903 nurses have been hired to work in Germany since 2013. The labor chief said the nurses are earning a starting ...

CA affirms DAP ruling vs Florencio Abad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier ruling finding former budget secretary Florencio Abad administratively liable for simple misconduct in the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. In a four-page resolution, the Court of Appeals ...

17 makes bid for vacant SC post -- Guevarra
Journal - 2019-11-27
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in October 1974 Peralta is married to Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda C. Lampas-Peralta, a certified public accountant-lawyer, with whom he has four children: Attorney Dorothy, John Christopher, Timothy John, and John Isaac, who are all ...

Court stops liquidation of AMA Bank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
The Court of Appeals has restrained the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) from implementing a recent decision to padlock and liquidate the assets of AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong, the banking arm of AMA Group of Companies of businessman Amable Aguiluz. AMA Bank obtained a 60-day temporary ...

QC judge accepts late court filing of Ampatuan Jr. in Maguindanao Massacre case
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-27
"Further, it is understood that the filing thereof shall not interrupt the period to decide," the judge added. The Supreme Court gave Solis-Reyes until December 20 to render a decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case -- a non-extendible deadline. Ampatuan was mayor of Datu Unsay town when he and his family's private armed group allegedly shot ...

Google's tensions with employees reach a breaking point
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-27
(CNN) - For years, Google was seen as the gold standard of office life. The company pushed workplace culture to new frontiers with enviable benefits such as free meals, office slides, onsite childcare and an emphasis on transparency. But Google is quickly developing a very different reputation as it confronts a mounting backlash from its own ...

Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
said Lacson. But the senator said that should Atienza file a House bill to pursue the proposal and it turns out not to be in consonance with the provisions of the 1987 Constitution, it may end up declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Atienza earlier made the suggestion following the latest feud between President Rodrigo Duterte and ...

Flexible working hours pushed as traffic worsens
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-26
"Guidelines on the Implementatuon of Flexible Work Arrangements and the Exemption From the Nightwork Prohibition for Women Employees in the Business Process Outsourcing." A flexible work schedule will allow employees to achieve a "work-life balance" which will make them "more energized, satisfied, fulfilled and productive."

Metro HSWs likely to get P1.5K monthly pay raise but none for minimum-wage earners at the moment
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-26
The regional wage board is now considering a P1,500 monthly wage increase for household service workers (HSW) in Metro Manila. At a news conference on Tuesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced the proposed raise was contained in the draft wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region ...

Worker on SEAG stadium hurt in fall - 2019-11-26
MANILA, Philippines -- A construction worker was injured after falling from scaffolding he was supposed to dismantle at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila yesterday morning. Richard delos Santos, 45, lost his balance and fell while dismantling the scaffolding during a heavy downpour as organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ...

Solon defends anew proposal to extend probationary period to 2 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-26
Probinsyano Ako Rep. Jose "Bonito" Singson Jr. said this Tuesday as he insisted that his proposed law, House Bill No. 4802, "is definitely a pro-labor measure" that would help workers avoid short term employment. "I find it amusing that the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the primary critic of my proposal, was quoted ...

McDonald's pays $26 million to settle wage theft suit in California
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-26
(CNN) -- McDonald's is paying $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit over wage theft. It's the latest development in a string of conflicts between the major restaurant chain and its employees. The settlement puts an end to a multi-year legal battle between the company and California workers who alleged that McDonald's was skirting ...

Labor groups want Metro Manila minimum pay hiked to P750
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor groups once again called on the government to set the minimum wage for Metro Manila workers at P750 to help their families cope with the cost of living in the capital. In a four-page petition filed on Monday before the Regional Tripartite Wage Board, 10 groups belonging to the Unity for Wage Increase Now (U-Win ...

Dole launches mobile app for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now access information and services from the labor department at their fingertips. The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has ...

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