Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-21
The government had interpreted a section of the tax code to give it a broad ability to charge someone with obstructing or impeding the work of the Internal Revenue Service. It argued that someone could violate the statute by doing something intended to ...

BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu
Rappler - 2018-03-21
MANILA, Philippines - BDO Unibank Incorporated, the Philippines' largest lender, denied allegations by Cebu City Mayor Tommy OsmeƱa that it bribed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. OsmeƱa had accused Aguirre of interfering in the tax cases filed ...

Where are the rights for the most numerous?
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-21
In particular, the following reason is deemed sufficient: proof that the agency has no substantial capital or proof that the agency had no control over the work process or proof that the work outsourced is directly related to the business of the employer.

Digging deeper into the global mining context | 4 ominous trends in global mining
Bulatlat - 2018-03-21
as it affects the export-oriented and foreign-dominated local mining industry. Powerful economic interests in the mining industry, in turn, influence the mining-related policies and programs of the current government of the Duterte regime. 1. Metal prices ...

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting
Rappler - 2018-03-21
San Miguel Corporation, led by businessman Ramon Ang, is also keen on joining the public bidding for the development of an airport in Sangley Point. David has other ties to Duterte and the administration, particularly in the realm of government finance.

BIR watch up against more firms
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-03-21
Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Region 12 said yesterday that they are monitoring more establishments that under-declare their sales to ensure compliance by paying the right taxes. He said this after the closure order given ...

The numbers
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-20
Sobra ang layo sa tiyan ng Supreme Court; sobra din ang layo sa isipan. Except of course, for the legal practitioners, students, and media. Will there be an upheaval? Of course not. Note how the audiences that CJ Sereno bring her case to in order to elicit ...

OFW ban to Kuwait, Oman unlikely to trigger remittance drop
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
According to an advisory from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the measure aims to provide 25,000 jobs to Omani nationals. Likewise, a lower deployment of OFWs is also projected in Kuwait after the Department of Labor and ...

Pagcor seen earning P6 billion from online gaming operations
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
The third-party audit system will adopt mirrored applications both for operators and for the respective business-process outsourcing (BPOs) centers to enable Pagcor to monitor revenues and operations simultaneously. "This means we will have an ...

Blue Ribbon panel to seek quarterly BIR, Customs progress reports
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-20
THE Senate committee on accountability of public officers and investigations (also known as Blue Ribbon) plans to summon the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for quarterly sessions to monitor their collection of taxes.

Industrial Park to rise in Davao Oriental
Davao Today - 2018-03-20
Various agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also provide and facilitate livelihood and skills training for locals to ...

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license - Duterte
Rappler - 2018-03-20
Roque did not elaborate specific companies that may soon have their licenses or permits revoked. Rule 1140 in the Labor Code specifies the proper use, handling, storage, and manufacture of explosives. Duterte, in previous speeches, threatened to close down ...

Voting 33-1, House panel approves Articles of Impeachment vs Sereno
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
After recommending the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, the chairman of the House Committee on Justice on Monday expressed confidence that the House of Representatives would have enough plenary votes to endorse the Articles of ...

Gordon: Billions lost in smuggling can fund basic social services
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) -- Billions of pesos lost in smuggling can fund basic social services, Senator Richard Gordon said Tuesday. Gordon cited a University of Asia and the Pacific study which stated that P905 billion was lost from 2012 ...

Con-Com considering judicial preview of bills
Rappler - 2018-03-20
A provision that allows Congress to ask the Supreme Court for advice on the constitutionality of a bill is being considered by the Constitutional Committee (Con-Com) formed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The proposed measure is seen by its proponents as a ...

Introducing the new Bong Go: Media-shy to media-savvy
Rappler - 2018-03-20
In attendance were Cabinet members like Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and congressmen Jericho Nograles, Luis Raymund Villafuerte ...

House ignores Palace, okays divorce bill
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
Despite the opposition from MalacaƱang, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines. Voting 134 affirmative, 57 negative and two ...

SBMA cites sustained robust economic growth last year
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
Eisma also pointed out that existing business locators in Subic put up 63 expansion projects last year, compared to 37 in 2016, thus generating an additional P1.09 billion in committed investments. Overall, Eisma said the SBMA earned a total of P3.08 ...

Andy Bautista skips Senate hearing on possible money laundering, but buys time to submit affidavit
InterAksyon - 2018-03-19
According to the Bureau of Immigration, Bautista left Manila on November 21, 2017 and the ex-Comelec chair presumably can stay in the US for six months. In reply to a query from Escudero, immigration officials said theoretically, Bautista could fly to Hong ...

The Stockholm Consensus (Numbers 4-6)
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
New technology is linking up the global labor market, making it possible for workers in developing countries to work for global markets and consumers, without having to relocate themselves. This has created new opportunities for workers but has ...

Medialdea advised Napoles lawyer on jail transfer
Rappler - 2018-03-19
David has been seen attending MalacaƱang events. His wife Lanee, who was once a lawyer for Napoles' daughter Jeane, was appointed by Duterte as deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). - Rappler.com

Sereno wants SC to junk petition to oust her
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday formally asked her colleagues at the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition seeking her ouster. Sereno, through her legal counsel, Justin Mendoza, filed her comment on ...

Blaming the victim
Bulatlat - 2018-03-19
But the call by some judges, lawyers, and Supreme Court employees for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign so obviously blames the victim for the decline of public respect for the Supreme Court rather than the desperadoes responsible for it that ...

SALN violations top articles of impeachment against Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The House Committee on Justice, voting 33-1, approved the articles of impeachment against embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. "Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has failed to live up to the ...

House panel OKs articles of impeachment vs Sereno
InterAksyon - 2018-03-19
which has 10 days to include it in the Order of Business for voting in plenary. If at least one-third of the 292-member chamber vote for the Articles of Impeachment, then Sereno is deemed impeached. The Articles of Impeachment will be transmitted to the ...

House Committee on Justice to vote on articles of impeachment vs. Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 16) -- The House Committee on Justice is set to vote on the articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. The panel wants to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for violations in ...

Accountancy then and now
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
What does it take to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Being a CPA requires more than just the four to five years stay in college to study accounting, the countless number of quizzes, exams and retention requirements, and the months of review for the ...

No leave, day off for airport authorities this Holy Week
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
Monreal said they are in touch with the airline representatives, the bureaus of Immigration and of Customs and other security agencies operating at the airport for the smooth flow of passengers. Caap, on the other hand, said added security measures will be ...

PHL lauded for agreeing to FAO pacts on fishing
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
The country also agreed to five conventions of the International Maritime Organization on marine environmental protection, navigational safety and seafarer safety, Oceana said in a news release. Port State Measures (PSMs) are requirements of port states ...

Makati collects P8-B revenue from local sources in January, hits 56% of full-year target
InterAksyon - 2018-03-18
Meanwhile, the city has earned P27.7 million in interest income or 17 percent of target, and received P94.8 million or nine percent of its estimated Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government. Unlike many local government units ...

POEA faces challenges in getting bilateral agreement from other countries
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-16
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia on Get It Straight with Daniel Razon MANILA, Philippines --It is a big challenge for the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to have a bilateral agreement with big countries where a large number of ...

POEA One-Stop Shop
Manila Standard Today - 2018-03-16
Strike Revilla (fifth from left) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officials led by deputy administrator Joy Sanchez discuss the establishment of a POEA One-Stop Shop at the fourth floor of SM City Bacoor, Cavite. Revilla says government ...

Prominent business group urges leaders to follow rule of law in Sereno impeachment
philstar.com - 2018-03-16
In a statement, the Makati Business Club stressed that Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno must have her day in the Senate impeachment court, adding that the process provided by the Constitution in removing officials must be obeyed.

Twist in Napoles scam case shocks, dismays senators
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-16
The reinvestigation on PDAF scam came after the Court of Appeals acquitted Napoles earlier this month in the illegal detention case filed by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy before the Makati regional trial court. Napoles remains in detention ...

Probe deployment of unqualified OFWs to Mideast - Ople Center to POEA
InterAksyon - 2018-03-16
MANILA - A non-government organization that provides assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers called on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to crack down on licensed recruitment agencies that continue to deploy unqualified ...

Intellectual Property: 3 Tips For Architects
JD Supra - 2018-03-15
As an architect your designs combine creativity, technical skill, experience and your unique style. You provide your clients with a customized experience and your work product is one-of-a-kind. Whether you focus on residential or commercial, custom design ...

Labor groups hit Duterte: Where's signed EO vs contractualization?
Rappler - 2018-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - Labor groups on Thursday, March 15, marched to Mendiola to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte for again missing his own deadline to sign an executive order (EO) ending contractualization. "Dinidribble-dribble ng MalacaƱang at even ...

Canada considering tax on internet giants
Rappler - 2018-03-15
Ottawa initially refused to apply a so-called "Netflix tax" on foreign-based internet companies offering ... and also share the benefits of their business model," Joly told the daily French-language newspaper Le Devoir after returning from a trip to ...

Justice denied
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-14
Let us not forget that this is not the first time that SOJ disappointed us. Two of his fraternity brothers who were Bureau of Immigration commissioners, Al Argosino and Michael Robles, allegedly attempted to extort P50 million from gambling tycoon ...

Cebu workers joined company excursion on eve of union polls
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-14
But "union busting" remains a serious problem in the country. "The unfair labor practice of the Kor Landa management is a flagrant violation of the freedom of association of the women workers of the factory. It is ironic that as the nation celebrates ...

BMI flags corporate tax reform risk
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-13
Proposed corporate tax reforms may not be enough to make the Philippines compellingly more competitive than its Southeast Asian peers. -- AFP INVESTMENTS could slow amid uncertainty over planned corporate tax changes, BMI Research said in a March 13 note ...

TRAIN 2 - which cuts corporate income tax but nixes incentives - could derail investments: BMI Research
InterAksyon - 2018-03-13
InterAksyon file photo of DOF Undersecretary Karl Chua, the DOF's face - and brains - in threshing out the fine details of TRAIN 1, which took effect January 1. INTERAKSYON FILE MANILA - Investments flowing into the Philippines could slow down with the ...

Opinions on Several Issues in Enhancing Reform and Innovation in Hearing Intellectual Property Cases
Lexology - 2018-03-13
Intellectual property protection is a basic means to stimulate innovation, a basic guarantee for the motive force of innovation, and a core element of international competitiveness. The judicial work in relation to IPRs of the people's courts, which is ...

Tax amnesty to widen the tax net
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-12
The amnesty will also give taxpayers more time to focus on the impact the TRAIN law has on their business operations. Lawmakers, however, should ensure that the amnesty law includes provisions that will attain its objectives, i.e., it should improve tax ...

100 BI men to be deployed in NAIA terminals, other major ports
Journal - 2018-03-12
OVER 100 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel will be deployed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals and other major ports of the country within the next few months as a fresh batch of newly-recruited immigration officers started ...

PCSO charter needs amendments to remove 20% tax on lottery winnings: BIR expert
InterAksyon - 2018-03-12
Bureau of Internal Revenue expert Marivic Gaban explains to PCSO officials the pros and cons of the 20% tax on lottery winnings. HANDOUT PHOTO, PCSO MANILA - With the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law now implemented, there is no ...

DOF wants all tax reforms ratified by December, skirting populist pressure from May 2019 polls
InterAksyon - 2018-03-12
This package is targeted for ratification by December. Targeted for ratification also by December are changes in property taxation and valuation to give national and local levies in this sector a uniform framework, reforms in capital income and financial ...

DoF wants all tax reforms ratified by Dec.
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-11
Inserted in the second package -- composed mainly of a cut in corporate income tax to 25% by 2022, when President Rodrigo R. Duterte ends his six-year term, from 30% currently and the removal of redundant tax incentives -- which DoF submitted to Congress ...

Judiciary members choose sides as Sereno fights for support
Rappler - 2018-03-11
The Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippine (MetCJAP) is expected to side with those calling for judicial independence A Court of Appeals justice wrote on Facebook: "I choose to be color blind. I will not let anyone tell me what my ...

EDITORIAL - One small step toward justice
m.philstar.com - 2018-03-10
Government prosecutors have indicted 11 members of the Aegis Juris fraternity for the fatal hazing of University of Sto ... was enacted in 1995 in response to the hazing death of Ateneo de Manila Law School student Leonardo Villa at the hands of Aquila ...

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