Sereno wants SC to junk petition to oust her
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday formally asked her colleagues at the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition seeking her ouster. Sereno, through her legal counsel, Justin Mendoza, filed her comment on ...

Blaming the victim
Bulatlat - 2018-03-19
But the call by some judges, lawyers, and Supreme Court employees for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign so obviously blames the victim for the decline of public respect for the Supreme Court rather than the desperadoes responsible for it that ...

House Committee on Justice to vote on articles of impeachment vs. Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 16) -- The House Committee on Justice is set to vote on the articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. The panel wants to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for violations in ...

Accountancy then and now
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
What does it take to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Being a CPA requires more than just the four to five years stay in college to study accounting, the countless number of quizzes, exams and retention requirements, and the months of review for the ...

No leave, day off for airport authorities this Holy Week
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
Monreal said they are in touch with the airline representatives, the bureaus of Immigration and of Customs and other security agencies operating at the airport for the smooth flow of passengers. Caap, on the other hand, said added security measures will be ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

3,000 distressed OFWs coming home from Kuwait -- Owwa
Global Nation - 2018-03-05
More than 1,000 distressed workers from Kuwait are expected to arrive in the country as the repatriation program of the government continues, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) said Monday. Owwa administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said thousands ...

CTA affirms P1.6-B tax refund for Lucio Co, family
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has affirmed a division ruling ordering the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund a total of P1.647 billion to retail tycoon Lucio Co and his family for the erroneous payment of capital gains taxes in 2012. In an en banc ...

Cutting incentives: The sequel to the tax reform agenda
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
Scouring the landscape of the corporate taxation of our neighboring Asean countries, I note that the dominant tax rate now is 20 percent and the average is 21-22 percent. Singapore is at 17 percent, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand at 20 percent, Malaysia ...

Slain OFW in Kuwait Joanna Demafelis laid to rest
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, was laid to rest in her hometown in Sara, Iloilo on Saturday. Hundreds gathered for Demafelis' burial, two weeks after her ...

With carbon pricing, Train Law can help reduce pollution
Rappler - 2018-03-02
Taxation on these products began this year, and will continue to grow through 2020. So, if we treat the Train tax rates purely as a carbon pricing mechanism, with a price per ton of CO 2, what is the equivalent carbon rate? Doing some back-of-the-envelope ...

Digitizing Financial Services in PH with Blockchain
Microsoft - 2018-03-02
In the banking and financial industry, fintech companies are disrupting conventional methodologies and introducing innovative products to cater to mobile and connected customers that demand state-of-the-art digital services. Union Bank of the Philippines ...

POEA warns against fake online registration system
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-02
MANDALUYONG CITY, Mar. 2 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics catering to OFWs not to be duped by an online registration system allegedly operated by the Gulf Cooperation ...

9th Circ. Won't Reopen 'Ballers' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2018-03-01
Law360 (February 22, 2018, 9:28 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel Thursday affirmed a district court decision that tossed a copyright infringement suit against HBO, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson over their "Ballers" series, agreeing ...

DoT suspends accreditation for Boracay establishments
BusinessWorld - 2018-02-27
"New applications and applications for renewal of DoT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificates of environmental law compliance issued by DENR is/are presented," she said in an interview. The DoT main office in Manila also issued a ...

DENR to run after environmental law violators in Puerto Galera
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now targeting violators of environmental laws at the tourist town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province, following crackdowns last week on erring establishments at two prime tourist ...

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
A separate bill seeks to allay the fears of Israelis who live in homes on lands previously held by the Greek ... was unveiled in March 2017 after months of delicate work. A 19th-century shrine surrounds the tomb with an onion-shaped dome above.

DOT stops accrediting resorts in Boracay
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
She added that "new applications and applications for renewal of DOT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificate[s] of environmental law compliance issued by the DENR is/are presented." She also recommended that "only environmental laws ...

Ban on HSW direct hires to Malaysia stays-POEA
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said directly hired Filipino household service workers (HSW) are still banned from being deployed to Malaysia despite a new regulation of the Malaysian government relaxing its recruitment policy for ...

House panel to look into Sereno's tax records, psychiatric report
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 26) -- The House Justice Committee will look into the Chief Justice's tax and psychiatric records as it resumes on Tuesday its hearing on her impeachment complaint. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces removal ...

Duterte orders NBI to summon Joanna Demafelis' recruiters
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 24) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look for the recruiters of slain overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis. "PRRD asked NBI to summon them," Presidential ...

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