OFW group denounces looming appointment of ex-Rep. Paras as POEA head
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-03
A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) expressed qualms on Saturday over the looming appointment of a former politician to head the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Advocates and Keepers of OFWs (AKO), a non-government ...

Work from home
Inquirer - 2017-12-02
Freelancing has presented a lot of advantages for those who wish to remain productive without having to stay in an office. Some consider freelancing as striking a balance between work and family life. A single mother may look after her child while earning ...

Unlocking the bank account of the living and the dead
Philstar - 2017-12-02
Truth be told though, in the Philippines, the Bureau of Internal Revenue people are like relatives, but I mean that in the sense that you can also keep your bank accounts secret from them. Our bank secrecy laws remain to be one of the toughest in the world ...

PEACETALK: We push for the enactment of the Basic Law because we firmly believe, it is the right thing to do
Mindanews - 2017-12-02
not to mention dangerous trenches or fox holes that served as appurtenant of our homes. I am sure my fellow mujahideens who have spent a lifetime of struggle share this personal battle. We are proud heirs to a history of freedom and of the zealous struggle ...

De Lima renews plea for freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-02
Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima has asked the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reconsider the arrest order it issued last month because she had earlier appealed for a review of the deficient cases against her with the Supreme Court. De Lima urged ...

Two Copyright To-Dos Before Year End
JD Supra - 2017-12-01
Tackle the following two tasks before year end to help protect your company from copyright infringement liability and secure your copyright assets in 2018. Re)Register Your DMCA Agent With The Copyright Office If your company operates a website that allows ...

Brazil: Administrative Council For Economic Defense (CADE): Competition Law v. Intellectual Property Law
Lexology - 2017-12-01
The dispute over the alleged abuse of intellectual property rights by automakers regarding the protected design of aftermarket car spares, as well as the alleged right of the automotive parts manufacturers to commercialize these parts is not new in Brazil.

Lining up for the knockout punch: House Panel readying more witnesses to bolster impeach case against Sereno
Business Mirror - 2017-12-01
AP/Aaron Favila Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon likened the impeachment case he filed against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to a boxing match. And with the recent developments at the House Committee on Justice proceedings seen as telling blows ...

Speaker calls on Chief Justice to attend House impeachment hearing
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-01
Rep. Villarin added: "Her disposition shows bias and emotion-laden statements. She clearly has an axe to grind against her primus inter pares (senior) in the Supreme Court."

Senate OKs tax bill as Trump, GOP near big legislative win
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-12-01
Congress' nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has said the bill's reductions for many families would be modest and said by 2027, families earning under $75,000 would on average face higher, not lower, taxes. The bill is "removed from the reality of ...

Exes file clashing lawsuits over hit novel 'The Girls'
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 2017-11-30
The suit says she's attempting to "put a stop to an escalating campaign by her abusive ex-boyfriend to extract millions of dollars by intimidation and threat, all under the auspices of frivolous claims of copyright infringement, a long-stale complaint that ...

BOC district offices told to coordinate with BIR
Philstar - 2017-11-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued a new memorandum ordering its district offices to coordinate with the regional offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in forming joint anti-smuggling units in their respective areas.

Government deploying more tourism-oriented cops under topcop program
Business Mirror - 2017-11-30
More of the finest men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be stationed in popular tourist sites, even as the Department of Tourism (DOT) assured that the country remains a safe haven for international and local tourists. "While the ...

Investors look to tax bill progress in hunt for leads
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-30
Corporate earnings lifted the market during selected trading ... down by 15.29% "The reconciliation of the tax reform bill version of the Senate and the House of Representatives will be one of the focus of local investors as the current admin is expected ...

Shabu shipment suspect Richard Tan barred from leaving PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-30
The Bureau of Immigration said it intercepted Richard Tan, alias "Chen Ju Long," as he was about to board a China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai. BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said the incident happened at 3 am Thursday at the Clark ...

Zobel: As robots take over, Filipinos must learn new skills
Inquirer - 2017-11-30
Arthur Tan, CEO of Ayala-led Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. and AC Industrial Technology, said the Philippines must focus on giving R&D incentives on the product side rather than on the component side, noting this would create more value. In the ...

Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-30
The study in the journal Science Advances is the first to compare the bones of women who lived 7,000 years ago in Central Europe to women of today -- specifically championship rowers and British college students. Previous studies have compared female to ...

More problems for sugar?
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-30
A news report yesterday said that the winner of the Miss Universe 2017 tilt will come to the Philippines ... been a hot spot during national elections. And, it seems, it is still that until now. I still remember when we were in school, and elections ...

Dominguez thanks Senate for passing its TRAIN version
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-11-30
outright exemption from income taxation," Dominguez said. The Senate on November 28 voted 17-1 to pass the TRAIN on final reading. Senate Bill (SB) No. 1592, the chamber's version of the TRAIN, was sponsored by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, who chairs the ...

EU Commission launches 'Intellectual Property Package"
Lexology - 2017-11-30
Yesterday, on 29 November 2017, the Comission has released a number of communications, documents and proposed measures for "a more efficient and predictable judicial enforcement regime in the EU", addressing counterfeiting and piracy and providing guidance ...

Two Copyright To-Dos Before Year End
Lexology - 2017-11-30
Tackle the following two tasks before year end to help protect your company from copyright infringement liability and secure your copyright assets in 2018. Re)Register Your DMCA Agent With The Copyright Office If your company operates a website that allows ...

Then and now: Why 1986 tax bill was everything 2017's isn't
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-30
Democrats complained that their information about the measure was coming mainly from lobbyists. The Senate bill would permanently slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. By contrast, the tax cuts for individuals would expire after 2026.

Regarding independent consultants
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-29
In the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2018 survey, however, the Philippines ranked 113 th among 190 economies -- an unpleasant reflection of how tedious the registration process for a new business is. The process includes dealing with various ...

VECO assures no disruption in services as labor union threatens to go on strike
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-29
VECO, owned by Aboitiz Power Corp. and Vivant Corp., is the second-largest utility in the country covering major cities and four towns in Cebu. -- The Freeman

Can a Software Developer Copyright the Output of Its Software?
JD Supra - 2017-11-29
on the issue of copyright infringement. The plaintiff, Design Data, is the owner of computer-aided design (CAD) program for steel detailing. Design Data alleged that the defendants downloaded an unauthorized copy of their CAD program, and used the program ...

Enhancing youth employability is a business mission
Business Mirror - 2017-11-29
These include the Kananga EDC Institute of Technology (KEITECH) in Leyte ... flexible and complementary systems of general, technical and vocational education" that are linked with youth employment. Their battle cry: "Enhancing youth employment ...

Court orders liquidation of Uniwide
Inquirer - 2017-11-29
In an order dated Nov. 23, the RTC of ParaƱaque Branch 258 issued an order to liquidate Uniwide Sales Inc., Uniwide Holdings Inc., Naic Resources and Development Corp., Uniwide Sales Realty and Resources Corp., First Paragon Corp. and Uniwide Sales ...

Government readies estate tax amnesty in 2018
Philstar - 2017-11-29
According to the finance chief, the estate tax amnesty program would be legislated ... such as in the cases of Mighty Corp., Sunvar Realty Development Corp. and Philippine Airlines. He said the program would help generate more funds for the government ...

DOF planning an estate or general tax-amnesty program next year
Business Mirror - 2017-11-28
According to DOF Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko, the Bureau of Internal Revenue can implement some form of amnesty through administrative measures but in line with the guidelines of the National Internal Revenue Code. "It has to be legislated.

Senate OKs first package of tax reform program on final reading
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-28
It fell short of its promise to genuinely reform our tax system to make it more equitable and beneficial to poor families, and reshape consumer behavior towards a more health-conscious populace," said Hontiveros, who stood up to explain her vote.

Government mulls new council for casino privatization
Philstar - 2017-11-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is planning to create a new council which will oversee the privatization of the casinos operated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In an interview ...

Hype and mighty
Inquirer - 2017-11-27
Never mind that the Court of Appeals already chastised PCC, nothing that, while rules called for "automatic approval" of the deal, PCC insisted on reviewing it, demanding more documents that did not even exist. The CA even used a word to describe PCC ...

NOW to enter residential broadband market
Philstar - 2017-11-27
The company is now implementing the P57 million contracts on e-mail and collaboration system of the Supreme Court. The first residential area that has been activated is Corinthian Village in Quezon City, whose residents may now avail of the high-quality ...

California high court to decide legality of farm worker law
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-27
Opponents say it's government overreach that deprives agricultural employers and workers ... a farm labor expert at the University of California, Davis. In court documents filed with the state Supreme Court, the UFW says a previous law had failed to ...

Villanueva introduces amendments to tax reform bill; pushes for higher taxes on coal, mining
Business Mirror - 2017-11-27
We have given the coal industry the opportunity to grow, in fact, even in spite of the environmental cost they pose and labor violations they commit," Villanueva stressed. Both Villanueva and Sen. Loren Legarda also proposed to lift the exemption of ...

Close to 500 aspiring lawyers no show in Bar exams
The Daily Tribune - 2017-11-27
The Bar exams cover eight subjects, namely, Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics. Exams were held on four Sundays of this month starting November 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the ...

P142M in cigarettes destroyed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-27
DAVAO CITY -- Authorities on Sunday destroyed over P142 million worth of cigarettes manufactured by Mighty Corp., which were recently seized for having fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamps. The cigarettes, consisting of nearly five million packs ...

Last day of Bar exams peaceful
Philstar - 2017-11-27
The licensure exam for lawyers covered eight subjects: Civil Law, Criminal Law, Labor Law, Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, Mercantile Law, Political Law, Taxation and Remedial Law. Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, who headed the SC Bar exams ...

Giving back, the Suntrust way: Suntrust Properties, Inc. celebrates 20th year
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-27
The success of Suntrust Properties, Inc. (SPI) as developer of reasonably priced and meticulously built dwellings would have not been possible without the very people who do the arduous labor of building these places from the ground up and persuading ...

3 key facts on justice, truce, labor now shelved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-27
DAVAO CITY--The decision by President Duterte to end peace talks with communist rebels also effectively shelved for good at least three agreements that government and rebel negotiators were preparing to sign between this month and January. Some members of ...

Makati hits 2017 revenue target in October
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-26
The report said the bulk of the revenues came from business taxes totaling P8.2 billion ... This was boosted by the P727.76 million collected from delinquent realty tax payments and penalties. As early as April, Makati City had already attained 70 percent ...

DOLE Clinic opens in Naga City
Philstar - 2017-11-26
On the other hand, the city government of Naga and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-7 signed a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of OWWA Help Desk at the city's Public Employment Service Office. The help desk aims to protect and ...

A cruise entertainer seafarer on top of his world
Philstar - 2017-11-26
MANILA, Philippines -- This gentleman does not stop ... "The ambiance felt like a performing arts school, where I had the chance to meet singers and dancers who previously performed on other cruise ships, as we all trained under one roof, eventually ...

Court of Appeals delays distribution of Hacienda Roxas land to farmers
Business Mirror - 2017-11-26
A recent decision by the Court of Appeals (CA) effectively delayed the distribution of land via agrarian reform in Nasugbu, Batangas, owned by publicly listed Roxas and Co. Inc. (RCI) In a 28-page decision penned by Associate Justice Zenaida Galapate ...

The entrants
Business Mirror - 2017-11-26
This time, I write about the outcome of that exercise. After four weekends of solving accounting, auditing, taxation and other related subjects, the verdict is in. There were 4,511 of the 14,816 examinees who passed the CPA Board Examinations. As in the ...

DBP: No longer just a development bank
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-26
WHILE competition in the banking sector is just starting to heat up, the Development of ... dropped the plan of the previous administration to merge DBP and another government-owned bank, the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank). Instead, the current ...

Confiscated cigarettes used as evidence in Mighty Corp. tax case to be destroyed
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-26
Cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps seized from Mighty Corp. are unloaded at the Holcim Philippines plant in Davao City for destruction. -- LEAN S. DAVAL, JR. DAVAO CITY -- The first batch of more than 9,000 cases containing 4.748 million packs of ...

Cigarettes with fake tax stamps seized from Mighty Corp. destroyed in Davao City
Mindanews - 2017-11-26
The destruction of the cigarettes worth P142.44 million was done at the Geocycle Compound of Holcim Philippines Inc. in Bunawan, Davao City, through a process using a thermal treatment called "co-processing," which uses the materials as a fuel to run ...

Small businesses getting into the tax optimization game
Inquirer - 2017-11-26
PARIS -- Tax optimization is no longer a matter just for the multinationals. A number of market players are now tailoring strategies originally drawn up for the corporate whales to the minnows, or small businesses and independent entrepreneurs. Whether ...

Life is unfair
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-24
This means bridging the gap in access to quality education and health services between rich and poor; correcting historically or politically lopsided access to land and natural resources; addressing inequitable access to credit by small and large borrowers ...

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