Land reclamation: Bane or boon?
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-17
This came after DENR officials issued statements promising to stop a multibillion land-reclamation project being pushed by local officials of Bacoor City for the establishment of its would-be central business district along Manila Bay. The Bacoor land-reclamation project covers a total of 420 hectares. It will displace around 100 hectares of ...

Solon calls on health, port authorities to implement protocols vs the Black Death plague
Davao Today - 2019-11-17
A total of 3.12 million Chinese citizens entered the country from January 2016 to May 2018, based on data from the Bureau of Immigration. This means over a hundred thousand Chinese nationals enter the country every month or almost four thousand daily.

Interview: U.S. intellectual property law expert calls for more exchanges with China
Xinhua - 2019-11-17
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United States and China should expand exchanges and collaboration in the field of intellectual property (IP) law, said a U.S. IP law expert. "It's important for practical reasons (to expand exchanges) because there are so many interactions between the United States and China, and many have some connection ...

2,500 police deployed as temple at the center of gender dispute in India opens its doors
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-17
For centuries, women aged 10 to 50 were not allowed to enter the Sabarimala Temple. But in September last year, the country's Supreme Court overturned the ban, and in January, women entered the temple for the first time, defying opposition from religious conservatives. But that decision is now in question, after the Supreme Court agreed ...

SC sending Congress draft bill on marshals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-16
A bill drafted by the Supreme Court for a Philippine Marshal Service will be sent to Congress on Monday, according to Court Administrator Midas Marquez. The draft bill goes beyond the primary objective of providing protection to judges--amid the spate of killings targeting members of the judiciary--as it also proposes broad powers for the ...

Why my best friends are my best critics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-16
He has exaggerated my role, as I stated elsewhere. He has spoken for the Supreme Court on various subjects beyond my limited range--including mathematics, the latest advances in science and technology, economics, accounting and even canon law. In a deeper ...

If an athlete wins in the SEA Games, how much money will they get -- and is it taxable?
SPIN - 2019-11-16
Continue reading below ? This tax break is covered in RA 7549, or 'An Act Exempting All Prizes and Awards Gained From Local and International Sports Tournaments and Competitions from the Payment of Income and Other Forms of Taxation'. Whether they win or not, a national athlete can always score several benefits, as long as they're registered ...

36 Japanese arrested for voice phishing scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-15
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested in Makati City 36 Japanese who were allegedly behind a telecommunications scam that defrauded their compatriots of an estimated 2 billion yen (P934 million). Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said they were out to arrest 20-year-old Nobuki Oshita and 33-year-old Yusuke Kiya, who are both wanted for ...

House measure seeks automatic employment allocation for elderly
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-15
The measure will also encourage the private sector to hire senior citizens because they shall be entitled to an additional tax deduction from their gross income, equivalent to 70 percent of the total amount paid as wages to senior citizens subject to compliance or the pertinent provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Despite the various ...

Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-15
A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled last week that the tax returns can be turned over to New York prosecutors. The appellate judges emphasized the ...

Explain summons to traffic enforcers, SC tells judge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
The Supreme Court, through court administrator Midas Marquez, has asked a Cabanatuan City judge to explain his summons to two Baguio City traffic enforcers who confiscated his car license plate for illegal parking last month. Judge Nelson Lago of the CabanatuanMunicipal Trial Court Branch III "was requested" to comment on news reports that ...

B.I. deports 312 Chinese caught in telco scam
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-14
Some of the 300 foreign nationals deported by Philippine authorities are seen at the NAIA 1 tarmac prior to boarding a China Eastern flight on Thursday (Nov. 14) night. THE Bureau of Immigration ...

DOF sees no need to amend rice tariff law
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The government will not repeal nor suspend the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law, as measures are already being implemented to address the challenges posed by the law to rice farmers, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). While emphasizing the benefits of Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Liberalization ...

DOLE postpones release of Service Charge IRR law to confer with DOT
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-14
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) again postponed the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Service Charge Law, this time to consult the Department of Tourism (DOT). In a text message, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III told BusinessMirror he opted to conduct more consultations for the new IRR.

Phoenix Petroleum backs Palace bid to plug tax leaks
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-14
DAVAO CITY--Independent oil producer Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. (PPPI) expressed full support to the move of MalacaƱang to plug tax leakages, including a crackdown on noncompliant players, to improve further a fair corporate practice in the country. In a statement disclosing its income and revenue position as of November, PPPI Chief ...

Unions bracing for fight over salty-foods tax
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-14
Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) Spokesperson Alan A. Tanjusay told BusinessWorld this week that the proposed tax measure does not consider that many low-income workers have no choice but to eat salty food despite being aware of the health effects of food processing. "The proposed measure to impose ...

ZEN Graphene Solutions Reports on Multiple Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements
YAHOO! - 2019-11-14
This agreement licenses to ZEN the intellectual property created by scientists and laboratories within a renowned Canadian University. This agreement has no expiry date and provides that a royalty is payable by ZEN based on the annual amount of material processed under the intellectual property. The company also reports that it has signed an 18 ...

PH deports over 300 Chinese nationals
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Bureau of Immigration started deporting more than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunication fraud on Thursday. The first batch of the 312 Chinese nationals was sent out on a chartered China Eastern flight to Shijiaxuang in Hebei Province and Changchun in Jilin Province.

The climate crisis will profoundly affect the health of every child alive today, report says
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) - The climate crisis is already hurting our health and it could burden generations to come with lifelong health problems, a new report finds. It could challenge already overwhelmed health systems and undermine much of the medical progress that has been made in the last century. If the world continues to produce the same amount of carbon ...

Immigration deports over 300 foreign nationals
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Bureau of Immigration started deporting more than 300 foreign nationals -- mostly Chinese nationals -- on Thursday. The first batch was sent out in a chartered China Eastern flight to China. The last two batches will leave the country on Thursday night. The deported nationals are part of the ...

POEA limits types of OFW allowed in Libya
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-13
AMID the ongoing civil war in Libya, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has further limited the categories of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) allowed to work in the African state. POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia on Tuesday issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 13, Series of 2019 "clarifying" the provisions of MC 10.

CJ Bersamin gets death threats
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-13
THE Supreme Court and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have come to the rescue of retired Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin after the latter reported that he has received death threats. SC Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said Bersamin himself disclosed to him the threat but did not provide details as to where these are coming from. Hokasa, however ...

Maritime Lecturer Receives Royal Seal of Approval
Bdaily Business Network - 2019-11-13
A respected North East maritime lecturer has received the royal seal of approval for services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare over two decades. Alain Reynier was presented with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at a ceremony at Trinity House in London, on Wednesday ...

19 NPA members surrender in SouthCot
MindaNews - 2019-11-13
The governor said the surrenderers may avail of livelihood financing of at least P100,000 from the Land Bank of the Philippines, housing assistance worth P450,000, firearms remuneration of up to P500,000, livelihood training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other interventions from the Department of Labor and ...

DOF sees more expensive alcoholic drinks, heated tobacco, vapes at start of 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-13
With President Rodrigo Duterte certifying as urgent the bill that would make so-called "sin" products--alcohol, heated tobacco and vapes--more expensive, expect a spike of prices of these by ...

Asian stocks sink after Trump threatens more China tariffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-13
A protester was shot Monday and others blocked streets and commuter rail tracks and set off gasoline bombs at the University of ... used to price international oils, shed 10 cents to $61.96 ...

Urgency grows by the day for a trade deal with China. Will Trump speech today deliver?
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-13
(CNN) - President Donald Trump will address the Economic Club of New York later today and investors want to know one thing: When can a so-called phase-one mini-trade deal with China be signed?

BPOs lower 2022 targets amid uncertain times
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The IT-BPM industry used to think it could hit $39 billion worth of revenues in 2022, but unexpected trends such as the uncertainty over its tax breaks have now made its target a pipe dream. The industry now expects to hit only $29 billion. At best, this can reach $32 billion, although an industry leader called this an ...

IT-BPM cuts revenue growth forecast by $7 billion
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-12
THE information-technology and business- process management (IT-BPM) industry has reduced its growth forecast by nearly $7 billion in revenue and roughly 230,000 workers in employment on uncertainties brought about by domestic and international policies. The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (Ibpap) on Tuesday said it ...

Maynilad starts work on biggest sewage treatment plant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-11
Maynilad Water Services Inc. yesterday broke ground for its biggest ... is expected to help clean up waterways flowing to Manila Bay and also improve sanitation conditions in three cities.

DTI crafts road map for AI, Fourth Industrial Revolution
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the age of digitization, governments from across the world are seeking ways on how to keep their labor force competitive in the face of firms adopting new solutions, particularly automation, in their operations. "The formulation of the AI road map is very important and timely.

Law on inheritance tackled in seminar
philstar.com - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Center for Global Best Practices is launching a pioneering program titled, "Inheritance and Disinheritance Law of the Philippines" on Dec. 5 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Resorts World Complex, Pasay City. The one-day training will provide participants a comprehensive understanding of the general principles as well ...

CCT eyed for subsidy of garments labor pay
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
Aside from Fobap, the proposal to incentivize employment in the garments industry is backed by the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines, Garment Business Association of the Philippines, Textile Millers Association of the Philippines and the Garment Manufacturers Association of the Philippines. Based on data from the Philippine ...

November: Bar examination month
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
It is the professional licensure examination required before anyone can practice law in our country. It is administered by the Supreme Court through the Bar Examination Committee headed by an incumbent member of the SC. A Bar candidate should obtain a passing average of 75 percent and no grade must be lower than 50 percent in any Bar subject.

American-Canadian rape suspect falls
philstar.com - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced yesterday the arrest of an American-Canadian man who fled to Malaysia after he was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic, Zambales in March last year. Fouad Bounab, 54, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night ...

Maynilad breaks ground on P10-B sewage treatment plant
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-11
MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. on Monday has broken ground on a P10.5-billion sewage treatment plant that ... The plant, called the CAMANA (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas) Water Reclamation Facility, is expected to help clean the waterways flowing to Manila Bay while improving the sanitation conditions in three cities. "The completion of our CAMANA ...

Input VAT attributable to zero-rated sales: Gross income deductible?
philstar.com - 2019-11-11
What comes to mind when we talk about excess, unutilized input value-added tax (VAT) that can be allowed as deduction to gross income for tax purposes are the following: input VAT from VAT exempt transactions, input VAT of non-VAT registered persons, and the excess of the actual input VAT from government sales to the seven percent standard ...

Persons with disabilities and the State with disabilities
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-11
Diana J. Mendoza, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

Canadian-American man wanted for rape arrested at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A Canadian-American man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Monday. BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said 54-year-old Fouad Bounab reportedly fled the country to Malaysia to avoid prosecution ...

DOLE lauds firms hiring seniors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment lauded fastfood outlets and restaurants for hiring elderly and differently abled workers as shown by various social media sites.

Delhi air pollution spikes as deadly smog envelops city
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-10
"A child born yesterday in Delhi would have smoked 40 to 50 cigarettes on the first day of his or her life," said Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi and founder of the Lung Care Foundation ... dean of the School of Arts and Science at Ahmedabad University in Gujarat, said: "Air quality in Delhi at ...

Economists, companies eye opportunities from RCEP
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-10
Rolando T. Dy, executive director of Center for Food and Agri-Business of University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), said the trade pact may reduce barriers abroad for Philippine agricultural products, even if the country will also have to open its doors ...

Proposed Citira to bring more investments to Clark, Subic
Sun Star - 2019-11-10
The bill aims to lower corporate taxes, Lambino said during a briefing on the Philippine Infrastructure Program and Official Development Assistance at the Ateneo De Manila University on October 22. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) named Singapore ...

US investors bullish on Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-11-10
John Goyer, executive director for Southeast Asia of the US Chamber of Commerce, in a teleconference with Filipino journalists said US investors have noted the efforts of the Philippine government to further improve its business climate. Goyer cited the yearly Doing Business Report by the World Bank that showed the ranking of the Philippines ...

Special job program for senior citizens to be launched at PUP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
Under the bill, the private sector is also encouraged to hire senior citizens and in return, they shall be entitled to an additional tax deduction from their gross income equivalent to 70 percent of the total amount paid as wages to senior citizens, subject to compliance or the pertinent provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. /je

Police arrest 23 rallyists in strike vs. food company
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Police on Saturday arrested 23 protesters, rallying against Regent Foods Corporation in the company's production plants in Taguig and Pasig City.

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-09
CHAMPLAIN, New York -- In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road ...

VACC files homicide raps vs Aquino anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-08
VACC filed the complaint-affidavit despite a recent unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court last month that "there is no probable cause to charge private respondents with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide."--PATRICIA DENISE M. CHIU

SC extends Maguindanao massacre ruling deadline
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-08
The Supreme Court has granted the request of the judge handling the Maguindanao massacre case for more time to come up with a decision. Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said the court considered the huge volume of evidence and parties in the case in giving a 30-day extension to Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC ...

SSS eyes special program for informal sector workers
philstar.com - 2019-11-08
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) said yesterday it is considering the creation of a special program which will cater to Filipinos employed in the informal sector. In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said the state pension fund would beef up its efforts to reach out to informal ...

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