Palace vows to double efforts to prop up Cabinet ratings - 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 - 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.

Filipinos may visit Hainan, China visa-free for 30 days by May 1
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Filipinos may visit the Chinese province of Hainan visa-free for 30 days beginning May 1 after an announcement from China's State Immigration Administration, Chinese state media reported. Chinese state news ...

'Senate must pick up fight vs contractualization' - Hontiveros
Rappler - 2018-04-21
"After much hemming and hawing, the President decided not to issue an EO against labor contractualization. President Duterte effectively threw in the towel in the fight against ENDO and abandoned the Filipino working class," Hontiveros said in a statement ...

Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
TorrentFreak - 2018-04-21
A New York federal court has ruled that people can be held liable for copyright infringement if they embed a tweet posted by a third party. The case was filed by Justin Goldman, whose photo of Tom Brady went viral and eventually ended up at several news ...

Sereno: Failure to submit SALNs doesn't negate my integrity
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday slammed claims that failure to submit her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) negates a public official's "integrity." In her 147-page ...

Survey: SC gets lowest ratings in six years
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has gotten the lowest satisfaction score in six years, according to a private pollster Friday. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the court's net satisfaction rating was ...

Global Day of Action to free Mary Jane Veloso set on April 29
Bulatlat - 2018-04-21
BULATLAT FILE PHOTO: As the Philippine government continues to promote labor export ... in different cities overseas. Local supporters are expected to gather at Mendiola near MalacaƱang. Migrante said they will urge President Duterte to do everything ...

Former Wu-Tang Clan Producer, Selwyn Bougard, Sues RZA And His Brother For Unpaid Royalties
Vibe - 2018-04-20
While the Wu-Tang Clan battles a copyright infringement lawsuit over a sample on "People Say" and attempt to retrieve their one-of-a-kind album from the government, the esteemed collective now have another day in court to juggle. In documents obtained ...

85 private vocational schools face charges - 2018-04-20
Under the program, the agency can teach the youth about the mandates of the MMDA - traffic management, solid waste management, urban planning, health, public safety, environmental protection and flood control management, and public safety. "You will ...

Oprah Sued For "Stealing" Idea For "Greenleaf" Television Series
HotNewHipHop - 2018-04-20
Oprah's is accused of ripping off a woman's screenplay. A screenwriter named Shannan Lynette Wynn is suing Oprah Winfrey over copyright infringement. She claims that a script written by her and a Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie titled "Justice & Glory" was ...

Illegal MMDA rule on Julia Vargas - 2018-04-20
The law also requires that to be valid and enforceable, agency rules must be published in a newspaper of general circulation, and a copy of the rule should be deposited with the national register of the University of the Philippines Law Center. So far ...

PHL takes offense at resolution by European Parliament on GSP+, drug war
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-20
which he said he had ordered because of her "political activities" in the Philippines. Ms. Fox has been released but the Commission on Human Rights said it will investigate her detention by the Bureau of Immigration.

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
The area is covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-184-702. The turnover was witnessed by regional officials of Owwa and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). Cacdac thanked Salazar and the city government for the generosity.

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
THE Zamboanga City government has formally turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) the documents certifying that the local government has made available a portion of Lot 60 in Cabatangan for the use of the agency. Mayor Maria ...

Palace shows photo of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking in a rally - 2018-04-20
He said that this was not the first time that Fox was taken into custody for political activities in the country, citing an incident in 2013 in which she was detained for speaking at a rally in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac north of Manila. Roque also ...

First quarter of TRAIN: A preview of the worse to come for the poor
Bulatlat - 2018-04-20
Last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of agreement with Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. The companies pledged to expand their existing discount programs for public utility jeepneys ...

400 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait to come home
Journal - 2018-04-20
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General and POLO-OWWA in Jeddah have repatriated 32 female OFWs who took shelter temporarily at the Bahay Kalinga of the Consulate General while the Assistance-to-Nationals Section and POLO/OWWA negotiated their exit ...

More than 9,000 jobs available in Oro on Labor Day
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
Local job vacancies were listed by: EEI Corporation with 2,860 positions; Arriba Telecontact Inc., 303 positions; Southern Arms Corporation, 225 positions; Philippine Call Center Institute, 200 positions; and Josepheans Proficiency Services, 172 positions ...

Filipino human rights activist arrives home after detention in U.S. airport
Davao Today - 2018-04-20
Activist Amirah Ali Lidasan, former Suara Bangsamoro national president, said Aba should have been allowed to freely meet people (in the US) and discuss with them the situation in Mindanao and the Philippines. Aba, 25, has been active on the plight of ...

AirAsia exec reiterates call to scrap travel tax - 2018-04-20
CEBU, Philippines -- Philippines AirAsia Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc., is intensifying its appeal to the Philippine government to fully scrap the travel tax charged to Filipino travelers going outside of the Philippines. Although this ...

Duterte orders inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting
Rappler - 2018-04-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to draw up an inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting. A Memorandum from the President, signed on Tuesday, April 17, but made pubic on Friday ...

Economic legs - 2018-04-20
The other challenge, he said, is the potential of TRAIN 2 to disrupt their business models. Margins in the business, he explained, are so thin due to stiff competition. That makes any removal of incentives critical to their continuing survival. I am told ...

Amneal Says Fed. Circ. Redo In Drug Patent Row Unnecessary
Law360 - 2018-04-20
Law360 (April 19, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Amneal Pharmaceuticals urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to deny Merck & Co.'s request for reconsideration, or full rehearing, of a panel's decision affirming that a generic nasal spray Amneal sells doesn't ...

Duterte appoints CA justice as Comelec commissioner
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Balinghasay-Inting as Elections Commissioner, leaving only one vacant seat to be filled up in the seven-man poll body.

Inting to Comelec
Tempo - 2018-04-20
A law graduate from Ateneo de Davao University, Inting was appointed to the CA by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009. She previously served as regional trial court judge in Manila for nine years, and in Makati for three years. Before joining ...

Infrastructure spending, other outlays surge
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
bridges and school buildings." It added that "[t]he higher infrastructure spending also stemmed from the acquisition of office building of the BIR Revenue Region VIII, the construction of dry dock facility of the DND-Philippine Navy, as well as the ...

CHR: Detention of Australian nun may discourage humanitarian work - 2018-04-19
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in Australia and Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion in Rome, Italy called on the Philippine government through the BI to allow Fox and other Church people to continue their missionary work in the country.

Inting assumes Comelec post
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
In a news statement, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez lauded the appointment of retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Socorro Inting as its fifth commissioner. Inting will be joining Acting Comelec Chairman Al ParreƱo, Commissioners Sheriff Abas ...

SC ruling on quo warranto petition against CJ out in May
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Thursday disclosed that the Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to rule next month on the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to declare as null and void the appointment of Chief ...

BPI expects to benefit from higher interest rates, tax reform, infra buildup
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) expects to benefit from the country's sustained economic growth, higher interest rates, lower reserve requirement ratio, the tax reform law, and the government's massive infrastructure buildup.

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Fox, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents on Monday, April 16, following a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. She was released on Tuesday afternoon, April 17.

Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Instead, a case was referred to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to investigate the alleged owner. According to the audit report on the AMLC, the agency also spent hundreds of thousands to train investigators in the field of terrorism financing.

Who is Sister Patricia Fox and why is Duterte mad at her?
InterAksyon - 2018-04-19
Known Duterte supporter RJ Nieto through Thinking Pinoy blog posted an infographic claiming that Fox had been arrested during the Aquino administration. THE CURIOUS CASE OF SISTER PATRICIA FOX The Noynoy Aquino Administration also arrested Sr. Patricia Fox ...

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores - survey
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Mom-and-pop variety stores, known to Filipinos as sari-sari stores, suffered a faster decline in sales of sugar-sweetened drinks due to the new tax reform law, February 2018 data from the Nielsen Retail Index showed. Sales of sugar ...

Fed report: US economic growth on track despite tariff concerns
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON -- "Robust" business borrowing, rising consumer spending, and tight labor markets indicate the US economy remains on track for continued growth, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday, with the risks of a global trade war the one big ...

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday, April 19, confirmed that there will no longer be an executive order (EO) against contractualization, and left it to Congress to pass a law instead. In a press briefing on Thursday ...

Probe Duterte's 'attacks' vs. Sereno, law groups urge UN special rapporteur
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-19
"The systematic attack to remove the sitting chief justice would show how the executive department would like to influence all judges down from the Supreme Court to the lower courts," Arpee Santiago, Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center ...

US holds Filipino activist, denies entry
Bulatlat - 2018-04-19
MANILA -- A prominent Mindanao activist is being held by US immigration authorities at the San Francisco International Airport, various human rights organizations and individuals said. Sandugo - Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self ...

Court of Appeals justice named to Comelec - 2018-04-19
Comelec commissioners Christian Lim and Arthur Lim stepped ... A member of the Tau Mu fraternity of the Ateneo de Davao University Law School, Inting was also elected treasurer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao del Sur chapter in 1983.

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