Budget chief: Boracay shutdown in April 'too soon'
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-03
They're not ready yet." The Budget Secretary's sentiments run contrary to a recommendation by the Departments of Interior and Local Government, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tourism. The three departments pushed for a total closure running for six ...

SEC warns vs. investing with unregistered cyrptocurrency, securities company
TechnoChops - 2018-04-03
Over and above the humiliation of being revealed to be an unregistered entity and being slapped a stiff fine, the names of persons making up the unscrupulous group would also be turned over to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The BIR will mete out ...

DENR holds adjudication hearing on seized container vans in Ozamiz
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-03
DENR is pursuing a more vigorous campaign against environmental law violators as environmental law enforcement is one of the priority thrusts of DENR, Cabatuan added. (Shaine Mae Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)

Factory activity picks up despite inflation
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-02
A PMI reading above 50 suggests improvement in business conditions, while a score below that signals deterioration. The Philippine reading in March signaled "further improvement in the health of the sector," report read, with rate of output growth ...

Groups to hold vigil for Sereno as SC starts summer session in Baguio
Rappler - 2018-04-02
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - At least 20 civil society groups vowed to hold a vigil at the Supreme Court (SC) compound here to persuade the tribunal to junk the petition for quo warranto against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The SC will start their ...

B.I.R.: Understaffed but still reaching for the sky
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-02
"This year we expect to get the succeeding packages of the tax-reform program through the legislative process. Included in these packages are cuts in the corporate income tax-rate, which we expect to balance with the modernization of the many incentives ...

Executive privilege shields President Duterte from inquiries
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-02
So, former president Benigno Aquino and former Health secretary Janet Garin can invoke executive privilege when the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption bring them to court for the Dengvaxia mess as, first, whatever the two officials discussed was part ...

Who really won VP race? Recount begins
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-02
THE Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, will begin today the recount of votes for the 2016 vice presidential elections to determine who between former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo actually won the ...

Called to Rescue treats children to fun activities
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-02
"Between 1.2 million and 1.8 million children are being trafficked each year worldwide according to the International Labor of Organization." Briefing before the children enjoy a fun day of learning and activities at Kidzania Manila Hence Called to ...

The places to drive in 1988: The City life
AutoIndustriya.com - 2018-04-02
The dream of the just ejected administration was to make possible all kinds of travel to all points of our 7,107 islands, for all Filipinos - whether ... get on with life and make their money and their bank "work" for their convenience and leisure.

Palace: Banning contractualization falls on Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- A month ahead of Labor Day, Malaca├▒ang Palace admitted it had no power to scrap short-term and unprotected temporary work arrangements or so-called contractualization. "That draft EO (executive order) has been ...

Philippine economy likely to grow above 7% in Q1 2018 - First Metro, UA&P
Rappler - 2018-04-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy is expected to grow ... the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group. "Superb annual job growth to January 2018, record $10-billion foreign direct investments, and strong finish for infrastructure in ...

Presidential Electoral Tribunal begins recount of vice presidential votes
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- The vote recount for the 2016 vice presidential election began Monday. Vice President Leni Robredo attended Mass on Monday ahead of the ballot recount by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). "The recount ...

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'
Rappler - 2018-04-02
Movement for Good Governance around two hours before the Supreme Court (SC), acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), kicked off the ballot recount. Robredo likened her message for her supporters gathered at St Scholastica's College Manila's ...

Sereno camp all set to face impeachment trial--lawyer
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-01
Aside from impeachment, Sereno also faces removal from her post through a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida questioning the validity of her appointment to the SC top post. Calida said Sereno committed a ...

VP vote recount starts today
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential ... The recount will start at 8:30 a.m. at the gymnasium at the fifth floor of the SC-Court of Appeals Building in Padre Faura, Manila. Lawyer Jose Lemuel Arenas, PET ad hoc committee member, described ...

Mining, tourism woes make environmental rights a must
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
Section 16 stressed that: "The State shall protect and advance the right of ... Cielo Magno, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics, agreed with Recidoro that, although the country has strong environmental ...

The familiar Passion play
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
I have been involved in the business of tax for over 35 years and I continue to hear these hardship stories from the spouse, sons and daughters who were left behind to address these inheritance woes and tax problems. The explanation oftentimes given why ...

Trump continues attacks on Amazon, Washington Post
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-01
On Thursday, Trump tweeted another accusation about Amazon not paying "taxes to state & local governments" and "putting many thousands of retailers out of business." Amazon collects sales tax in every state that charges one and remits it to the states ...

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-30
"This would all take a long time," said McCabe, now a senior fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center. In the meantime, automakers have to proceed with plans for new cars and trucks under the current gas mileage requirements because it takes years ...

Democratic Space | From the Holy Week 2018 fearless Filipinos will arise to transform the country
Bulatlat - 2018-03-30
Federalism, the Constitutions, China intrusions, the Supreme Court issue and most especially the Global warming issue which can bring about another much more devastating Yolanda because we refuse to read the signs. We seemed paralyzed by the developments.

Using Trade Secret Protection To Shield Your Marijuana-Related Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-03-30
Despite the fact that the commercial cannabis industry in the United States is projected to soar above $50 billion by 2026, there is a great deal of misinformation and confusion with regard to intellectual property protection and the industry at-large ...

Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Infringement: Ninth Circuit Holds "Blurred Lines" Infringes Copyright
Lexology - 2018-03-30
The Decision: The Ninth Circuit upheld the district court decision finding Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" infringed the copyright in Marvin Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up." The Reasoning: Based on "settled procedural principles ...

Osme├▒a got P7-million from drug lord--DoJ
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-29
The rewards committee composed of members from the academe, non-government organizations, law enforcement, religious and business sectors approved a resolution granting the P7,525,235.19 monetary rewards to the six informants after careful deliberation.

NBI arrests 5 people for illegal sale of Boracay lands
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested several individuals on Tuesday for allegedly selling inalienable land in Boracay. In a press release on Wednesday, it said the subjects, Gina Talapian, Lorelei ...

Bank lending, liquidity both up in February
Rappler - 2018-03-28
MANILA, Philippines - The pool of credit flowing around the economy continued to expand in February as production and commercial loans made up for a slight reduction in household loans, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Preliminary data ...

Tax court acquits Mikey Arroyo in P27-M tax evasion case
Rappler - 2018-03-28
This concludes 7 years of investigation that started in 2011 under the Kim Henares-led Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). After 7 years, the CTA said the BIR had "mere speculations and probabilities" which "cannot substitute for the required proof to ...

Duterte to PNP: Catch makers, sellers of fake medicines
Rappler - 2018-03-28
He said makers and sellers of fake medicines can be charged with economic sabotage because of the impact of the sale of such counterfeit products on consumers and the pharmaceutical industry. "Aside from the health risks posed by fake medicines ...

TIMELINE: PAL-FASAP retrenchment case, and what happened in 20 years
Rappler - 2018-03-28
Voting 7-2, SC affirmed the 2006 decision of the Court of Appeals, which ruled that the dismissal of 5,000 workers implemented by the the Lucio Tan-owned airline was legal. The high court, in its decision, said that the retrenchment was done by PAL in good ...

Aldridge injured as Wizards beat Spurs to snap losing streak
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-03-28
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich took his team to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), where they met Chief Justice John Roberts and heard from Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her life and experiences. Popovich wanted players to continue ...

Columnists quit Kenyan media group over freedom crackdown
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-27
The columnists include George Kegoro, executive director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission; Lynne Muthoni Wanyeki, Africa director of the Open Society Foundation; and Nic Cheeseman, professor of democracy at Birmingham University. "I resign to protest ...

Significant Intellectual Property Trademark Decisions
JD Supra - 2018-03-27
2017 was a year filled with significant developments in case law for trademarks. The below rulings highlight some successes and obstacles faced by companies in the protection of their trademarks and their brand as a whole. Following is an overview of a few ...

Congress expected to meet 2018 tax reform timetable
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-27
It gives a definite timeline and schedule of reduction of the business tax rate," the legislator said in a mobile phone message. "This sends a strong signal to the world that the Philippines is and will continue to be a top investment destination ...

Cyber libel investigation vs Rappler starts rolling at DOJ
Rappler - 2018-03-27
The DOJ is hearing an entirely separate complaint of tax evasion filed against Rappler by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The NBI has an ongoing investigation into Rappler for alleged corporate foreign control, a charge that the company has denied.

Landmark human rights hearings against fossil fuel companies begin in the Philippines
Greenpeace International - 2018-03-27
Director of the Energy and Climate Program of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and one of the expert witnesses. The petitioners are demanding that representatives of the companies attend the public hearings and present their plans for ...

Feature: Federalism and its challenges and opportunities to higher education
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-26
The control that must remain to the hands of the Federal Government includes currency, national defense, foreign affairs, customs, immigration, civil political human rights and citizenship. "These are the powers that can only remain with the Federal ...

Mayor Osme├▒a drug protector, Aguirre claims
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-26
JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday lashed out at Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osme├▒a for threatening to file graft and disbarment cases against him for interfering in cases filed by the local government against SM and BDO, the mall giant and bank ...

Resorts World Manila operator says revenues hit P21B in 2017
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-26
In a statement, Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. said revenues translated to an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortization) of P3.5 billion. The 2017 revenues are 23% lower than the P27.49 billion the company ...

SC rules in favor of PAL in retrenchment case vs. FASAP
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- The Supreme Court en banc voted in favor of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) in its two decades-old controversial labor case against the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP).

Withholding taxes made easier?
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) finally issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 11-2018, discussing some amendments to withholding tax regulations (i.e., RR No. 2-98, as amended) effective Jan. 1, 2018. Among the main objectives of the TRAIN law are to ...

Clark airport opens office for interagency task force to fight human trafficking
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
Bureau of Immigration; the National Bureau of Investigation; the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Regional Office 3; and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-3. Also signed during the event was the iFight Trafficking Movement that will ...

SC upholds termination of 1,400 PAL flight staff in 1998 lawsuit
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
THE Supreme Court (SC), voting 7-2, affirmed the decision issued by the Court of Appeals in 2006, which held that the retrenchment in 1998 of 1,400 flight attendants and stewards of Lucio Tan-owned Philippine Airlines (PAL) was legal. In a 55-page decision ...

Reducing wealth inequality by taxing land and bequest
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-26
or start a business," said Ottmar Edenhofer, coauthor of the study, emphasizing further that: "Smart taxing of bequests and land can, thus, help to reduce both intra- and intergenerational wealth inequality." "We see a widening gap between rich and ...

GMA Network shows to be seen in OWWA branches
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-26
Kapuso programs can now be enjoyed in all branches of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) nationwide as GMA Network recently inked an exclusive partnership with the agency. Under the partnership, GMA will provide LED TVs at the waiting areas ...

DOLE order to recall labor attach├ę from HK making human traffickers happy: OFW groups
InterAksyon - 2018-03-26
Labor attach├ę Jalilo dela Torre, seen here in file photo from PASEI newsletter, has drawn support from many OFW groups who denounced the DOLE order recalling him from HK. ORIGINAL IMAGE FROM SUNWEBHK.COM MANILA - Various OFW groups including victims of ...

Advocates in Canada call for an end to violence against women migrant workers
Bulatlat - 2018-03-25
However, Anakbayan-Toronto said it is no less than the Philippine Court of Appeals that is failing Veloso after it denied her request to provide a recorded testimony in the case against her recruiters. In Canada, caregivers, who are mostly women ...

SSS to go after 7,000 delinquent employers under WDLG program
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-25
THE Social Security System (SSS) said it would go after 7,000 delinquent ... the case will be referred to the Legal Enforcement Group of the SSS for filing of criminal charges, he said.

DENR task force eyes eviction of El Nido environment law violators, beach squatters
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-25
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started to conduct a resort-to-resort inspection in El Nido, Palawan, to identify violators of environmental laws. In particular, the DENR is in search of establishments that directly discharge ...

Is growth sustainable?
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-25
Second, increased agricultural productivity will free up labor that can be shifted toward higher productivity manufacturing. Third, increased agricultural productivity will mean wider and lower-costing inputs to agro-industrialization, i.e. manufacturing ...

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory
Rappler - 2018-03-25
(LIST: Minors, college students killed in Duterte's drug war ... More and more problems have accumulated from not updating the law since then. Congress has so far approved only one amendment to the law, and it involves the witnesses required for the ...

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