Tax reform lobbying continues
Inquirer - 2017-12-05
The AER also quoted former economic planning secretary Solita Collas-Monsod as opposing the slapping of higher DST under the Senate-approved bill as "no senator bothered to ask the effect on capital markets and other business and financial transactions."

US magazine again cites De Lima as a global thinker
Global Nation - 2017-12-05
De Lima is detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame over drug charges ... of people who have made an important impact on fields such as politics, diplomacy, science, and the arts. This year, it added, the magazine acknowledges its honorees ...

Poe raises doubt over arrest order vs Piston leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-05
"The PUV modernization program should be borne from a democratic process and not from underhanded tactics. After all, it is through the labor and industry of these jeepney drivers and operators that our commuters are able to travel from one point to ...

OFW requirement: Lifting of OEC suspension set
Global Nation - 2017-12-05
Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say said they would release an advisory lifting the suspension and allowing the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to resume processing new OECs. An OEC is a requirement for OFWs so they could leave for work ...

Immigration execs to learn Mandarin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-04
The agency has partnered with the University of the Philippines (UP ... First to undergo the training are the immigration officers assigned to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Those in other international airports will be trained later.

Tax, accounting and crops
Philstar - 2017-12-04
TOP OF MIND By Julius Patrick Acosta (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2017 - 12:00am I am a native of Ilocos. I am fortunate as half of my life was spent enjoying life in the beautiful province of La Union before I moved to Metro Manila for my ...

Register Early and Often or at Least Try to: Preparing for Copyright Enforcement
JD Supra - 2017-12-04
Under 17 U.S.C. Ā§ 411, copyright owners cannot bring a civil action for copyright infringement in federal district court until the copyright is preregistered, registered, or an application for registration is refused by the Copyright Office.[3] As only ...

POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers
Rappler - 2017-12-04
MANILA, Philippines - Outgoing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now apply for an overseas employment certificate (OEC) as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lifted the suspension of its processing. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ...

Naia authorities foil attempt to smuggle 2 Chinese to UK
Business Mirror - 2017-12-04
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operation Division (POD) chief, Red A. MariƱas, identified the passengers as Lin Chen Hui, 29, and Chen Huajuan, 27. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente, MariƱas said the duo were intercepted last ...

Furniture cases explained
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-04
Leonardia said they fought the administrative case at the Court of Appeals, which granted him a temporary restraining order in January 2017 against the dismissal sanction of the Ombudsman. Eventually, in September 2017, the CA exonerated him and six other ...

BI partners with UP for Mandarin language tutoring of officers
Global Nation - 2017-12-04
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will let its officers learn basic Mandarin to help them communicate clearer with Chinese travelers visiting the Philippines. The agency has partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman, which will provide ...

Bloke Invents Hilarious Way To Stream UFC And Avoid Copyright Infringement
Triple M - 2017-12-04
We are 100 percent, unequivocally, definitely not saying you should try this at home; but one bloke has invented a hilarious way to stream the UFC online for his mates and avoid copyright infringement laws. It's no secret that video game technology has ...

Asean ignores civil society... again
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-03
University of the Philippines Diliman. Check out our Asean 2017 special site for important information and latest news on the 31st Asean Summit to be held in Manila on Nov. 13-15, 2017. Visit http://inquirer.net/asean-2017. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to ...

ID for OFWs out soon
Philstar - 2017-12-03
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) officer-in-charge Bernard Olalia said the government would start the printing and distribution of the Department of Labor and Employment ID cards (iDOLE) on Dec. 6. Olalia said the Philippine Postal Corp ...

Let your voice be heard
Business Mirror - 2017-12-03
He is a partner of Reyes Tacandong & Co., CPAs. He was the former Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 2009 to 2010. This column accepts contributions from accountants, especially articles that are of interest to the accountancy profession ...

Trump suggests openness to nego on GOP tax plan
Business Mirror - 2017-12-03
WASHINGTON--President Donald J. Trump suggested last Saturday he may be willing to negotiate changes to a significant portion of the tax overhaul, the corporate-tax rate, injecting an element of uncertainty into the tax plan only hours after it cleared ...

TRAIN bicam sets P250,000 tax-exempt bracket
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-03
Both sides also approved a four-page income tax return form and electronic filing for easier compliance, a value-added tax (VAT) exemption for lease and condominium dues at a maximum of P15,000 per month, and an estate ... Grid Corporation of the ...

The board and the SC en banc
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-03
It can challenge simple logic why, if even in the Machiavellian business corporation that would protect only a particular and limited group of stakeholders, internal procedures and protocols would be respected and complied with, while in the administration ...

HSBC sees rising consumption in Q4
Philstar - 2017-12-03
He explained consumption would remain a growth driver amid the resilient remittances inflows and domestic employment growth despite some structural labor market distortions this year. According to Incalcaterra, the public infrastructure push since 2015 ...

OFW group denounces looming appointment of ex-Rep. Paras as POEA head
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-03
A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) expressed qualms on Saturday over the looming appointment of a former politician to head the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Advocates and Keepers of OFWs (AKO), a non-government ...

Work from home
Inquirer - 2017-12-02
Freelancing has presented a lot of advantages for those who wish to remain productive without having to stay in an office. Some consider freelancing as striking a balance between work and family life. A single mother may look after her child while earning ...

Unlocking the bank account of the living and the dead
Philstar - 2017-12-02
Truth be told though, in the Philippines, the Bureau of Internal Revenue people are like relatives, but I mean that in the sense that you can also keep your bank accounts secret from them. Our bank secrecy laws remain to be one of the toughest in the world ...

PEACETALK: We push for the enactment of the Basic Law because we firmly believe, it is the right thing to do
Mindanews - 2017-12-02
not to mention dangerous trenches or fox holes that served as appurtenant of our homes. I am sure my fellow mujahideens who have spent a lifetime of struggle share this personal battle. We are proud heirs to a history of freedom and of the zealous struggle ...

De Lima renews plea for freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-02
Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima has asked the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reconsider the arrest order it issued last month because she had earlier appealed for a review of the deficient cases against her with the Supreme Court. De Lima urged ...

Two Copyright To-Dos Before Year End
JD Supra - 2017-12-01
Tackle the following two tasks before year end to help protect your company from copyright infringement liability and secure your copyright assets in 2018. Re)Register Your DMCA Agent With The Copyright Office If your company operates a website that allows ...

Brazil: Administrative Council For Economic Defense (CADE): Competition Law v. Intellectual Property Law
Lexology - 2017-12-01
The dispute over the alleged abuse of intellectual property rights by automakers regarding the protected design of aftermarket car spares, as well as the alleged right of the automotive parts manufacturers to commercialize these parts is not new in Brazil.

Lining up for the knockout punch: House Panel readying more witnesses to bolster impeach case against Sereno
Business Mirror - 2017-12-01
AP/Aaron Favila Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon likened the impeachment case he filed against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to a boxing match. And with the recent developments at the House Committee on Justice proceedings seen as telling blows ...

Speaker calls on Chief Justice to attend House impeachment hearing
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-01
Rep. Villarin added: "Her disposition shows bias and emotion-laden statements. She clearly has an axe to grind against her primus inter pares (senior) in the Supreme Court."

Senate OKs tax bill as Trump, GOP near big legislative win
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-12-01
Congress' nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has said the bill's reductions for many families would be modest and said by 2027, families earning under $75,000 would on average face higher, not lower, taxes. The bill is "removed from the reality of ...

Exes file clashing lawsuits over hit novel 'The Girls'
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 2017-11-30
The suit says she's attempting to "put a stop to an escalating campaign by her abusive ex-boyfriend to extract millions of dollars by intimidation and threat, all under the auspices of frivolous claims of copyright infringement, a long-stale complaint that ...

BOC district offices told to coordinate with BIR
Philstar - 2017-11-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued a new memorandum ordering its district offices to coordinate with the regional offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in forming joint anti-smuggling units in their respective areas.

Government deploying more tourism-oriented cops under topcop program
Business Mirror - 2017-11-30
More of the finest men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be stationed in popular tourist sites, even as the Department of Tourism (DOT) assured that the country remains a safe haven for international and local tourists. "While the ...

Investors look to tax bill progress in hunt for leads
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-30
Corporate earnings lifted the market during selected trading ... down by 15.29% "The reconciliation of the tax reform bill version of the Senate and the House of Representatives will be one of the focus of local investors as the current admin is expected ...

Shabu shipment suspect Richard Tan barred from leaving PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-30
The Bureau of Immigration said it intercepted Richard Tan, alias "Chen Ju Long," as he was about to board a China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai. BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said the incident happened at 3 am Thursday at the Clark ...

Zobel: As robots take over, Filipinos must learn new skills
Inquirer - 2017-11-30
Arthur Tan, CEO of Ayala-led Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. and AC Industrial Technology, said the Philippines must focus on giving R&D incentives on the product side rather than on the component side, noting this would create more value. In the ...

Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-30
The study in the journal Science Advances is the first to compare the bones of women who lived 7,000 years ago in Central Europe to women of today -- specifically championship rowers and British college students. Previous studies have compared female to ...

More problems for sugar?
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-30
A news report yesterday said that the winner of the Miss Universe 2017 tilt will come to the Philippines ... been a hot spot during national elections. And, it seems, it is still that until now. I still remember when we were in school, and elections ...

EU Commission launches 'Intellectual Property Package"
Lexology - 2017-11-30
Yesterday, on 29 November 2017, the Comission has released a number of communications, documents and proposed measures for "a more efficient and predictable judicial enforcement regime in the EU", addressing counterfeiting and piracy and providing guidance ...

Two Copyright To-Dos Before Year End
Lexology - 2017-11-30
Tackle the following two tasks before year end to help protect your company from copyright infringement liability and secure your copyright assets in 2018. Re)Register Your DMCA Agent With The Copyright Office If your company operates a website that allows ...

Then and now: Why 1986 tax bill was everything 2017's isn't
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-30
Democrats complained that their information about the measure was coming mainly from lobbyists. The Senate bill would permanently slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. By contrast, the tax cuts for individuals would expire after 2026.

Regarding independent consultants
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-29
In the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2018 survey, however, the Philippines ranked 113 th among 190 economies -- an unpleasant reflection of how tedious the registration process for a new business is. The process includes dealing with various ...

VECO assures no disruption in services as labor union threatens to go on strike
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-29
VECO, owned by Aboitiz Power Corp. and Vivant Corp., is the second-largest utility in the country covering major cities and four towns in Cebu. -- The Freeman

Can a Software Developer Copyright the Output of Its Software?
JD Supra - 2017-11-29
on the issue of copyright infringement. The plaintiff, Design Data, is the owner of computer-aided design (CAD) program for steel detailing. Design Data alleged that the defendants downloaded an unauthorized copy of their CAD program, and used the program ...

Enhancing youth employability is a business mission
Business Mirror - 2017-11-29
These include the Kananga EDC Institute of Technology (KEITECH) in Leyte ... flexible and complementary systems of general, technical and vocational education" that are linked with youth employment. Their battle cry: "Enhancing youth employment ...

Court orders liquidation of Uniwide
Inquirer - 2017-11-29
In an order dated Nov. 23, the RTC of ParaƱaque Branch 258 issued an order to liquidate Uniwide Sales Inc., Uniwide Holdings Inc., Naic Resources and Development Corp., Uniwide Sales Realty and Resources Corp., First Paragon Corp. and Uniwide Sales ...

Government readies estate tax amnesty in 2018
Philstar - 2017-11-29
According to the finance chief, the estate tax amnesty program would be legislated ... such as in the cases of Mighty Corp., Sunvar Realty Development Corp. and Philippine Airlines. He said the program would help generate more funds for the government ...

DOF planning an estate or general tax-amnesty program next year
Business Mirror - 2017-11-28
According to DOF Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko, the Bureau of Internal Revenue can implement some form of amnesty through administrative measures but in line with the guidelines of the National Internal Revenue Code. "It has to be legislated.

Senate OKs first package of tax reform program on final reading
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-28
It fell short of its promise to genuinely reform our tax system to make it more equitable and beneficial to poor families, and reshape consumer behavior towards a more health-conscious populace," said Hontiveros, who stood up to explain her vote.

Government mulls new council for casino privatization
Philstar - 2017-11-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is planning to create a new council which will oversee the privatization of the casinos operated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In an interview ...

Hype and mighty
Inquirer - 2017-11-27
Never mind that the Court of Appeals already chastised PCC, nothing that, while rules called for "automatic approval" of the deal, PCC insisted on reviewing it, demanding more documents that did not even exist. The CA even used a word to describe PCC ...

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