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
philstar.com - 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 ...

DOLE, BI told: Lead crackdown on tax-evading Pogos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, also said he expects DOLE to "stay committed to its mandate under the Labor Code to only accept foreign workers in the country if there are no other capable, able, and willing Filipino to do the job." The senator, meanwhile, commended the Department of Finance (DOF) for its "relentless ...

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 ...

Copyright Act And Photographs On Social Media
Mondaq - 2019-11-27
However, this action begs the question, at what point does this act of sharing another person's picture become a possible copyright infringement? With the advent of new social media platforms as well as a lot of photo sharing apps, the looming risk of a possible copyright infringement through the sharing of photos is now an ever-present phenomenon.

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
philstar.com - 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 ...

Photog Accuses Prince's Estate Of Copyright Infringement
Law360 - 2019-11-26
Dube said she never assigned her copyright in her works to Prince, nor did the musician ever ask for such rights. He and Dube collaborated on how her work was used, she said, and she "trusted and respected his ideas." "Throughout his life, Prince maintained a strong edict that an artist should retain control over his or her artistry ...

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 ...

Poll: Japanese firms want to keep current incentives
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
"Like last year, many of Philippine respondents highly appreciate current tax incentives, while they are concerned about complicated taxation procedures. In fact, possible impacts of tax reform ...

House approves CTRP Package 3
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
The bill aims to harmonize the real property valuation for taxation purposes, which frees the BIR from the task of promulgating the Schedule of Zonal Values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic database of all ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs were pulled down for copyright reasons, but GIPHY has returned them to the internet
Business Insider - 2019-11-25
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's stance is.

BIR-Valenzuela City reminds business owners on tax law
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
This photo shows Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Officer Rufo B. Ranario (second from right) leading a surprise inventory of three business establishments in Valenzuela City. Ranario reminded business owners to follow tax laws. THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) is reminding owners of businesses ...

House panel OKs tax provisions for proposed Water, Disaster Resilience departments
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) - The House of Representatives' ways and means committee approved Monday measures establishing systems for determining tariff and tax exemption rates that will be followed by two proposed government agencies: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Gov't spending sustains pickup in October
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- Public spending further improved in October alongside a faster rise in tax collections, the Bureau of the Treasury said Monday. Government spending totaled ?310.8 billion for the month, up 1.37 percent from the ?306.6 billion disbursed in October 2018at a time when expenses saw a 35.2 percent ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs are being pulled down for copyright reasons, but there are too many for the claims to be effective
Business Insider - 2019-11-24
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's usage stance is.

Nearly 6,000 OWWA members yet to avail of P1-billion rebate program
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-24
ONLY 5.9 percent of the P1-billion allocation for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rebate program has been released since the project was launched two months ago. In an interview, OWWA Administrator Hans J. Cacdac said they were able to release P59,456,149 of the allocated P1 billion for the first batch of the rebate ...

DOJ clarifies appeals process with Bureau of Immigration
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-24
THE Department of Justice has issued a circular sampling that appeals process for orders, resolutions and decisions of the Bureau of Immigration filed before the BI. Under Department Circular 23 ...

Labor sector criticizes non-inclusive growth
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-24
Tanjusay said in a statement yesterday. A plan to rationalize corporate income taxes and incentives could drive away investors, he added. The Department of Finance (DoF) expects to generate 1.5 million jobs once the measure takes effect. But the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) has said 700,000 workers will lose jobs under the proposed law.

Go distributes aid to Cebu fire victims
philstar.com - 2019-11-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has distributed financial assistance and relief goods to at least 500 families displaced in a fire that hit a community in Mandaue City, Cebu. Go visited the fire victims on Saturday and promised to replace the school uniforms and supplies of students affected by the blaze that ...

Prince Lorenzo de Medici in Manila--from Renaissance to Renaissance Pop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-23
He has proposed an exhibit in Manila to Silvana Diaz, Italian owner of Galleria Duemila ... When the last Medici grand duke, Gian Gastone, died without a male heir in 1737, other European countries proceeded to wrest control of its capital city, Tuscany. The power shift scattered the Medici families across Italy and Europe.

Saint Vincent Ferrer Seminary to celebrate 150 years of existence
Sun Star - 2019-11-23
It was also a school of heroes such as Graciano Lopez Jaena, General Martin Delgado, General Quintin Salas, former Governor Benito Lopez, and Ramon AvanceƱa, the first Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. At present, its alumni priests are not only serving local parishes but also in other dioceses, the military ordinariate and some ...

Maguindanao Massacre: 10 Years Later
GMA Network - 2019-11-23
The case was submitted for resolution on August 22. Under court rules, the judge was supposed to have rendered a decision by November 22, but she requested an extension and was granted 30 more days by the Supreme Court. Though an incident of a similar scale has never occurred since, the number of killed journalists continues to rise.

Cyber Resilience and the Importance of a Plan: How Law Firms Can Defend Against Cybersecurity Risks
Law - 2019-11-22
Jeff Eckert (left), a Houston-based cybersecurity expert who handles a wide variety of digital investigations across all types of industries, and Steven Williams (right), a Dallas-based trial attorney who has tried and litigated intellectual property cases for a wide range of clients. World-famous boxer Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a ...

Reversing the death of Venice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-22
This would include innovators with credible business plans (and their financial backers), engineers ... which could become a source of social-media pride. A hefty tax on nonresident property owners--who are generally extremely wealthy-- would also ...

9th Circ. Restores Jury Award Against Zazzle In Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2019-11-22
Law360 (November 22, 2019, 2:11 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit has reinstated a jury award against Zazzle in a copyright lawsuit over custom prints sold on its website after ruling a jury could find that Zazzle's failure to improve its "obviously insufficient" oversight system constituted willful infringement. In an unpublished opinion Wednesday ...

Sarah weakens; monsoon brings more rains
philstar.com - 2019-11-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Sarah continues to weaken but rains will still be experienced in several parts of the country due to the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said yesterday. At 10 a.m. yesterday, the center of Sarah was estimated at 430 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Labor leaders and migrant workers advocates oppose removing joint solidary liability of recruiters in bill creating Department of OFW
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-22
"At the NLRC, money claim is immediately awarded to OFWs. In the proposed OLRC they would have first to get a final and executory decision before they get award meaning it could still go through the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court," Calderon said. Estrelita Hizon, the recruitment representative at the Philippine Overseas Employment ...

80 massacre suspects, including 15 Ampatuans, remain at large
philstar.com - 2019-11-22
Earlier this month, Supreme Court administrator Jose Midas Marquez gave Solis-Reyes a non-extendable deadline of Dec. 20 to promulgate judgment against 101 arrested suspects still on trial. The judge was initially set to issue a verdict on or before Nov. 20, but asked for an extension due to the magnitude of the cases. Based on records ...

Colombia protests prompt teargas, curfew and border closures
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-22
The closures began Wednesday at midnight and will remain in place until Friday at 5 a.m., according to immigration authorities. The government also gave local authorities permission to impose ...

Pinterest Promotes Copyright Violations, Photographer Says
Law360 - 2019-11-22
Law360 (November 21, 2019, 9:19 PM EST) -- A photographer sued Pinterest Inc. on Wednesday in California federal court, claiming the social media company promotes copyright infringement by encouraging users to share protected images without obtaining the permission of the artists who create them. Berkeley, California-based photographer Harold ...

Labor, militant groups defend Vico, chide AƱo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
Progressive groups have defended Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto after Interior Secretary Eduardo AƱo admonished him not to "take sides" in labor disputes. AƱo earlier chided Sotto after the latter ...

BOC seizes P12.9-billion smuggled goods, mostly illegal drugs, in January-October period
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
According to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bulk of the goods seized as of October 24 this year were mostly counterfeit products worth a total of P7.81 billion, and which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports. Cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion were also confiscated by the BOC ...

AmCham: Senate must tackle Citira bill soon
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Under House Bill 4157, firms operating in economic zones are required to give up their incentives in two years for those in business for over 10 years; three years for those between five years and 10 years; and five years for those below five years. Further, the House version will strip away tax perks that locators find crucial in maintaining ...

BOC seizes P13 billion smuggled goods in 10 months
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Citing a report presented by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the DOF said confiscated goods from January to October this ...

Lumber firm faces P118M suit for tax evasion, fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
The case, filed on Thursday by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Cagayan de Oro office, involves the company and its corporate officers, President Ting-Pi Huang, Chief Finance Officer Chiu-Ling Su, Corporate Secretary Ma. Sharon L. Remo, Christian M. Tong and Nenito P. Pialan. BIR, in a statement, said investigation showed that the company ...

House backtracks, vape products to be taxed higher
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Vape products will still be included in the sin tax measure and will even be taxed higher to make them "more prohibitive," the House Ways and ...

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