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 ...

Women's groups hold protest on International Women's Day
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) -- Women's groups held protests in Intramuros on Thursday in time for the celebration of International Women's day Hundreds of people, led by militant women's movement Gabriela, converged in the Walled City to ...

BIR files tax evasion case vs Rappler
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a tax evasion complaint against the online news site Rappler. The BIR said Rappler failed to pay taxes worth P133-million in 2015 including income and value added tax. The agency is ...

Blog | Closing the gender gap for women in STEM professions in PH
newsbytes.ph - 2018-03-08
The author is the Country HR Leader of IBM Philippines. Her career spans across hospitality, outsourcing, and now information technology. She has deep expertise in international taxation, immigration, and employee and labor relations

A national sport
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-08
It is almost always held at the Araneta Coliseum. Manila Cockers Club is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Manila Jockey Club. During the past two years, the sport has been revolutionized. There is now a world-class cockpit arena at the San Lazaro Leisure ...

BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings
Rappler - 2018-03-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday, March 8, filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings Corporation (HRC), the agency said in a press release. The complaint, filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ ...

BIR slaps P133.8M tax evasion case vs. Rappler's parent firm and Maria Ressa
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a tax evasion case against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) on Thursday. BIR filed the criminal complaint against RHC, its president Maria Ressa, and treasurer James ...

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno
Rappler - 2018-03-08
Over 17 hearings, the committee fleshed out the complaints against Sereno, ranging from her tendencies to ignore the Supreme Court en banc, supposed misdeclarations in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), and alleged abuse of ...

Top 5 Reasons For Life Sciences Companies To Use International Arbitration For Intellectual Property Disputes
JD Supra - 2018-03-08
Arbitration continues gaining popularity for resolution of cross-border disputes. A 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows that 52% of the respondents preferred international arbitration to court litigation and mediation. Over the past 10 years, the ...

Local council seeks probe into undocumented foreign workers in Boracay, Kalibo
Rappler - 2018-03-08
On Monday, March 5, Aklan board member Nemesio Neron filed a resolution after he received reports of foreigners working without proper documentation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). "Foreigners in ...

Duterte denies hand in Sereno impeachment
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-08
The House Committee on Justice is expected to vote today if there is probable cause to impeach her. Eight associate justices of the Supreme Court spoke during the previous hearings: Justices Lucas Bersamin, Teresita de Castro, Mariano del Castillo ...

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office
Rappler - 2018-03-07
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the Office of the Ombudsman's order to perpetually disqualify from public office former Masbate congresswoman and governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete, in connection with administrative charges against ...

Lawyers must kiss and tell
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-07
In a bold move, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is challenging this legal tenet that traces its roots way back in the Roman era. Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 12-2018 mandates that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is empowered by Section 5 of ...

DILG probes use of collected Boracay environmental fees
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- After the Building Code of the Philippines and the Fire Code of the Philippines found out about the environmental law violations of business establishments in Boracay Island, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG ...

NUJP denounces Duterte's expanded Rappler coverage ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-07
"Rappler will remain a member of the MalacaƱang Press Corps (MPC) unless the Court of Appeals upholds the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking its registration," the MPC said in a statement. Palace officials said Rappler was ...

The Creator Of Pepe The Frog Has Sued InfoWars For Copyright Infringement
BuzzFeed - 2018-03-07
The creator of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character co-opted by the alt-right for Nazi and pro-Trump memes, has sued the the right-wing conspiracy theory site InfoWars for copyright infringement. In a lawsuit filed in California federal court, Pepe's ...

SC justice nixes SolGen petition to oust Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-07
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was quick on the draw and blasted a move to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno outside the impeachment process. Exactly a week after joining 12 other justices who forced Sereno into taking an indefinite ...

SC gives Sereno 10 days to respond to petition to oust her
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 6) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday required Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to respond to the Solicitor General's petition seeking her ouster. "The court without giving due course to the petition, required the ...

Further Development in IP Enforcement in China: Establishment of another Intellectual Property Tribunal in Changsha on March 1st
Lexology - 2018-03-07
Changsha Intellectual Property Tribunal was established on March 1st , 2018 in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. With its establishment, China now possesses a total of three Intellectual Property Courts (in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai) and 15 ...

Speaker dismisses opposition call for 7 SC justices to inhibit selves
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-06
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday dismissed the call for seven Supreme Court justices to inhibit themselves from the deliberations on a quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno due to their "antagonism" toward her. Alvarez ...

Hollywood Has Some Wild Ideas For Copyright In NAFTA
Techdirt - 2018-03-06
According to the DMCA, internet access providers (such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon) are not liable for the alleged copyright infringement of users on their networks, so long as they maintain a policy of terminating repeat infringers. Content hosts (such ...

House leaders to wait for SC ruling on Sereno ouster suit before voting
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-06
The leadership of the House of Representatives said on Tuesday that the lower chamber will wait for the Supreme Court (SC) to rule on the removal petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno before voting on the Articles of Impeachment.

Chief of Supreme Court MISO quits after testifying vs Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-06
The Supreme Court has accepted the resignation of the head of its Management Information System Office (Miso) who testified against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives. A court insider said on ...

WATCH | Justice Leonen wants Sereno quo warranto trashed outright
InterAksyon - 2018-03-06
Just a day after Solicitor General Jose Calida petitioned the Supreme Court to hoist quo warranto action on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said it would be better to junk the petition outright. The petition is an ...

Girding for new battles in the war against Big Tobacco
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2018-03-06
The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, meeting from March 7 to 9, will review the latest research on e-cigarettes, debate which policies best blunt tobacco sales, and take stock of worrying trends across the developing world. The name of the ...

32 structures in El Nido shoreline easement zone up for eviction
Rappler - 2018-03-06
The department likewise formed Task Force Coron and Task Force Puerto Galera to check within March the environmental law compliance of businesses in these two other tourist destinations in the region, Bernardino said. - Rappler.com

SolGen presses for Sereno ouster
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-06
THE Office of the Solicitor General on Monday asked the Supreme Court to void the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2012 for failing to comply with the eligibility requirements for the position are two entirely different proceedings with ...

FariƱas on Sereno cases: SC decision first before House vote
Rappler - 2018-03-06
I would rather wait [for the Supreme Court to make a decision] because it's not like [they will sit on it]. This will be of utmost importance to the Supreme Court that will be resolved in a month's time' MANILA, Philippines - House Majority Leader ...

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis
Rappler - 2018-03-05
Unable to sleep out of anxiety, the Demafelis family turned to the government, particularly to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the POEA for help. The two state agencies failed to find Joanna as her recruitment agency, Our Lady of Mt ...

Business Insider ranks PH as best market to invest in
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-05
favorable tax environment, innovation, skilled labor, technological expertise, dynamism and corruption. It said responses from over 6,000 survey participants-who act as decision makers in business around the globe-were then used to determine the ranking.

The perils of overtourism
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-05
Recently, the world-renowned island made headlines when President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to shut down Boracay due to violation of environmental law. The problem has been a long time issue, according to Nenette A. Graf, owner of the Boracay Beach ...

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