Sereno warned me meeting with Duterte spells end of my career - CA Presiding Justice Reyes - 2018-01-29
CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, in file photo from MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno threatened then Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr., which prompted the magistrate to cancel his ...

Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican nominee Grace "Nanay Amba" Relucio-Princesa seeks prayer for CA nod
Update.PK - 2018-01-29
God allowed me for masteral immigration parang ako pa lang ata yung ambassador na tinest ni Lord na may masterado sa media and then climate change po dahil tayo ay impacted ng disaster and coincidentally po ako taga Ligao, Albay I grew up with typhoons and ...

Ireland - A Leading Location for Holding and Managing Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-01-29
Ireland is a leading location for the development, exploitation and management of intellectual property ("IP"). According to IDA Ireland, the number of global companies centralising their IP management in Ireland has made Ireland one of the largest ...

ECOP bucks passage of Security of Tenure Bill
Philstar - 2018-01-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers have expressed grave concern over House Bill 6908 or the Security of Tenure Bill on becoming a law, warning of its detrimental impact to the economy and job creation. Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP ...

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? - Villanueva
Rappler - 2018-01-27
MANILA, Philippines - Following the government's decision to suspend the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, Senator Joel Villanueva on Saturday, January 27, called on the labor department to prepare a contingency plan for the ...

SEC stops cryptocurrency offering
Inquirer - 2018-01-27
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared as "illegal" an initial coin offering (ICO) or sale of tokens being undertaken by Krops, an online marketplace for farm products led by controversial young businessman Joseph Calata. Citing an ...

Villanueva wants solid plan for OFWs in Kuwait if deployment ban happens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-27
Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to put in place a contingency plan for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may be affected by an impending deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. Villanueva ...

Duterte appoints De Vera CHED OIC; Paras is DOLE Usec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-26
The President also named Arnell Ignacio, one of his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign, to a post at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa). Ignacio was appointed deputy executive director V on Jan. 23. Prior to getting ...

Proposed 800 OJT hours for Grade 12 students slammed
Journal Online - 2018-01-26
In a statement, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) criticized the business group, calling their proposal "an outright attempt to siphon more free labor from K to 12 students for them to profit from." In 2015, the PCCI collaborated with the ...

RPT case propaganda stunt
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-26
asking the court to set aside the new RPT ordinance and declare it unconstitutional for being violative of the equal protection clause and R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code. Puentevella, in earlier reports, said that he is not against taxation but C.O ...

The law on concealment of material facts in intellectual property cases
Lexology - 2018-01-26
Just like any other area of law, the law of concealment of material facts has a huge impact on interim decisions and final outcome of any case. In this post, we shall examine some of the important facets of law on concealment as revealed in several ...

Government ready for return of OFWs from Kuwait
Philstar - 2018-01-25
Describing the system as decking, Arenas called on the government to order an investigation and for the Department of Health (DOH) to immediately stop its implementation. Decking, according to her, prevents a worker from choosing which provider they can ...

Strides made in efforts to amend 1987 Charter
Business Mirror - 2018-01-25
For instance, he cited the testimony of retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Adolfo Azcuna, a member of the 1986 constitutional convention, who labeled the present Constitution as "the longest-running Constitution of the Philippines unamended; not a single ...

Joblessness at 13-year low, but more people go hungry
Inquirer - 2018-01-25
This excludes those not looking for a job, such as housewives, students and retired or disabled persons. The government uses unemployment in the Labor Force Survey to refer to persons 15 years and over and who are not working, looking for work and ...

with Ninfa Leonardia
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-25
At last! The Supreme Court has allowed the release of 700,000 license plates for vehicles. For almost two years now, we have not seen any new plates on vehicles, both public and private ones roaming around the province. My own vehicle marked its first ...

On the cusp of illiberal success
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-24
By next year, Congress and local government officials are up for election, with the Senate race being a bellwether of two things: traditionally, it serves as a referendum on the sitting administration, and a kind of primary race for the 2022 presidential ...

Deployment of house helps to Beijing still under study
Business Mirror - 2018-01-24
Not so fast. Even with Beijing opening its doors to more foreign household service workers (HSW), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it may take some time before Filipino HSWs could be deployed to the Chinese metropolis.

A month after fatal NCCC mall fire| Still no investigation results, no accountability
Bulatlat - 2018-01-24
Survey Sampling International (SSI), Bureau of Fire and Protection, Local Government, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, and Department ... and Health Standards for the "workplace infernos" in NCCC Davao, Ayala Mall-Cebu and House Technology ...

Fast craft fare up
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-24
The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN ... Carbon said they imposed a P10 fare hike for their economy or low budget seats, and P30 for both tourist and business class passenger seats. This increase is due to the hike in prices of fuel ...

The Firms Filing The Most Copyright Suits
Law360 - 2018-01-24
According to data compiled by Lex Machina, the Philadelphia-based firm filed a whopping 141 new copyright infringement cases from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, all but two of which were on behalf of an adult film studio called Strike 3 Holdings LLC over illegal ...

The Five Ws of Intellectual Property Assets in Healthcare Business Transactions
Lexology - 2018-01-24
Intellectual Property ("IP") assets are important in several types of business transactions, including healthcare business transactions. This article provides an overview of how one can best protect, transfer, and preserve IP rights pursuant to such a ...

Employers buck bills on additional paid leaves
Philstar - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers have expressed opposition to 10 Senate bills proposing new employee leaves and increase of existing ones that will be tackled by the labor, employment and human resources development committee chaired by Sen. Joel ...

Court orders government to answer petitions against TRAIN law implementation
Business Mirror - 2018-01-23
"The increase and/or imposition of excise taxes on coal, liquefied petroleum gas [LPG], diesel and kerosene are clearly violative of the basic principles and inherent limitations on Philippine taxation," the petitioners said. The group further argued ...

U.S. senators strike deal reopening government
Business Mirror - 2018-01-23
But by relenting, the Democrats prompted a backlash from immigration activists and liberal-base supporters who wanted them to fight longer and harder for legislation to protect from deportation the 700,000 or so younger immigrants who were brought to the ...

Tax reform program's 'Package 2 plus' to be submitted to Congress by end-January
Philstar - 2018-01-23
How Duterte's new tax law or TRAIN can affect you The DOF earlier said that the other tax reform packages -- which the government hopes to submit to Congress ahead of the 2019 senatorial and local mid-term elections -- will involve property taxation ...

Court of Appeals asked to stop coal plant construction in Subic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-23
An anti-coal group on Tuesday asked the Court of Appeals to stop the construction activities of a coal plant which will cause aviation hazard and negative effect to the environment. In its 38-page petition, the group Subic Bay Freeport Chamber for Health ...

BIR clarifies deadlines for the filing of income tax returns
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Jan. 23 - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is reminding all taxpayers that the deadline for the filing of the individual Annual Income Tax Return (ITR) and the payment of the tax due thereon, if any, is still April 15 following the close of ...

Intellectual Property for the Construction Industry
JD Supra - 2018-01-22
Whether you realize it or not, contractors, subcontractors, owners and material suppliers face a myriad of issues related to intellectual property during a complex construction project, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Why is rural underemployment so high?
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
In early 2017, some 6.4 million Filipinos were underemployed, or 16.3 percent of the labor force. Rural regions had high underemployment rates (over 20 percent) such as Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Soccsksargen, but lower in urbanized regions, i.e.: NCR ...

Makati moves tax payment deadline to Jan. 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-22
To let residents and establishments in Makati City pay their taxes without penalties, the local government has extended until the end of the month the deadline for payment of business and realty taxes. Mayor Abby Binay said on Saturday that the deadline ...

POEA warns vs. use of fake documents
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Jan. 22 - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) renewed its warning against the use of falsified documents to support applications for overseas jobs by Filipino workers. In an advisory, POEA reiterated its concern over reports ...

POEA warns vs. use of fake documents
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Jan. 22 - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) renewed its warning against the use of falsified documents to support applications for overseas jobs by Filipino workers. In an advisory, POEA reiterated its concern over reports ...

Over 6-M compensation earners to enjoy zero tax starting January
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued on Dec. 28, 2017 an updated withholding tax table reflecting the new PIT provisions under TRAIN. BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay directed all internal revenue officers to ensure that come Jan. 1, "everyone making ...

Japan: More entrepreneurs from overseas eyed
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
The government is aiming to extend the status of residence period for foreigners who are preparing to set up businesses in Japan from the current six months to one year in the hope of attracting more foreign entrepreneurs. This specific six-month status of ...

Makati extends business, realty tax deadline
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-22
MAKATI CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The local government will extend the deadline of assessment of business permits without penalty to January 25, and the payment of business and realty taxes to January 31, following the approval by the City Council of City ...

Misconception on PDRs
Inquirer - 2018-01-21
Mercifully, the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court can prevent this from happening. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Biz groups: Con-con for federalism shift
Philstar - 2018-01-21
Under the draft federal constitution that Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso - an ally of President Duterte and a former justice of the Court of Appeals - is proposing, the lawmaking powers of the Senate will be removed while its mandate to confirm appointments ...

TURNING POINT: A Train that Needs Derailing
Mindanews - 2018-01-20
The TRAIN needs to stop or be derailed. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental)

BIR: Annual ITR deadline still April 15, but Q1 returns for self-employed is on May 15.
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-19
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Friday said the deadline of filing for annual tax returns is still on April 15, as the tax reform law only adjusted the schedule for the first quarter tax returns of self-employed individuals and professionals.

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines - Following the deaths of 7 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered an OFW deployment ban to the gulf state on Friday, January 19. With Administrative ...

Japanese security expert backs Carpio on Philippine Rise issue
Global Nation - 2018-01-19
TOKYO - Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio was right in insisting that the Philippines should deny China access to the Philippine Rise if Beijing continued to reject a United Nations-backed arbitral court ruling honoring Manila ...

Tax package 2 to serve as catalyst for equities
Philstar - 2018-01-19
He said these incentives totaling P301.22 billion do not yet include exemptions from the payment of local business taxes and the estimates on tax leakages. In terms of income tax incentives, the government, in effect, gave away P61.33 billion to companies ...

Cha-cha hits snag; SC ruling needed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-19
But for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, all is not lost. He said the disagreement between the two chambers of Congress should be taken to the Supreme Court for resolution. Lacson filed a resolution on Monday calling on the Senate to sit as a Con-ass and ...

BIR tax take up 13% to P1.78 trillion, but misses 2017 goal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-18
"Under the Oplan Kandado program, 125 business establishments were closed, with a collection of P252.14 million for various violations of the Tax Code including gross understatement of gross sales/receipts, noncompliance with the Value-Added Tax ...

Rules on mineral, auto cigarette tax hikes out
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued the guidelines for the increase in the excise taxes on minerals, cigarettes, vehicles, and in the documentary stamp tax rates under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) act. The four revenue ...

3rd party to do telecom sector study
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is tapping an independent body to conduct a study on the telecommunication industry. In a briefing, PCC commissioners said the study would take a closer look into the entire industry value chain and the impact of ...

Competition body zeroes in on 10 sectors in study
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-17
Commissioner Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe clarified that the market study for the telco sector is a "separate exercise distinct from the review" of the acquisition by PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. of telecommunication assets owned by San Miguel ...

Govt to look into antitrust practices of 9 priority sectors
Business Mirror - 2018-01-17
Among the nine, Quimbo zeroed in on the telecom industry, which had the PCC engaged in a legal dispute with Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc. The PCC asked the Supreme Court last April to stop Globe and PLDT from completing its acquisition of San Miguel ...

Effects of SC ruling on electricity retail access and open competition
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-17
"The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers... The entrepreneur profits to the extent he has succeeded in serving the consumers better than other people have done." Geographical monopolies in electricity distribution ...

Fraud-proof excise-tax stamp program seen completed soon
Business Mirror - 2018-01-17
"I think the BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] is still reviewing it. They target [the rollout] in the first quarter," Tionko said. The BIR is responsible for the collection of excise tax on cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. According to Finance ...

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