CA affirms administrative raps vs. ex-MRT exec Vitangcol
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-04
The Court of Appeals in Manila. PHIL.STAR FILE PHOTO MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its earlier decision affirming the order by the Office of the Ombudsman finding former Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) general manager Al Vitangcol III ...

Cavite judges found guilty of fixing annulment cases
Rappler - 2018-02-04
MANILA, Philippines - At least 4 lower court judges committed misconduct to make Cavite a "haven" for fixed annulment cases, the Supreme Court (SC) said in a recent ruling. Former Cavite trial court judges Fernando Felicen (Imus), Cesar Mangrobang (Imus ...

PH nonprofit groups hop on the cloud to cut cost, simplify operations
Newsbytes Philippines - 2018-02-04
The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), the Philippine Council for NGO Certification ... Bringing together advocates and practitioners from allied fields including social science, architecture and IT, GKI is building a data platform and map of Philippine ...

Pitoy Moreno: From Tondo to the world
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2018-02-04
Both siblings went to public schools from their elementary grades until college at the University of the Philippines (UP ... Virgie assured him that his J. Moreno Foundation Inc. would carry on where he left off and would continue to support his projects.

Small businesses not exempted from anti-trust rules -- experts
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-04
Quimbo, commissioner at the anti-trust body Philippine Competition Commission, said that only 11% of MSMEs are aware of the Philippine Competition Act or Republic Act No. 10667, citing a survey by the Asian Institute of Management. "Small businesses ...

Talisay business tax collection up by P20 million
Philstar - 2018-02-03
CEBU, Philippines -- Talisay City has marked an increase of over P20 million in business tax collection this year compared to last year, 2017. City Treasurer Emma Macuto said that from January 1 to 26 this year, about 75 percent out of 3,000 ...

Power sector in limbo
Business Mirror - 2018-02-03
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. Chairman Isidro Consunji also shared the same concern. "We hope ERC issues are resolved so it can function properly. So much has to be done. Otherwise another crisis in the next five years or so," Consunji said in a text ...

DOF open to VAT reduction
Philstar - 2018-02-02
Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko said the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) still has P35 billion worth of tax refunds yet to be paid as of Dec. 31, 2017. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

UK starting salaries rise to highest since before Brexit vote as labor market tightens
Business Mirror - 2018-02-02
Starting salaries in the United Kingdom have climbed to the highest level since before the Brexit vote--a further indication that the tightness in the labor market is starting to lift pay growth. Advertised salaries climbed 1.9 percent in the year to ...

Paul Rossler: 6 intellectual property mistakes
JD Supra - 2018-02-02
Intellectual property - in the form of trade secrets, patents, copyrights, and trademarks - is growing in importance and value. Yet, many companies fail to secure or adequately protect their intellectual property because of confusion over what ...

The Ombudsman should be impeached
The Standard - 2018-02-02
Conversely, if the President insists on enforcing a law that has already been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, he is culpably violating the Constitution and can be subject to impeachment. The battle lines have been drawn. MalacaƱang is bent ...

China: Regulations On Beijing Courts' Jurisdiction Over Intellectual Property Civil Cases
Mondaq - 2018-02-02
Beijing Higher People's Court issued the Regulations on Adjusting Beijing Courts' Jurisdiction over Intellectual Property Civil Cases to further define the scope of jurisdiction of Beijing courts over civil cases concerning intellectual property.

DoF open to lower VAT rate if exemptions eliminated
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-02
According to Finance Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko, claims for VAT credits reached 1,580 in 2017. "The total, for BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), is P35 billion as of Dec. 31 2017. But these were all filed before the TRAIN. So they should be ...

EXCLUSIVE: Viterbo resigns as SEC commissioner
Rappler - 2018-02-02
Viterbo obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy degrees at the University of the Philippines ... recognized by the UP College of Law for his work and dedication to public service in 2014.

DOJ sacks 3 employees over visa racket
Rappler - 2018-02-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice has terminated 3 of its employees for involvement in the anomalous processing of visas at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), an attached agency to the DOJ. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Friday ...

Golf Club Designer, Sales Co. Settle Copyright Battle
Law360 - 2018-02-02
Law360 (February 1, 2018, 9:57 PM EST) -- A California golf club designer and an Oklahoma marketing and sales company have cut a deal to resolve patent and copyright infringement claims against each other over intellectual property rights to popular golf ...

Why campus journalists should go beyond classrooms
Rappler - 2018-02-02
MANILA, Philippines - One can no longer belittle the role ... This was most evident especially during Martial Law. While there is no difference when it comes to standards they follow as "campus publications follow the same normative standards in ...

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?
Rappler - 2018-02-02
Law professor Tony La ViƱa said that if President Rodrigo Duterte insists on enforcing a provision in law that has been voided by the Supreme Court, then he is committing a possibly impeachable offense. MalacaƱang issued the suspension order against ...

Elusive inclusiveness: Will federalism finally bring progress to rural PHL?
Business Mirror - 2018-02-01
The country lagged behind its counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The country had a score of ... Autonomy and Equity," Philippine Institute for Development Studies Senior Research Fellow Rosario G. Manasan said the fiscal gap ...

Agham head asks SC to stop RE law, FiT implementation
Business Mirror - 2018-02-01
The Agham partly-list led by its president Angelo B. Palmones recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) against the implementation of the renewable-energy (RE) law and its features, including the renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and the feed ...

Metro Manila labor turnover stabilizes in Q3
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-01
This is generally a positive picture of the labor force," he said. Security Bank Corp. economist Angelo B. Taningco attributed the slowdown in labor turnover to a sharp decline in the services sector "that was partly offset by an increase in the ...

Alejano presses probe of Hyundai in Navy frigates deal
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-01
"The decision on HHI by its own Supreme Court puts to question the credibility of the shipyard firm. We cannot dispel the possibility of the same having transpired in the frigate procurement. Lack of proper investigation would mean those possibly ...

Davao folk fail to see super blue blood moon
Mindanews - 2018-02-01
COLINA IV Carl John Gemarino, a civil engineering student at University of ... eastern Africa, eastern Europe, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. It said the full moon was forecast to begin at 6:49p.m. in the Philippines and to end at 12:09 a.m ...

This is why the Supreme Court upholds dismissal of 14 high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police over chopper scam
Update.PK - 2018-02-01
MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of 14 high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) involved in the controversial purchase of helicopters in 2009. In a decision received by the Office of the Ombudsman on January ...

SC Spokesman: President has no disciplinary power over Deputy Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman Theodore Te said Thursday the Office of the President has no disciplinary power to suspend a deputy ombudsman. In the wake of MalacaƱang and the Ombudsman's possible deadlock on ...

Help desk for OFWs to open soon in Cebu
Business Mirror - 2018-01-31
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have chosen the Cebu Provincial Capitol as the site of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) help desk that will open soon. The Cebu provincial government ...

BIR income tax take expected to decline in 2018 due to TRAIN Law
Inquirer - 2018-01-31
In light of the lower personal income tax rates that took effect this year under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) expects collections from net income and profits to decline in 2018. A Revenue ...

TIMELINE: The case of Rappler's SEC registration
Rappler - 2018-01-31
MANILA, Philippines - In a blow to press freedom, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 11 revoked Rappler's license for allegedly violating the Constitution and the Anti-Dummy Law. The decision, which the SEC published on its website ...

Ombudsman says it will not enforce Palace suspension vs. Carandang
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
Citing a 2014 decision by the Supreme Court, Morales said the Office of the President insulted the Supreme Court and the independence of the Ombudsman. Morales made the statement in the wake of Carandang's suspension for 90 days for supposedly spreading ...

Dissecting the TRAIN law: A look at the optional flat tax
Business Mirror - 2018-01-31
This will make tax compliance simpler for individuals who opt for the flat-tax scheme. It should be noted that the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulations regarding this tax scheme is still pending approval, although a quick examination of the draft ...

Indonesia traffickers sold crocs, pythons on social media: police
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-01-31
"Interested buyers were asked to meet and the animals were handed over to them," he added. The suspects have been charged under Indonesia's environment law which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The for-sale animals, including some rare ...

Ombudsman to defy MalacaƱang order to suspend Carandang
Rappler - 2018-01-31
In a statement issued on Wednesday, January 31, Morales cited the 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) declaring unconstitutional Section 8 (2) of RA No. 6770 or the Ombudsman law, which previously gave the President the power to discipline the Ombudsman ...

CNN's Reality Check Team vets Trump's State of the Union
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
By law, they are required to have at least a high school education or equivalent and work experience that requires specialized training, and they also must be screened for any form of ineligibility, including security risks, and interviewed before they ...

The biggest tax cut in U.S. history? Not quite.
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
The calculation for Trump's tax bill's revenue effect is made by taking the Joint Committee on Taxation's estimated budgetary effects for the tax bill from 2019 through 2022 and dividing by the Congressional Budget Office's cumulative GDP projections ...

Who's spending for Bongbong's caper?
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-31
It was not very nice of the "Palace," that now could refer to either the President himself or spokesman Harry Roque, to say "Good Luck" to Rappler for seeking help from the Court of Appeals on the revocation of their license by the Securities and ...

The Latest: Trump's 1st State of the Union runs long
KRMG - 2018-01-31
Trump is praising the parents of American college student Otto Warmbier ... Trump opened by highlighting Ashlee Leppert, a U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
The Grand Island Independent - 2018-01-31
Baier says the rest of the lunch was off the record. 12:30 p.m. Four of the Supreme Court's nine justices are expected to attend the State of the Union address. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch are ...

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
Everything Lubbock - 2018-01-31
Sanders notes Trump didn't mention Social Security or Medicare, despite promises as a candidate ... 9 p.m. President Donald Trump's motorcade passed a group of protesters near the U.S. Capitol as the president traveled to the annual State of the Union ...

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
Herald & Review - 2018-01-31
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of subversion. He tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated ...

BI reminds foreigners of deadline for 2018 annual report of aliens
interaksyon.com - 2018-01-31
Philstar file photo of the facade of the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration is reminding all registered foreigners to file their annual report for 2018 at the nearest agency field office before March 1.

Native Americans: Benching Wahoo step in right direction
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-01-31
Manfred met with the National Congress of American Indians last April ... Most of the efforts for change in the United States are at the high school level. But the biggest push nationally is against the NFL's Washington Redskins, a name team owner Dan ...

Cops nab 2 illegal recruiters in Mandaluyong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-31
According to the victims, they came to know the suspects via Facebook and were enticed to apply. But the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) had confirmed that the suspects are not connected to UniPlan Overseas Employment Inc., the EPD said.

Tax on birth, death certificates, other documents higher starting February 2
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-30
"The increase of the new rate effective Feb. 2 is based on the implementation rules and regulations of BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) Revenue Regulations No.4-2-18 for documentary tax rate adjustment due to the TRAIN Law," Balase said. Last ...

Ikea's frugal founder Ingvar Kamprad dies aged 91
Rappler - 2018-01-30
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, a farmer's son turned multibillionaire who revolutionized kit furniture, has died aged 91, leaving behind a global empire under investigation over its tax practices, the firm said Sunday, January 28.

External factors affecting the 2018 economy
Philstar - 2018-01-30
This has been highly demonstrated by the rise of protectionist and other populist policies affecting trade, immigration, and climate change issues with the rise of Donald Trump to the United States presidency. In specific terms, the foundations of ...

BPO industry to continue driving demand for office space
Newsbytes Philippines - 2018-01-30
"The country provides a conducive environment for foreign investors -- an excellent pool of low-cost skilled labor, outstanding customer service, a quality destination, and one of the cheapest rental rates and highest yields in Asia," Santos adde

WATCH: Top quotes from Grammys night
Rappler - 2018-01-30
Singer Camila Cabello, herself a Cuban-Mexican immigrant born in Havana, delivering a message to Trump and Congress on immigration reform and the fate of the so-called "Dreamers" who came to the United States as children "I've been pretend-winning Grammys ...

TRAIN leaks
Business Mirror - 2018-01-30
No less than Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III has ordered the Internal Revenue (BIR) and Customs (BOC) bureaus as early as September last year to intensify the campaign against smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes in the wake of multibillion tax ...

Trump calls for optimism in spite of warnings of danger
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-30
He cast the debate over immigration - an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters - as a battle between heroes and villains, leaning heavily on the personal stories of White House guests in the crowd. He praised a law enforcement agent ...

Lumad activist slain in Cotabato province, Misamis Oriental peasant leader survives slay try
interaksyon.com - 2018-01-30
On May 1, while on his way to join the Labor Day rally in Cagayan de Oro City, and again on April 22, on his way home from an Earth Day rally, he was trailed by motorcycle-riders. Meanwhile, in Surigao del Sur, the Manobo organization Malahutayong ...

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