Duterte should not be rushed into decision on POGOs - Panelo
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) - President Rodrigo Duterte is unlikely to make a hurried decision on the fate of Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs in the country, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Thursday. "When the President decides on something, he has goods to back up his decision. If he has not received ...

House to probe labor issues raised by hostage-taking security guard
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives will probe the labor issues raised by former security guard Alchie Paray who took hostage at least 50 people inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, earlier this week. The House committee on labor and employment will conduct its motu propio inquiry on Tuesday next week, March 10. Panel ...

Supreme Court to hear plea to free ex-communist leader arrested for murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea to free a former top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines arrested in February for murder charges. The third division of the court will hold oral arguments on March 12 on the habeas corpus petition filed by the son of Rodolfo "Commander Bilog ...

Singaporean named to head intellectual property agency
StarTribune - 2020-03-04
A Singaporean official defeated a candidate from China in a leadership contest for the U.N.'s intellectual property body, which was swept into a rift between Washington and Beijing over claims of Chinese theft of technological know-how.

2 more Pinoys in Singapore test positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Two more Filipinos in Singapore have tested positive for the new coronavirus even as the first Filipino case in the city-state has fully recovered, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday. Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, the DFA said a second Filipino was confirmed to have ...

Phoenix seen rising from demolition of Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas building
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-04
The redevelopment of CCP has been on the table for many years but it took a while because of the case against Republic Real Estate Corporation (RREC) which was finally resolved by the Court of Appeals in 2009. The appellate court ruled in favor of CCP by stopping the Pasay City government and RREC from selling the lots within the CCP Complex ...

DOLE eyes P2 billion for virus-displaced labor
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-04
Outside the country, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans J. Cacdac reported at least 40 overseas Filipino workers (OFW), who were already displaced as their non-resident employers leave Covid-19-hit Hong Kong. Of the case, he said, 35 were initiated by their employers. While the retrenched OFWs have the option to ...

REIT pitched as "defensive" asset class
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
as dividends distributed effectively become a tax-shield for corporate income tax. High dividends from REITs plus the potential for moderate to long-term growth are seen to make REITs an attractive investment option with potentially high total returns. Furthermore, the listing of REITs on the Philippine Stock Exchange will make it accessible ...

15 repatriates quarantined at New Clark City test negative for coronavirus
Rappler - 2020-03-04
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said it will repatriate 48 of its active members from the area. The repatriated Filipinos will return to the Philippines via a chartered flight ...

Philippines to scale down deployment of workers to Kuwait over medical screening requirement
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) -- The Labor Department will be scaling down deployment of workers to Kuwait over its requirement for expatriates from 10 countries, including the Philippines, to show proof that they are free of the coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday ...

City gov't launches 'Disiplina Sa Kalsada' program
Gov - 2020-03-04
Santiago City Mayor Joseph S. Tan explains "Disiplina Sa Kalsada" program during its launching. The program is aimed at clearing the roads of obstructions to ease traffic . (Photo from Joseph S. Tan FB) CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, March 3 (PIA) - The City ...

Munti to establish OFW Help Desks
Gov - 2020-03-04
The City Government of Muntinlupa partners with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA ...

OFWs affected by travel ban to COVID countries receive cash from OWWA
Gov - 2020-03-04
Henry Miraflor, OIC regional director of OWWA Bicol, said that as of February 17, 2020, an amount of P1,100,000.00 has been released to OFWs bound to China, Macau and Hongkong that are affected by the temporary travel ban being imposed by the government.

PHL eases travel ban, now allows tourists to South Korea
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Of the 200 Filipinos, 148 will be repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) via chartered flights, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) is arranging to repatriate 48 of its active members via a commercial flight.

BI bars entry of 242 illegal alien workers amid ongoing revamp
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has denied the entry of some 242 illegal foreign workers, amid an ongoing revamp within the bureau involving 800 employees linked to the pastillas scheme. Immigration chief Jaime Morente said that 79 foreigners tried to illegally enter the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 ...

House pushes Senate OK of 10-day service incentive leave for workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
This after 197 members of the lower chamber approved on third and final reading House Bill 1338, which seeks to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines. Under the bill, every employee who has rendered at least one year of service shall be entitled to a yearly SIL of 10 days. But the measure said the provision shall not apply to those already ...

Customs collection declines on virus outbreak
philstar.com - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Taxes and duties collected from the importation of oil products slightly offset the decline in revenues caused by the slowdown in imports from China, which resulted from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In a forum in Makati yesterday, Finance ...

Senate probe on influx of foreign cash brought to PH set on Thursday
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon will lead an investigation on Thursday into billions of pesos-worth of cash brought mostly by Chinese nationals to the country. Gordon said from September last year to February, 47 individuals arrived in the Philippines carrying $447 ...

Cayetano ally: House panel in electoral tribunal tainted by corruption under Leachon leadership
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The lower chamber's delegation to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal was tainted by corruption under the leadership of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon, an ally of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano alleged Tuesday. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund "LRay" Villafuerte, speaking to CNN ...

New Agusan del Norte-Agusan del Sur bypass road to open by December 2023
Gov - 2020-03-03
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now almost halfway with the construction of the national road junction Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II Avenue - Las Nieves - Sibagat Road that will connect Agusan del Sur to ...

OWWA has P170 million cash aid for OFWs affected by Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Passengers wait for their flight at the departure area of the international airport in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has about P170 million to provide aid to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the travel ban from novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

UT Can't Use Immunity To Escape Software Copyright Fight
Law360 - 2020-03-03
Law360 (March 2, 2020, 9:03 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge ruled Monday that the University of Texas Medical Branch must face a copyright infringement suit for its unauthorized use of a medical records software program in a federal prison and several Lone Star State county jails. U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan said Medical Branch ...

Defending $1B Verdict, Labels Say Cox 'Mocked' Copyright
Law360 - 2020-03-02
It is one of several such suits against internet service providers such as Cox filed by music owners, which have long complained that tech and telecom giants don't do enough to stop copyright infringement. Following a 12-day trial in December, a Virginia federal jury found Cox liable for willful vicarious and contributory copyright infringement.

Ex-justice secretary linked to immigration racket
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has been thrust into another controversy. This time, the fraternity brother of President Rodrigo Duterte is tagged as the "protector" of immigration officials who engaged in the "pastillas" racket in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in which bribes were paid to grease ...

With Covid-19 hitting business, Peza seeks Citira deferment anew
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
Firms operating in economic zones, mostly multinationals, warned they will be forced to pack up business here and relocate to another Southeast Asian country if their tax perks, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income paid in lieu of local and national taxes, are lifted. This looming capital flight is projected to result in the loss of ...

Business closures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
This was followed by Nokia Technology Center Philippines ... Rounding up the situation, so far, is the termination by Philippine Airlines of the services of 300 employees due to losses caused, in part, by coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The loss of jobs due to the closure of a business is an emotional issue for the affected employees ...

Making the country investment friendly
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
The JFC said the Philippines could seize the opportunity of being a favorable manufacturing destination like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam, if the government can lessen the costs of doing business here. The government should also look at its tax reforms to determine whether these are able to help our country become a favored ...

LIVE: Senate probe into 'pastillas' scheme at Immigration, sex trafficking linked to POGO industry
philstar.com - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality will resume its hearing into corruption at the Bureau of Immigration that allows "special privileges" for arriving Chinese nationals in the country for a fee. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in the last hearing that the panel will summon ...

OWWA: Employment of OFWs not affected by COVID-19 epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the employment of Filipinos abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Monday.

Ex-DOJ chief Vitaliano Aguirre tagged as protector of 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly protected the "pastillas" scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share from the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison "Alex" Chiong ...

Immigration arrests illegal foreign workers; intercepts trafficking victims
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Airport immigration intelligence operatives recently arrested seven illegal aliens at the Clark International Airport and intercepted eight trafficking victims at the premier airport. Immigration Intelligence Chief Fortunato S. Manahan said five Koreans and two Vietnamese working without permit in a construction site in Sharp Clark Hills ...

Labor group raises alarm over layoffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor group Defend Jobs Philippines on Sunday raised concern over the rising number of workers who have been laid off over a span of just two months. "The Duterte government and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) must not limit themselves in just mere monitoring and mediating on the settlement and separation ...

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism
Bulatlat - 2020-03-01
The Court of Appeals only needs to establish probable cause before issuing preliminary order of proscription within 72 hours from the filing of the said application. Estocapio said that the standard of probable cause is relatively low standard of proof ...

13 Pinoys with symptoms now stable
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
This protects you against common bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella that can pass between pets and humans," WHO said. Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, for his part, on Sunday called on the Department of Labor and Employment to assess the effects of COVID-19 on local companies after the Philippine Airlines announced that it was laying off 300 of ...

Exports of garments seen posting flat growth in 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
In spite of threats from the outside, Young argued the Philippines would keep its position in the worldwide market. His optimism is boosted by the looming passage of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira), which was approved last year by the House of Representatives and is now just awaiting Senate legislation.

Razon-led MORE takes over PECO assets; solon seeks Duterte mediation
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Paduano made the call as he questioned the supposed bias of the Supreme Court in favor of MORE on the issue. Paduano cited the "unusual" inhibitions by RTC judges in the franchise-related expropriation case. Four judges have already inhibited from the case. After Judge Go of RTC Branch 37 issued a resolution for the expropriation case filed ...

3 House panels: Courts have no power to rule on contested power rate billings
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"RTC judges should not entertain such petitions. I will bring up this matter of intervention with the Supreme Court," said Veloso. Veloso said the law also provides that ERC decisions may be appealed with the CA. Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, who chairs the Public Accounts panel, also expressed dismay over interventions made by some ...

Filipinos may settle govt dues soon via GCash
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Users can setlle their taxes via their GCash wallets directly to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, pay for their passport application fees to the Department of Foreign Affairs, or send in their contributions to the Pag-IBIG Fund. This payments solution app will soon be available for Maritime Industry Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development ...

COVID-19 forcing cuts in biz hours, work force
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"The rest are still deciding of they will accept the offer. Since it is a voluntary separation, it will depend on the worker if they will want to leave PAL and find a new job or start their own business," Benavidez explained in an ambush interview. He said PAL extended its "above average" separation packages to the said ...

CGBP brings best practices to Cebu
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- With the clamor of many business owners and decision-makers based in Visayas to have more world-class training programs available to them, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring two of their best-selling programs to Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines this month. The 2019 Revised Corporation ...

Abrigo: Let us talk economy
Sun Star - 2020-03-01
The massive cancellation of flights, travel and summit bans already hurting the tourism and manufacturing industry, hit the labor sector and the economy as a whole both in the country and the world. In the country: Tourism with its allied services like hotel and restaurant, travel agencies, cruise ships and airlines, is forecasted to lose 7,000 ...

Labor group warns 7,000 workers may lose jobs due to coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- A labor group warned Saturday that around 7,000 Filipinos may become jobless in the next six months as businesses are expected to take a hit from the fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expects that more workers will lose their jobs ...

Honda union claims win
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines -- A gamut of emotions ran through the halls of Honda ... His eldest son, who has just found a job in a computer company after graduating from college, would have to pitch in, he said. His daughter is still in high school and his wife is unemployed, he added.

Eddie Garcia: The Idol
PEP - 2020-02-29
Eduardo "Eddie" Verchez Garcia was born on May 2, 1929, in Buhi town, Camarines Sur, to Antonio Garcia, a captain in the Spanish Army, and Vicenta Verchez, a Filipina from Macabebe town in Pampanga. After completing his primary schooling, he was sent to Manila to continue his studies at San Beda College. In 1946, when Manila was liberated ...

Government urged: Stop cleared reclamation projects
philstar.com - 2020-02-29
The group, however, said the ban should also cover those that have already secured clearances, either from local government units or national government agencies. "An explicit and unambiguous policy that stops all proposals and activities related to land reclamation in Manila Bay must be put in place," the SOS Coalition said in its position ...

Senate may defer acting on economic bills if COVID-19 rages on, says Sotto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday said the Senate may delay action on economic bills, particularly the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) if the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rages on. The Citira bill aims to gradually reduce the corporate income tax (CIT ...

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
The law allows New York city and counties to levy a five-cent tax on paper bags, with part of the resulting revenue going to an ... Greg Biryla, New York state director at the National Federation of Independent Business, says alternatives can cost up to seven times more than plastic bags. "They are proportionally more burdensome on small ...

One-stop shop for one-person firms launched
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) launched a one-stop shop for one-person corporations in a bid to streamline business applications in the country. Arta inaugurated the National Business One-Stop Shop (NBOSS) on Friday, which puts offices of five government agencies in one location. The agencies are the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ...

Unstoppable Suntrustees continue to reign
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
They promised to be unstoppable the previous year. This time, Suntrust Properties Inc. is all set to reign as the company celebrated its 2019 4th Quarter Annual Awards and 2020 Sales Kick Off with the theme, "2020 Vision: I Reign." "We reign, we become better, we become more aggressive to achieve something better in 2020," declared ...

Ex-DND chief Orly Mercado says AFP realizes it needed VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
"We therefore appeal to our esteemed institutions such as Congress and the Supreme Court to help us resist this tragedy," he said. "We appeal to the conscience of our military whose duty under the Constitution is to defend the integrity of our national territory."

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