Roque to resign if Congress approves anti-fake news bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has vowed to resign once Congress passes a bill against fake news, and challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court (SC). Referring to Senate Bill No. 1942 or the proposed Anti-Fake News Act, Roque said ...

Fiscal autonomy, taxation in proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region need further clarification -- DOF
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-02-13
Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that the national government cannot just let go of the important programs and easily hand them over to the administration of the Bangsamoro Region. Dominguez cited the health and agriculture sectors in ...

Gov't issues exemptions to ban on Kuwait-bound workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is keeping a close watch on airports and seaports to enforce the ban. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Tuesday said he has directed the bureau's port operations division chief Marc Red Mari├▒as to ...

Davao business chamber undertakes study on local tax increase
Business World - 2018-02-13
THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is aiming to release by end-February its study on the business tax increase implemented by the local government this year, which has drawn complaints from various sectors. DCCCII President ...

January 2018 inflation uptick not due to TRAIN: DOF exec
InterAksyon - 2018-02-13
Citing Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) data, Chua said revenues from cigarette taxes rose by about PHP1.5-PHP2 billion last January. "In fact, if Mighty continued to evade tax and therefore cigarette prices remain low, overall inflation would have gone ...

116 repatriated OFWs arrive from Kuwait
Business World - 2018-02-13
The President was joined by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) representatives. OWWA also ...

Over 1,600 towns, cities worldwide now reversing privatization
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-13
In Indonesia Aqsa Alghiffari revealed that after 20 years of privatization, Jakarta claimed back in October 2017 its public-water utilities in a Supreme Court decision after efforts of civil society, trade unions and media. It is high time the government ...

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro - Dominguez
Rappler - 2018-02-13
MANILA, Philippines - Finance Secretary Cesar Dominguez said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law should ensure "fiscal discipline" for the Bangsamoro region. Dominguez said any proposed funding scheme in the BBL, which seeks to abolish the Autonomous ...

Leonen on holding the line: 'It involves knowing, critical analysis'
Rappler - 2018-02-13
It also involves critical analysis of the information that you get." This was the message of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on Monday, February 12, during the Democracy and Disinformation forum organized by Inquirer at the Ateneo Law ...

Dominguez: Bangsamoro should have fiscal autonomy under BBL
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
According to Dominguez, national programs on infrastructure development, as well as taxation policies should be tied to the local and regional programs of the Bangsamoro. Fiscal discipline was assured by Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Commissioner ...

OWWA: We're undermanned; only 400 officers for 10 million OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is undermanned, Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio said Tuesday. Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Ignacio estimated that the lead agency for migrant ...

SC justices: Sereno's failure to submit SALN should have disqualified her application as CJ
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Story updated to include statement of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's camp. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- Two Supreme Court justices said embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should not have been included in the list of ...

Member of Osme├▒a political clan vies for congressional seat in California
Inquirer.net - 2018-02-13
Many of these solutions are the jurisdiction of local governments, but I think the Federal government could provide assistance, such as down payment assistance, for first time homebuyers," Osme├▒a suggested. Tax cuts, frugal government "And ...

Objectionable characteristics of excise taxes
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-13
That is the effect of indirect taxation┬ş--taxes on what people buy rather than on what they earn--at the level of the individual. Its effect at the level of the economy as a whole is arguably even worse. The problem--and the risk--associated with ...

PH holds Kuwait responsible for OFW exodus
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
At the same time, President Rodrigo Duterte had directed the Department of Labor and Employment to totally ban the deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait following that discovery that a Filipina household worker was found tortured and kept inside a freezer for ...

Two justices assert: Sereno unfit for job
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failed to submit a complete Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when she applied for the top post of the Supreme Court and should have been disqualified, two of her colleagues said Monday. Testifying before the ...

Solon wants probe into gov't agencies that overlooked slain OFW case
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- The House of Representatives should look into the government agencies that should have investigated the case of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis, a congressman said Monday. ACTS OFW Party-list ...

Roque to resign if Senate bill on fake news becomes a law
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he will resign from his post and turn to the Supreme Court if the Senate bill penalizing government officials for spreading fake news will be passed. "I promise that ...

HOT TOPICS
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
Ople Center executive director Jerome Alcantara and OWWA deputy administrator lawyer Brigid Dulay, were present during the Media Forum at the Samahang Plaridel Kapihan sa Manila Hotel where they discussed feng shui relative to the upcoming Chinese New Year ...

ERC to clear 61 pending rulings during TRO on suspensions
Business World - 2018-02-12
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will be issuing rulings on 61 pending cases within the 60-day period when its four commissioners are back at work in compliance with a Court of Appeals (CA) temporary restraining order (TRO) on their suspensions.

China, other Middle East destinations considered for overseas workers displaced from Kuwait
Business World - 2018-02-12
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is considering the deployment to China of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Kuwait, Presidential Spokesperson Herminio L. Roque, Jr . said. "The Labor secretary is finalizing the mechanism by ...

Devanadera hails CA order to freeze suspension of 4 ERC commissioners
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-12
The ERC commissioners were suspended for restating the effectivity of its resolution on the CSP, but the CSP is still pending with the Supreme Court and the ERC commissioners must be accorded with substantial due process. By substantive due process ...

DOLE tackles key maritime industry issues
Global Nation - 2018-02-12
The maritime industry of the Philippines has been receiving its fair share of tirades during the past months. This started with the unfortunate incident that happened with MV Mercraft 3 which killed at least 8 people plus the issue on the shipboard ...

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-02-12
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed an administrative order enforcing the ban on Monday. According to the order, the ban is being implemented "in pursuit of national interest and advent of series of reports involving abuses and deaths of Filipinos ...

STANDPOINT | Kodao, Rappler, Vera Files and the ongoing assault on the media
Davao Today - 2018-02-12
Teodoro, chairperson of AlterMidya and former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication ... and the upper levels of the bureaucracy unchecked by such State institutions of checks and balances as the Supreme Court and the ...

Tax amnesties to complete Package 1 of TRAIN
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Both the House of the Representatives and the Senate are on marathon hearings to pass two tax amnesty bills--an estate tax amnesty and a general tax amnesty covering all taxes--both bills being a component of Package 1B, which will complete Package 1 of ...

New labor protection tact needed for OFWs deployed in middle east
Business Mirror - 2018-02-11
Villanueva said the list of programs implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), including tightening of agency licensing and ...

Labor groups propose P500 monthly subsidy for minimum wage earners
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
President Rodrigo Duterte appeared receptive to the proposal raised by labor groups to provide a subsidy or voucher for minimum wage earners to help them cope with rising cost of living, according to Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the ...

CA halts suspension of 4 ERC commissioners
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-11
The ERC commissioners were suspended after they were found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, aggravated by simple misconduct and simple neglect of duty for allegedly allowing electric utilities like Manila Electric Company ...

2 senators urge buffer for effects of TRAIN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Two senators are urging the government to immediately implement buffer measures to soften the blow of a rapid rise in commodity prices and service fees as a result of the enforcement of the Tax Reform for ... reports that several business process ...

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' - Leonen
Rappler - 2018-02-11
MANILA, Philippines - The recent Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's re-extension of martial law in Mindanao "enables the rise of an emboldened authoritarian," Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said in a ...

Road to peace in Mindanao: The Bangsamoro Basic Law
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
After issuing a temporary restraining order on the signing of the MOA-AD, the Supreme Court declared the document unconstitutional and illegal. Now under the Benigno Aquino III administration, the government and the MILF concluded its 32nd round of ...

Family of slain OFW in Kuwait had no idea she was maltreated
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) -- Ever since Joanna Daniela Demafelis flew to Kuwait in 2014 to work as an overseas Filipino worker, her family got to talk to her only thrice a year. Their rare phone calls lasted only a few minutes, Joyce ...

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific mount special flights for OFW repatriation from Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) -- Local airlines Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific will be mounting special flights to Kuwait to help repatriate distressed Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country. The airlines made this ...

Contractual rupture
Inquirer - 2018-02-10
Ben was the registered owner of a parcel of land in Batangas. A domestic corporation, PATAF, claimed adverse ownership over the same land on the basis of another transfer certificate title. Meanwhile, Ben and Olive Realty Corp. (ORC) entered into a ...

DOST-NCR adopts Conga Creek in Taguig City
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-10
TAGUIG CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Science & Technology-National Capital ... The agency has a regional office in all 16 regions and has an information center in 72 provinces across the Philippines.

Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers
JD Supra - 2018-02-09
Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka "Grumpy Cat" (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage company for exceeding the ...

Google will make copyright disclaimers more prominent in image search
The Verge - 2018-02-09
The April 2016 complaint, which Getty has since formally withdrawn, accused Google of creating galleries of "high-resolution, copyrighted content," and of "promoting piracy resulting in widespread copyright infringement." Getty also accused Google ...

Drop in cement prices lead to Cemex earnings fall
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-09
EARNINGS of Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc. (CHP) were cut by more than half in 2017, as higher cement volumes sold for the period failed to offset the continued drop in cement prices. In a presentation to investors, the company said net income slowed by ...

WATCH | SC TRO halts Mamasapano proceedings, including deferred Aquino arraignment, at Sandiganbayan
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-09
MANILA - The Supreme Court on Friday issued a temporary restraining order, effectively halting proceedings at the Sandiganbayan special anti-graft court related to cases of graft and usurpation of authority against former president Benigno Aquino III ...

P72B yearly for Bangsamoro region if BBL passed
Rappler - 2018-02-09
Article 12, Section 17 of the proposed BBL mandates the national government to give the Bangsamoro region an "annual block grant" or share in internal revenue, which would be done automatically each year. The bill states that the annual block grant ...

Olympic games well covered by Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-02-09
The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, have just started. For two weeks athletes around the world will do their very best to represent their countries. But what about intellectual property at the games? The Olympic rings are well-known to ...

P80-M cocaine found in Isabela waters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-08
The nine crew members--six Chinese, two Hong Kong nationals and a Taiwanese--were taken to the Bureau of Immigration central office so they could process their documents and return to their countries. --With reports from Joey A. Gabieta and Ma.

Selling up close and personal
Inquirer - 2018-02-08
Avon Philippines has raised P24 million to support the breast cancer crusade with beneficiaries such as the Avon Philippine General Hospital Breast Care Center ... "It requires putting out the fires. I wake up with an issue in South Africa.

India placed 44 out of 50 nations in global Intellectual Property index
The Morung Express - 2018-02-08
Although India has significantly improved its score, it still remains towards the bottom of the index topped by countries like the U.S. and Switzerland Washington, February 8 (PTI): India has "increased substantially" its score in the latest ...

Charter panel targets Sona as due date for changes preview
The Standard - 2018-02-08
If they are convinced, fine, and if they are not, then too bad." The committee, headed by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno, agreed that the members would meet Mondays to Fridays until July at the Philippine International Convention Center ...

EO on contractualization due by March -- DoLE
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-08
"He said he will study it first. Both of us will study it before he signs it," Mr. Bello said. Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) president Gerry Rivera said his group is disappointed by the delay. "It would have been good if we had ...

20 events in 20 years
Inquirer.net - 2018-02-08
The controversial lot purchase, dubbed as "Baliligate," led to the filing of a graft case against Garcia, five other Capitol officials and the land owners. On Sept. 10, 2017, incumbent Gov. Hilario Davide III announced his plan to sell the property to ...

Moreno remains Cagayan de Oro mayor as CA stops dismissal
Rappler - 2018-02-08
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines - Oscar Moreno remains the mayor of Cagayan de Oro after the Court of Appeals 22 nd Division Mindanao Station issued a temporary restraining order and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest ruling to dismiss him ...

DOF: 6 million employees now tax-exempt
Inquirer - 2018-02-08
The Department of Finance on Wednesday reiterated that the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act not only benefited employees receiving annual pay of P250,000 amid a higher tax-exempt cap, but also those with yearly taxable income of up ...

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