IC to roll out e-payment system with LANDBANK
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-25
The state-owned lender launched the LANDBANK Link.BiPortal in 2017 with the Bureau of Internal Revenue as its pilot client for tax payment. "The implementation of this e-payment is another milestone in line with the thrust of the government to promote ...

Wider income inequality seen prevailing in federal Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-25
Poorly designed federal and national tax systems under "PHederalism" could widen income inequality in the country, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). In a hearing at the consultative committee tasked to review the ...

BI orders Aussie nun Fox to leave Manila
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-25
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered Australian missionary Patricia Fox to leave the country within 30 days, after the bureau has been established that she violated the conditions of her visa when she participated in political activities while in the ...

Budget deficit widens in Q1
philstar.com - 2018-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines posted a wider budget gap in the first three months of the year, as public spending outpaced revenue performance, treasury data released on Tuesday show. Fiscal deficit in the first quarter reached P162.2 billion ...

Labor groups to stage May 1 rally vs contractualization
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) --Two major labor groups are preparing for an indignation rally on Labor Day to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's supposed failure to end contractualization. Kilusang Mayo Uno and Nagkaisa Labor coalition ...

Taxes and labor inspections drive investors away
philstar.com - 2018-04-25
Businessmen are being pushed into the cliff between heavy taxation and too much labor regulations. In a labor excess economy where more than five million are unemployed and 15 million are underemployed, the government should be mindful of the need to ...

Morales wins SC ruling on 7-year tenure
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-25
Morales is the older sister of lawyer Lucas Carpio, Jr., husband of retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Agnes Reyes-Carpio and father-in-law of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and first cousin of senior SC associate justice Antonio Carpio.

Actor-politician Roderick Paulate faces graft, falsification charges
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces graft and falsification charges at the Sandiganbayan for allegedly hiring ghost employees. Paulate is accused of hiring around 30 fictitious job contractors ...

Jesus Our Victory Church denies tax evasion report
Sun Star - 2018-04-25
Pastor Samuel Cole D. Nicolas told Sunstar Pampanga that the resort and Paras were charged with unlawful pursuit of business and failure to issue receipts or commercial invoices by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) 4. Nicolas admitted that the Kurdan ...

Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox ordered to leave PH after visa forfeiture
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox to leave the country following its decision to forfeit her missionary visa. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said ...

Historical Fact or Creative Expression? Anastasia Copyright Dispute Proceeds to Trial
JD Supra - 2018-04-24
The rights holders in the Play sued McNally and commercial partner Anastasia Musical LLC for copyright infringement, alleging that the Musical had copied creative elements from the Play going beyond the historical record. Jean-Etienne de Becdelievre et al.

Rappler's Maria Ressa seeks more time to address tax case
Rappler - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, through her lawyers on Tuesday, April 24, requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) for more time to submit her counter-affidavit in the tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC).

SC junks plea to remove Morales
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked the consolidated petition seeking to declare vacant the position of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and declare void the decisions she issued from December 1, 2012 up to present. The SC, in its ruling, said that Article ...

Group tells SC: Clarify scope of TRO on RCOA
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-24
The petitioner recounted that on December 27, 2016, the PCCI filed a petition seeking to declare null and void the DOE order and ERC resolutions implementing the mandatory migration of contestable customers from Meralco to other electricity suppliers.

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers
Rappler - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - The Bayan Muna party asked the Supreme Court (SC) to exclude anti-monopoly provisions from the blanket temporary restraining order (TRO) it imposed on the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) policy. Bayan Muna chairman Neri ...

SC upholds divorce with foreign spouse outside PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The country now recognizes a divorce obtained by a Filipino with a foreign spouse outside the country, according to a Supreme Court (SC) ruling. The high court affirmed the September 18, 2014 ruling of the Court ...

Government tax-reform program to level playing field-DOF
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-24
The government needs to rationalize the tax system for businesses in the country to level the playing field for the benefit of over 800,000 local corporations that have been paying regular taxes, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). DOF Assistant ...

TiVo Enters Intellectual Property License Agreement with Telstra
Yahoo Finance - 2018-04-24
TiVo Corporation (TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that the company has entered a multi-year intellectual property (IP) license agreement with Telstra, a leading telecommunications and technology ...

Amicrobe, Inc., Developer Of Novel Technology For Antibiotic Resistance, Adds Safety Application To Intellectual Property Portfolio
Yahoo Finance - 2018-04-24
The company announces filing of a PCT application focused on safety in the treatment of antibiotic resistant infections, as well as multiple international acceptances of its two foundational patents. CARLSBAD, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire ...

Theme park finds inadvertent ally
Sun Star - 2018-04-24
VICE Governor Jose Mari Pelaez is questioning why the Provincial Assessor's Office reclassified five parcels of land registered under the UC-1 Corporation for taxation purposes without the approval of the Provincial Board (PB). During the regular session ...

Stocks sink; Jollibee, Ayala Land fall
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-24
The peso closed at 52.30 against the US dollar Tuesday, down from 52.24 Monday. Major property developer Ayala Land Inc. fell 2.9 percent to P40.05, while Jollibee Foods Corp., the biggest fastfood chain, slumped 3.1 percent to P285. SM Prime Holdings Inc ...

SC: Philippine courts now recognize divorce obtained by Filipino from foreign spouse
philstar.com - 2018-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that a divorce obtained by a Filipino from a foreign spouse is deemed valid in the Philippines. SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that 10 justices ruled that "a foreign divorce secured by a ...

Jack Daniel's sues Texas competitors, calls out bad customer reviews
The Business Journals - 2018-04-24
Jack Daniel's Properties Inc. has filed a lawsuit against two Texas-based competitors alleging copyright infringement, dilution of trademarks, false advertising and other grievances. The suit was filed against Dallas-based Dynasty Spirits Inc. and Houston ...

In landmark ruling, SC recognizes divorce in marriage with foreigners
Rappler - 2018-04-24
BAGUIO, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc issued a landmark ruling on Tuesday, April 24, recognizing divorce in marriages with foreigners. Voting 10-3-1, the SC en banc ruled "that a foreign divorce secured by a Filipino against a foreign ...

LeBron James, Uninterrupted sends letter to Alabama over copyright infringement
Yahoo Sports - 2018-04-24
LeBron James and his multimedia company UNINTERRUPTED have called out Alabama over copyright infringement. The Crimson Tide football program released a trailer for "Shop Talk," which features former player Julio Jones and coach Nick Saban at a barber shop ...

Court says monkey can't sue over selfie
The Salem News - 2018-04-24
Copyright infringement can only be claimed on behalf of humans, the court said. The unanimous, three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against a photographer whose camera ...

The Government reforms the Intellectual Property Law via a Royal Decree-Law in order to come into line with European legislation
Lexology - 2018-04-24
The Government approves Royal Decree-Law 2/2018 amending the Intellectual Property Law in order to include the directives on collective management of copyright and permitted uses of works by the blind In view of the imminent risk of a penalty due to the ...

Can a Stock Photography Agency Bring a Copyright Lawsuit? The Ninth Circuit Says "Maybe," and the Supremes Say Nothing
JD Supra - 2018-04-23
Can a stock photography agency bring a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of individual photographers? According to the Ninth Circuit, the answer is "maybe." A recent decision provides another example of what the Ninth Circuit referred to as ...

New Destinations for Philippine Workers Are Russia, China
Bloomberg L.P. - 2018-04-23
"Russia is opening their market for the first time to the Philippines," Bernard Olalia, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said in an interview in his office in Manila. "They want a government-to-government deployment ...

ICTSI South Pacific inks agreements with labor unions
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said its units have signed agreements with Papua New Guinea Maritime Transport Workers Union (PNG MTWU), ahead of the opening of its Motukea International Terminal in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in ...

CA justice fined for gambling
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ordered Court of Appeals Associate Justice Normandie B. Pizarro to pay a fine of P100,000 after he was found guilty of gambling, a violation of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1869. According to the 10-page decision promulgated on ...

Firing execs bare resolute Duterte, shallow bench
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
Roque Jr. said the President has personal knowledge about his alleged corruption as the Department of Labor and Employment ... Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, dean of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, told the BusinessMirror ...

BI barred less Filipinos from leaving the country in 2017
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
The BI is also set to deport 76 undesirable aliens, including 73 Chinese nationals arrested in Ilocos and Metro Manila for operating a telecom fraud business, two South Korean fugitives, and a convicted British pedophile. -- Dane Angelo M. Enerio

The 25% surcharge for amended tax returns
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Recently, the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 21-2018. It circularizes the imposition of 25% surcharge, in addition to the 20% interest (now 12% under the TRAIN Law) and compromise penalty, on amended returns when ...

CA recalls decision to submit for resolution SMHC case vs partners
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has recalled its earlier decision that deemed the petition filed by San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) seeking the revival of the qualified theft charges against its Indonesian partners and several others already submitted for ...

Second TRAIN package seen lowering corporate-income tax, giving fiscal perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
Alvarez said these hefty incentives were granted to registered firms that accounted for less than 1 percent of the businesses registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in 2015, and for only 6 percent of total employment in the country for the ...

DivinaLaw: Upholding dynamic lawyering
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Today, DivinaLaw has approximately 500 clients, including leading corporates in banking and finance, manufacturing, retail, power, oil and gas, education, health care and insurance, realty and property development, and technology. As a full-service law ...

Navarro Amper & Co.: Offering unparalleled tax services
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Abela said. There is also the Deloitte University Asia Pacific in Singapore, which aims to help Deloitte professionals and executives develop their leadership skills and gain the tools necessary to deliver excellent service to clients. All this helps ...

Palace vows to double efforts to prop up Cabinet ratings
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-22
But Mindanaoans surveyed had thumbs down for the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet, which all saw double-digit declines in the region that pulled down their national numbers as well The Cabinet fell 29 points in ...

AirAsia appeals to 5 agencies: Halt travel tax
Sun Star - 2018-04-22
AS IT expands its operations in the Philippines, linking cities like Cebu to other gateways, AirAsia Philippines reiterated its appeal to the government to scrap the travel tax for outbound passengers. AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Dexter ...

House unifies measures to regulate, promote competition among TNVS
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-22
The bill also provides standards in the accreditation of transportation- network service providers and ensures the qualification of their drivers. It also requires them to issue electronic receipts for passenger safety and taxation purposes," Batocabe said.

Duterte: Axed officials fired due to graft and corruption
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Graft and corruption, no more, no less, are the reasons at least two government officials were axed recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday night in Albay. "The other day I fired two, one ...

Tax amnesty: Thy sins are forgiven thee
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-22
True contrition must come with true confession. What of Republic Act 1405, or The Law on Secrecy of Bank Deposits, an act prohibiting the disclosure of or inquiry into deposits with any banking institution. "According to the law, all deposits with banks ...

Gomez asks SC to suspend Comelec recall petition
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-22
SAN JUAN City Mayor Guia G. Gomez has asked the Supreme Court to suspend the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolutions that approved the recall petition filed by supporters of her opponent, former vice-mayor Francis M. Zamora. Ms. Gomez, in her 54-page ...

Quo warranto petition sought vs another Supreme Court justice
Sun Star - 2018-04-22
THE Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) was urged to file against Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro the same ouster case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the Supreme Court. The letter, submitted by a certain Jocelyn Marie ...

Mindanao shows growing dissatisfaction with gov't - SWS
Rappler - 2018-04-22
But the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court (SC), and even Duterte's Cabinet all registered double-digit declines in the region. Mindanao pulled down the national numbers of these government institutions. In Mindanao, the Senate dropped ...

500 boxes of fake cigarettes seized in Manila, Malabon
philstar.com - 2018-04-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Over 500 boxes of fake cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps were confiscated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Manila and Malabon this week. Members of the BIR strike team confiscated boxes of fake cigarettes in Barangay ...

In which industries do employees work the longest hours per week?
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-21
According to the 2017 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment (GSLE) report released by Philippine Statistics Authority, these are the average working hours per week of male and female employees in major industries in the Philippines. NOTE: Average ...

3 outstanding graduates receive S. Cabahug awards
Sun Star - 2018-04-21
He also served as Supreme Court chief justice and Ddfense secretary. Cabahug was instrumental in the creation of some landmarks in Cebu, such as the Mandaue City Hall, the Rizal Library, and the Capitol Building. (JPP)

BSP prepares for possible policy change amid rising inflation
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
The bank downplayed the lukewarm sentiment of households and businesses, citing not only their concerns over higher commodity prices but also the slowdown in business and consumer activity after holiday and harvest seasons.

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