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 ...

Napoles daughter back in PH
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Jeane was previously cleared of a P17 million tax evasion case by the Court of Tax Appeals ... the earnings from which she allegedly transferred to California accounts to buy assets and business shares. Jo Christine and James Cristopher are facing a ...

Napoles' daughter back in PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- Jean Christine Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, has returned to the country, the Justice Department confirmed Saturday. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said the ...

PH Navy to deploy task group for Filipino hostages in Libya
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Philippine Navy is sending a task group to Libya to help rescue three Filipino hostages there. "As your Philippine Navy completes the facts on the ground, it is also preparing for the deployment of a Naval ...

Napoles' daughter has left PH before U.S. indictment - immigration bureau
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Bureau of Immigration confirmed on Friday that the daughter of Janet Lim Napoles, Jeane Catherine, left the country on July 27. Jeane, along with her mother Janet and four others, were indicted for ...

JBC to interview Chief Justice applicants next week
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will hold public interviews for the five nominees for Supreme Court chief justice on August 16, the High Court announced on Friday. Aside from the interviews, the nominees ...

DoJ to consider extradition of Napoles, kin upon request of US court
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-03
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday said his department will consider extradition, upon request by a US court, of Janet Lim Napoles and five other relatives who have been indicted in the United States in connection with a $20-million money ...

In defense of social justice
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-02
Rejecting the claim that to the proletariat belonged all that was gained, Leo XIII asked what good labor would be if there was no capital upon which to expend it. Not labor alone then, but capital likewise was entitled to the gains of human toil.

Ongpin cleared of insider trading
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked with finality the multiple counts of insider trading cases against former trade minister Roberto Ongpin involving his shares in Philex Mining Corp. In a five-page resolution released yesterday ...

Duterte vows safe business climate for investors
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
MANILA, Philippines -- As the top economic managers aggressively work for congressional approval of the second tranche of the tax reform package this year, President Duterte has vowed to protect businesses in the country by ensuring they will enjoy a ...

DoF: Tax reforms face political resistance
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
The second package -- approved in principle on Thursday by the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee, while a separate version was filed the same day in the Senate -- seeks in general to slash corporate income tax rates gradually to 20-25% ...

More time needed for second list of labor violators -- DoLE
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
THE LABOR department is seeking more time from President Rodrigo R. Duterte to complete its second list of companies allegedly involved in illegal labor practices like contractualization. In a briefing on Thursday, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE ...

Sotto files bill reforming CIT and perks, allays inflation fears
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-02
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Thursday filed a bill "reforming the corporate income tax and incentives" by amending at least 31 sections of the 1997 National Internal Revenue Code, but stopped short of tagging his measure as "TRAIN 2."

401 employees lose jobs as PhilHealth fail to re-accredit BOLMSH
Sun Star - 2018-08-02
THE employees union of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLMSH) hit the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for having no mercy on them by not acting on time on the motion for reconsideration of the hospital regarding its ...

House panel approves TRAIN 2, hopes to dampen inflation impact
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
It would also repeal exemptions under the National Internal Revenue Code on government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), educational institutions and hospitals, regional or area headquarters (RHQs), regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), income ...

Sotto files TRAIN 2 bill
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) -- A bill for the second tranche of the Duterte administration's tax reform program has been filed in the Senate. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto filed on Thursday Senate Bill 1906 to introduce reforms in the ...

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters
Rappler - 2018-08-02
We neither know him nor the guards.) What will happen? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier ordered NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers from its contractor AsiaPro Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The order is not yet final and executory.

House panel approves in principle TRAIN 2
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
The Department of Finance is targeting to introduce in July this year the rest of the tax reform packages that mainly cover property and capital income taxation. Since the start of 2018, the DOF has submitted Package 2, as well as the reforms on taxes on ...

Businesses think of ways to ease wage hike impact
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
The Department of Labor and Employment has asked employers to voluntarily comply with the newly approved P20 wage hike in the private sector. Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) president Carlo Suarez pointed out the mandated wage hike ...

RTWPB presents new wage order for Cordillera
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
RTWPB - CAR Chairperson, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman and Vice Chairperson, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the said forum, both affirmed that the wage order has undergone a rigid process that includes ...

Siquijor forges commitments against human trafficking
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
It is done for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. To report suspected ...

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018
Rappler - 2018-08-01
The Bureau of Internal Revenue's target collections for the year is at P2.039 trillion. Government disbursements reached P1.6 trillion, or 20.5% higher than the P1.33 trillion in the same period in 2017. Disbursements for infrastructure hit P352.7 billion ...

Carpio CJ favorite; Bersamin close 2nd
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
They include a retired member of the Supreme Court, a former Sandiganbayan justice, an incumbent Cabinet member, two former MalacaƱang functionaries, a beauty queen-cum brains, a university professor, a public relations practitioner, several prominent ...

CA upholds money laundering cases vs Boratong, wife
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the money laundering cases against convicted shabu flea market operator Amin Imam Boratong, his wife Memie and several others. In a five-page resolution promulgated on July 10, the former ...

Striking workers in NutriAsia, supporters dispersed and arrested amid regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- Twenty workers in NutriAsia and supporters calling for their regularization were arrested by members of Meycauayan, Bulacan police on Monday following a violent dispersal. They were arrested for direct assault ...

MalacaƱang sacks Deputy Ombudsman
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-01
Sought for comment, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman law professor Antonio G.M. La ViƱa said this is the "first test" for new Ombusdman Samuel L. Martires who officially assumed his post yesterday. "This is actually his first test whether ...

Land developer ready to go back to real-estate business after SC ruling
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
THE camp of property developer Delfin Lee has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) that downgraded the criminal charges filed against him and several others from syndicated estafa to simple estafa on accusations that they availed themselves of ...

N.B.A., MGM Resorts strike betting deal
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
MGM and other casino operators are moving aggressively to be able to capitalize on the US sports-betting market, which is expanding after the Supreme Court ruled in May that states could take sports bets if they wanted. MGM has made three significant deals ...

FariƱas, Quimbo worry over rushed Minority leadership decision
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) -- The power struggle at the House of Representatives continues, with lawmakers expressing concern that the decision about the minority leadership may be railroaded. Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo "Rudy ...

DFA chief: Draft framework for joint exploration with China in West PH Sea out by September
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31 ... we have to make sure that it passes the scrutiny of the Supreme Court," he said. "We're rushing it cause FIlipinos only have a one-term six-year presidency, and if you want to get it done the best time ...

DBM urges job seekers to fill in 264,000 government jobs
UNTV - 2018-08-01
Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino agreed with Diokno saying investors are more focused on other aspects they perceived beneficial to their business such as tax rate, infrastructure and more importantly, measures against corruption being imposed b ...

Tax reform 2 gets big push
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-01
The Finance secretary said the government expects tax revenues to grow by 12.7 percent in 2019 as the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and of Customs are expected to post collection growths of 13.1 percent and 11.3 percent, respectively. Dominguez informed ...

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of U.S. midterms
Rappler - 2018-07-31
SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Facebook said Tuesday, July 31, it shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button social issues ahead of November midterm US elections, but cannot identify ...

Economic managers say rising revenues to help keep budget gap manageable
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-31
while the second package now being discussed in the House seeks to slash corporate income tax rates gradually to as low as 20% from 30% currently while removing redundant fiscal incentives. Mr. Dominguez said the other packages submitted this month to ...

Nationwide round-up
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-31
Opposition senators filed a petition before the Supreme Court last May and sought to declare ththe withdrawal as invalid, claiming that the President cannot unilaterally withdraw from a treaty. The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court ...

What Is Your Intellectual Property Worth?
JD Supra - 2018-07-31
Intellectual property rights ("IP") such as copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trade dress, and trademarks, can give any business a competitive edge. For instance, IP can be used to protect valuable goods and services, combat illegitimate and ...

TSU renews pact with DOLE as job placement office
Sun Star - 2018-07-31
THE Tarlac State University (TSU) over the weekend renewed its ties with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as an institutionalized job placement office (JPO). DOLE regional director Zenaida Angara-Campita reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

What You Need to Know About Copyright Laws and Intellectual Property
Inc. - 2018-07-31
Marketers who do not have a clear understanding of copyright and intellectual property laws risk a damaged reputation and expensive litigation. The internet has become the main median for marketers in today's world of modern digital marketing. Many ...

House of Representatives okays on 3rd reading ban on govt hospital privatization, 25-year extension of INC franchise
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
The bill mandates the KWF, in coordination with the DepEd Secretary, CHED Chairperson, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General, Professional Regulation Commission Chairperson, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ...

WB pledges support for Bangsamoro region
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-31
L to R: Philippine Secretary of the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Al-Hajj Murad, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Ghazali Jaafar, vice-chairman of MILF, join hands holding a proposed draft of ...

DOLE mulls legal action to pressure PLDT to regularize 7,300 contractual workers
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
Labor officials said the regularization order could only be stopped if PLDT could secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a injunction from the Court of Appeals (CA). As of last week, PLDT told Business Mirror in an email reply that the "matter is ...

High rates force Bureau of the Treasury to reject all bids in T-bonds auction
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) has rejected all bids in its latest Treasury bonds (T-bonds) auction on Tuesday on the back of high rates offered by market investors for the government security. Deputy Treasurer Erwin D. Sta. Ana said on Tuesday that the ...

For as long as there are men
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
So we elevated the fight and took a whole-of-society approach as we say here at the UN, engaging civil society, NGOs ... We are happy to find an ally in Mercy International Association in a fight that is simple really; except that war against sex ...

SC rules what constitutes inordinate delay in resolving cases
Rappler - 2018-07-31
The Supreme Court (SC) en banc ruled on Tuesday, July 31, that the fact-finding investigation period should not be counted when the court tries to determine whether there has been "speedy disposition" or delayed disposition of a case. "The Court ...

DOF, House want real-time reporting of tax perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
According to the report, the data covered 5,694 out of 5,790 registered business entities (RBEs) in IPAs. From 2015 the number of RBEs that availed of income-tax incentives increased 9.07 percent in 2016, while those that were granted incentives on customs ...

Justice Bersamin enjoys slim lead in SC voting for next Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- It looks like it will be a close fight among three senior associate justices for the Supreme Court's the top post, with Justice Lucas Bersamin enjoying a slim lead. The Supreme Court said an internal voting ...

Will Philippines rejoin the International Criminal Court?
Rappler - 2018-07-31
It was the opposition which challenged the withdrawal from the ICC. Opposition senators go to Supreme Court A replay of what took place in South Africa is unfolding in the Philippines today. In May, the minority senators - Francis Pangilinan, Franklin ...

Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud
Rappler - 2018-07-31
"On top of that," he added, "the government will bring forth the coup de grace" with incriminating testimony by Gates, Manafort's former business partner. Turley said Manafort may be "playing a pardon strategy." "Manafort has remained loyal," he said.

Netizens echo call to #BoycottNutriasia over violent protest dispersal
Rappler - 2018-07-31
"As teachers and workers at the University of the Philippines, we stand firmly with our students ... The bloody dispersal of the NutriAsia workers is the state of the nation: police brutality is used to protect the interest of those in power.

How Video Game Mods Are Changing the Intellectual Property Game
Law - 2018-07-31
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