Gov't to send high-level officials to help release abducted Filipinos in Libya
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's initial plan to send a warship to rescue abducted Filipino workers in Libya won't push through. Instead, the government is sending a team led by the county's top diplomat. "Initially ...

Zubiri wants House, Senate leaders to meet regarding cha-cha
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) -- Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri wants Congress leaders to meet ahead of any move for Senate to convene for charter change. "Before we can accept the [House] resolution and pass our own, we have to agree on ...

Duterte sends secretaries, not frigates, to help OFWs abducted in Libya
Rappler - 2018-08-07
Among the Cabinet members in the team are Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mama-O, and Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal ...

SC approves precautionary hold departure order for crime suspects
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has approved a new rule to issue precautionary hold departure orders (PHDO) for crime suspects. The justices voted 11-1, with only Asssociate Justice Marvic Leonen dissenting. "This is an ...

POEA reassumes licensing of recruitment agencies
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-07
MANILA, August 7 -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will once again take the responsibility of approving and renewing licenses and authorities of agencies engaged in overseas recruitment. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ...

POEA reassumes licensing of recruitment agencies
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-07
MANILA, August 7 -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will once again take the responsibility of approving and renewing licenses and authorities of agencies engaged in overseas recruitment. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ...

Retired Chief Justice Puno endorses Marquez for SC post
Sun Star - 2018-08-07
Marquez finished both his degree in Economics and juris doctor degree at the Ateneo de Manila University. From being a legal clerk for several justices, he was eventually appointed court administrator in 2010.

PLDT secures favorable CA ruling over DOLE regularization orders - 2018-08-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of PLDT Inc. after the company questioned the regularization orders by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the telco giant said yesterday. PLDT said it received yesterday a copy of ...

PAF allots P24-M for spare parts of 2 light-lift aircraft
Update - 2018-08-07
MANILA -- The Philippine Air ... The NC212i aircraft can be used strategically for producing artificial rain, maritime patrol and coast guard patrol. It can also be utilized for passenger and troop transport, cargo/logistic transport, anti-smuggling ...

SC backs conviction of RH activist Carlos Celdran for 'offending religious feelings'
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) -- The Supreme Court (SC) upheld a Manila court's ruling to imprison Reproductive Health Law advocate Carlos Celdran over "offending religious feelings" after his activist stunt at the Manila Cathedral in 2010.

Justice for Bangsamoro and Pacific Plaza strike - 2018-08-06
Right now, there is a protest camp of workers from Leyte in the main office of the Department of ... because I teach in the Bonifacio Global City campuses of the De La Salle University College of Law and the University of the Philippines College of Law ...

Double time - 2018-08-06
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attended the hearing of members of the Technical Working Group of the House Committee ... and representatives from the Department of Finance led by Usec. Karl Kendrick Chua.

645 firms keep getting tax breaks for over 15 years - 2018-08-06
A total of 645 profitable companies are still receiving tax incentives even after 15 years in the business, depriving the government of billions of pesos in revenues, an official of the Finance Department said Monday. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick ...

Chip labor: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant - 2018-08-06
The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal." The futuristic restaurant concept is the latest initiative in ...

Marcos asks SC justice to inhibit from poll protest vs Leni - 2018-08-06
"Given the evident bias, manifest partiality and blatant prejudice shown by Associate Justice Caguioa and Mrs. Caguioa in favor of Noynoy Aquino and protestee Robredo, the undersigned protestant is left with no other recourse but to file the instant ...

5 to compete in B-pop challenge
Sun Star - 2018-08-06
B-pop stands for Bisaya pop. The five acapella groups that made it to the finals are the Premiero, The Sync Singers, Vox Anima-Cebu, The Technical Department and The UP Serenata. The B-Pop: The Acapella Challenge is the first acapella competition in Cebu.

ROCK SOLID: Standing up to China
MindaNews - 2018-08-06
As the Philippine lawyers said, international environmental law was still an infant when UNCLOS was negotiated. The book addresses why President Aquino decided to take China to court. A number of people had openly opposed the arbitration saying that it ...

ROCK SOLID: Unpacking the complicated territorial dispute between Philippines and China
MindaNews - 2018-08-06
Vitug. Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, Rock Solid, among others, unpacks the complicated territorial dispute between the two countries by providing previously unreported details on the developments before and after the July 2016 ...

Duterte: National ID to cut red tape, fight crime - 2018-08-06
"Admission to any government hospital, health center or similar institution, application for admission in schools, colleges, learning institutions and universities, whether public or private, application and transaction for employment purposes ...

Right-of-way issue hounds MRT 7
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-06
Railways are a key mode of transport eyed by government to help provide more public transport options north or Metro Manila. CONSTRUCTION of the Metro ... Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan ...

Bill wants free vocational training for teenagers
Rappler - 2018-08-06
Under the still unnumbered bill, to be known as "Tulong Trabaho Act," select training programs of the Technical Education and Skills ... Data on employment opportunities to be provided by the Department on Labor and Employment Data on jobs and skills ...

Smuggling buster: Customs creates task force to lead preparations for fuel marking system
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-06
In Photo: A gas-station attendant does his work in this BusinessMirror file photo. Fuel smuggling will soon be checked by a fuel-marking system. THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has created a task force to oversee the preparation of the fuel marking system or ...

PLDT workers lose regularization case at Court of Appeals
Rappler - 2018-08-06
In a decision promulgated on July 31, the CA 10th Division said that janitorial, maintenance, security workers and messengers are not necessary to the principal business of PLDT, and therefore, they may be contracted. "Consequently, the janitors ...

Carandang to appeal MalacaƱang dismissal
Rappler - 2018-08-06
Carandang has the option to raise the case to the Court of Appeals, and all the way to the Supreme Court, but according to Martires, AO No. 7 requires the enforcement of the dismissal. ACT-Teachers Partylist Antonio Tinio noted that former ombudsman ...

No derailing TRAIN as Package 2 moves forward
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-06
Eventually Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III filed his own version of Package 2 in the form of Senate Bill 1906, or the "Corporate Income Tax Reform and Incentives Reform Act." It has been reported that Senate Bill 1906 seeks, among others ...

Nanay Leti: The grandmother who stood in solidarity with NutriAsia workers
Bulatlat - 2018-08-06
"Even if the policemen were the ones who threw rocks at Nanay Leti, their officers and Labor Secretary [Silvestre] Bello even had the guts to cover-up [the incident] and accuse Kadamay of starting the violence," Beltran said. Since the ...

Copyright Infringement and Theft - The Difference
TorrentFreak - 2018-08-06
A common recurring theme in the comments here on TorrentFreak is that P2P file-sharing is 'stealing'. While such sentiments are often expressed by the industry lobby groups, it's completely at odds with the law. It could also be the very LAST thing those ...

Immigration arrests 3 more foreigners with fraudulent documents - 2018-08-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration on Monday said three foreigners would be deported and placed on the country's blacklist for using fraudulent travel documents. Immigration agents arrested Malian Moustapha Harry Dicko, Mexican Gabriel ...

Palace saddened by CA decision vs PLDT workers: We are for their regularization
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) -- The Palace has sided with the workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the regularization order issued by the Labor Department. "Ang desisyon ng ...

PH unlikely to extradite Napoles while cases still pending
Rappler - 2018-08-06
They will request that it be lifted. Jeane's one-week travel to Indonesia on July 27 alerted the Bureau of Immigration, but Encarnacion said she returned August 3 and will face any legal issue here. -

100k distressed OFWs to benefit from UAE amnesty
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-06
MANILA, August 6 -- Over 100,000 distressed and overstaying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are due to benefit from the three-month amnesty program being offered by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the labor department reported over the ...

Germany's Triple Win Project to hire 400 Pinoy nurses
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-06
MANDALUYONG CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is now accepting applications for nurses under the Triple Win Project of Germany. The Triple Win program is a bilateral diplomatic project between the Philippines and Germany ...

DoF-backed mining tax reform filed in House of Representatives
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-05
The bill also proposes to limit interest expense deductions of mining contractors "in order for the businesses not to depend on excessive debt funding which would result in high interest expense deduction, and thereby reducing corporate tax liability."

DOLE to help repatriate distressed OFWs seeking amnesty in UAE
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
In a statement, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide airport and cash assistance to the repatriates. He also said the concerned OFWs could also be given local and ...

The judiciary under a federal system
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines vests judicial power in one Supreme Court and such lower courts as may be provided by law. At present, the Supreme Court is composed of one Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices, or a total of 15 sitting in ...

AER pushes corporate income-tax cut, rationalization of fiscal perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
Fiscal policy reforms group, Action for Economic Reforms (AER), urged Congress to hasten the passage of the second tax-reform program, aimed to lower corporate income-tax (CIT) rates while rationalizing fiscal incentives, to finally correct the inequity ...

The legislative agenda for business
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-05
President Rodrigo Duterte at his third State of the Nation Address (SONA ... Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Displaced PLDT workers cry foul over CA ruling on regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) -- Employees of a telecommunications company are disappointed after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the Labor Department's regularization order. [Translation: We are angry at this decision. We are very angry, why ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

Foreign placement agencies told to pay escrow for household workers
Manila Standard Today - 2018-08-04
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it has issued POEA Memo Circular 10-A requiring foreign placement agencies hiring domestic workers for Kuwait to deposit a minimum $10,000 as escrow deposit in a bank authorized by the Bangko Sentral ...

Primer on draft charter: Part Fifteen - 2018-08-04
Congress shall therefore canvass regional returns. Q: Does the Supreme Court remain the Presidential Electoral Tribunal? A: Not anymore. It is the Federal Electoral Court to which all contests relating to the election, returns and qualifications must be ...

Building a crypto nation - 2018-08-04
To fully understand blockchain, Justo Aboitiz Ortiz (left), the President of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines and the chairman of ... its users secure by the use of cryptography or the art of making codes to conceal a message.

Napoles' kid back in Philippines as cases pile up - 2018-08-04
She earlier faced a P17.5-million tax evasion case filed against her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the pieces of real property in the United States and the Philippines under her name. Due to her non-payment, her liability has ballooned to P32 ...

Group warns vs scrapping perks - 2018-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Scrapping the incentives under the Renewable Energy Law of 2008 will further slow down the development of clean and indigenous resources and only promote coal-based projects, advocacy group Center for Energy, Ecology and Development ...

Stranded in paradise: How hundreds of parishioners of a notorious South Korean church ended up stuck in Fiji
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The group also invested $5 million to Fiji National University to promote organic farming ... South Korean authorities said they have asked Interpol, the international police agency, for assistance in securing the safety of its citizens in Fiji.

Spies in the suburbs: Inside the CIA's secret defector unit
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The CIA's defector program has existed since 1949 when Congress passed a law authorizing the agency to resettle up to 100 foreign nationals in the ... In one case, the CIA helped a man who wanted to go to college by providing fake records he needed to ...

South-East Asian fall?
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-08-04
A quarter-century before the Arab Spring of 2011, there was a democratic spring in South-East Asia: the Philippines in 1986 ... non-violent revolution of 1988 was thwarted by a massacre of students worse than the one carried out by the Chinese Communist ...

Pala: Being missionary
Sun Star - 2018-08-04
The only work I take part in is in the building of the Kingdom of God. If the immigration officer asked me what my business is and I begin with that I would probably confuse him or get myself thrown out of the country. Yes, we are all called to be workers ...

Draft charter downgrades Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Arguably the most renowned court in the world today is the Supreme Court of the United States. Its importance lies in the fact that it stands at the top in a hierarchy of state and federal courts, while its prestige owes to the fact that it has the power ...

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